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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Delta warns residents against indiscriminate disposal of waste


The Delta State Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye, has warned residents of Asaba and Okpanam communities to desist from indiscriminate dumping of waste on the waterways. The commissioner gave the warning while responding to questions on the challenges of flooding in the state capital on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 in Asaba, the state capital. He said that the state ...

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Minamata Convention: Nigeria to phase out mercury in dental amalgam by 2022

Dental Amalgam summit

In alignment with the provisions of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which Nigeria is a Party to, the country will achieve a complete phase out of mercury in amalgam use in dentistry by 2022. This formed the kernel of a unanimous decision by participants at a National Stakeholders Summit on “Development of a National Policy for the Phasedown of Dental ...

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Residents laud Rivers, navy over declining hydrocarbon pollution

soot port-harcourt

Some residents of Port Harcourt and Bolo communities have lauded the Federal Government, Rivers Government and the Nigerian Navy for taking steps to end hydrocarbon pollution in the state. A cross section of respondents who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, said the soot emission had suddenly disappeared from their homes and places ...

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Herders-farmers conflicts becoming more sophisticated, deadlier – UN envoy


The Special Representative of UN Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, says the conflicts between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria are becoming more sophisticated and deadlier. Chambas, who is Head, UN Office for West African and the Sahel (UNOWAS), in a report presented to the UN Security Council, said the violence was a major security threat ...

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Lack of cooling access threatens health, prosperity, climate

Rachel Kyte

Some 1.1 billion people around the world face immediate risks from lack of access to cooling, says a report from Sustainable Energy for All released at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development in New York City on Monday, July 16, 2018. Cooling is crucial for a variety of often overlooked functions including safe storage of vaccines and drugs, ...

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China, EU reaffirm commitment to Paris Agreement

China EU

China and the European Union reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement in a joint statement on Monday, July 16, 2018 after the 20th EU-China Summit held in Beijing. During the summit, leaders highlighted the importance of tackling climate change and called other nations to step up climate action. This effort is said to have become more urgent than ever because of the ...

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Governments embark on transformative agenda to achieve global biodiversity targets

Cristiana Paşca Palmer

Inspired by discussions on the possibilities of transformational change, a keynote address by Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar, and a celebration of indigenous culture, more than 1,000 delegates from around the world concluded two critical meetings of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Montreal, Canada. The meeting resulted in recommendations to accelerate and scale up actions needed to achieve existing ...

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Lagos seeks stakeholders’ collaboration on Apapa clean-up

Babatunde Hunpe

The Lagos State Government has called for collaborative effort from stakeholders to improve sanitation in the Apapa area of the state. Mr Babatunde Hunpe, the Special Adviser to the Governor on the Environment, made the call on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at a stakeholder meeting in Lagos. The meeting was between the Lagos State Ministry of the Environment, the Nigeria ...

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Lawmakers query environment commissioner over refuse heaps in Jos


Worried by the heaps of refuse on Jos and Bukuru streets, members of the Plateau House of Assembly on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 invited environment commissioner Abdullahi Abbas to explain the situation. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the lawmakers, at their plenary on Thursdays, directed the standing committee on environment to investigate why the refuse heaps had ...

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EU, Oxfam move to battle desertification in Katsina


The European Union (EU) and Oxfam have distributed agricultural inputs worth N120 million to farmers in Katsina State for the second phase of the Fuel Wood Balance Programme (FUWOBA) sponsored by the two bodies. Dr Christo Marry-Udokang, the state project manager, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Daura on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 that the inputs were distributed ...

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