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Poem: O poor Mother Earth, who will wipe your tears!

Hurricane Irma

In a response to the recent flooding in Benue, Kogi, Lagos, and Niger states in Nigeria and hurricanes in the US and Caribbean, John Baaki Terzungwe of the Women Environmental Programme (WEP) expresses his feelings in this vivid, emotional poem Millions of years ago you enjoyed absolute peace Because no one gave you a reason to wail No one even ...

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Global alliance against pollution gets $35m support

Jochen Flasbarth

The UN Environment Assembly has acknowledged the importance of partnership in driving development  actions  across the globe. To this end development stakeholders have decided to walk the talk against pollution with a joint $35 million financial support to the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE). The financial support came from European Union, Finland, Germany, Norway, the Republic of Korea, ...

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Evacuations in California as wildfires flare out of control

California wildfires

A wildfire driven by California’s dry, seasonal Santa Ana winds rapidly expanded to more than 12,500 hectares overnight outside Los Angeles, forcing widening evacuations on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Authorities in Ventura County, on the Pacific Coast just north of Los Angeles, declared an emergency and said they planned to use fixed wing aircraft and helicopters against the “fast moving, ...

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Firewood exploitation threatens survival of forests, says Cross River official

Alice Ekwu

Chairman, Cross River Forestry Commission, Mr Bette Obi, says uncontrolled tree felling for fuelwood by people is increasingly threatening the survival of forests across the country. Obi said this in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at a workshop on “Sustainable Fuelwood Management’’, organised by the Cross River Government in collaboration with the United Nations ...

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Monkey pox: Infected youth corp member confined to Benue hospital

Dr Cecilia Ojabo

A National Youth Service Corp member in Benue State (name withheld ) suspected to be infected with monkey pox have been confined at Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH), Makurdi. Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Cecilia Ojabo, who disclosed this to newsmen on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 in Makurdi,  said the corps member was suspected to have contracted ...

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Vultures get royal ambassador for conservation

Vultures NCF

The plight of vultures in Nigeria has been that of orphans who are often neglected by the society to fend for themselves in an environment that is becoming more hostile for their survival due to several factors, among which is the commercial exploitation of the birds for fetish and trado-medicinal uses. The mounting hostility has significantly accounted for the continued ...

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EU commits €30m to counter wildlife trafficking in Africa, Indian Ocean

elephant poaching

As part of a €30 million intervention, the European Union on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 signed a €17.2 million agreement with three United Nations institutions working jointly to reduce the illegal killing of wildlife and the trafficking of wildlife products throughout Eastern and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean. The new “cross-regional wildlife programme” will focus its activities in the ...

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UN identifies antimicrobial resistance from pollution as biggest emerging health threats

Erik Solheim

Growing antimicrobial resistance linked to discharge of drugs and particular chemicals into the environment is one of the most worrying health threats today, according to new research from UN Environment that highlights emerging challenges and solutions in the environmental space. Launched during the United Nations Environment Assembly at UN Environment headquarters in Nairobi, “The Frontiers Report” looks at six areas: ...

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Egypt to host Osinbajo, others at Africa 2017 Forum

Abdel Fattah Al Sisi

President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi will be hosting six African heads of state at the Africa 2017 Forum that takes place this week in the picturesque beach resort of Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. The President of Guinea, current chair of the AU, will be joining the Forum as well as the Presidents of Chad, Rwanda, Côte d’Ivoire, Comoros and Somalia. ...

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Women groups task UNEA-3 on safeguards for environmental defenders

Priscilla Achakpa

Coalition of women organisations attending the ongoing 3rd United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA-3) on Tuesday, November 5, 2017 urged the global assembly to prioritise the protection of women human rights and environmental defenders. The women groups, under the umbrella of the Women’s Major Group (WMG), made the call at a side event on the challenges facing women’s environmental rights defenders. “Since ...

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