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UN Climate Change process steps up action on deforestation


The number of countries providing information and data to the UN Climate Change secretariat on forest-related mitigation actions continues to rise. This increases transparency on global efforts to curb rising greenhouse gas emissions. Deforestation in Peru. Photo credit: In addition, systems for measuring, reporting and verifying forest-related emissions by developing country Parties to the UN Climate Change process have ...

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Obasanjo, other ex-leaders urge govts to support new goal to curb biodiversity loss

Olusegun Obasanjo

Governments worldwide have been called upon to support a new global goal to protect at least 30 percent of the planet’s land and ocean by 2030, shown by scientists to be the minimum amount needed to halt global biodiversity loss. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo The call was made on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by Campaign for Nature’s Global Steering Committee, a group composed ...

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Nigeria hits 17,735, records 587 new COVID-19 cases

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu

The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 587 new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of infections in the country to 17,735. Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Chief Executive Officer, NCDC The NCDC announced this on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 through its official Twitter handle. It said that, as at June 17, the 587 new confirmed cases ...

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Africa’s COVID-19 cases surpass 250,000 – WHO

Dr Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, says the number of coronavirus cases in Africa is now over 256,000 Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa The UN health agency gave the update on its official twitter account @WHOAFRO on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. The agency said: “There are over 256,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases ...

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World Desertification Day: Anambra warns against harmful environmental practices

Willie Obiano

The Anambra State Government has warned against unhealthy environmental practices to avert food crisis and desertification. Chief Willie Obiano, Governor of Anambra State Dr Emma Okafor, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 on the occasion of 2020 World Day to Combat Desertification ...

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China assures Africa on coronavirus vaccine

Xi Jinping

The President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, has assured African countries that they would be among the first countries to benefit from a coronavirus vaccine being developed by China. Chinese President, Xi Jinping The Embassy of China in Nigeria made the pledge in a statement on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 in Abuja. According to the statement, Jinping ...

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How a female drug user received a lifeline amid a pandemic

One out of every four people who uses drugs in Nigeria is a woman – United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Report, 2018 Yemisi, a student in one of the over 170 Nigerian universities, is pregnant and a drug user. As a result of the COVID19 imposed lockdown, her university was closed and she had to go back home to stay with her family, a ...

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Gully erosion sacks community in Enugu

gully erosion site

President General (PG) of Obinofia Ndiuno in Ezeagu Local Government of Enugu State, Mr Livinus Umeh, has requested the government to assist the community as gully erosion is sacking residents from their ancestral home. A gully erosion site being attended to by NEWMAP He said that the menace emanated from a road project that was to run from some communities ...

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Significance of World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

Desertification in Nigeria

Desertification and drought constitute one of the international environmental problems whose global importance has been recognised by the international community. This importance is clearly visible in the massive endorsement that states have given to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in those countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification, particularly in Africa. The Convention was adopted in 1994. Desertification in ...

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COVID-19 stimulus packages must accelerate energy transition to avert climate crisis, says report

Solar panels at Ngambe Council

Despite the growth of renewables in some sectors and in some countries, the world is not on track to avert climate breakdown, the REN21 Renewables 2020 Global Status Report (GSR) launched on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 seem to emphasise. Renewable energy: Solar energy panels Cutting emissions by half by 2030 and curbing pollution to keep warming below 1.5°C requires rapidly switching to ...

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