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Cross River Superhighway: Why the threat still stands

Cross River Superhighway

Adeniyi Karunwi, Director General of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), in this treatise expresses concern over the fact that a remarkable rainforest ecosystem in the country is threatened, courtesy of the proposed Superhighway project in Cross River State. He suggests that the state government appears not to be doing enough to address a set of conditions to be fulfilled before ...

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Stakeholders explore ways to prevent forest fires in Indonesia

Indonesia forest fires

The 2015 fire and haze event had severe effects for people and the environment. Since then, governments, companies, local communities, NGOs and donors have engaged in a variety of initiatives to prevent and manage forest fires A national policy dialogue organised by the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Pekanbaru (Riau, Indonesia) on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 brought together ...

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API Awards: Africa’s top real estate developers emerge

API Awards

Property developers, suppliers and owners recently got the opportunity to showcase their best projects and services from across sub-Saharan Africa at the Africa Property Investment (API) Awards held on Thursday, August 24, 2017. The awards, which were held at the API Summit and Expo 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa, recognised innovation and outstanding achievement across the entire property industry in ...

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Evans, billionaire kidnapper, arraigned, pleads guilty

Evans kidnapper

Suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy and kidnapping at the Lagos High court, Ikeja. Evans, who was arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and kidnapping before Justice Hakeem Oshodi spent 82 days in detention at police station after his arrest. The Lagos State Government ...

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Hon tackles Falana, insists chief judges have no power to free prison inmates

Femi Falana

A constitutional lawyer and author, Chief Sebastine Hon (SAN), has challenged Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) for saying chief judges are empowered to free prison inmates, insisting that chief judges, including the Chief Justice of Nigeria, have no constitutional powers to embark on prison amnesty. Hon said such amnesties, including the power of the Attorneys-General to enter nolle prosequi, are deliberately ...

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Governor Sani Bello to deliver News Express 5th Anniversary Lecture

Abubakar Sani Bello

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State will deliver the News Express 5th Anniversary Lecture on Thursday, September 28, 2017, the newspaper’s Management said on Thursday, August 30, 2017 in Lagos. News Express Publisher, Isaac Umunna, said that Governor Bello would speak on “National Unity and the Demand for Restructuring – A Governor’s Perspective.” “We are delighted to have His Excellency, ...

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World Water Week: GCF launches climate gender manual

Green Climate Fund

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) appears to be helping to level the playing field of climate action with the launch on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 of its first gender guide to climate finance. GCF Executive Director Howard Bamsey and Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate Isabella Lövin (who is also the country’s Deputy Prime Minister) unveiled the gender ...

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World Water Week: Sanitation goals need major push, says Thomson

Peter Thomson

Encouraging global action to support clean water and sanitation, United Nations General Assembly President, Peter Thomson, on Monday, August 28, 2017 underscored that when it comes to the environment, everything is connected. “None should imagine that the state of sanitation and coral reefs are anything but directly connected,” Mr. Thomson said, delivering the keynote address at special event in Stockholm to start ...

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Norwegian town becomes climate neutral


The Norwegian municipality of Arendal has pledged to become climate neutral, as the first municipality in the world to join the United Nations Climate Neutral Now initiative. This means that it will measure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the greatest extent possible, and offset all emissions that cannot be avoided. Urban areas represent an estimated 70% of energy-related global greenhouse emissions, and their ...

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Sourcing climate finance for sustainable development

Ibrahim Usman Jibril

Financing climate change is a major concern for Nigeria in its quest for sustainable development and transitioning to a green economy. Delivering on the Paris Agreement requires countries to effectively implement their national climate plans as well as increase their ambition over time. Achieving both of these goals requires a key item – finance. Historically, Nigeria has not been as successful ...

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