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Trump expected to pull U.S. from Paris Agreement

Donald Trump, US president

President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, three officials with knowledge of the decision said, making good on a campaign pledge but severely weakening the landmark 2015 climate change accord that committed nearly every nation to take action to curb the warming of the planet. A senior White House official cautioned that the specific ...

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UN chief urges world to rally behind Paris accord

António Guterres

Highlighting the seriousness of the impact of climate change on the planet and its inhabitants, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 called for sustained action to meet the global challenge and to ensure a peaceful and sustainable future for all. “The effects of climate change are dangerous and they are accelerating,” Secretary-General Guterres told a gathering of ...

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Buildings must be zero carbon by 2050, says report

Terri Wills

The building sector, which is responsible for global emissions roughly equivalent to that of China, must operate at “net zero carbon” by 2050 if global warming is to remain under two degrees Celsius, the limit enshrined in the Paris Agreement. According to a new report by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), there are currently 500 net zero commercial buildings and 2,000 net ...

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International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament: Women have been victims of crises – Sustainability Academy

Rumuekpe Women

The Sustainability Academy marking the International Women’s day for Peace and Disarmament was held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by the Centre for Conflict and Gender Studies, University of Port Harcourt, in collaboration with Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF). Women play critical roles in peace and conflict resolution at local, national and international levels. At the same time, women ...

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Digitisation of Kenyan farmer payments helps tackle poverty

Kenya farmer

A new case study by the United Nations-based Better Than Cash Alliance shows how agriculture non-profit organisation, One Acre Fund, in partnership with Citi Inclusive Finance, successfully digitised loan repayments for farmers in Kenya. This move, it was gathered, significantly boosted transparency and efficiency, driving economic opportunity and financial inclusion for thousands of smallholder farmers and their families. One Acre Fund, supported by Citi, enabled farmers ...

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World No Tobacco Day: CSOs highlight tobacco threats


A cross-section of civil society and public health groups have urged the Nigerian government to ensure regulations for implementation of the National Tobacco Control (NTC) Act are put in place to save the nation from tobacco deaths. The groups – Environmental Rights Action/ Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), National Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA), National Tobacco Control Research Group (NTCRG) ...

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Senate passes NFF adoption bill

Amanju Pinnick

The Senate has passed the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Bill seeking to legalise the country’s football governing body. This followed the adoption of the report of the NFF establishment bill 2017 by the Senate Committee on Sports and Youth Development. Chairman of the Committee, Senator Obinna Ubah, stated that it had become necessary to repeal the extant laws guiding football in ...

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Manchester United most successful team in England


José Mourinho is now walking tall amongst fellow managers in the English Premier League. His team, Manchester United, is the most successful team in England, after picking up two trophies during the 2016/17 season. Mourinho’s side has triumphed in the League Cup and the Europa League, during an otherwise disappointing campaign, taking Manchester United’s tally of major trophies to 41. ...

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Sugar plantation threatens habitat of chimpanzees in Uganda reserve


The habitat of 500 chimpanzees in Uganda’s Bugoma Forest Reserve is said to be in danger. Conservationists and local residents are fighting to stop a company that has begun clearing trees in the protected area for a sugar plantation. A not-for-profit group, Rainforest Rescue, has taken up a campaign to sensitise the people, while urging President Yoweri Museveni to keep ...

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Realignment of Superhighway still a conjecture – Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey

In his welcome words on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at the Community Diagnostic Dialogue at Akpabuyo in Cross River State, Nnimmo Bassey, Director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), revisited the state’s controversial Superhighway project, saying that the new routing of the proposed realignment of the Superhighway is still an estimation as, according to him, the revised map is ...

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