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From London to Delhi, air pollution kills. Why do we do nothing?


Pollution in some world cities is more than 12 times higher than safe levels. Maybe it explains why residents aren’t taking to the streets to complain After a week in Kolkata, blessed with mellow sunsets created by the yellowy haze that hung over the city, I flew back to Britain via Delhi on Friday. Our descent into Delhi was delayed because ...

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Explosive oil fields of the Niger Delta


Recent bombings of oil pipelines in the Niger Delta again raise the spectre of escalation of conflicts in the region. While we cannot say the reasons for the incidents, it does appear to be calculated acts of sabotage rather than mere vandalism. In cases of vandalism the motive routinely is the stealing of crude oil or refined petroleum products. Where ...

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How Moringa trees save lives in Malawi


Amid some rain drizzles, Francis Martin Chiponda stuns communities and foreign nationals from World Vision Support offices by declaring his HIV positive status. His declaration was not by force but meant to testify how he is still surviving. Chiponda – who comes from Champhula Village Head in Nthondo, Ntchisi District – was confirmed positive in 2006 after undergoing HIV voluntary ...

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Amina J. Mohammed emerges new WSSCC chair


Amina J. Mohammed, Nigeria’s Environment Minister, has been announced as the new Chair of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) effective from April 5, 2016. An erstwhile Assistant-Secretary General and Special Advisor to the Secretary General on Post-2015 Development Planning, Ms. Mohammed will chair the Steering Committee and guide the work of WSSCC’s Geneva-based Secretariat, its operations in ...

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Ogun declares zero-tolerance for poor waste disposal


The Ogun State Government says it has declared zero-tolerance for improper waste disposal across the state in order to maintain a clean and hygienic environment at all time. Commissioner for Environment, Bolaji Oyeleye, who stated this recently in Abeokuta, the state capital, lamented that people still dumped refuse on road median and drainages despite government’s recent campaign against indiscriminate dumping of ...

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Paris Agreement: UAE urged to diversify economy from oil

Christiana Figueres

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has abundant opportunities to diversify its economy away from oil as a result of the impulse of the Paris Agreement, Christiana Figueres, head of the UN climate convention, on Monday told a distinguished audience at the Court of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. Addressing the Court, Ms. Figueres said opportunities ranged from displacing coal ...

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Photos: President Buhari at opening of Abu Dhabi events

President Buhari

Apart from  gracing and delivering a speech at the opening of the World Future Energy Summit 2016 in Abu Dhabi, President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday likewise met with UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon and participated at the official opening ceremony of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.  

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How climate change is affecting Africa, by President Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), listed ways by which the African continent is being affected by climate change, even as he called for greater global cooperation against the devastating effects of the phenomenon in order to avert disaster for the human race in the 21st century. Addressing the opening of the 2016 ...

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WASCAL forum to kick-start sub-continental climate research agenda


The West Africa Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) is in the process of preparing a Research Agenda on Climate Change for the West African region for the period spanning 2016 to 2020. In the bid to properly fulfill its mission as a regional service centre on climate change and ensure that the needs of ...

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Photos: Buhari, Mohammed in UAE for global energy summit

Amina Mohammed

President Muhammadu Buhari departs is in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on a three-day official visit to join Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi and other participants as a special guest of honour at this year’s edition of the World Future Energy Summit. Also attending the global summit ...

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