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Using Earth observation data to restore barren lands

UNCCD COP13 - Monique Barbut

Over 75% of the world’s land surface is said to be significantly impacted by human activity. The consequences are evident in more and severe droughts, high loss of wildlife and new trends in internal displacement and forced migration, say observers, adding that inaction on land degradation for most of the 169 countries affected by land degradation is due to the lack of accurate data and ...

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GEF-SGP exhibition to sensitise Nigerians on environmental issues, says official

Ibironke Olubamise

Global Environmental Facility’s Small Grant Programme (GEF-SGP) said it exhibited its programmes and projects to educate Nigerians on the benefits in tackling environment issues. Its National Coordinator, Mrs Ibironke Olubamise, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 in Akure, Ondo State, on the sidelines of the 2018 National Council on Environment (NCE) ...

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How climate change matters in 2018 US Congressional election

2018 US Congressional election

Although Americans have recently become more worried about global warming, it is ranked lower in priority compared to other, more immediate and visceral issues. According to a recent Pew Research Centre poll, 46% of Americans said that climate change should be a top priority for the president and Congress relative to other issues like terrorism (73% of Americans), healthcare costs (68%), ...

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Abu Dhabi to host 10th World Urban Forum in 2020

Abu Dhabi

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) and the Abu Dhabi Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities on Saturday, October 17, 2018 signed an Agreement with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) for Abu Dhabi to host the 10th session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10) in 2020. This will be the first time an Arab country ...

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Food insecure people in northeast drop from 5.2m to 2.9m – FAO

Chief Audu Ogbeh

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says food security has improved in northeastern states with the number of food insecure people dropping from 5.2 million to 2.9 million. The FAO Representative in Nigeria Mr Suffyan Koroma, represented by Mr Patrick David, the FAO’s Programme and Liaison Officer, said that the number dropped between August 2017 and August 2018 in ...

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Pollution: NIMASA to enforce 0.5 per cent sulphur limit on ships


The Director-General (DG) of Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside, on Friday, November 2, 2018 said that the agency would enforce strict compliance on sulphur pollution. Peterside said the measure would be in line with International Maritime Organisation (IMO) regulation which put a maximum of 0.5 per cent sulphur cap on all fuel used by vessels ...

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How Turkey’s coal investments are poisoning people, air, seas – Report

Yatağan Coal Power Plant

Villagers affected by three polluting coal mines in Muğla city, Turkey have joined together to demonstrate against plans to extend the mines. People had their photos taken and projected them in front of Yatağan coal power plant. “After years of suffering from the deadly impacts of lignite mines and coal burning in their lands, the villagers of Muğla came together to ...

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Expert says review of Lagos environmental law overdue


An environmentalist, Mr Taiwo Adewole, says the the review of the Lagos State Environmental Law 2017 is long overdue. Adewole, Chief Executive Officer of Taiwo Adewole and Associates, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday, November 2, 2018 in Lagos that the 2017 Environmental Law was done in a hurry. He said that the previous Environmental Law was ...

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FAO wants inclusion of food, nutrition security analysis in university’s higher degree curriculum

Suffyan Koroma

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has called for partnership with the Federal Government and some universities on the inclusion of food and nutrition security analysis in master’s degree curriculum. The Country Representative of FAO, Mr Suffyan Koroma, made the call in Abuja on Friday, November 2, 2018 at the presentation of October 2018 Cadre Harmonise (CH) Analysis Outcome ...

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Earth tremor hits Abuja again, NEMA, geological agency confirm incident


The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Nigeria Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) have confirmed an incident of earth tremor at the Maitama District of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, on Thursday, November 1, 2018. Both agencies confirmed this in a joint statement signed by Mr Vincent Owan, Director, Planning, Research and Forecasting NEMA, and Mr Abdulrazak Garba of the ...

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