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Nations urged to devise local strategies for effective natural resource governance

Dr. Kayode Fayemi

African countries implementing the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) have been called upon to devise home-grown strategies to tackle transparency and accountability issues bearing in mind the unique and peculiar nature of the region. Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, made the call when he received a delegation from the Malawi Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (MWEITI) that ...

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‘Trump will not build Dakota Access Pipeline without a fight’


The battle line appears drawn between U.S. President Donald Trump and environmental campaigners over the construction of an underground oil pipeline in the country, which Trump seems to be in support of, but opposed by some activists and Native Americans. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers notified Congress on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, that it would allow the multi-billion-dollar Dakota ...

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Radio Report: Protesters kick against economic hardship

lagos protest

Protesters, against the economic hardship in the country, on Monday marched on Funsho Williams Avenue in Lagos. The peaceful protest, in respect of which one of the organisers and popular singer, Tuface Idibia, earlier announced had been shelved, took off from the National Stadium, Surulere.   Correspondent Innocent Onoh, who covered the protest, now reports.  

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How sustainable tourism can make world cleaner, greener


Whether it is a chic, zero-emission hotel in Milan where toiletries are 99 per cent biodegradable, or Gaansbai in South Africa, where conservation of native flora and fauna is a community-wide priority, sustainable tourism is growing fast across the globe. It is a tribute to the myriad entrepreneurs, companies, creative individuals and communities that the United Nations is marking 2017 ...

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As UNESCO-IHE brings water journalists, researchers together


For over 20 years, Ishraga Abbas has practiced professional journalism in Sudan – one of the most water-stressed countries on the earth, where she has had an ambiguous relationship with water researchers. She actually does not remember teaming up with any water researcher to work on a water story based on the researcher’s findings. In the answer to the obvious ...

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Trump voters support action on climate, clean energy


U.S. President Donald Trump has questioned the reality of global warming and cast doubt on America’s participation in global efforts to address the problem. Using data from a recent survey titled: “Climate Change in the American Mind” and conducted after the election, the Centre for Climate Change Communication of the George Mason University in the U.S. assessed Trump voters’ views about global ...

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How 2017 will shape Australia, by Connor


John Connor, CEO of the Climate Institute, believes that the New Year will determine political and economic directions as well as the national identity of Australia for some years to come. According to him, work under the Paris Agreement has sufficient support to continue without the US Just when you thought 2017 couldn’t get any wackier, it does, and it ...

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Developing nations need finance to green power sectors, says study


Countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean urgently need financial support to green their power sectors and thereby implement their national climate action plans under the Paris Climate Change Agreement. This is a key finding of a survey conducted by the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on behalf of the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), which looks ...

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The long, winding, super-controversial superhighway


The controversy surrounding the 260 km Superhighway proposed by the Cross River State government (CRSG) of Nigeria will not go away. Notably, the bulldozing of forests, farmlands and sundry properties commenced last year without an approved Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Curiously, the government issued an edict dispossessing individuals and communities of lands lying within an incredible 10 km width on ...

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Firm lauded for supplying affordable fertiliser to farmers


Indorama is said to have supplied about 250,000 metric tons of granular Urea fertiliser to farmers nationwide since June 2016 when it commenced production The Presidential Committee on Fertiliser Initiative (PCFI) has expressed satisfaction with the participation of Indorama Eleme Fertiliser & Chemicals Limited (IEFCL), Port Harcourt, Rivers State, in the programme aimed at supplying NPK fertiliser to farmers nationwide ...

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