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New WaterAid scheme in Bauchi to ‘go beyond just providing toilets and taps’


The Abuja-based WaterAid Nigeria on Friday, January 26, 2018 announced the commencement of a new project aimed at highlighting how essential clean water, basic sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are to human activity and for national development. Titled “Strengthening Water Sanitation and Hygiene Delivery Systems (SWADS)”, the three-year project will be executed in Bauchi State. Supported by the Hongkong and Shanghai ...

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GCF, UNEP seek to fortify the Gambia against droughts, floods

Lamin B. Dibba

The Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources of the Gambia, Lamin Dibba, has said that a Green Climate Fund (GCF)-funded adaptation project launched on Tuesday, January 24, 2018 will provide benefits across the West African country. “This timely assistance will integrate ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change into planning at the national, district and village levels throughout the Gambia,” ...

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Paris Agreement: UN opens Talanoa Dialogue portal

World Conference Centre Bonn

The UN Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat on Friday, January 26, 2018 launched a new portal to support the Talanoa Diaologue, an international conversation in which countries will check progress and seek to increase global ambition to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The UNFCCC has, through the portal, invited all countries and other stakeholders, including business, investors, cities, ...

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Companies to commit to science-based climate targets

Anand Mahindra

In an effort to spur further climate action at this year’s Global Climate Action Summit (Summit) in September and at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in November, Summit co-chair and Mahindra Group Chairman, Anand Mahindra, on Thursday, January 25, 2018 challenged businesses around the world to join the growing number of companies committed to setting greenhouse gas reduction targets in ...

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Government inaugurates 14-member committee to implement water resources master plan

Suleiman Adamu

The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, on Friday, January 26, 2018 inaugurated a 14-member Policy Advisory Committee to help in implementing the National Water Resources Master plan. At the event in Abuja, Adamu said the committee became necessary considering the nation’s diverse and economic water resources which needed coordinated and integrated management. According to him, continuous growth in ...

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Malaria remains Africa’s major health care problem


The African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) said Friday, January 26, 2018 that the malaria epidemic remains Africa’s major health care challenge. AU and World Health Organisation (WHO) officials, together with ministers of AU member states and global health care partners, expressed the concern during a high-level panel meeting on malaria held on the sidelines of the 30th ...

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Dutsin-ma varsity establishes directorate to combat desertification

Desertification in Nigeria

The Federal University Dutsin-ma, Katsina State, has established its Directorate of Desertification Monitoring and Control as part of its efforts to guard against desert encroachment in the country. Prof. Armaya’u  Bichi, the Vice-Chancellor (V-C) of the university, disclosed this on Friday, January 26, 2018 in Dutsin-ma during a pre-convocation media briefing. He said, “The directorate will train people on how ...

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Kaduna allocates N3.8b for new master plans, layouts, others


Kaduna State Government has allocated N3.8 billion to the state’s Geographic Information Service (KADGIS) for capital projects in 2018. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the figure is contained in the state’s 2018 budget obtained from the state Planning and Budget Commission. According to the document, a total of N3.9 billion was allocated to the agency out of ...

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Coral reefs get sick from plastic waste – Study


Billions of bits of plastic waste are entangled in corals and sickening reefs from Thailand to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, scientists said on Thursday, January 25, 2018. The trash is another pressure on corals, already suffering from over-fishing, rising temperatures caused by climate change and other pollution. In the Asia-Pacific region, a total of 11.1 billion plastic items – including ...

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Scientists urge museum to kick climate denial funder off its board

Rebekah Mercer

Over 200 leading scientists – including former NASA head James Hansen, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning psychiatrist Eric Chivian and the former director of the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum James Powell – on Thursday, January 25, 2018 released a letter urging New York’s American Museum of Natural History to cut ties to donor and board member, Rebekah Mercer. “The most ...

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