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GCF, GEF harmonise steps to follow developing country lead in climate finance


The Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have agreed to take joint steps to improve climate finance flows to best meet the needs of developing countries in tackling the global climate challenge. The heads of the two organisations, GCF Executive Director Howard Bamsey and the GEF’s CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii, met together on Tuesday, June ...

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Every lead poisoned child will be treated, says government


The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 in Abuja said it would ensure that no lead poison remained in the blood of over 650 children receiving treatment in Zamfara and Niger states. Alhaji Abubakar Bwari, the Minister of State of the ministry, gave the assurance while addressing newsmen at the end of a two-day event ...

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New drug to curb post-childbirth bleeding unveiled

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that a new drug – Carbetocin – has the potential to save thousands of women’s lives in childbirth annually. WHO said Carbetocin now serves as a new competition – with improved benefits – to Oxytocin, a stand-by drug used to prevent potentially-fatal bleeding after childbirth. WHO said excessive bleeding after childbirth still kills ...

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Shopping malls urged to establish plastics recycling plants


An ecologist, Mr Dennis Ugwuja, has urged shopping malls to establish plastics recycling plants to support the efforts to reduce plastic pollution in the country. Ugwuja, who is the Executive Director, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Initiative, an NGO, gave the advice in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday, June 25, 2018. “All big shopping ...

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FAO targets 149,730 households in 2018 northeast rainy season farming

Suffyan Koroma

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says it plans to assist more than one million people in the northeast to grow between six and eight months’ worth of food in the 2018 rainy season. Mr Suffyan Koroma, the FAO representative in Nigeria said this on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 in Maiduguri, Borno State, in his message at the launch of ...

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UN charges Nigeria on speedy Ogoni clean-up, desert restoration

Achim Steiner

Two UN agencies, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Environment, have commended Nigeria’s efforts at adopting global solutions towards creating a safe, secured and sustainable environment. They, however, urged government to put in more efforts, given the enormity of environmental problems and attendant consequences facing different parts of the country. Speaking at different side events during the ongoing 6th Assembly of the ...

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9th Environment Outreach lecture explores climate change, gully erosion

gully erosion site

Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Professor Ndowa Lale, will deliver the 9th Public Lecture and Environmental Awards ceremony of the Environmental Outreach Magazine scheduled for the 3rd of July 3, 2018 in Owerri, Imo State. The Lecture with the theme: “Climate change and gully erosion in Nigeria: Problems and prospects” will be chaired by Professor A. Chidi ...

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Climate change: What you can do to live sustainably

Olumide Idowu

It is easy to get disheartened or fearful about climate change. Climate change in Nigeria is principally a major problem caused by the increase of human activities. If you like, call it human mismanagement of the earth leading to several direct and indirect impacts on health. These climatic changes have wide-range harmful effects including increase in heat-related mortality, dehydration, spread ...

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Destroying tropical forests alters Earth’s energy balance

Amazon rainforest

An emerging body of research on the non-carbon impacts of deforestation reveals that destroying tropical forests significantly alters the Earth’s delicate energy balance, rainfall, and wind systems, leading to warmer and drier conditions near cleared forests and out-of-whack weather patterns across the globe, according to a new report by leading forest experts released at a major global forest gathering on ...

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High-tech forest-monitoring tools revolutionising knowledge on tropical forests

Nigeria REDD+

A “golden age” of technology – from satellites and remote sensing to cloud computing, drones and innovative ground data collection – have enabled the tracking and monitoring of the world’s tropical forests, providing an unprecedented opportunity to maximise the role forests play is soaking up and storing carbon and providing many goods and services for sustainable development, reveals a working ...

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