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Images: Bizarre, purple marine animals discovered


Scores of spectacular, rare and sometimes baffling unknown species were encountered on this year’s first-ever voyages to new deep ocean areas by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Curiously, a considerable number of them adorned the purple colour. These include several purple animals such as: A bizarre purple “mud monster”: the “acorn worm.” Swimming purple sea cucumber, reminiscent of ...

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Infographic: Nigeria is world’s 2nd biggest methane emitter

wastewater pie map

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) has disclosed in a recent study that Nigeria is the world’s 2nd biggest emitter of methane in the wasterwater sector. In an illustration, the body lists the top five methane emitters in the wastewater sector to include: China, Nigeria, Mexico, India, and the U.S.          

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Another climate breakthrough as countries agree to curb powerful greenhouse gases

Vincent Biruta

Reducing emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Kigali Amendment can prevent up to 0.5°C of global warming, while continuing to protect the ozone layer. Similarly, HFCs consumption to be reduced in 2019 in developed countries and frozen in 2024 and 2028 in developing countries Nearly 200 countries struck a landmark deal on Saturday in Kigali, Rwanda to reduce the emissions ...

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How to boost pre-2020 action on mitigation, adaptation, by SPM

Patricia Espinosa

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat has published the Summary for Policymakers (SPM), an annual go-to publication that summarises policies, technologies and initiatives to boost climate action. The SPM results from meetings throughout 2016 of the technical examination processes on mitigation and adaptation. As a result, and for the first time, the SPM covers both the reduction ...

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N96bn Zaria water scheme nears completion

Zaria water project

The Kaduna State Government of Nigeria has vowed to complete the multi-billion-naira Zaria water project that will supply water to eight local government areas (LGAs) of the state in July 2017. The project will cost a whopping N69 billion. The state government said the work is now 90% completion, stressing that the gigantic water treatment plant would be completed in ...

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Farmer groups, activists launch People’s Assembly, Monsanto Tribunal

Monsanto Tribunal & People’s Assembly

Friday, 14 October 2016 at The Hague started with a press conference of the Monsanto Tribunal & People’s Assembly organising committee, including: Vandana Shiva, Corinne Lepage, Emilie Gaillard, Mindy Schneider, Hans Herren, Ronnie Cummins, Andre Leu, Nnimmo Bassey and Renate Künast. They spoke of the necessity of a people’s grassroots movement in the face of governments and international institutions’ inaction ...

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Montreal Protocol: Kigali Amendment to phase down ‘super polluting’ HFCs


Climate Action Network (CAN), a global network of over 1,200 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on Saturday saluted the outcome from the Montreal Protocol talks in Kigali, Rwanda as countries agree to phase down “super greenhouse gases” known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The group has described the development as a critical step towards limiting warming and as “the single biggest climate action of ...

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Lagos waterfront dwellers on collision course with government over demolition notice

makoko lagos

“Our communities are full of law-abiding, if impoverished, residents of Lagos State. We belong to the city and have a right to the city as well as right to shelter and to livelihood. Forced eviction is not only unlawful, but ineffective. It will also not solve whatever problem your administration hopes to solve. It will not set Lagos on the ...

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Senate commits to ensuring access to clean cooking energy

Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki

President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has assured the citizenry of the Senate’s commitment to universal access to clean cooking energy in Nigeria. He made the declaration recently in Abuja while hosting  members of the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (NACC), who paid him a courtesy call. National Coordinator of the NACC, Ewah Otu Eleri, told the audience ...

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Implications of decline in forest productivity, by study


A new research has found that continued biodiversity loss would result in an accelerating decline in forest productivity worldwide. The research, published on 14 October 2016 in the journal Science, is the output of a team of scholars from 90 institutions around the world coordinated by Jingjing Liang (lead author), Peter B. Reich and Thomas W. Crowther, and includes CIFOR’s Principal ...

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