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Radio Report: Independence Day and environmental challenges

Nigeria marks its independence on Monday, October 1, 2018 in the face of some environmental disasters especially flooding which has become a yearly occurrence, threatening lives, property and sources of livelihoods. Incidentally, as at independence in 1960, the country was considered as among the safest abodes on earth, as there were no record-breaking environmental disasters whether man-made or natural. In this ...

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Climate Diplomacy Week: EU, others urge positive global climate action

Ketil Karlsen

Following a week-long series of activities by the European Union and partners, the Climate Diplomacy Week 2018 in Nigeria was rounded off in Abuja on Friday, September 28, 2018. The European Union delegations around the world utilised the Climate Diplomacy Week as a time to reach out to communities and partner organisations to highlight positive global action and collaboration on ...

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150,000 persons displaced by flood in Bayelsa


No fewer than 150,000 persons have been displaced by flood in Bayelsa State, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) disclosed on Sunday, September 30, 2018. Mr Yakubu Suleiman, Co-ordinator, Emergency Operation Centre E, Rivers/Bayelsa Territory of NEMA disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa, the state capital. Suleiman said that several homes, farmlands, ...

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World Habitat Day: Effectively managing community waste

waste managers

The state of Lagos in Nigeria is currently having its fair share of waste management challenges, which is giving the government as well as the governed a cause for concern. But solid waste management is a global issue that affects everyone, the United Nations has said. According to the global body, the amount of waste produced by individuals is growing ...

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Latin American countries sign treaty to protect environmental defenders

Berta Caceres

Twelve countries – from Antigua to Mexico to Argentina – on Thursday, September 27, 2018 signed the Escazú Agreement during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly. Said to be a first-of-its-kind human rights treaty, the agreement gives community members in these countries more say over projects or development that impact them and their environment. The agreement also makes it clear that these governments ...

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Images: WWF at Global Climate Action Summit

World Wildlife Fund

Leaders in business, local government, and from across communities have continued to step up around climate action. Under the umbrella of the 30×30 Forest, Food and Land Challenge, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and over 100 NGOs, businesses, state and local governments, indigenous groups and communities at the recently held Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco, California, issued ...

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181 countries to tackle Big Tobacco at global treaty talks

Geneva Switzerland

In a few days, as many as 181 countries will converge on Geneva, Switzerland, for the Eighth Conference of the Parties (COP8) to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) to shut off one of the last avenues of influence the tobacco industry has to interfere with public health policymaking at the talks. At the conference holding ...

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World Bank invests $1b in battery storage for developing countries

Riccardo Puliti

The World Bank has announced its investment into battery storage for developing countries. Battery storage allows for wind and solar energy to be used at a much greater scale by making it possible to store electricity and use it when it needs it the most. However, battery technology is expensive and not yet widely developed in large-scale projects. Notably, in ...

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Why countries should continue use of Clean Development Mechanism

Global DNA Forum

National representatives working on the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) – which has registered thousands of climate and development projects worldwide – have called for greater promotion of the mechanism to help ensure its continued use in the international response to climate change. CDM projects earn a saleable credit for each tonne of CO2 they reduce or avoid. The ...

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Outstanding environmental changemakers receive UN’s Champions of the Earth award

Champions of the Earth award

Six of the world’s most outstanding environmental changemakers were recognised on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 with a Champions of the Earth Award, the UN’s highest environmental honour. This years’ laureates were recognised for a combination of bold, innovative, and tireless efforts to tackle some of the most urgent environmental issues of our times. The winners of the 2018 Champions of ...

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