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World’s food, energy systems must change to curb species’ decline


Global wildlife could plunge to a 67 per cent level of decline in just the 50-year period ending this decade as a result of human activities, according to WWF’s Living Planet Report 2016. The report shows how people are overpowering the planet for the first time in Earth’s history and highlights the changes needed in the way society is fed and fuelled. ...

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‘Water, water everywhere around Lagos, but not a drop to drink’


Attempting a review of “Lagos Water Crisis: Alternative roadmap for public water sector” on Thursday in Lagos during the book’s public presentation, Dr Chido Onumah, who is Coordinator of the African Centre for Media & Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), suggests that, if followed with the appropriate political will, the report can transform the Lagos water system “from a source of disease, ...

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Time to rescue Lagos water is now

Akinbode Oluwafemi

Akinbode Oluwafemi, Deputy Executive Director, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), says at the public presentation of “Lagos Water Crisis: Alternative Roadmap for Public Water Sector” in Lagos on Thursday that the time is nigh to put an end to the Lagos water crisis The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria is excited that, within a very ...

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Activists launch book on ‘workable Lagos water solution’

lagos water

A coalition of civil society, labour unions and grassroots mobilisers on Thursday in Ikeja, the capital of Lagos State, formally presented to the public a book titled: “Lagos Water Crisis: Alternative Roadmap for Water Sector”, which they describe as the solution to challenges bordering access to water in Lagos. “Lagos Water Crisis: Alternative Roadmap for Water Sector” is being promoted ...

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NIA to develop stand-alone flood insurance


The Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA) has said it will evolve a stand-alone flood insurance to mitigate economic losses incurred during flood incidents in the country. Mr Soji Oni, Chairman, Fire Offices Committee (FOC) of the association, made the disclosure recently in Lagos. Oni noted that the policy was necessitated by the increasing number of flood victims, economic loss and the constrained ...

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Recession: Political will vital for Ogoni clean-up – Prof. Oladipo

Prof. Emmanuel Olukayode Oladipo

A climatologist, Prof. Emmanuel Olukayode Oladipo, has said that political will is critical in sustaining Ogoniland clean-up amid the economic recession of the country. Prof. Oladipo noted that the economic situation might slow the project but should not derail government’s commitment to restoring the ecosystem and creating a sustainable livelihood beyond oil for the community. The Federal Government on June ...

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Mexico launches biodiversity, business alliance

Rafael Pacchiano Alamán

The Mexican Alliance for Biodiversity and Business, with the aim of promoting the protection, conservation and restoration of biodiversity and ecosystems, was launched last week (17 October 2016) in Mexico City. Comprised of 15 institutions and 12 companies, the Mexican Alliance for Biodiversity and Business seeks to generate constructive dialogue between conservation organisations, cooperation agencies, institutions and businesses to develop ...

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COP7 delegates asked to hold industry liable for tobacco ills


About 179 countries will next month converge on Delhi, India for the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7) to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) to take some of the most significant steps in tobacco control since the UN treaty’s adoption. At the conference, countries will advance a provision to hold the tobacco industry civilly ...

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AILAC clamours operationalisation of Paris Agreement

French Energy Minister Segolene Royal

During the Pre-COP22 session held last week in Marrakech, Morocco, as a prelude to the next UN Climate Change Conference that will take place in that country in November, the Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (AILAC in Spanish), presented its positions in favour of the operationalisation of the Paris Agreement. The AILAC is a group of eight ...

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IEA raises five-year renewable energy growth forecast


The International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday that it was significantly increasing its five-year growth forecast for renewables, thanks to strong policy support in key countries and sharp cost reductions. Renewables have surpassed coal last year to become the largest source of installed power capacity in the world. The latest edition of the IEA’s Medium-Term Renewable Market Report now sees renewables ...

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