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Brazil ratifies Minamata Convention

Michel Temer

The Government of Brazil on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 74th future Party to the Minamata Convention. Just last week, the governments of the Syrian Arab Republic and the Republic of Kiribati on Wednesday, July 26 and Friday, July 28, 2017 respectively deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby becoming the 72nd and 73rd future ...

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CDM: Germany uses certified carbon credits to offset business travel


The German government is compensating for the climate footprint of all its official travel by acquiring UN-certified carbon offsets and has launched a tender process – open until August 16, 2017 – to purchase more than 235,000 credits to offset last year’s emissions from business travel. The transport sector is said to be responsible for approximately 23% of total energy-related CO2 global emissions, ...

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Dutch students manufacture biodegradable electric car


What’s made of sugar, can carry four people and travel at 50 miles (80 km) per hour? A biodegradable car, whose inventors say could be the next step in environmentally friendly motoring. The lightweight electric car, created by students in the Netherlands, is made of a resin derived from sugar beets and covered with sheets of Dutch-grown flax. “Only the ...

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World Indigenous Peoples Day: Need for more involvement in climate action


August 9 is International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples and an occasion to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the landmark United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). According to the UN, indigenous peoples are inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures and ways of relating to people and the environment. And they are in a unique position to make ...

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Court strikes out suit against seven banks

Federal High Court

Following the application by the Federal Government (FG) to withdraw it’s case against seven banks who allegedly violated the Single Treasury Account (TSA) a Federal High Court, Lagos has struck out the suit by the FG. The application was seeking to recover $793,200,000 (about N249,659,700,000) from seven banks which it claimed they hid for ‘unknown’ government officials. The banks are: ...

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How N11tr for electricity was squandered under past governments, by SERAP


A new report by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has revealed how over N11 trillion meant to provide regular electricity supply was allegedly squandered under the governments of former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan. According to the report, “The total estimated financial loss to Nigeria from corruption in the electricity sector starting from the return to ...

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Groups warn government, Shell against frustrating Ogoni clean-up

Dr Godwin Uyi Ojo

An Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth (ERA/FoEN) led coalition of civil society groups and Host Communities (HoComs) has given a timely warning to the Federal Government of Nigeria, Shell and other concerned authorities, that unless they stop dilly-dallying on the moves to clean up the environment of Ogoni communities of Rivers State, the laudable directives by the United Nations ...

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Sudan, Zimbabwe emerge Parties to Paris Agreement

Omar al-Bashir

Two landlocked countries, the Republic of the Sudan and the Republic of Zimbabwe, on Wednesday, August 2 and Monday, August 7, 2017 respectively deposited their instruments of ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The northeastern and southern African nations thus become the158th and 159th countries to endorse the global treaty, after the Republic of Haiti, which ratified the climate accord ...

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Study links malaria rapid diagnostic tests to more antibiotic prescriptions

Katia Bruxvoort

Scientists find curbing the overuse of antimalarial drugs often replaced by overuse of antibiotics instead; study also reveals puzzling cases of malaria patients testing positive yet going untreated Rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for malaria are reducing overuse of malaria medications but may also produce a range of unintended results, according to a comprehensive new study published on Monday, August 7, ...

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Australia loses $52b annually to insomania, says report

Malcolm Turnbull

Sleep deprivation is costing the Australian economy $52.48 billion annually, a report released on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 found. The Deloitte Access Economics, in a report, found that 39.8 per cent of Australians were not getting enough sleep. Deloitte estimated that sleep deprivation accounted for $14.16 billion in lost productivity in the financial year ended in June 2017 while costing ...

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