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New housing fund will stimulate economy, says minister


Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has disclosed that the N500 billion housing funding approved by the National Executive Council last week will stimulate economic activities and return the economy to the path of growth. Adeosun told journalists in her office in Abuja recently that a mass housing scheme that would make Nigerians become homeowners under a mortgage arrangement would commence ...

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Fog harvester, others win UN Climate Solutions Awards


The 13 outstanding projects from across the globe are to be honoured in November at the UN Climate Conference in Marrakech, Morocco Thirteen game-changing initiatives from around the world were announced on Thursday in Bonn, Germany as winners of the United Nations “Momentum for Change” climate change award. The winning activities include: A Google-led project that could catalyse the rooftop ...

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Madagascar offers opportunities in renewables to investors


Madagascar is offering interesting opportunities in renewable energies for foreign investors, as energy is said to be a top priority for the government. The strong political will to electrify the country through the use of renewable energy (RE) is demonstrated by prioritisation in the National Development Plan and by the country’s New Energy Policy, NPE (Nouvelle Politique de l’Energie) in 2015, the ...

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Outdoor pollution: Nigeria is world’s sixth deadliest nation

Generator Pollution

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has ranked Nigeria as the sixth deadliest country for outdoor air pollution. The UN agency, which in a recent analysis revealed that over a million people died from dirty air within one year, ranks Nigeria only below Ukraine, Pakistan, Russia, India and China. It discloses that, in one year, 46,750 persons died as a result ...

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UN to enhance airports’ contributions to sustainable development

Dr. Fang Liu

The critical contributions made by airports to the sustainable socio-economic development of urban areas are to be enhanced through a new agreement made by the United Nations via two of its organisations: International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). Initialled on Wednesday in Montreal, Canada at the ICAO’s World Aviation Forum by ICAO Secretary ...

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Pioneer green securities exchange goes live


The Luxembourg Stock Exchange (LGX) on Tuesday introduced the world’s first exchange that will trade nothing but green securities. The exchange intends to act as a gatekeeper for green bonds and other environmentally-focused financial instruments to help reduce ambiguity in the market. It will oblige its issuers to provide “a full set of documentation that is readily available with pre- ...

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Why polluters must be made to pay

air pollution

It is a known fact that man is a selfish being – even right from the womb. We are always concerned about meeting our needs without considering whose ox is gored. At first, we burned what was above the earth surface which is wood, peat and animal dung. During this time, everything was in control, because energy released could be ...

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Campaign on endangered species’ awareness launched

John E. Scanlon, the Secretary-General of CITES

In support of an ongoing commitment to save the world’s most endangered species, Discovery Communications and the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced on Wednesday in Johannesburg, South Africa at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) summit a multiplatform campaign to raise awareness and reduce demand for illegally sold ...

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Asia, Western Pacific most polluted regions – WHO

air pollution

A new WHO air quality model confirms that 92% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits. Information is presented via interactive maps, highlighting areas within countries that exceed WHO limits. “The new WHO model shows countries where the air pollution danger spots are, and provides a baseline for monitoring progress in combatting it,” ...

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Firm defeats activists in Uganda deforestation suit

Vimal Shah

The High Court of Uganda has cleared Bidco Africa Limited against claims of deforestation in the Vegetable Oil Development Programme in Kalangala district. Bidco is a manufacturer of edible oils, fats and hygiene care products. Established in 1985 the company has manufacturing units in Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar and a footprint in 16 African countries. The public interest case filed ...

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