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Proposed Lagos Environment Law is pro-privatisation, anti-people – ERA/FoEN

Lagos Environment Law

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has described the proposed Bill to Provide for the Management, Protection and Sustainable Development of the Environment in Lagos State as a document laden with ambiguities to mask its privatisation plans in the water sector. At a Public Hearing organised by the Lagos House Committee for Environment at the House of ...

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Radio Report: Impact of radio stations’ upsurge on governance


Gone were the days when owners of radio sets had to tune in futility in search of stations to listen to. These days, just by tuning the radio, one has so many options to choose from due to the increasing numbers of radio stations in the country Against the backdrop of this year’s World Radio Day, correspondent Innocent Onoh examines ...

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Concern as Antarctic ice shelf crack grows rapidly


A rapidly advancing crack in Antarctica’s fourth-largest ice shelf has scientists concerned that it is getting close to a full break. The rift has accelerated this year in an area already vulnerable to warming temperatures. Since December, the crack has grown by the length of about five football fields each day. The crack in Larsen C now reaches over 100 ...

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As soot blankets Port Harcourt


The air in parts of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital city, has been darkened by soot over the past few months, raising a cloud of concerns about the attendant health impacts. Citizens in parts of Port Harcourt are getting worried about the air they breathe. To put it another way, many citizens are afraid to breathe. And that can ...

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Where and why land conflicts occur in Africa, by study

Andy White

Sixty-three percent of disputes related to private sector land and natural resource investments in Africa began when communities were forced to leave their lands, according to new research released in Dakar, Senagal on Thursday, February 9, 2017 by TMP Systems and the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI). “African governments are competing for investment to spur economic development and improve living ...

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Indigenous people win centuries-old land battle in Colombia


The Colombian Constitutional Court has ruled in favour of an indigenous peoples’ centuries-old fight for their territory, granting the petition for the protection of constitutional rights requested by the Embera Chamí people of the Indigenous Resguardo Cañamomo Lomaprieta, in western Colombia. The Resguardo’s claim was accepted by the Colombian Constitutional Court, the final court of appeal for constitutional matters in ...

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World Desertification Day: Campaign to invest in degraded lands underway

Monique Barbut

“Our land. Our home. Our Future,” is the rallying call for this year’s celebration of the World Day to Combat Desertification on 17 June 2017. The slogan draws global attention to the central role productive land can play in turning the growing tide of migrants abandoning unproductive land into communities and nations that are stable, secure and sustainable, into the ...

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Dublin meeting prepares ground for new IPCC report

Hoesung Lee

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has put in motion modalities for the actualisation of a Special Report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems. Towards this, a scoping meeting will hold in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, on 13-16 February 2017. The meeting will bring together around 100 ...

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New agency, trust fund emerge as Lagos harmonises environmental laws

Lagos State House of Assembly

The establishment of a new agency and a trust fund appears to be the fulcrum of what looks like a new, rubost environmental legislation being promoted by the Lagos State Government. Hitherto, the state operated separate regulations on areas such as water, sanitation, waste water, medical waste, among others, but the new “Environmental Law of Lagos State”, if it eventually ...

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Paris Agreement: ADB plans 2030 climate strategic framework


In response to climate action commitments made under the COP 21 Paris Agreement by member countries, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is developing a Climate Change Strategic Framework, which will spell out the organisation’s future direction regarding climate change from 2017 to 2030. Additionally, the strategic framework will feed into its new corporate strategy toward 2030, which is currently under ...

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