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Record wet and dry months increase as climate change drives rainfall extremes

Nigeria flood

More and more rainfall extremes are observed in regions around the globe – triggering both wet and dry records, a new study has shown. There are however big differences between regions: the central and eastern US, northern Europe and northern Asia have experienced heavy rainfall events that have led to severe floods in recent past. In contrast, most African regions have ...

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Government declares Cross River councils open defecation free

Gov Ben Ayade

The Federal Government has declared Ikom and Yala Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Cross River State open defecation free (ODF). The declaration was made at a news conference held in Calabar, the state capital, on Thursday, December 13, 2018 by the state Ministry of Water Resources. Speaking at the occasion, the Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, who was ...

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S. Africa dedicated to low-carbon economy in Africa, says minister

Nomvula Mokonyane

The South African government will advance the agenda of inclusive growth, a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy not only in the country but also on the African continent, an official said on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Minister of Environmental Affairs, Nomvula Mokonyane, said this when she announced the government’s plan to host the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) Conference, ...

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It’ll will be ‘immoral, suicidal’ to fail to agree on climate change action – UN

António Guterres

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says it will “not only be immoral, but suicidal”, should the world body fail to agree on climate change action. Guterres said this on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at the ongoing 24th Conference of Parties (COP24) in Katowice, Poland. He challenged the more than 100 government leaders gathered in Katowice to find consensus and “finish the ...

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COP24 delegates seek scaled-up ambition, support on climate finance

Mattias Söderberg

Ongoing UN Climate talks in Katowice, Poland are at a critical stage, as negotiations on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 moved into bilateral talks between ministers and in the final days of the summit. Observers are optimistic that the talks will deliver results. “We are concerned about the slow progress and we call on all delegates to acknowledge the urgency and ...

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Youth champions deliver Talanoa action call

Youth champions

At the closing of the Talanoa Dialogue on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, the Presidencies of this and last years’ UN Climate Change Conferences (COP24 and COP23) issued the Talanoa Call for Action. The statement calls for the urgent and rapid mobilisation of all societal actors to step up their efforts with a view to meeting the global climate goals agreed in ...

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Images: Nigeria faces, functions at COP24

Niger Delta Climate Action Plan

With a base at the lively country pavilion, members of the Nigerian delegation have been quite active at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland. They comprise civil society players, negotiators, business officials, government functionaries and media practitioners.  

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How pavilion impacted Nigeria’s performance at COP24

COP24 Pavilion

The Nigerian pavilion at COP24 has positively impacted Nigeria’s image and performance at the ongoing UN climate change summit in Katowice, Poland. Director, Department of Climate Change in the Federal Ministry of Environment, Dr Peter Tarfa, who made the submission on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, said the facility gave the nation the stage to show the world what it has ...

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COP24: It’s within our grasp to finish job – Espinosa

Patricia Espinosa

The second part of the high-level segment of the UN Climate Change Conference COP24 resumed on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 with the UN’s Climate Chief, Patricia Espinosa, and other top UN officials making passionate pleas to governments to finish the work they set for themselves and conclude the conference with a strong and effective outcome. The main objective of the ...

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COP24: WEP, Solidaridad, others unveil ‘smart’ initiatives

WEP Solidaridad

The Women Environmental Programme (WEP), Solidaridad Network Organisation, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike (AE-FUNAI) and Climate and Sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet) at the ongoing 24th Session of the Conference of Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) holding in Katowice, Poland, presented smart projects and practices that can contribute towards achieving the Nationally Determined Contributions ...

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