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Radio Report: Living close to nature means better health


Nigerians living in cities have been urged to develop the habit of spending their vacations in rural communities across the country to be close to nature and enjoy better health. The Head of Department, Zoology and Environmental Biology, Lagos State University, Dr. Abiodun Denloye, made call at an event by the Lagos Office of Federal Ministry of Environment to commemorate this ...

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NCF launches ‘Green Recovery Nigeria’ to restore dwindling forest landcape


Bothered by the nation’s alarmingly diminishing forest resources, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) appears to have taken the gauntlet in the bid to address the somewhat unsavoury development. Courtesy of a re-greening initiative tagged: “Green Recovery Nigeria (GRN),” the national environment watchdog aims to restore the nation’s forest cover to at least 25% within the next three decades. “It is ...

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World Environment Day: Nigerians urged to ‘whistle blow’ to expose illegal natural resources exploitation

Ibrahim Usman Jibril

In line with current act of whistle blowing aimed at curbing corruption and recovering the nation’s looted funds, Nigerians have been asked to extend the controversial act to issues related to the management of the environment. In an address delivered on Monday, June 5, 2017 to commemorate the World Environment Day, Environment Minister of State, Ibrahim Usman Jibril, said: “We ...

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Paris climate accord: We’re still in, say U.S. leaders

Michael Bloomberg

President Donald Trump’s action notwithstanding, Americans appear to have stood firmly by the Paris Agreement, thanks to what looks like an unprecedented outpouring of support for the famous climate treaty. Michael Bloomberg, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, on Monday, June 5, 2017 submitted an unique statement of unity from hundreds of U.S. mayors, governors, ...

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Nigeria has potential to be Africa’s clean energy hub, says Fadina

CISME Consulting

Nigeria has all it takes to be the Africa centre for promoting and setting up projects on clean energy and sustainable investments. This was the submission of Prince Lekan Fadina, Chairman of CISME Consulting Limited, during the Project Development and Financing Workshop for the 3rd cycle of the West Africa forum for Clean Energy financing (WAFCEF3) held last month in ...

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Climate action needed to protect world’s oceans – UNFCCC

Patricia Espinosa

The vital link between oceans and climate change is among the issues at the forefront of discussions at the United Nations Ocean Conference taking place in New York from June 5 to 9, which is being attended by the UN’s top climate change official, Patricia Espinosa. The Ocean Conference highlights the necessity of adopting integrated approaches to better monitor the ...

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Why GMOs are unjust, unsafe, unsustainable, by Bassey


Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), at the Stakeholders Workshop on GMOs held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in Abuja says that there is no evidence to assure the world of the safety of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) Unjust, unsafe, unsustainable. These are the three key words that can be used to describe food systems based on ...

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Ocean Conference: Guterres urges nations to eschew short-term gain to avoid catastrophe

António Guterres

Warning that the special relationship between people and the ocean that brings untold benefits for life is under threat as never before, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday, June 5, 2017 told the opening of the Ocean Conference that the problems of the ocean – all created by human activity – can all be reversed and prevented with decisive, ...

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ILO clamours greening of workplace


The Director-General of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Guy Ryder, on Monday, June 5, 2017 told delegates that nothing would more clearly distinguish the first hundred years of the ILO’s history from the second “than the necessary greening of the world of work”. “Today, the Paris Agreement  and the national commitments made under its terms, together with the 2030 Agenda , provide a unique ...

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World Environment Day: We’re unperturbed by US Paris accord pull-out – Stakeholders

Newton Jibunoh

The dumping of the Paris Agreement on climate change last week by US President Donald Trump arrested the interest of stakeholders as mankind observed the World Environment Day on Monday, June 5, 2017. The move, which was greeted by global condemnation, is however seen in some quarters as an opportunity for the rest of the world to even be more ...

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