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87 countries should account for disaster losses by 2020 – UNISDR summit


At least 87 countries should systematically account for disaster losses by 2020, which first and foremost constitute losses resulting from the impacts of climate change. This is the central conclusion of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction which ended in Cancun, Mexico on Friday, May 26, 2017. The year 2020 is the deadline set out in the Sendai Framework ...

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Strong carbon pricing needed to drive climate action, say experts

Joseph Stiglitz and Nicholas Stern

Meeting the world’s agreed climate goals in the most cost-effective way while fostering growth requires countries to set a strong carbon price, with the goal of reaching $40 to $80 per tonne of CO2 by 2020 and $50 to $100 per tonne by 2030. That’s the key conclusion of the High-Level Commission on Carbon Prices, led by Nobel Laureate Joseph ...

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These tobacco loud mouths and the rest of us

tobacco smoking

There is a general perception, and rightly so, that tobacco companies are economical when it comes to disclosing facts about the nature of their business. To burnish their unsavory image, the tobacco industry will often employ seemingly credible third parties that are referred to as “front groups” who claim to represent one agenda but actually serve that of the industry. ...

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The Eagle Online is back

Dotun Oladipo

The Eagle Online, a web-based newspaper published by Premium Eagle Media Limited, took a break to enable it change its host and put in place a new theme, both of which have been fully accomplished. Some of those who have visited the news website since it was reactivated have described it as reader friendly and fast on both handheld devices ...

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Government restates commitment to sustainability as proponents take stock of REDD+ readiness venture


The Federal Ministry of Environment on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 in Lafia, Nasarawa State, restated its commitment to ensuring environmental sustainability, even as it expressed concern over the growing rate of deforestation in the country. Permanent Secretary in Ministry, Dr Shehu Ahmed, who made the disclosure in a goodwill message at the Mid-Term Review (MTR) workshop for the Forest Carbon ...

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Three habitat sites recommended for World Heritage status

Qinghai Hoh Xil

The advisory body on natural World Heritage, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), has recommended World Heritage status for three sites nominated for their outstanding natural value. The IUCN also recommends danger-listing for the Cerrado Protected Areas in Brazil, and action to tackle major threats in listed sites, including Doñana National Park and the Sundarbans. This advice is ...

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Democracy Day: Nigerians asked to be vigilant


Former Lagos State governor and All Progressives Congress (APC) national stalwart, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has asked Nigerians to keep and nurture democracy, nor for the sake of democracy but for the sake of the country. “We must remember that should we fall asleep, there are those who would like nothing better than to take it from us,” he said in ...

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Children’s Day: Rescue of 82 Chibok schoolgirls described as significant

Chibok girls

Senator Oluremi Tinubu representing Lagos Central Senatorial District has said the recent rescue of 82 of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls is a proof of the commitment of the Federal Government to the wellbeing of the Nigerian child. On the occasion of this year’s Children’s Day, she said her prayers were with the remainder of the over 200 girls abducted from ...

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Urban development: Egypt to adopt citywide upgrading approach

Egypt UN-Habitat

As Egypt continues to exert all efforts for enhancing living conditions of its inhabitants, and in line with the Egyptian development vision 2030 and its urban development targets, the Ministry of Housing – represented in the Informal Settlement Development Fund – together with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in Egypt are initiating a new cooperation entitled “Participatory Citywide ...

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Images: Governor signs Benue anti-open grazing bill into law


Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Monday, May 22, 2017 signed the bill outlawing open grazing in the state. Describing the development as a step in the right direction, the governor stated that his administration would do all it can to protect the state from intruders and criminals.

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