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Zambia, Korea, Colombia submit revised climate plans

patricia espinosa

Zambia, Republic of Korea and Colombia submitted their revised Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the UNFCCC They become the latest Parties to do so in a year-end eventful week that has so far seen Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, ...

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Forum explores narratives on environmental justice for Niger Delta women

Niger Delta Women's Day

“Community women bear the brunt of environmental cost of the relationship and transactions between large corporations and community leaders and government to explore and exploit oil and gas mineral resources available in our land,” said Chief Emem Okon the Executive Director, Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Chief Emem Okon, ...

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Group flays ExxonMobil’s operation in Niger Delta

ExxonMobil

A not-for-profit, the Niger Delta Congress (NDC), has frowned at ExxonMobil’s operation in the Niger Delta region in Nigeria, saying that within the last few years and in last few months, the organisation had failed to meet industry standards, bringing about devastating consequences. ExxonMobil offices According to the NDC, in November 2020, communities in Eket and Ibeno were affected by ...

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Benin says it will soon be energy self-sufficient

Patrice Talon

Benin will soon achieve energy autonomy, President Patrice Talon reassured on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 in the National Assembly. President Patrice Talon of Benin “As I speak to you, our country produces by itself, half of our current needs and will be completely self-sufficient within 18 months,” he said in his address on the state of the nation. During this ...

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COVID-19: WWF warns against unregulated wild animal trade

Marco Lambertini

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), an international non-governmental organisation, on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 warned against the dangers of unregulated wild animal trade, a year after the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International It was scientifically proven that the Coronavirus jumped from a wild animal to a human, WWF ...

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Sustaining rural development through solar power system

Solar panels at Ngambe Council

Electricity access is essential for people’s lives and livelihoods; from using fridges for storing food and medicine; charging mobile phones to stay connected; lighting up households and schools at night to powering local businesses. Solar panels Most people in many rural areas of Nigeria lack access to electricity and only few can afford costly diesel-powered generators that lead to pollution ...

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Man gets 12-year jail term for smuggling 29 kg of rhino horn

Dehorning-Rhino

A court in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region sentenced a man to 12-and-a-half years in jail for illegally transporting 29 kilogrammes of white rhino horn from Mozambique, state media reported on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. A rhino being de-horned Do Thanh Son, 38, “was found guilty of violating regulations on the management and protection of endangered, precious and rare animals,’’ online newspaper ...

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Pending land matters: Enugu to mediate between estate developers, host communities

Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

Enugu State Government says it is determined to resolve all pending land matters involving estate developers and host communities in the state. Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State Commissioner for Lands, Chief Victor Nnam, announced this on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 in Enugu, the state capital. Nnam was reacting to a peaceful protest by youths of Obeagu Awkunawnaw community in ...

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21 unaccounted for after large landslide hits southern Norway

Norway Landslide

Twenty-one people remain unaccounted for after a large landslide hit the village of Ask in southern Norway, police said on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Scene of the landslide The 21 unaccounted for are all thought to be local residents, Roger Pettersen, head of the police operation, told reporters. “These could be people who are away visiting others, in the mountains. ...

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Gombe moves to end open defecation by 2025

Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya

The Gombe State Government, in a bid to end open defecation by 2025, has declared a state of emergency on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State Commissioner for Water Resources, Alhaji Mijinyawa Yahaya, disclosed this at a news conference on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 in Gombe, the state capital, after the State Executive Council ...

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