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OPEC chief, Barkindo, reaffirms commitment to Paris Agreement

Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo

The leadership of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has reaffirmed the group’s commitment to tackling global climate change through the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement. OPEC Secretary General, Mohammad Barkindo, who is a Nigerian, spoke at the International Petroleum Week on Tuesday, February 21 2017 in London, the United Kingdom. He said: “Let me stress that OPEC not only ...

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Radio Report: Implications of sand mining in Lagos

lagos sand mining

The building industry is one sector that has created huge opportunities for both the skilled and unskilled in Lagos to earn a living. But this, no doubt, has led to increase in sand mining activities in parts of the state, with attendant environmental and economic consequences. Against this backdrop, correspondent Innocent Onoh takes a look at sand mining and its ...

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Superhighway ultimatum: Government urged to ignore Cross River’s ‘empty’ threat

bulldozers

Reactions have trailed the three-week ultimatum given by the Cross River State Government to the Federal Government to approve an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report submitted in respect its proposed 260-kilometre superhighway. Cross River State officials indicated that they might be left with no choice but to go ahead with the controversial project even without the central government endorsement. Environment ...

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Campaigners flay ‘hasty’ passage of Lagos environment law

Ambode

Civil society and grassroots groups’ aversion to the Lagos Environment Bill when it went for Public Hearing on February 9, 2017 not withstanding, the Lagos House of Assembly on Monday, February 20 2017 passed the bill into law and, to the chagrin of the activists, then went on recess A coalition of civil society groups, grassroots campaigners and water unionists ...

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Invisible plastic particles a major source of ocean pollution – Study

Ocean pollution

Tiny plastic particles washed off products such as synthetic clothes and car tyres could contribute up to 30% of the “plastic soup” polluting the world’s oceans and – in many developed countries – are a bigger source of marine plastic pollution than plastic waste, according to a new report by International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The report ...

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Nigeria embassy staffers monitor Indomitable Lions

Gernot Rohr-Nigeria

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr, have been having sleepless nights immediately the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon became African Nations Cup champions. Nigeria, Cameroon, Zambia and Algeria are in the same World Cup African qualifying group. Although Nigeria is leading the group, the determinant factor appears to be the two-legged encounter between Nigeria and Cameroon ...

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Clubs jostle for players ahead summer window

Dele Alli

As the 2016/17 English Premier League season reaches the third-quarter stage, clubs have begun to engage themselves in a horse race, as they gun for players with an eye on next season’s campaign. Second place league table occupier, Manchester City, have beamed their searchlights on the sensational Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur, dangling a mouth-watering £89 million. The 20-year-old midfielder, ...

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Government, investors meet over issuance of Green Bonds

Nigerian Stock Exchange

“Nigeria is committed to sustainable economic development. The Lagos event is a concrete step in the process of developing and issuing our 2017 Sovereign Green Bonds programme.” Those are the assuring words of Amina Mohammed, the Minister of Environment, as the nation’s aspiration to become a green economy inches closer. This is courtesy of a forum that pits Federal Government ...

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ERA/FoEN has right to information on tobacco incentives, court affirms

tobacco smoking

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos and presided by Justice M. Idris has affirmed that the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) is within its rights to demand and get a response from the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) on its request for information on tax benefits granted to tobacco companies under the Export Expansion Grant (EEG) scheme. ...

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CDM board elects chair, vice-chair for 2017

Frank Wolke

The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Bonn, Germany on Monday, February 20 2017 convened its first meeting in 2017. At the start of this 93rd meeting, the Executive Board elected Frank Wolke of Germany and Arthur Rolle of the Bahamas as Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively. Mr. Wolke and Mr. Rolle will serve until the first meeting of the ...

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