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Bayelsa community members shut down Shell oil wells

Shell Flow Station

Some members of a community in Bayelsa on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 disrupted oil production at Adibawa Oil field operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), shutting two oil wells. A reliable source, who pleaded anonymity, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the protesters were from Tanbiri II, Biseni in Yenagoa who were demanding power supply from the ...

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Global malaria control progress stalls, says report

Malaria-anopheles

After unprecedented global success in malaria control progress has stalled, according to the World Malaria Report 2017. There were an estimated five million more malaria cases in 2016 than in 2015. Malaria deaths stood at around 445,000, a similar number to the previous year. “In recent years, we have made major gains in the fight against malaria,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom ...

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US state, local governments warned to brace for climate shocks

Donald Trump, US president

Global credit rating agency, Moody’s Investor Services, has released a new report describing the importance of measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience to the inevitable impacts of climate change in order to avoid negative credit ratings. The findings are relevant for states and municipalities in the United States. The US is still recovering from the devastating impacts ...

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Resistance imminent as coal-based power plants’ emission norms come into effect

coal-plant

It is a classic case of one ministry proposing and another disposing. A new analysis of the coal-based power sector by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) indicates that the sector – with active help from the Ministry of Power (MoP) and the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) – is all set to avoid complying with the new emission norms that ...

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COP23 progress can only be sustained through continued global efforts

Climate Change

After two weeks of intense negotiations, the UN Climate Change Conference ended in the early hours of November 18, 2017. The outcomes of COP23 sent a clear signal that all participating states – except one – remain committed to fulfilling the Paris Agreement. Despite some criticism concerning the lack of speed in progress, the results of the negotiations in Bonn ...

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Government, states, councils share N4.55tr in nine months

Waziri Adio

The total sum of N4.545 trillion was disbursed as the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) allocations between January and September 2017. Out of this amount, N1.757 trillion was shared in the third quarter of 2017 as against the N1.377 trillion and N1.411 trillion disbursed in the second and first quarters of the year. The information is contained in the latest ...

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Paris Agreement: Shell vows to halve carbon footprint by 2050

Ben van Beurden

Energy company Royal Dutch Shell on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 announced its intention to halve its carbon footprint by 2050 and to increase its spending on clean energy to up to $2 billion a year in order to help meet the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The central objective of the Paris agreement is to limit the global average ...

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Experts see dawn of environmental sustainability in technology-driven ‘Age of Optimisation’

Deborah Wince-Smith

The world is entering “a technology-driven Age of Optimisation” bringing about more sustainable production, consumption and work in many manifestations and at every scale. That’s the message from international experts meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the Global Innovation Summit 2017, the 8th in a series focused this year on environmental sustainability. The event is organised by the Global Federation of ...

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One in 10 drugs sold in developing countries fake or substandard – WHO

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says one in 10 drugs sold in developing countries is fake or substandard, leading to tens of thousands of deaths, many of them of African children given ineffective treatments for pneumonia and malaria. In a major review of the problem, the WHO said that bogus drugs are a growing threat as increased pharmaceutical trade, including ...

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Environment minister makes case for `Made in Nigeria’ clean cookstoves

Clean Cookstoves

The Minister of State for Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril, has called for the collaboration between government and private sector to develop domestic market for “Made in Nigeria” clean cookstoves. Jibril made the call on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at the 2017 Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum in Abuja, the Federal Capital City. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ...

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