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Investors urged to support Paris Agreement

Nikhil Rathi

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) celebrated 2016 as the year of green finance over the weekend at a market opening ceremony during which investors were invited to support the Paris Agreement on climate change. Nikhil Rathi, CEO of the LSE, called on finance leaders to join his organisation in signing the Paris Pledge for Action, an unprecedented gathering of businesses, investors, ...

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36% renewables ‘ll boost world’s GDP by $1.3tr, says report

Adnan Z. Amin

Achieving a 36 per cent share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030 would increase global gross domestic product (GDP) by up to 1.1 per cent, roughly USD 1.3 trillion, according to new analysis by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). “Renewable Energy Benefits: Measuring the Economics,” released on Saturday (January 16, 2016) in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab ...

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WASCAL: FUT Minna extends application deadline for M. Tech programme

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The call for application for qualified candidates to apply for the West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) Master of Technology (M. Tech) Degree in Climate Change and Adapted Land Use at the Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, Niger State, Nigeria, has been extended by two weeks to Friday, January 22, 2016. The ...

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Lassa fever case confirmed in Lagos

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A case of Lassa fever has been confirmed in Lagos. The case, which was diagnosed at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, involves a 25-year-old student from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. The patient is said to have been admitted first at a private hospital in Ojokoro area of Lagos State. According to the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac ...

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Putting a halt to Nigeria’s atrocious gas flaring

Gas flaring in Ogoniland Nigeria

Gas flaring is the obnoxious practice of burning natural gas associated with crude oil extraction (or associated gas). To use the words of Joseph Croft of Stakeholder Democracy Network (SDN) in the excellent environmental documentary film No Where to Run, the gas flares are like giant cigarettes attached to communities. Some flares are located horizontally, at ground level, posing even greater dangers ...

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CBD targets 100-mark ratification for Nagoya Protocol in 2016

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is optimistic that the Nagoya Protocol will reach a milestone 100 ratifications this year. So far, 70 nations have become Parties to the Protocol. Ratification to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilisation hit 70 on 29 December 2015 following accession ...

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Lassa fever spreads to Abuja, claims first victim

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Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has announced the death of one confirmed Lassa fever victim at the National Hospital, Abuja. Prof. Adewole confirmed the development on Wednesday evening at the National Hospital. He called on health workers at all levels to be more vigilant and look out for patients with symptoms of Lassa fever. The minister has also directed ...

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Study reveals plight of Pygmy population in Central Africa

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Understanding lives of marginalised indigenous hunter-gatherers is the first step to defending them against loss of rights and access to forests, experts say Increased deforestation and road building in Central African rainforests will intensify threats to the lives and lifestyles of indigenous Pygmy communities, a new study suggests. The study, which provides the first measured estimate of the population and distribution of ...

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Abu Dhabi to host post-COP21, pre-2020 appraisal

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Ministers, high-level representatives from the business sector and top UN and multilateral agency officials are gathering in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), for the first time after the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in France in December to discuss the implications of the historic Paris Agreement. On 16-17 January, government officials from over 150 countries and representatives from ...

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Rotary targets Nigeria, others under $35m polio lifeline

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Nigeria and four other African countries are beneficiaries to a $15 million grant aimed at keeping the continent polio-free. This is part of the $35 million announced in the US on Wednesday by Rotary in grants aimed at supporting the global effort to end polio. While Nigeria will receive $5.5 million, Cameroon gets $1.6 million, Chad $2 million, Ethiopia $4.1 ...

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