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Alison-Madueke to permanently forfeit N7.6bn, court orders

Diezani Alison-Madueke

Justice Abdulazeez Anka of the Federal High Court, Lagos on Monday, August 28, 2017 ordered the permanent forfeiture of the sum of N7,646,700,000, suspected to belong to former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Dieziani Alison-Madueke, to the Federal Government. Justice Anka made the order following an application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), seeking the final and ...

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GCF puts gender at centre of climate response

Howard Bamsey

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) will on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 launch a guide on strengthening the central role of gender consideration in its allocation of climate finance. “Mainstreaming Gender in Green Climate Fund Projects” details how GCF partners need to mainstream the inclusion of women, girls, men and boys from socially excluded and vulnerable communities at all stages of ...

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How UNDP, Adaptation Fund help build resilience in small island states

Pradeep Kurukulasuriya

Climate change is magnifying the environmental problems the coastal communities of small island developing states are facing. In this piece written to review past and ongoing projects as well as commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Adaptation Fund (AF), Dr. Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, Head of Climate Change Adaptation of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), says that the duo over years ...

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SEforALL identifies Nigeria, others as ‘high-impact’ sustainable energy spots

energy see4all

Nigeria has emerged the sole African mention among 20 nations identified as possessing the most remarkable sustainable energy potentials in the world. The other countries are: Brazil, Mexico, United States, Saudi Arabia, Canada, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, China, Turkey, United Kingdom, Iran, India, Australia, Japan, Indonesia, South Korea and Russia. Using the latest energy data from its knowledge partners, Sustainable ...

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Good nutrition described as key to breaking poverty cycle


Eradicating malnutrition could increase wages by between 5% and 50% and is a sure way of breaking an inter-generational cycle of poverty in Nigeria, according to Scale Up Nutrition Business Network Nigeria (SBNN), a civil society group. Speaking recently in Lagos at a one-day symposium organised by the Media Centre Against Child Malnutrition (MeCAM), Ms Ify Ibiso of SUN Business ...

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Flood submerges communities, radio station, market in Makurdi


Benue Radio Station, Wurukum Market and seven other communities were submerged following Saturday (August 26, 2017) night’s heavy downpour in Makurdi, the Benue State capital. Commissioners for Land, Survey and Solid Minerals, Bernard Unenge, and Water Resources and Environment, Joseph Utsev, went round the town for situation report on Sunday. Ustev explained that the ministry needed adequate funds to mitigate ...

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Harvey causes catastrophic flooding in Houston


Flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey is overburdening resources in the US as authorities in and around Houston in Texas scramble to save those trapped by the high waters. Hopes for an immediate respite from Harvey’s wrath seem unlikely as the National Weather Service calls the flooding “unprecedented” and warns things may become more dire if a record-breaking 50 inches of ...

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UN cautions over worsening South Asia flooding

Asia flooding

Almost 41 million people have been affected by flooding and landslides in India, Bangladesh and Nepal and there is possibility the situation could deteriorate further as rains continue in some flood-affected areas, a UN agency said. United Nations humanitarian agencies are working with the Government and partners in Nepal to bring in clean water, food, shelter and medical aid for ...

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How trees can protect vulnerable populations

Tree planting

Pascal Mittermaier, Global Managing Director, Cities, The Nature Conservancy, underlines the need to plant more trees in order to protect vulnerable settlements. He stresses that, in rapidly heating cities, climate change is an environmental justice challenge If you want evidence of climate change’s devastating effects, just look at the news over the last few weeks. Phoenix, Arizona got so hot planes ...

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Nigeria ill-prepared to control Lassa virus, says virologist


A professor of Virology, Oyewale Tomori, has said that the recent outbreak of Lassa fever at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) simply shows the country’s weak surveillance of the disease. Professor Tomori who is also the immediate past president of the Nigeria Academy of Sciences (NAS), spoke exclusively to EnviroNews at the end of a two-day meeting organised by the ...

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