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Tobacco advisory committee emerges amid resolve to enforce law

Isaac Adewole

The Federal Government will adopt all legal and administrative measures to ensure effective implementation of the National Tobacco Control Act, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has said. The minister, who spoke in Abuja on Tuesday at the inauguration of the National Tobacco Control Committee (NATOC), affirmed government’s commitment towards “safeguarding and protecting the health of Nigerians from the risks posed by ...

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How urbanisation drives deforestation, by study

Tom Prugh

Cities’ sustainability efforts may be undermined by urban destruction of forested carbon sinks. Worldwatch Institute’s “Can a City Be Sustainable?” examines the core principles of sustainable urbanism and profiles cities that are putting them into practice Urban centres lie at the root of an important – and often neglected – source of emissions: deforestation. According to Senior Researcher Tom Prugh in “Can a City ...

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Greenpeace: How DRC breached logging moratorium

Robert Bopolo Mbongeza

Investigation by Greenpeace Africa has revealed that the DRC government violated its own 2002 moratorium on new logging titles, granting in 2015 three concessions of a total of 650.000 hectares A Greenpeace Africa investigation has revealed that the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) violated its own 2002 moratorium on new logging titles. Government is said to have ...

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How GMOs threaten food security

Activist Nnimmo Bassey (who is Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation – HOMEF), in a reaction to a recent statement by an official of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) and Open Forum for Biotechnology (OFAB), insists that GMOs depend on toxic agrochemicals, are not friendly to soils and ecosystems, and thus are a threat to food security Some of the ...

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Akwa Ibom plans transition to low-carbon, climate-resilient economy

Iniobong Ene Essien

Issues supporting Akwa Ibom State’s transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy, in the light of its vulnerability as a coastal state, are expected to be addressed at an international summit scheduled to hold next month in Uyo, the capital city. The first ever state-organised State Climate Change and Clean Energy Mega Summit/Expo will bring together international and national experts ...

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Hope restored as remediation begins in lead-poisoned Shikira

Lead poisoning in Nigeria

The Federal Government has commenced the clean-up of Shikira, a small rural mining community situated in Rafi local government area of Niger State. This is coming exactly a year and three months after the devastating outbreak of lead poison that killed 28 children and left over 300 others below the ages of five with high level contaminants in their blood. ...

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UN sustainability scheme targets female smallholder farmers

Women farmers

Female smallholder farmers are the primary players and beneficiaries of a programme aimed at improving food security in the country. Executive Director, Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN), Dr. Hajia Salamatu Garba, who made the disclosure at a two-day consultation workshop held in Abuja recently, noted that the scheme would support efforts to scale-up more sustainable and more resilient approaches, practices ...

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Nigeria not at crossroads over food security, says Gidado

Dr Rose Gidado

Coordinator of the Open Forum for Biotechnology (OFAB) in Nigeria and an Assistant Director at the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Dr Rose Gidado, has faulted claims by the duo of The Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) and Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) that Nigeria is at a crossroad in the struggle for sustainable agriculture, safe food, biosafety ...

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Fresh funds emerge for developing country climate action


Additional funds are now available for ambitious emission reduction action in developing countries, with the announcement of up to Euro 60 million from the NAMA Facility to support the implementation of transformational climate action plans laid out in countries’ Nationally Appropriate Mitigations Actions (NAMAs). Transformational NAMAs can be projects, policies or programmes that shift a technology and/or sector in a country onto ...

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Germany to help developing countries implement Paris treaty

Barbara Hendricks

Germany has unveiled an initiative that will assist developing nations to implement climate change commitments made last December in Paris, France. Many developing countries at the COP21 UN climate conference made their first ever commitment to complying with climate targets with the adoption of the Paris Agreement. However, a new implementation partnership now aims to help them transform these targets ...

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