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Climate change: African youths urged to enhance participation in advocacy

African Youth Conference

African youths have been urged to increase their participation in programmes aimed at reducing the effects of climate change on the environment. This formed part of the discussions at the Third African Youth Conference on Climate Change (AFRIYOCC) organised by Africa Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC) in Abuja on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. Climate change has been described as ...

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GM cotton can revive textile industry, says food scientist


Head of Department of Food Technology, University of Ibadan, Prof. Ogugua Aworh, has appealed to the Federal Government to use the potential of bio-technology (bt.) cotton (or genetically modified cotton) to revive the country’s textile industry. Aworh made the call when he spoke with newsmen on the sidelines of the 41st Conference and Annual General Meeting of Nigerian Institute of ...

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New guidelines to assist in managing marine noise

Ocean noise pollution

A new set of guidelines for regulators will significantly help to manage marine noise, which is increasingly posing a major threat to many marine animals. Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), said the recommendations are a response to a historically unprecedented increase in marine noise. “Marine wildlife relies on sound for vital life functions, including ...

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Holding transnational corporations accountable for human rights violations

Chief Fidelis A. Oguru-Oruma

Dr Godwin Uyi Ojo, representing Friends of the Earth International on global legally binding treaty Subject 7 Jurisdiction, says in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday, October 26, 2017 that States must guarantee that a complaint against transnational corporations (TNCs) can be submitted for the abuses committed in host communities in any member state. He spoke during the United Nations Intergovernmental Working ...

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Ghana’s ‘pre-COP festival’ sets tone for Bonn climate confab

Pre-COP Climate Festival

As the month of November approaches, the international community is making feverish preparations towards the forthcoming 23rd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany. Ghana, like most African countries, will participate in the conference, scheduled to hold from November 6 to 17, 2017. And as part ...

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It’s time to finally free Africa from coal, say campaigners

coal mining

In a bid to halt the exploration and use of coal in Africa (or decoalonise Africa) and move towards 100% renewable energy, the #deCOALonise Africa campaign seeks to stop the development of coal infrastructure within the continent through strengthened community resistance and international collaboration. In this piece, the campaigners insist that Africa is not a dumping ground for dirty, dangerous and ...

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New partnership to promote migratory birds conservation emerges

Migratory birds

Three leading bird conservation organisations on Thursday, October 26, 2017 in Manila, the Philippines, announced an innovative partnership to boost awareness of the plight of migratory birds around the globe. The new alliance formally unites two of the world’s largest bird education campaigns, International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) and World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) in a bid to strengthen recognition ...

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ERA describes union’s successful elections new dawn in campaign against water privatisation

Akinbode Oluwafemi

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has commended the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) for a successful national congress which saw Comrade Benjamin Anthony of Federal Housing Authority (FHA) Abuja emerge as the new president. The national congress which held in Ibadan, Oyo State from October 18 to 19 ...

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How COP23 will run on clean energy

Bonn bus

The UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn (COP23) scheduled to hold from November 6 to 17, 2017 is designed to increase climate action and more sustainable development at all levels of society. The organisers of COP23 are apparently walking the talk, the conference will be made sustainable to the greatest possible extent. In a special series, the UN Climate Change ...

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Malnutrition causes 53% women, children’s deaths – Rivers Deputy Governor

Dr Ipalibo Banigo

The Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Dr Ipalibo Banigo, on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 identified malnutrition as the cause of 53 per cent of deaths in women and children. Banigo made this known in Port Harcourt at the opening ceremony of International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Nigeria Week/Annual General Meeting and Pre-convention meeting. She spoke on “Economic Empowerment of ...

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