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Climate change a risk factor for global food security, says report

Jose Graziano da Silva

Mankind’s future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, warns a new FAO report. Though very real and significant progress in reducing global hunger has been achieved over the past 30 years, “expanding food production and economic growth have often come at a heavy ...

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Zlatan not a ‘spent force’ afterall

Zlatan lbrahimovic

When former Sweden captain, Zlatan lbrahimovic, signed the contract papers to lace his boots for Manchester United for this season, critics tagged him a “spent force”. At age 35, little did they know that the Swede has a fresh challenge of playing in England, which has kept his motivation high to reach a secret target in the English Premier League ...

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Nigeria drafts plan to achieve economic diversity through agricultural investments

Chief Audu Ogbeh

Nigeria aims to be a leading light for continent-wide effort to harness the potential of food production to become a significant source of jobs on and off the farm The Nigerian Government in Abuja on Wednesday, February 22 2017 welcomed senior officials from the African Union Commission and agriculture experts from across the continent for an intensive three-day meeting to ...

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India doubles solar capacity goal for 2020

Shri Narendra Modi

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs of India, chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, on Wednesday, February 22 2017 approved the enhancement of capacity from 20,000 MW to 40,000 MW of the Scheme for Development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects. The enhanced capacity would ensure setting up of at least 50 solar parks each ...

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Espinosa, at IP Week, underlines need for sustainable energy system

Espinosa IP-Week

At the International Petroleum Week (IP Week) conference in London on Thursday, February 23 2017, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Patricia Espinosa, spoke about pathways towards a better energy system. She called on the oil and gas executives and policymakers attending the meeting to align their work with the goals of the Paris Climate ...

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Five African countries in focus as civil society engages in GCF process


Malawi, Senegal, Kenya, Morocco and Ghana have been listed as focused countries under a fresh initiative involving civil society organisations (CSOs) in Africa and the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Tagged the ‘‘Civil Society Organisations Readiness to the Green Climate Fund – focus Africa’’, the project, which is being anchored by the Nairobi, Kenya-based Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), was ...

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Superhighway: NCF urges Cross River to adhere to EIA provisions

Gov Ben Ayade

The Cross River State Government (CRSG) has been advised to adhere strictly to the provisions of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Act and suspend any plan to commence the construction of the proposed Superhighway without the approval of the Federal Government. The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), who made the submission in a press statement made available to EnviroNews on Thursday, ...

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Old Ebute-Metta Railway Compound gets a makeover

locomotive train

The Nigerian Railway Compound in Ebute-Metta, Lagos was, many decades ago, a beehive of activities for intra- and inter-city rail travellers. It bubbled with life and a cacophony of rail traffic and human bustle. But, today, it has become a shadow of its former self – derelict and disused. The once famous yard is now home to the destitute. Succour ...

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Young journalists to benefit from Niger Delta training workshop

Niger Delta

From soot in the air, toxic waste dumped in Koko, Delta State, destruction of ancient forest in Cross River to gas flaring/oil pollution in oil producing regions, the ecosystem in Southern Nigeria is under serious threat. To this end, the African Art and Media for Earth Initiative (AAMEI) is conducting a Niger Delta eco-journalism workshop, which is targeting journalism and ...

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Saudi Arabia in $50bn renewable energy push


Saudi Arabia is kicking off its $50 billion renewable energy push as the world’s top crude exporter turns to solar and wind power to temper domestic oil use in meeting growing energy demand. Bidders seeking to qualify to build 700 megawatts of wind and solar power plants should submit documents by March 20, and those selected will be announced by April 10, ...

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