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Experts restate need to build climate resilience in small island countries

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Africa’s Small Island Developing States (SIDS) came under scrutiny at the recently held UN climate change summit in Marrakech, Morocco, where scientists expressed concern over the grim prospects facing the hapless nations. The countries are: Mauritius, Seychelles, Comoros, Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), Sao Tome & Principe, and Guinea Bissau. SIDS are are low-lying coastal countries that tend to share similar ...

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Achieving Paris Agreement goals essential for fisheries

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A new study has highlighted how achieving the Paris Agreement – global warming of no more than 1.5º Celsius over pre-industrial levels – would affect global fisheries. It is currently unclear how the world will achieve the climate target, but the fisheries support the diets, livelihoods, and cultures of billions of people. According to simulations from computer models, the fishing industry ...

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Marrakech was COP of inaction, says campaigner

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The popular tag of “COP of action” popularly associated with the recently held UN climate change summit (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco has been countered. Instead, the global conference that featured the 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), 12th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as ...

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Nigeria’s INDC amid Akwa Ibom’s transition to blue economy

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During a panel discussion session at a side-event organised by the Akwa Ibom State Government during the UN climate change summit (COP22) that held recently in the Moroccan city of Marrakech, Johnson Nkem (Senior Climate Adaptation Expert, African Climate Policy Cantre, Special Initiatives Division) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), stressed that, besides the green/low carbon economy, ...

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How Akwa Ibom wooed ‘green’ investors at COP22

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At an overly publicised side-event towards the tail-end of the recently held 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the historical Moroccan city of Marrakech, the Akwa Ibom Government reached out to foreign investors to key into its burgeoning sustainable development initiatives. At the event, which had ...

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Stakeholders underline need for mercury-free products

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Against the backdrop of global concern on the adverse health and environmental effects of mercury, stakeholders have underlined the need to embrace items that are mercury-free. At a stakeholder sectoral workshop on “Mercury added products in Nigeria” held recently in Lagos, participants recommended the banning and phasing-out the importation, sale, transfer and use of mercury containing products and equipments. “Beside ...

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NITP: A case for action-oriented agenda in 2017

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This article was written on the first day of the new year 2017, hence I seize the golden oppourtunity to greet numerous readers of EnviroNews magazine a Happy New Year. I extend similar greetings to my numerous professional colleagues under the aegis of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), the focus of this article. A new year connotes a ...

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Images: Ministers’ New Year day tour of impacted Ogoniland pollution sites

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Nigeria’s environment ministers started the New Year on a serious note as it was all work and no rest on Sunday, January 1 2017. While people wined and dined in the spirit of the festive season, the ministers opted to remain on the field. Minister of Environment (and Deputy UN Secretary General designate), Amina Mohammed, in the company of her ...

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How Sudan strives to improve access to water, sanitation, hygiene

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Sudan’s sanitation sector (safe drinking water and adequate sewage disposal) is faced with serious challenges that deem it difficult to attain this sector’s strategic objectives. One of these objectives was raising the number of persons with access to clean and safe drinking water to 82% and access to hygiene services to 67% by the end of 2016, as stipulated in ...

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