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Delhi pollution hits severe levels, schools likely to be closed

New Delhi pollution

Pollution levels on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 hit alarmingly high levels in New Delhi, India with authorities considering emergency measures such as closing schools and top ministers likening the city to a “gas chamber.” With an estimated population of 19 million, New Delhi is ranked as among the most polluted cities in the world, but plans to tackle the worsening ...

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NOSDRA restates commitment to speedily combat oil spill


Zonal Director, National Oil Spill Detection and Remediation Agency (NOSDRA), Mr Cyrus Nkangwung, has expressed the agency’s readiness to continue to combat oil spill in the Niger Delta. Nkangwung made the assertion at the maiden Obolo Achievers Award organised by the group on Monday, November 6, 2017 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. He appealed to communities to complain about oil spill to ...

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NiMet, IFAD adopt climate adaptation to boost food production

Sani Marshi

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Fund for Agricultural Development on Climate Change Adaptation and Agri-Business Support Programme (IFAD-CASP). A statement by Mr Muntari Ibrahim, General Manager, Public Relations Unit, on Monday, November 6, 2017 in Abuja, said the MoU has a renewable life span of four years. The statement noted that ...

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COP23: What is at stake for Africa?

Yusuf Maitama Tuggar

Delegates from about 196 countries have gathered in Bonn, Germany for what has become a semblance of a yearly ritual – the 23rd conference of parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The conference holds from November 6 to 17, 2017 under the leadership of Fiji, which is the first small island developing state to ...

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Migrants’ smuggling erasing opportunities of migration, says forum

Smuggling of Migrants

Migration has been identified as an inevitable phenomenon with far-reaching advantages when done within the context of available conventions. This was made known in a communique by participants at the three-day European Union (EU) funded Media Roundtable on Smuggling of Migrants (SOM), organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in partnership with the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS). It ...

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COP23: Germany to support developing countries in climate change adaptation

Barbara Hendricks

The German government opened the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn by announcing an additional €100 million to support developing countries in climate change adaptation. The Federal Environment Ministry has pledged €50 million to the Adaptation Fund and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development is contributing another €50 million to the Least Developed Countries Fund which provides targeted support ...

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WWF, WRI, Nature Conservancy, others for $2.6m UPS grants

Eduardo Martinez

The UPS Foundation, which leads the global citizenship programmes for UPS, announced on Monday, November 6, 2017 that it would award more than $2.6 million in grants to non-profit organisations focused on environmental initiatives that align with its new sustainability goals to increase reliance on renewable energy sources and reduce absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from global ground operations. A significant grant ...

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Countries asked to hold to Paris Agreement path as COP23 opens

Climate Change

The 2017 UN Climate Change Conference kicked off in Bonn on Monday, November 6 with strong, unified calls to hold to the path of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The opening of the conference – the 23rd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the UNFCCC – takes place against this year’s background of destructive hurricanes, fires, floods, ...

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LDCs to COP23: Give us funds to implement Paris Agreement

Gebru Jember Endalew

As the 23rd round of climate change negotiations (COP23) kick off in Bonn, Germany, the chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) has called on negotiators to prioritise funding and support towards implementation of the deal agreed upon in Paris in December 2015. “COP 23 is an important opportunity to bridge the widening finance gap, (which is) a serious barrier ...

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Ogbe thumbs up GMO cotton research


Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe, on Thursday, October 26, 2017, made a major pronouncement in support of safe biotechnology in Nigeria, during a visit to one of the Bt. Cotton Multi-locational Field Trial (MFT) farms located within the premises of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Umar Musa Yar’adua Way, Lugbe, FCT Abuja, where he affirmed that ‘’there ...

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