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Ahead rainy season, Akwa Ibom begins flood control intervention

Iniobong Ene Essien

The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Environment and Mineral Resources, Dr Iniobong Essien, has said that government has embarked on various flood control intervention in the state since January. Essien stated this on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Ikot Oku Ikono Junction in Uyo, the state capital, during the monitoring of the ministry’s flood intervention programme. He said the exercise ...

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I’ll strengthen UN-Habitat, says new director


Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Maimunah Mohd Sharif, has pledged to strengthen the agency to make it more responsive to the needs of countries to address the challenges of rapid urbanisation and harness the benefits of good urbanisation. At her maiden press conference held in Nairobi, Kenya on Thursday, March 29, 2018, Ms. Sharif highlighted ...

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Central Africa countries to restore 34.56m ha of forest in species-rich Congo Basin

Congo Basin

Seven Central African countries have committed to restore some 34.56 million hectares of forest under the Bonn Challenge. The countries are: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Burundi and Rwanda. The Bonn Challenge is a global effort to bring 150 million hectares (ha) of the world’s deforested and degraded land into restoration by 2020, ...

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Ministers, UN officials to discuss Paris accord at Africa Climate Week

Nairobi Kenya

Action on climate change will receive a high-level boost when ministers from eight countries in Africa and senior United Nations and other officials converge on Nairobi, Kenya, for the Africa Climate Week, scheduled to hold from April 9 to 13, 2018. Countries made an historic agreement in Paris in 2015. The work now is on implementation, to limit warming this century ...

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NiMet’s Seasonal Rainfall Predictions as guides against disaster

Sani Marshi

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has, over the years, shown commitment to producing timely Seasonal Rainfall Predictions (SRP) and other climate information to the public for the purpose of guiding people against climate change’s negative effects. It has also confirmed that the SRP is based on strong observation and scientific study of the weather which application can be used in ...

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Rapid emissions reductions will keep CO2 removal, costs in check – Study

Jessica Strefler

Rapid greenhouse-gas emissions reductions are needed if governments want to keep in check both the costs of the transition towards climate stabilisation and the amount of removing already emitted CO2 from the atmosphere. To this end, emissions in 2030 would need to be at least 20 percent below what countries have pledged under the Paris climate agreement, a new study finds ...

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German uses explosives to ward off cat-killing birds

bird of prey

A cat lover is under investigation in Germany after using home-made explosive devices against birds of prey to avenge the deaths of two of his pets. The 39-year-old filled plastic bottles with drain cleaner, to which he attached wires, police said on Thursday, March 29, 2018. The heat produced resulted in detonations, although these were not considered dangerous, according to ...

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Lagos residents fault Visionscape’s performance claim

Cart pushers

Following the claim of Visionscape Sanitation Solutions (VSS) that it had made some progress in a very short time of working in Lagos State, residents say the city “is becoming dirtier” than the company met it. VSS Head of Corporate Communications, Motunrayo Elias, recently claimed that, “though the organisation commenced full operations in January this year, some progress had been ...

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China meets 2020 carbon target three years ahead of schedule

Xie Zhenhua

China reached its 2020 carbon emission target three years ahead of schedule with the help of the country’s carbon trading system according to Xie Zhenhua, China’s representative to UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) negotiations. The development provides an important boost to the Paris Agreement on Climate Action, which has the central goal to limit the global average ...

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We invested over N6b, created 25,000 jobs in 20 years – Lagos waste managers

waste managers

The Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAM), known as Private Sector Participation (PSP) operators, says it has invested over N6 billion in waste management industry in Lagos State in the last 20 years. AWAM Chairman, Oladipo Egbeyemi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, March 26, 2018 in Lagos that members of the association had provided over 25,000 ...

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