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Monthly Archives: December 2019

Turkey unveils first indigenous electric car

Prototype car

Turkey unveiled its first domestically designed automobile prototypes on Friday, December 27, 2019 – a sport utility vehicle (SUV) and a sedan. The Turkish prototype electric car The fully electric SUV is expected to have two engine configurations – 200 horsepower or 400 horsepower, CEO of Turkey’s Automobile Joint Venture Group (TOGG) Gürcan Karakaş announced during a presentation in Kocaeli. ...

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Chinese lawmakers call for more efforts to protect Yangtze River

Yangtze River

Chinese lawmakers, on Friday, December 27, 2019 held panel discussions to deliberate the draft law on Yangtze River conservation during an ongoing legislative session of the country’s top legislature. Yangtze River The draft was submitted on Monday to the National People’s Congress (NPC), Standing Committee for the first reading. However, the lawmakers acknowledged the necessity of national legislation to protect ...

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Stakeholders adopt ‘Niger Delta approach’ to tackle climate change


Stakeholders in the Niger Delta have adopted a regional approach to address climate and environmental management in the region, in the light of lingering challenges like flooding, gas flaring, deforestation and water pollution. A team of delegates at the event This milestone was achieved at the 2019 Niger Delta Climate Conference and Regional Pre-COP25 meeting, organised by the African Centre ...

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Australian PM dismisses criticism from Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday, December 23, 2019 dismissed criticism from Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg that he was not doing enough to combat climate change. Swedish teenage environmental activist, Greta Thunberg The 16-year-old activist, who has a global following, used Twitter to slam the Australian government for failing to make the connection between the climate crisis and ...

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Ending poverty via private sector commitments: The Global Goal Strategy

Global Citizen

According to the United Nations, despite the positive global trend, poverty rates in Africa have increased with Nigeria as one of the countries topping the list as six people fall into extreme poverty every minute. L-R: Michael Sheldrick; Senior Special Adviser to the President on SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire; Global Citizen Nigeria Chairman, Babatunde Falawiyo; Global Citizen Senior Vice President ...

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Tanzania vows to reinforce wildlife conservation

Samia Hassan

Tanzanian Vice President, Samia Hassan, on Monday, December 23, 2019 said the government would continue to reinforce conservation of wildlife, forests and anti-poaching for future generations. Samia Hassan Hassan said the conservation of wildlife was vital in efforts aimed at promoting the East African nation’s tourism industry now picking up at greater speed. “The conservation of forests will hugely help ...

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Forum tasks land surveyors on urbanisation, slum upgrade

Lagos NIS

The Rector, Federal School of Surveying, Oyo, Mr Nihinlola Olayinka, has called on land surveyors to be more proactive in influencing measures that would facilitate proper urbanisation of the country. A view of participants at the 34th Annual General Meeting and Luncheon of the Lagos Chapter of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) Olayinka made the call at the 34th ...

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Climate change conferences and matters arising – Prof Idris

Professor Nasiru M. Idris

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the highest decision-making body on matters related to climate change faced by the Earth. The just concluded 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the convention in Madrid, Spain closed with a big disappointment. Professor Nasiru M. Idris United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, expressed disappointment immediately ...

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UNECE Air Convention at 40: Ministers renew commitment to tackle air pollution

Olga Algayerova

When 32 Member States signed the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution in 1979, it was not evident that it would develop into a successful regional framework for controlling and reducing the damage to human health and the environment caused by transboundary air pollution. UNECE Executive Secretary, Ms. Olga Algayerova Yet, the achievements of the Convention in the UNECE region over ...

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Minamata Convention summit phases out mercury-added products

Minamata COP3

By 2020, which is just days away, the manufacture, import and export of mercury-added products will no longer be allowed. Plenary stands to chant “Make Mercury History” as the conference comes to a close. Photo credit: IISD Reporting Services Parties to the Minamata Convention renewed their commitment to phasing out the use of products which contain mercury and to promote ...

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