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Govts urged to align with UN’s Clean Air Initiative

Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba

Ahead of the upcoming 2019 Climate Action Summit, the United Nations, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and Climate and Clean Air Coalition announced on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 the “Clean Air Initiative”, calling on governments at all levels to join the Initiative. Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Climate ...

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28 firms step up to new level of climate ambition

Lise Kingo

Twenty-eight companies with a total market capitalisation of $1.3 trillion are stepping up to set a new level of climate ambition in response to a call-to-action campaign ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit on September 23, 2019. Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact The companies have committed themselves to more ambitious climate targets aligned with limiting global temperature ...

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Buhari commiserates with family of Mariam Yunusa

Mariam Yunusa

President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with family of a versatile urban planner and multi-talented development expert, Mrs Mariam Yunusa. Mariam Yunusa In a condolence message by his spokesperson, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Monday, July 22, 2019, Buhari noted that Mrs Yunusa’s life and times on earth had remained a testimony for the lives she touched and transformed. The ...

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NEMA to be restructured for better disaster management

Mustapha Maihaja

The Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhahi Mustapha Maihaja, says the agency will be restructured and reengineered for effective and proactive disaster management in the country. Mustapha Maihaja, Director General, NEMA Maihaja disclosed this at the 2019 Annual Retreat for the agency’s staff on Monday, July 22, 2019 in Keffi, Nasarawa State. The theme of the retreat is “Reengineering ...

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Govt restates commitment to revitalise Lake Chad Basin

Lake Chad

The Federal Government says it will ensure the recharging and revitalisation of the Lake Chad Basin to effectively tackle the issues of security, livelihood and development of the region. Scientists say the Lake Chad, that borders Nigeria and some other countries, has shrunken by 95 percent over the past 50 years. They have also linked the Boko Haram insurgency to ...

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Govt to deploy biogas for power generation

Prof. Felix Akpa

The Federal Government on Monday, July 22, 2019 in Abuja affirmed its readiness to deploy biogas for electricity generation in the country. Prof. Felix Akpa, head of NABDA Dr Gloria Obioh, Head of Department of Environmental Biotechnology and Bio-conservation Department, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), stated this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). According to her, the ...

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Climate risks and untangling carbon budgets

Harvey storm

The more CO2 emitted from burning coal and oil and gas, the more the climate heats up – this sounds simple, and it is. Different analyses have come up with different estimates of how much CO2 humankind can still emit if she want to hold global warming to the internationally agreed 1.5 and well below 2 degrees Celsius limits, but a ...

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How to prevent West Antarctic ice sheet from collapse, by experts

West Antarctic ice

The ice sheet covering West Antarctica is at risk of sliding off into the ocean. While further ice-sheet destabilisation in other parts of the continent may be limited by a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the slow, yet inexorable loss of West Antarctic ice is likely to continue even after climate warming is stabilised. A collapse might take hundreds of ...

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Classroom of life has no graduation, says Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey

At a speaking point when being presented the degree of Doctor of the University, honoris causa, at the University of York on Friday, July 19, 2019, Nnimmo Bassey insists that man simply cannot stay silent or feign neutrality as societies fall apart Nnimmo Bassey The classrooms of life are without walls. Increasingly we are seeing these learning spaces to be ...

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Bassey combines intellectual excellence with inspirational activism – University of York

Professor Kate Pickett

In a presentation address on the conferment of the honorary degree of Doctor of the University of York upon Nnimmo Bassey on Friday, July 19, 2019, Professor Kate Pickett of the Department of Health Sciences says that, by honouring Bassey, the institution is recognising both the value and the virtue, as well as its own historical tradition, of combining intellectual ...

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