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Stakeholders task Lagos governor on keeping water in public realm

ERA/FoEN Lagos Water

Civil society and grassroots groups that participated in a stakeholder dialogue on the Lagos water crisis have demanded that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu shun the privatisation path of his predecessors and manage water in the public realm. L-R: Veteran unionist, Comrade Sylvester Ejiofor; representatives of Lagos Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, Engr. M.A Yinusa and Mrs Hellen Taiwo; and ERA/FoEN ...

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Researchers impressed with ‘performing’ GM beans variety


A new beans variety developed by the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, in partnership with the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), is said to have performed better than existing beans varieties in the country. Farmers and stakeholders at the event The new variety, known as Pod Borer Resistant (PBR) Cowpea, was developed after 10 years ...

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PreCOP25 raises climate ambition through sharing best practices


With a focus on raising the ambition required to limit the global average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius and adapting to the worst impacts of climate change, Costa Rica opened on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 three days of exchanging best practices for climate action and discussions at PreCOP25. Deliberations at the PreCOP25 in Costa Rica The conference has gathered delegates from 100 countries ...

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Nigeria expanding investment opportunities in renewable energy, Osinbajo tells Scandinavian investors


Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has told Scandinavian investors that government is committed to expanding opportunities for investments in renewable energy, technology and other sectors of the Nigerian economy. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement in Abuja, said that the vice president was responding to questions from a cross section of Norwegian investors at a round-table ...

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Implications of emerging technologies for Africa

Nnimmo Bassey

Technology is the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry. Technology was not always about the transformation of nature, but was more of working with it as evidenced in the development of agriculture. Today, technology often aims to make nature more efficient or to subvert it. The subversion of nature has manifested in a series of innovations ...

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Stakeholders embrace climate smart cocoa standards in Ghana


The conversation around the continuous viability of Ghana’s cocoa in the international market has reached a tipping point with civil society organisations (CSOs), private sector cocoa organisations, Parliamentarians, farmers, consultants in the cocoa industry and public institutions including the Forestry Commission (FC) rallying around the adoption of Climate Smart Cocoa Standards. Harvesting cocoa in Ghana They consider Climate Smart Cocoa ...

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30 cities peak greenhouse gas emissions

New York City

Ahead of the C40 World Mayors Summit holding in Copenhagen, Denmark from October 9 to 12, 2019, scientists have confirmed that 30 of the world’s largest cities, representing more than 58 million urban citizens, have peaked their greenhouse gas emissions. New York City in the US has peaked its greenhouse gas emissions The 30 cities are: Athens, Austin, Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Copenhagen, ...

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Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm Mayors commit to clean construction

Copenhagen Denmark

Research released on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 reveals changes to the construction industry could cut the emissions generated from buildings and infrastructure 44% by 2050. The report, published by C40 Cities, Arup and University of Leeds, is titled: “Building and Infrastructure Consumption Emissions”. Copenhagen, Denmark It urges action in six key areas to reduce the climate impact of construction in cities ...

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Why Nigeria must lead on climate change – UNDP

Mohamed Yahya

That climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity today is no longer in doubt. According to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world must cut its carbon dioxide emissions to net zero by 2050 in order to prevent global warming of 1.5°C, or likely more, above pre-industrial levels. Mohamed Yahya, Resident Representative, UNDP Nigeria In ...

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Amended Gothenburg Protocol on clean air enters into force

vehicular pollution

History was made on Monday, October 7, 2019 when amendments to the Gothenburg Protocol came into force, marking what looks like an important step in international efforts to address air pollution. Vehicular pollution Adopted in 2012, the amended Gothenburg Protocol entered into force in 18 countries in Europe and North America: Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, ...

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