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CODE: Need for urgent remediation of Shikira community

Amina J. Mohammed

Over 300 children in Shikira living with high lead level in their blood and need urgent medical treatments, says Hamzat Lawal, Chief Executive of connected Development (CODE) and Co-Founder, Follow The Money. The campaigner is clamouring for the contaminated community’s speedy clean-up We are highly shocked over the Federal Government’s inability to announce a specific date when remediation of Shikira ...

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Electric cars rally towards zero emissions for 1.5-degree

Michael Moller

Europe’s largest electric vehicle rally, bringing 75 teams from 13 nations, entered its finishing phase at Geneva, Switzerland on Friday on the Place des Nations, part of a 1,300km traverse from Bremerhaven, Germany with a simple objective: zero emissions for 1.5 degrees. Michael Moller, Director-General of United Nations Office at Geneva, said the world’s leaders agreed to pursue efforts to limit global ...

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China, UNCCD to curb desertification along drought-stricken belt

Monique Barbut

China and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) on Friday (17 June 2016) in Beijing, China launched the Joint Action Initiative to combat desertification, rehabilitate degraded land and mitigate the effects of drought (JAI). The initiative aims to make the whole region along the “Silk Road” environmentally sound and ecologically sustainable. The countries expect to prepare adequately for ...

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Row, criticisms trail Makoko Floating School collapse

Makoko Floating School

A row has broken out over architect Kunlé Adeyemi‘s award-winning Makoko Floating School following its recent collapse, with a community leader in Lagos claiming pupils were evacuated three months ago over safety concerns and architecture critics questioning its credentials. Noah Shemede, headmaster of a nearby school whose pupils made use of the water-borne facilities, told Dezeen that the three-storey, prism-shaped wooden structure was “not ...

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Why Ghana must shun coal energy, by Oilwatch

Fossil fuel pollution

In commemoration of the World Environment Day 2016, Oilwatch Ghana joins the No Coal Energy campaign in the West African nation, stressing that, given its abundance and available renewable energy endowment, Ghana does not need to go far looking for another energy source During the UNFCCC climate change conference held last December in Paris, France (COP21), climate negotiations pertaining energy-related ...

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Is the AfDB forgetting off-grid in its New Deal on Energy?

Akinwumi Adesina

A new senior job posting by the African Development Bank (AfDB) suggests that “business as usual” approaches at the bank will continue with regard to energy access, despite a clear rationale for more decentralised renewable approaches, writes William Brent, Director, Communications at Power for All In an advert this week in The Economist, the African Development Bank posted an opening for ...

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Nigeria advised on solid minerals exploitation

Dr. Kayode Fayemi

As the country seeks to diversify the economy to non-oil base following dwindling oil price, Nigeria has been advised not to be in a hurry to exploit its rich solid mineral deposits while facilities to process the resources are yet to be in place. Advisor, Business Development Unit, West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM) Prof. Douglason Omotor, ...

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Biosafety law not compliant with UN biodiversity pact, says group

Rufus Ebegba

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) Act 2015 is not compliant with the Cartagena Protocol to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, the Global Prolife Alliance (GPA) has said. The Owerri, Imo state-based group made the submission against the backdrop of its opposition to the NBMA’s issuance of permits for the development of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the ...

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Zambia, China, Finland ratify Nagoya Protocol


China, Finland and Zambia are the latest countries to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilisation, bringing the total number of ratifications to the treaty to 78. All three countries ratified the Protocol during the past month. Zambia acceded on 20 May 2016, Finland accepted on ...

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Greenpeace urges Michelin to stop patronising deforestation-friendly rubber growers

Cécile Leuba

Michelin Group, world leading tyre manufacturer and first world buyer of natural rubber, recently published a zero deforestation procurement policy based on the methodology High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach. Reactions have however trailed the development with, for instance, Greenpeace commending the action but demanded that the tyre manufacturer should do more. Cécile Leuba, Forest campaigner for Greenpeace France, submitted: “The ...

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