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Minamata Convention at 3: Disease sufferers, others demand commitment to curb mercury poisoning

Shinobu Sakamoto

To mark the 3rd anniversary of the Minamata Convention, two lifelong sufferers of the Minamata Disease stand out among those raising their voices to call for commitment so that mercury poisoning of the magnitude experienced by those living around the Minamata Bay over 60 years ago, will not be repeated ever again. Shinobu Sakamoto Ms. Shinobu Sakamoto and Mr. Koichiro ...

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Hundreds of sea lions to be killed in effort to save endangered fish

Approval to kill up to 840 sea lions in a portion of the north-western U.S.’ Columbia River and its tributaries during the next five years to boost the survival of salmon and steelhead at risk of extinction was expected from federal officials in the U.S. on Friday, August 14, 2020. Sea lions The kill programme has been in the works since Congress approved a ...

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Environmental experts call for green growth strategy for Nigeria

Sharon Ikeazor

Management of climate change in post COVID-19 Nigeria was at the front burner as environmental experts from different parts of the world dialogued on policy options for Nigeria in developing low-carbon resilient climate. Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor, Minister of State for the Environment The webinar dialogue, held on Friday, August 14, 2020, was under the auspices of the Resource and Environmental ...

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Environmental reform and national development in Nigeria (2)

Dr Mohammed Mahmoud Abubakar

Continued from Friday, August 14, 2020 Inadequacies of Nigerian Environmental Regulatory Laws Governmental intervention to regulate environmental pollution through law, establishment of regulatory agencies and imposition of sanction to deter polluters may to certain extent enhance social welfare. However, these efforts may be inadequate, resulting in failure and sub-optimal environmental results unless adequately complemented with other measures and this has ...

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Shell moves to appeal asset sale judgement

Osagie Okunbor

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) has expressed disappointment over the fact that the Rivers State High Court affirmed the enforcement of the purported sale of interests in it’s Joint Venture’s (JV’s)  assets in Kidney Island and specified interests in OML 11 to the Rivers State Government. Osagie Okunbor, Managing Director, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) and ...

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IPCC mourns late renowned climate scientist, Konrad Steffen

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has expressed grief over the loss of Konrad “Koni” Steffen, who died aged 68 on August 8, 2020 in an accident in Greenland. Konrad Steffen Professor Steffen contributed to the IPCC as a Lead Author on the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate and on the landmark Fifth ...

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Africa’s COVID-19 cases pass 1.08m as death toll surges to 24,660

Dr. John Nkengasong

The Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) on Friday, August 14, 2020 said that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa surged to 1,084,687 as the death toll rose to 24,660. Africa CDC Director, Dr. John Nkengasong The centre, in its latest situation update issued on Friday, said the number of COVID-19 cases across the African ...

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EU agrees to buy 300m doses of potential COVID-19 vaccine

Ursula von der Leyen

The EU has reached an agreement with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to buy 300 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine if it becomes available, the European Commission said on Friday, August 14, 2020. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission The European Commission plans to buy the doses on behalf of the 27 EU countries should the vaccine be found ...

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Environmental reform and national development in Nigeria

Dr Mohammed Mahmoud Abubakar

Environment includes all living things and non-living things occurring naturally. The term encompasses the interaction of all living species, climate, weather, and natural resources that affect human survival and economic activity while National Development refers to the ability of a nation to improve the lives of its citizens. Measures of improvement may be material, such as an increase in the gross domestic product, or social, ...

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Biodiversity Convention told to focus on agricultural landscapes to aid recovery from COVID-19

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema

Researchers are urging the delegates of the 196 parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to ensure that the post-2020 global biodiversity framework is a successful tool for building biodiverse, inclusive, resilient, and safe food systems for all. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Writing in “Environmental Research Letters”, a team of researchers from ...

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