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Images: Assessing progress on Biennial Update Report


At a daylong forum in Abuja on Friday, January 3, 2017 titled: “Stakeholders workshop on the progress so far made on development of Nigeria’s First Biennial Update Report (BUR)”, the country took stock of the BUR report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The BUR is one of the key elements in the global mitigation action and ...

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COP23: To Bonn and beyond, by Bainimarama

Fiji President

Incoming COP23 President, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama of Fiji, in a recent message, says he will be totally focused on achieving the best possible outcome at the next global climate change summit, scheduled to hold November this year in Bonn, Germany Bula vinaka! Wherever you are the world, I convey my warmest greetings, along with the greetings of the Fijian ...

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Wind energy surpasses hydroelectric power in U.S., coal in Europe


The wind certainly blows across the world and, not unexpectedly, its impact is being felt – and in more ways than one. In America, wind power has achieved its second strongest quarter ever for newly installed energy generating capacity, according to a new report released last Thursday (February 9, 2017) by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Wind surpassed hydropower ...

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Report urges global leaders to prioritise off-grid renewables

Off-grid lighting Africa

A new report looking at the needs of energy poor communities in West Africa reveals misunderstandings of poor people’s needs amongst development banks, aid donors and governments. Written by energy experts at Practical Action, the Poor People’s Energy Outlook for 2016 found key targets agreed by world leaders to reduce poverty, and bring access to modern energy, will be missed ...

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WMO gears up for extreme weather, climate change in Asia

Petteri Taalas

Climate change, environmental degradation, population growth and urbanisation are putting pressure on water supplies in many parts of the Asian region, and exposure to extreme weather and other hazards is increasing. The World Meteorological Organisation’s Regional Association for Asia, which holds its four-yearly conference from 12-16 February 2017, will consider how to meet these challenges. The meeting, hosted by the ...

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World Bank, Nigeria collaborate on climate resilience knowledge dissemination


Apparently keeping with its mandate and vision of ensuring environmental protection, natural resources conservation and sustainable development, the Department of Climate Change in the Federal Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with the World Bank, will hold a series of workshops for legislators; state government officials; ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs); and private sector players next week on climate change resilience. ...

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Agency assures of safety in deployment of GMOs

Rufus Ebegba

Director General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba, has said that the responsibility of the Agency is to safeguard the health of Nigerians in the practice of modern biotechnology and the use of genetically modified organisms. Dr. Ebegba made the submission in Abuja on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at a colloquium organised by the Catholic Secretariat in conjunction ...

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Radio Report: How Makoko community women survive in fish business


Makoko is a slum neighborhood located by the lagoon on the Mainland in Lagos State, where fishing is the main occupation. Correspondent Ruth King tells us more on how women survive to make a living from fish business in Makoko.

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Radio Report: 2017 Federal Ministry of Health budget unimpressive


The proposed 2017 Federal Ministry of Health budget of 4.17 percent has been said to be a poor improvement from the 2016 budget , which was 4.13 percent. Correspondent Ruth king brings details in this report and the the endless complaints about the poor funding of the health sector.

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Radio Report: Preeclampsia, major cause of maternal mortality, morbidity

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Preeclampsia is one of the major causes of maternal mortality and morbidity, preterm birth and perinatal death in a developing country like Nigeria. Correspondent Ruth King brings details in this report.   [soundcloud url=”″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]

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