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Greenpeace flays conviction of Cameroonian activist, Nasako Besingi


According to the body, the environmental activist’s conviction is a judicial harassment and violation of freedom of expression in Cameroon Greenpeace Africa is alarmed by the judicial harassment against a prominent environmental activist and human rights defender. On Thursday, Nasako Besingi was sentenced to pay 344400 FCFA (575 USD) in fines or face one year in prison. “This is Besingi’s second ...

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Washington records ‘biggest winter storm in recorded history’

Winter storm

Snow began falling on Friday afternoon in Washington, which could get more than 2½ feet of snow before the storm ends at the weekend. Observers predict it could be the biggest winter storm in recorded history in the nation’s capital, and almost certainly in the top five. Similarly, over 6,200 U.S. flights – about 2,900 on Friday and another 3,300 on ...

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60 million people endangered as El Niño threatens


The World Health Organisation (WHO) and its partners predict a major global increase in health consequences of emergencies this year due to El Niño El Niño is a warming of the central to eastern tropical Pacific Ocean which affects rainfall patterns and temperatures in many parts of the world but most intensely in the tropical regions of Africa, Asia-Pacific, and ...

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Ban Ki-moon urges govts to ratify Paris Agreement


UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, on Thursday (January 21, 2016) at a Plenary Session (titled: “The New Climate and Development Imperative”) of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, invited world leaders to endorse the Paris Agreement, an agreement within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) governing carbon dioxide reduction measures from 2020 Thank you, President ...

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Govt will not regulate online publications – Minister‬

Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has assured that the Federal Government will not regulate online publications in the country, saying the publishers are responsible enough to regulate themselves.‬ The Minister gave the assurance on Friday (January 22, 2016) in Lagos when he met with members of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP), in continuation of his ...

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How Michigan’s Flint River is poisoning the city’s residents

Farmers Market

To date, over 25,000 children in Flint, Michigan, have been exposed to lead contamination from the city’s water supply. How did the water get that way? Lee-Anne Walters and her family in Flint, Michigan, drank water laced with hazardous levels of lead contamination for nearly eight months, beginning in the spring of 2014. The water was brown. Her three-year-old son Gavin ...

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Marine litter: Plastic to outweigh ocean’s fish by 2050


Plastic litter in the world’s oceans is projected to outweigh fish by 2050, according to new documents released by the World Economic Forum. Because global use of plastic has increased twentyfold in the past 50 years – and that number will likely double again in the next 20 years – the current pace will put the tonnage of litter in ...

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Exxon Mobil may be probed over climate ‘lies’


California state officials will look into whether or not Exxon Mobil Corp. repeatedly lied to the public about what it knew about global warming and what it told investors. California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris says she will investigate whether the dishonesty amounts to securities fraud or the violation of environmental law. California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris is investigating whether Exxon ...

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Jebba-Mokwa road, a national disaster – Funke Adedoyin

Funke Adedoyin

The Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on the Army, Funke Adedoyin, has described the Jebba-Mokwa Road as a national disaster. She said the road needed urgent reconstruction. Adedoyin disclosed this in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Wednesday when she led a delegation of the Committee on the Army on a courtesy call on the Kwara State ...

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Coalition unites to block India water privatisation schemes


Groups plan series of escalating events to expose details of controversial Nagpur PPP model promoted by Modi government, World Bank This week, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation Employees’ Union (NMCEU), 25 Nagpur grassroots civil society groups, and organisations from across India kicked off two weeks of escalating events to demonstrate the failure of Nagpur’s public-private partnerships (PPP) water privatisation scheme, including a ...

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