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AR5 Synthesis Report now available in six languages

Hoesung Lee

The Synthesis Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish – the official languages of the United Nations. Originally published in English, the Synthesis Report was translated in order to make the key findings of AR5 accessible to a wider audience, according to the IPCC, ...

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Why we’ve not arrested Jonathan over arms deal, by EFCC

Ibrahim Magu

Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has given explanations on why former President Goodluck Jonathan has not been arrested over the controversial $2.1 billion arms deal. The fund, which was managed by the Office of former National Security Adviser, retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki, has led to the arrest, detention, questioning and arraignment of so ...

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Illicit trafficking, compliance top agenda at CITES forum


The 66th session of the Standing Committee of CITES holds this week in Geneva, Switzerland in the bid to to take vital decisions on the world’s wildlife trade policy and to find solutions to tackle illicit wildlife trafficking. The Committee will review progress made in preparing and implementing National Ivory Action Plans, domestic legislation, and additional measures to protect Asian ...

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Killer Lassa fever: Govt calls for calm

Isaac Adewole

Nigeria’s health minister, Dr. Isaac Adewole, has said that the government is taking adequate measures to contain the outbreak of Lassa fever that has killed 35 people in seven states since November. The minister urged Nigerians not to panic over the outbreak, with 14 lab-confirmed cases among 76 suspected ones. Lassa, named after a Nigerian town where the acute viral ...

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Online publishers’ president emerges LG chairman


The President of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP), Malachy Agbo, has been appointed the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area of Enugu State. Agbo, alongside 16 others were appointed by the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on Thursday. Ugwuanyi immediately inaugurated the chairmen and their deputies on Thursday. Others appointed alongside Agbo as chairmen ...

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Malawian lives transformed amid group’s intervention


World Vision’s investment is transforming Malawian lives and giving a fresh hope to thousands of impoverished people Eighteen-year-old Daniel Mwanza and his two sisters recall having no kind words towards their parents due to poverty levels they were subjected to. The three children from the family of Francis Mwanza from the area of Group Village Headman (GVH) Funachina in Traditional ...

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Ten indicators the climate is changing

melting glaciers

How do we know our climate is changing permanently, rather than just going through a normal period of flux? Let’s look at 10 major changes scientists have seen in our climate system to help set the record straight Few global trends have been as controversial as climate change and the Earth’s warming. The Earth has gone through many shifts in ...

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Group salutes Fagbohun, environmental lawyer, as new LASU VC

Fagbohun Pics

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has hailed the choice of Professor Lanre Fagbohun as the new Vice Chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU), describing his nomination by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode as a step in the right direction in positioning the institution for academic excellence. The post of the Vice-Chancellor of LASU became vacant on October ...

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Faith in Water emerges, eyes world’s poorest

clean water

A new charity has been founded to work with faith groups on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in the world’s poorest countries. “Faith in Water,” as it is christened, is said to be the first charity to focus specifically on working with faith-managed schools on WASH issues to improve children’s lives and create lasting community impact. Based in Bristol, UK, ...

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Paris Agreement: New era for climate diplomacy

Roger-Mark De Souza

Approved by over 190 countries, the Paris Agreement is a universal, legal agreement that will be opened for signatures in April 2016 and come into force in January 2020 The groundbreaking agreement reached at the 2015 Paris climate change conference is a diplomatic triumph. Laurent Fabius, foreign minister of France and president of the meeting formally known as the 21st session of the ...

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