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Bonn meeting to build on Paris Agreement, plan for COP22


The latest round of UN climate change negotiations will get underway on Monday in the German city of Bonn, with governments looking to the next steps needed to accelerate the implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and continue the momentum forged in 2015. In order to ensure the aims and ambitions of the agreement, global greenhouse gas emissions will ...

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Petrol price hike akin to spiking suffering, says HOMEF


The Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) has kicked against the recent hike in the price of petrol in Nigeria, saying that it is insensitive and ill-timed. The Benin City, Edo State-based not-for-profit group disclosed in a statement issued on Thursday that, without employment, energy supply and socio-economic safety nets, the masses “have been thrown into shark-infested waters and with ...

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How Nigeria loses thousands of under-fives to malnutrition annually


In Nigeria, about 12.3 million children suffer from chronic malnutrition, out of which 300,000 are at risk of dying. For those that survive, reaching their full potential becomes an uphill struggle. Malnutrition, including under-nutrition and micronutrient deficiencies (Vitamin A deficiency, Iron deficiency, Iodine deficiency disorder and Zinc deficiency), has remained a problems of public health significance in Nigeria. The 2015 National ...

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The natural jewels in Africa’s crown

Tshekedi S. Khama

It is impossible to look out over the winding waterways and lush green wetlands of the magnificent Okavango Delta and fail to understand the importance of conserving the natural world. A World Heritage Site teeming with plants, fish, birds and home to some of the planet’s most endangered animals, the delta is one of Botswana’s – and Africa’s – most ...

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Sowing the seeds of Africa’s success


Africa’s transformation lies in the continent’s rich soil. If we protect the ecosystems that sustain us we can lift Africans out of poverty, achieve food security, build climate resilience, create wealth and end hunger, says Amina J. Mohammed, Minister of Environment for Nigeria There is an old Nigerian proverb that says “Fine words do not produce food”. So I will ...

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SPDC declares force majeure on Bonny Light


The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd. (SPDC) declared force majeure on Bonny Light exports effective 12:00hrs Nigerian Time, 10th May 2016 following a leak that led to the closure of Nembe Creek Trunk line for repairs by the operator, AITEO Eastern E & P Company Ltd. According to the organisation, enquiries on the incident and repair should be directed ...

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Oil majors moving into clean energy market

Big oil is dipping a few more toes into clean energy. Exxon Mobil Corp. is partnering with a company to capture carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants. Total SA, the French oil supermajor, announced a $1.1 billion deal on Monday to buy the battery maker Saft Groupe SA, complementing its 2011 purchase of a majority stake in the solar-panel maker SunPower Corp. And the Canadian ...

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Clean Energy Partnership to display hydrogen vehicles in Bonn

Hydrogen vehicles

The Clean Energy Partnership is presenting its fleet of vehicles at the UN Climate Change Conference holding next week in Bonn, Germany. The partnership will also provide information on present status of hydrogen mobility and its potential as a key component in an energy and transport revolution – because hydrogen-powered electric vehicles support the UN goals for the decarbonisation of ...

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Break Free train in Ogoni – Silence is treason!


Rallying call by Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), at Break Free from Fossil Fuels event at Bori, Ogoni, Rivers State, Nigeria on 12th May 2016 The MOSOP Peace Centre, Bori, Ogoni is a very significant location in the history of the struggle for a safe Niger Delta in which our peoples live in peace and in dignity ...

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Nigeria developing framework to mobilise revenue from non-oil sector


The Federal Government has indicated its resolve to ensure the nation’s tax system reflects the commercial activity levels in in the country. In order to achieve this, the government expressed its commitment to the process of mobilising revenue from the non-oil sector. In a keynote address at the opening ceremony of the 18th annual tax conference of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of ...

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