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Charlevoix 2018: Why G7 should provide clear signal for climate action

Justin Trudeau

From June 8 to 9, 2018, Canada will be hosting this year’s G7 Summit. In advance of the meeting, the Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change, Patricia Espinosa, in this piece published in the “G7 Canada: The Charlevoix Summit”, G7 members to unlock the promised and necessary funding to actualise their contribution to climate action and help the world reach ...

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Menstrual Hygiene Day: WaterAid clamours better toilets, accurate information about periods

A school toilet for girls

Around the world, one in three girls face inadequate toilets, and many others face social and cultural limits when on their periods. On the occasion of the 2018 Menstrual Hygiene Day observered on Monday, May 28, WaterAid Nigeria, an international organisation, is encouraging governments around the world to prioritise better toilets and washing facilities in schools, and to provide accurate information around ...

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China floods to hit US economy, says study

China flood

Intensifying river floods could lead to regional production losses worldwide caused by global warming. This might not only hamper local economies around the globe – the effects might also propagate through the global network of trade and supply chains, a study now published in Nature Climate Change shows. It is said to be the first to assess this effect for flooding on ...

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Climate Weeks: Ahead of California and New York, Asia Pacific holds in July

patricia espinosa

The UN Climate Change on Monday, May 28, 2018 confirmed that Asia Pacific Climate Week (APCW2018) will be convened in Singapore from July 11 to 13. The event – which lands two months ahead of both the Global Climate Action Summit in California and New York Climate Week – will be instrumental in demonstrating that there is genuine international support ...

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Plateau waste evacuators given one week to clear dump sites

Abdullahi Abbas

The Plateau Government has given private waste evacuators in charge of Jos-Bukuru one week to clear all dump sites in the area. Mr Abdullahi Abbas, the state’s Commissioner for Environment, gave the deadline on Saturday, May 26, 2018 after an assessment tour of the 14 waste collection zones in the Jos-Bukuru metropolis. Abbas said any of the evacuators who failed ...

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FCT community appeals for provision of water, basic amenities


Residents of Gishiri Community in Abuja Municipal Area Council have called on relevant authorities in the FCT Administration to provide potable water and other basic amenities for the benefit of inhabitants. They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in an interview that inadequate water supply and basic amenities made life difficult and unbearable for them in the ...

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New Zealand to cull 150,000 cattle in attempt to eradicate disease

Jacinda Ardern

Up to 150,000 New Zealand cattle will be culled as the government attempts to eradicate the disease “Mycoplasma bovis”. Mycoplasma bovis is a bacterium that causes diseases in cattle including udder infections, abortion, pneumonia and arthritis. Humans are not at risk of infection. “This is a tough call – no-one ever wants to see mass culls,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ...

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Biosafety agency boss calls for investment in science, technology

Rufus Ebegba biosafety

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has stressed the need for the government to invest in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to properly drive change for country’s development. Dr Rufus Ebegba, the Director-General of the agency, made the call in a presentation on Monday, May 28, 2018 at the 2nd National Conference on Science and Technology by the Faculty of ...

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Shell targets youths, communities in development portfolio

Shell Nigeria

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), operator of the SPDC Joint Venture, has restated its active presence in Delta State against the belief in some quarters that the multinational energy firm has pulled out of the state. As a proof of its significant footprints in Delta State, the company said it has implemented wide ranging projects in different ...

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How Nigeria utilised $4.9m GEF grant for small-sized schemes


The Global Environmental Facility-Small Grant Programme (GEF-SGP) gave Nigeria a $4.9 million grant to fund 141 environmental related projects in 25 states between 2009 and 2017. Mrs Ibironke Olubamise, GEF-SGP National Coordinator, who disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, said that the grant was an additional fund to complement the environmental projects in the states. ...

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