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International biosafety treaty marks 20th anniversary

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema

Twenty years ago, on January 29, 2000, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The Cartagena Protocol entered into force on September 11, 2003. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Acting Executive Secretary of the CBD The Cartagena Protocol is said to a milestone achievement under the Convention on Biological Diversity, making a significant contribution to ...

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Expert flays compensation package in Germany’s 2038 coal phase-out plan

Angela Merkel

The German government on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 passed the Coal Exit Law (or the Kohleausstiegsgesetz), about a year after the report of a Commission recommended such. Angela Merkel, German Chancellor According to the new legislation, power generation from lignite and hard coal, accounting for 28 percent of gross electricity generation in 2019, shall be stopped by 2038. While lignite ...

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Okereke clamours justice perspective to climate change governance

Professor Chukwumerije Okereke

The Director, Centre for Climate Change and Development (CCCD) at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike (AE-FUNAI), Professor Chukwumerije Okereke, has said that a justice perspective to global climate change governance is necessary to ensure that vulnerable and  marginalised countries who have contributed the least to climate change are not left to bear the greatest impact without assistance from the rich and the ...

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African power alternatives, by Nnimmo Bassey

power grid

One of the focus of my contemplation as I headed to the Energy Leaders’ Summit holding from January 27 to 29, 2020 in Addis Ababa, convened by MELCA-Ethiopia, Oil Change International, Health of Mother Earth Foundation, Oxfam, and Power Shift Africa, was the meaning of energy. And the next was the question of what exactly power is. A power grid. ...

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UNDP’s Ocean Innovation grants to support SDG 14 progress

Achim Steiner

To accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal on Oceans (SDG 14), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched the Ocean Innovation Challenge (OIC). UNDP Administrator, Mr. Achim Steiner The OIC call to action will offer grants between $50,000 and $250,000 to scalable, replicable and transferable innovations that advance progress on SDG 14 targets. The first planned interventions will focus on reducing pollution from ...

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Wuhan virus spreads despite efforts to contain it


Chinese authorities are marshalling more resources to stop the spread of a new and deadly coronavirus, even as the number of cases grows both domestically and internationally. An health official attend to a coronavirus patient in China Just as Beijing upped the number of medical workers it is sending to Hubei province the site of the initial outbreak to nearly ...

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Govt to intensify hand washing culture in public places to halt Lassa fever

Suleiman Adamu

The Federal Ministry of Water Resources has begun activities to intensify efforts to promote hand washing culture to halt spread of Lassa fever outbreak in the country. Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu Mr Emmanuel Awe, the Director, Water Quality Control and Sanitation in the ministry made the disclosure in Abuja on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. Awe said that with ...

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Nigeria to get $417m from Global Fund to tackle malaria

Dr. Osagie Ehanire

The National Coordinator, National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), Dr Audu Mohammed, on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 said Nigeria would get a three-year grant of $417 million from the Global Fund to tackle malaria. Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Health Minister Mohammed told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that Nigeria accounted for 25 per cent of Global Malaria burden. The ...

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Jigawa environmental agency evacuates 50,000 tonnes of waste

waste evacuation

The Jigawa State Environmental Protection Agency (JISEPA) said it disposed over 50,000 metric tonnes of waste in the 26 Local Government Areas of the state in 2019. Waste evacuation Acting Managing Director of the agency, Alhaji Umar Amadu, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigerian (NAN), on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 in Dutse, the state ...

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Nigeria needs 700,000 housing units yearly to bridge deficit – Economist


Chief Economist, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Africa, Mr Andrew Nevin, has said that Nigeria needs a minimum of 700,000 housing units yearly to be able to bridge the country’s 17 million housing unit’s deficit. Observers say Nigeria’s housing deficit is far in excess of 17 million. Photo credit: Nevin said this on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 while delivering a keynote address ...

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