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States urged to emulate Akwa Ibom State’s climate initiatives

Akwa Ibom

State governments have been urged to emulate the Akwa Ibom State Government’s efforts towards addressing climate change. Climate expert and negotiator, Prof. Olukayode Oladipo, who made the submission recently in Uyo, the state capital, stated that the state’s Roadmap on Climate Change has received national and international commendation. Prof. Oladipo pointed out during a Post-COP22 Stakeholders’ Engagement Forum with the ...

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ADB bankrolls Indonesian geothermal energy with $109m

Muara Laboh

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Thursday, 26 January 2017 in Manila, The Philipines, signed a new $109 million financing package for the Muara Laboh geothermal power generation project in western Indonesia. The financing, which was approved in December 2016, is part of ADB’s efforts to scale up private sector-led infrastructure development in Asia and the Pacific and boost support for ...

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Benue, group express concern for orphans, vulnerable children

Mwuese Mnyim

The Benue State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Mwuese Mnyim, has assured of government’s commitment to partner the Association for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Nigeria in the provision of data on OVC (orphans and vulnerable children) in order to make it easier for the authorities to make budgetary heads to cater for them. The Commissioner, who ...

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Transport sector must fast-track shift to low carbon


Current and foreseeable policies to mitigate carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions from global transport activity will not suffice to achieve the international community’s climate ambitions, a new study published by the International Transport Forum (ITF) finds. Continued strong growth in demand for mobility means that even in the most optimistic scenario, transport CO2 emissions in 2050 will still be at 2015 levels ...

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Banks, investors back sustainable finance under UNEP initiative

Michel Sapin

Nearly 20 leading global banks and investors, totaling $6.6 trillion in assets, on Monday, 30 January 2017 in Paris, France launched the Principles for Positive Impact Finance – a first-of-its-kind set of criteria for investments to be considered sustainable. “The Principles are a timely initiative from the finance sector. They demonstrate the willingness of financial institutions to go beyond current ...

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African leaders commit to advance immunisation


Among the 10 commitments, the Heads of State have resolved to increase vaccine-related funding, strengthen supply chains and delivery systems, as well as make universal access to vaccines a cornerstone of health and development efforts Heads of State from across Africa on Thursday, 31 January 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, adopted a Declaration on Universal Access to Immunisation in Africa, ...

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Ogun, FUNAAB to regenerate forest reserves


Ogun State Government has said that it will partner with the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) to regenerate its forest reserves, revitalise forestry activities and mitigate the impact of climate change in the state. Commissioner for Forestry, Chief Kolawole Lawal, made the disclosure recently in Abeokuta, the state capital, while addressing the stakeholders at a forum tagged: “Deforestation for ...

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Group applauds as legislators investigate N9.2bn clean cookstoves deal


Follow The Money, a campaign being promoted by the Abuja-based Connected Development (CODE) aimed at tracking and monitoring governmental and international aid disbursements, has commended  the Federal House of Representatives (HOR) for  commissioning its committees on Anti-Corruption, Environment and Habitat to begin an investigation over the last administration’s “Clean CookStoves For Rural Women Project,” a N9.287 billion scheme initiated in ...

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US will veer off climate policy course, says official

Myron Ebell

The United States will switch course on climate change and pull out of a global pact to cut emissions, said Myron Ebell, who headed U.S. President Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team until his inauguration. “(Trump) could do it by executive order tomorrow or he could do it as part of a larger package,” Ebell told a conference ...

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‘Mosto’ emerges Nigerian Academy of Science’s 18th president


Science and Technology news The Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS), at its Annual General Meeting held in Lagos on Thursday, 26th of January, 2017, has inducted Professor Kalu Mosto Onuoha as its new President. Professor Onuoha took over from Professor Oyewale Tomori, a virologist, who served as President of the Academy between January 2013 and January 2016. Mosto, as he ...

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