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Espinosa, others to grace Africa Carbon Forum

Africa Carbon Forum

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has announced that its executive secretary, Patricia Espinosa, will grace the 9th Africa Carbon Forum (ACF), which is scheduled to hold from Wednesday, June 28 to Friday, June 30, 2017 in Cotonou, Benin Republic. The UN body, which made the disclosure in a tweet on Sunday, June 25, 2017, is one ...

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Thunderstorms loom as NiMet releases predictions for Saturday, Sunday


The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy morning over the Central States on Saturday, June 24, 2017 with prospects of localised thunderstorms over Yola, Lafia, Abuja, Jos, Minna, Ilorin, Jalingo and Mambilla Plateau. NiMet’s Weather Outlook by its Central Forecast Office on Friday, June 23 in Abuja also predicted prospects of localised thunderstorms over Abuja, Jos, Lafia and its ...

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Fresh ratifications as Minamata celebrates Convention’s entry into force


In the past couple of days, three countries ratified the Minamata Convention, even as indications emerged that the entry of the global treaty into force will be commemorated next week. On Thursday, June 22, 2017, Thailand became the latest nation to endorse the mercury accord when it deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the Convention’s 66th future Party. Previously, ...

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World Giraffe Day: Saving the Masai giraffe in East Africa

global giraffe population

The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) dedicated the year’s World Giraffe Day (observed on Wednesday, June 21, 2017) to saving Masai giraffe in Kenya and Tanzania. Giraffe have recently been listed as Vulnerable to extinction on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Giraffe numbers in Africa are said to have plummeted by a staggering 40% over the last 30 years. “We estimate today that ...

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Federal varsity reviews government’s economic recovery plan


Over the last years the Nigerian economy has been in doldrums, leaving behind tales of inflation, unemployment, poverty and the likes. To stem the ugly tide and return the country on the part of economic prosperity, the administration of President Mohammadu Buhari launched the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP). The strategic importance of the Plan to the country in ...

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Montréal Declaration: 140 mayors express commitment to Paris goals


One hundred and forty mayors of the world’s largest cities have expressed their commitment implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement at a meeting in Montréal, Canada, and pledged city leadership on climate action. Almost 60 percent of the world’s population already lives in urban regions, and this proportion is constantly increasing. The lion’s share of heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions is ...

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GCF: Climate fund pay-out progresses

Howard Bamsey

The disbursement of Green Climate Fund (GCF) financing is picking up pace, following a major focus of the Fund this year on implementing approved projects. In GCF’s most recent disbursement of climate finance, in early June, it transferred the first $1 million tranche of an approved $6.2 million grant to help Peru’s indigenous communities manage wetlands to avoid deforestation and the release ...

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Otodo Gbame: Evictions cruel, inhuman, degrading, court rules

Otodo Gbame

With hundreds of anxious poor, urban residents – men, women, and children – from waterfronts across Lagos State waiting inside and outside the High Court courtroom, Honourable Justice Onigbanjo on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 delivered his judgment. Relying on the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules, 2009, his Lordship said that he found evictions without adequate notice and resettlement to be ...

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Rainforests are at risk, warn faith leaders

Interfaith Rainforest Initiative

Participants of the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative held on Wednesday June 21, 2017 in Oslo, Norway fear that rainforests are at grave risk. In a statement addressed to Leaders in Government and Business, to Leaders and Followers of Spiritual and Religious Traditions, and to the wider Human Family, the faith leaders say they will act together for the sake of the rainforests and ...

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Deficit: CBN, NHFP launch housing finance scheme

Godwin Emefiele

The dream of many Nigerians across all strata of the economy to own their own homes is at the verge of becoming a reality. This is even as, concerned by the nation’s housing deficit due to inadequate access to housing finance, the Nigeria Housing Finance Programme (NHFP), implemented by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has launched what it christened ...

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