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Monthly Archives: August 2016

21 North West Zone LGAs to experience flooding, warns NEMA


The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said that about 21 Local Government Areas will be affected by flood in the North West zone. The North West Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Musa Ilallah, made this known while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Tuesday. The coordinator said the agency has taken all a proactive measures to ...

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Osinbajo calls for public engagement to avert ills of tobacco


The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has reiterated Federal Government’s commitment to the reduction of tobacco use among citizens particularly exposure of underage children to smoking. Osinbajo, who spoke at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday while receiving leaders of anti-tobacco civil society groups, lamented inadequate information about the dangers of smoking “which has made it difficult to convince ...

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FAO demands collaboration on biodiversity mainstreaming ahead Cancun COP13


The 23rd session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO23), which took place in Rome, Italy 18 to 22 July 2016, took an effective approach that focused on the interlinkages between forest and other sectors and issues, including biodiversity and climate change. COFO23 helped to showcase how countries have been devising forest policies which provide mutual benefits for the forestry sector ...

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Global warming: Food security concerns as Lake Tanganyika’s fish population declines

Lake Tanganyika

New research has revealed some alarming insights about the effects of climate change on one of the world’s oldest and largest lakes. A study published on Monday in the journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” suggests rising temperatures have been responsible for significant declines in the fish that populate Africa’s Lake Tanganyika and feed the surrounding communities – ...

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UPS meets cleaner-miles-target ahead of schedule

UPS Propane Powered Package Car

United Parcel Service (UPS), an international package delivery firm, on Monday in Atlanta, Georgia announced that it has achieved its goal of driving one billion miles in its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet one year earlier than planned, and marked more than 10 years of learning from its “Rolling Laboratory.” According to the company, it’s commitment to sustainability is ...

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Industrial effluent poisoning six million Americans, says study

drinking water

Drinking water supplies serving more than six million Americans contain unsafe levels of a widely used class of industrial chemicals linked to potentially serious health problems, according to a new study from Harvard University researchers. The chemicals – known as polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs – have been used for decades in a range of industrial and commercial products, including non-stick coatings on pans, food wrappers, ...

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Rio Olympics demands climate action

Rio 2016 Olympics Games

Amid the pomp and circumstance of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games last Friday, in between the fireworks and musical acts, the costumed performers and the camera shots of Gisele Bundchen dancing giddily alongside her fellow Brazilians in the crowd, came a more somber message. In primetime, with the world watching, Brazil showed a video focused on the problem of global ...

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Big emitters urged to ratify Paris Agreement

Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday in Buenos Aires urged Argentina and other large nations to ratify the Paris climate accord , even as Argentina’s foreign minister said she hoped the country would do so by the end of the year. In December 2015, some 195 countries reached an agreement in Paris that obligates states to take concrete measures ...

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Flood alert: Geographers tell government to evacuate people living on flood plains

radio report

Following the threat of a repeat of the devastating 2012 flooding in the country, geographers have called on the authorities to urgently evacuate people living on flood plains to reduce possible loss of lives, should the great flood occur, as alerted by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). Correspondent Innocent Onoh brings the details in this report on ways of ...

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Benefits of limiting global warming to 1.5-degree


The recent streak of record-breaking temperatures has shown that climate change is not waiting for the world to take decisive action. But the adoption of the Paris Agreement was a clear signal that the world is ready to take climate change seriously. 175 countries signed and 15 of these ratified the climate deal during the signing ceremony. Now there is every indication the agreement could ...

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