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Images: When NCF, Lagos walked for nature

NCF Walk for Nature

A collaboration involving the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and the Lagos State Government through its Ministry of the Environment saw a colourful carnival-like parade in some parts of the city on Saturday, October 21, 2017. “Walk for Nature”, as the campaign is termed, is an annual event aimed at promoting public awareness for sustainable environmental practices. This year’s theme, “Cleaner ...

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No going back on Benue anti-open grazing law, says lawmaker

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Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly, Mr Terkimbi Ikyange (Ushongo/APC), has expressed confidence that the state’s Anti-Open Grazing Law will, from Wednesday, November 1 2017, come into force. Ikyange, who stated this on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 while playing host to the Strict Movement Against Ravages in Tiv Land (SMART-Land) at the Assembly Complex in Makurdi, emphasised that the November 1 date for the commencement of ...

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NEWMAP demands N500m counterpart fund for erosion control in A/Ibom

Iniobong Ene Essien

The World Bank-assisted Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) has requested the Akwa Ibom Government to pay its N500 million counterpart fund for the control of erosion in the state. The NEWMAP National Project Coordinator, Alhaji Salisu Dahiru, made the request on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 in Uyo at the launch of project in the state. Dahiru’s submission appears ...

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World Cities Day: UN-Habitat, government to upgrade slums in Nigeria

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The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, says that the Federal Government is partnering with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) to implement a Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) initiative in Nigeria. Fashola disclosed this on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at the commemoration of the 2017 “World Habitat Day” and “World Cities Day” by the Ministry ...

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WHO: Close to three million people access hepatitis C cure

Gottfried Hirnschall

On the eve of the World Hepatitis Summit in Brazil, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reports increasing global momentum in the response to viral hepatitis. A record three million people were able to obtain treatment for hepatitis C over the past two years, and 2.8 million more people embarked on lifelong treatment for hepatitis B in 2016. “We have seen ...

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Climate change damaging health of millions globally, says report

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The health of hundreds of millions of people around the world is being damaged by climate change, a major report has revealed. The report, which  was published in the Lancet journal, was prepared by researchers at 26 institutions around the world, including many universities, the World Health Organisation (WHO), World Bank and the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). The report ...

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Countries set to miss climate goals by wide margin, warns UNEP

Erik Solheim

Current national plans to slow down global warming are inadequate and will raise, rather than lower, the likelihood of serious climate impacts, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said Tuesday, October 31, 2017. According to UNEP, while signatory countries agreed to limit global warming between 1.5 and two degrees Celcius in the Paris Climate Agreement, national policies to reach that goal would ...

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National Parks Service arrests wildlife trafficker

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Conservator-General, Nigeria National Parks Service (NPS), Alhaji Ibrahim Goni, says the service has arrested an international trafficker of endangered species of wildlife. The Conservator-General, who said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, gave the trafficker’s name as Zakari Yau. Goni said that Yau was arrested at a spot near the Nigeria-Cameroon border. He said ...

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Yobe urges government to develop proposed 5,000-ha grazing reserve

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The Yobe State Government on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 appealed to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to develop 5,000 hectares (ha) of land it received from the state to establish the proposed grazing reserve. Dr Mustapha Gaidam, the Manager of Yobe Pilot Development Programme, made the call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu, the capital city. ...

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How climate change triggers migration in northeast Nigeria

Lake Chad

Nigeria’s northeast exemplifies a typical extreme case of the country’s version of climate change, reveling in ecological imbalance and accompanied with devastating consequences. It is evident that the northeast grapples with an unprecedented number of “climate induced migrations” courtesy of the multifaceted climate change and its palpable effects; ranging from desertification, drought, flooding and, quite disturbing, the near disappearance of ...

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