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COP25: Spain targets pre-2050 climate neutrality under ‘Green New Deal’

Teresa Ribera

The Government of Spain says it is striving to achieve climate neutrality before 2050, in a bid to fulfilling its international commitments. The nation disclosed in its “Green New Deal” that the target calls for more ambition and robust climate action made by Spaniards in the streets. Teresa Ribera, Minister for the Ecological Transition Carbon neutrality, or having a net ...

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Drawbacks of emerging extreme GMO variants – Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey

Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), Nnimmo Bassey, in a presentation at a Media Training on Promoting Nigeria’s Biosafety in Lagos on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, underlined the need for scientists, government officials and activists to keep an eye on the new extreme variants of GMOs, which he says try to upturn nature, are prone to being weaponised and ...

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Forum builds youth climate advocates’ creative capacity

Creative Climate Campaign Workshop

About 25 youth representatives across Nigeria gathered in Lagos on Friday, November 22, 2019 at a forum that set out to build their creative capacity and strengthen their collaboration in climate change advocacy. Participants at the Creative Climate Campaign Workshop The Creative Climate Campaign Workshop held at the instance of the International Climate Change Development Initiative (ICCDI). With Nigeria as ...

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Reps call for water infrastructure audit across Nigeria

Suleiman Adamu

The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Ministry of Water Resources to carry out a comprehensive audit on water infrastructure across the country. Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu This was sequel to a unanimous adoption by Rep. Awaji-Inombek Abiante (PDP-Rivers) at the plenary on Wednesday, November 27, 2019. Moving the motion earlier, Abiante said that a survey conducted by ...

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New EU chief promises to fight climate risks

Ursula von der Leyen

Germany conservative Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 promised to fight the threat of climate change while expanding economic growth as EU lawmakers granted final approval for the bloc’s new executive she will lead from Dec. 1. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission EU lawmakers confirmed von der Leyen and her new European Commission ...

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Namibia records 51 poaching cases in 2019


Spokesperson of the Namibia Environment and Tourism Ministry, Romeo Muyunda, on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 said the country recorded 51 poaching incidences since January. Thirty-nine rhinos were poached since the beginning of 2019 in Namibia Muyunda said that, according to the statistics, 12 elephants and 39 rhinos were poached since the beginning of 2019. “The complexity of the poaching syndicates, ...

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Cross River Assembly constitutes committee on disaster management, human welfare

Cross River State House of Assembly

The Cross River State House of Assembly has constituted a special committee on Humanitarian Crises and Disaster Management. Cross River State House of Assembly Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Eteng Jonah-Williams, who announced the committee at the floor of the house during plenary, said the committee was set up following an interface with the United Nations High Commission for Refugee ...

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Groups call for probe into alleged approval of EIA certificate to Okomu Plc

Okomu Oil Palm

Some civil society groups, led by the Environmental Rights Actions/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), has called on the Minister for Environment, Dr. Mohammed Mahmoud, to set up a probe into the allegation of approval of certificate for Environmental Assessment (EIA) to Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc on the disputed Owan forest land of Edo State, where it has established ...

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From Nigeria to Canada: climate change, youth and a bridge to cross

Hamzat Lawal

I was still a child the first time I heard of Canada. This was in 1995, during the controversial execution of the Ogoni-born Nigerian activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, by the then military government of late General Sani Abacha. Growing up in Abuja, the newly installed seat of power, I, like many other young people, was quite aware of the national burning ...

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Findings show online sites selling illegal mercury-laced skin lighteners

Mercury-laced skin lightening creams

Skin lightening creams containing mercury – a heavy metal and dangerous neurotoxin – are still widely available to purchase in shops and online, despite being banned by governments. That’s the finding of new research by a global alliance of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working to eliminate mercury pollution.  Mercury-laced skin lightening creams Testing throughout 2019, revealed 95 of the 158 products ...

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