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Judges fail to rule against Total over Uganda environmental violation

East Africa crude oil pipeline

A Paris court has decided not to hear what looks like a landmark case where French oil and gas company, Total, was taken to court by civil society over human rights abuses and environmental violations linked to its oil-related activities in western Uganda. Total is participating in the controversial East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project, in partnership with Tullow ...

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Coronavirus cases in Germany’s Bavaria up to six after child infected


The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany’s southern state of Bavaria has risen to six, after a child was found to have been infected. An health official attend to a coronavirus patient The child’s father had also fallen ill with the new coronavirus, the Bavarian Health Ministry said on Friday, January 31, 2020. The virus originated in China and has ...

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Coronavirus: Govt won’t stop Nigerians from travelling to China

Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government will not stop Nigerians from travelling to China or any other country where coronavirus has manifested. Alhaji Lai Mohammed Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this known while addressing newsmen shortly after a meeting of the inter-ministerial and multi sectoral committee on coronavirus held at the Ministry of Health, Abuja on Friday, January 31, ...

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UAE launches fund-raising campaign to rescue Australian wildlife

Australia bushfires

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday, January 30, 2020 launched a fund-raising campaign to rescue the nature and wildlife in Australia amid devastating bushfires, the official WAM News Agency reported. The burnt bodies of hundreds of animals line a road in Australia The Emirates Nature-WWF (World Wildlife Fund) said in a statement that the funds raised through the campaign ...

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UNCCD to welcome countries to new Peace Forest Initiative

Ibrahim Thiaw

A new global initiative to promote peace through land restoration was signed on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Korea Forest Service (KFS). Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD Conflicts over natural resources are among key peace and security challenges of the 21st century. With the right approach, cooperation in ...

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Why gender equality is vital in fight against climate change – COP25 president

Carolina Schmidt

 The President of COP25, Carolina Schmidt, participated at the 14th Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, in the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), where she explored trends, opportunities and challenges in this area. COP25 President, Carolina Schmidt, speaking at the 14th Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean The ...

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Second meeting of Open-ended Working Group on Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework moved to Rome

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema

Due to the ongoing situation following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus 2019, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in consultation with the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the COP (Conference of the Parties) Presidency and the Co-Chairs of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (WG2020-2), has decided that the second meeting of ...

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PACJA decries racial discrimination against Ugandan climate activist

Vanessa Nakate

While condemning racial discrimination shown to Ugandan climate change activist, Vanessa Nakate, Mithika Mwenda and Augustin Njamnshi, both of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), emphasise that media must not join in the discrimination vice, saying that Africans are proud of themselves as they are Vanessa Nakate A voice is heard from Uganda, here in Africa, where occupants are ...

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Nigeria to develop Lassa fever vaccine

Dr. Osagie Ehanire

Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, says Nigeria is contributing to research for the development of Lassa fever vaccine to proffer a lasting solution to the disease. Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Health Minister Ehanire, who disclosed this at a news conference on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 in Abuja, said Lassa fever was preventable and could be treated. He said that the ...

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Images: When stakeholders examined how art drives sustainability

Point of View

The fourth edition of the Point of View (POV) monthly series of talks held on Friday, January 24, 2020 at the Alliance Francaise/Mike Adenuga Centre in Lagos. Titled “Art as a Driver of Environmental Sustainability”, the session advocated for sustainable cities and communities by promoting interdisciplinary collaborations between professionals, the arts, science and technology to highlight the role of the ...

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