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Adamu leads Nigeria’s delegation to World Water Week in Stockholm

Suleiman Adamu

Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, is leading Nigeria’s delegation to the 2019 World Water Week celebration in Stockholm, Sweden, where the country will share its effort to end open defecation. Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu The World Water Week 2019 will take place from August 26 to August 30, with the theme: “Water for society – including all”. ...

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Religious leaders collaborate to defend the Amazon forest

Amazon rainforest

Protestant and orthodox leaders have joined forces and embraced the call of the Catholic Church and Pope Francis to denounce what looks like an appalling attack on the Amazon rainforest. The Amazon rainforest With unprecedented wildfires that are currently destroying the largest tropical rainforest on earth, which contributes to producing 20% of oxygen in the atmosphere, the dangers of permanently compromising ...

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Piccard, Solar Impulse pilot, pushes ambitious climate action at G7

Bertrand Piccard

The explorer and pilot of Solar Impulse has been selected by the French government as one of the representatives of civil society that will address the G7, calling for brave policies that will turn the tide in the climate crisis. Bertrand Piccard at the controls of Solar Impulse Bertrand Piccard, who has long advocated for more ambitious climate policies thanks ...

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Latin American & Caribbean Climate Week calls for urgent, ambitious action

Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba

Around 4,000 people from all over the region and many other countries participated in the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week (LACCW 2019) that closed on Friday, August 23 with calls for more ambition and stronger collaboration among all levels of government, the private sector and civil society to implement the national climate plans (known as Nationally Determined Contribution, or “NDCs”) ...

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Group urges youth inclusion in climate policy implementation

Youth Roundtable on Climate Action

Chairman Board of Trustees, Climate and Sustainable Development Network of Nigeria (CSDevNet), Dr Ibrahim Choji, has called for youth inclusion in the activities of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), for effective implementation. Participants at a Youth Roundtable on Climate Action Choji said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday, August 25, 2019 in ...

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G7 leaders served endangered bluefin tuna for dinner

Bluefin Tuna

Basque specialities, including the endangered bluefin tuna, were on the menu at the G7 summit’s opening night dinner on Saturday, August 24, 2019 in the southern French town of Biarritz. Bluefin Tuna fish Star chef Cedric Bechade’s first course was a piperade, a typical dish of peppers, onions and tomatoes, and then a “marmitako,” a traditional fish stew made with ...

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Energy saving bulbs potentially carcinogenic, says e-waste expert

Energy-saving bulbs

An electronic waste expert, Dr Ifeanyi Ochonogor, has cautioned Nigerians on usage and disposal of energy conserving bulbs, saying they contain several carcinogenic chemicals that can induce the growth of cancerous cells and thus injurious to human health. Energy-saving bulbs Ochonogor told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Saturday, August 25, 2019 that a lot of scientific ...

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CITES votes to ban trade in endangered otters

Smooth-coated Otter

Over 100 countries voted on Sunday, August 25, 2019 to ban the trade in the smooth-coated otter and placing it on the CITES most endangered list. The Smooth-coated Otter The proposal was adopted by 102 votes in favour, 15 against and 11 abstentions at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting in Geneva. Ecologists say this is ...

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Kenya calls for more efforts to save African elephant


Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) on Friday, August 23, 2019 appealed to all African elephant range states to continue seeking solutions that will ensure the survival of the continent’s elephant for posterity. Elephants. Photo credit: KWS made the plea at the ongoing Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Geneva, Switzerland. It added ...

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Southern African nations fail to loosen ivory trade rules

Ivory trafficking

Proposals to ease restrictions on ivory exports from southern Africa were rejected on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at a meeting of the 183 countries that have signed on to the global pact on wildlife trade. Ivory trafficking. Photo credit: Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe argued that rules could be loosened because protection efforts had let elephant populations grow. Amid ...

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