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Finland emerges 19th Party to submit long-term low-emission strategy document

patricia espinosa

Finland is the latest Party to submit its long-term low-emission development strategy (LT-LEDS) document to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) when it did so on Monday, October 5, 2020. Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the UNFCCC Finland, which emits about 0.13% of global greenhouse gas (GHG), has set its national carbon neutrality target for 2035. The ...

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Rights defenders seek intervention in W/Africa’s political tensions, condemn shooting of protesters in Nigeria

EndSARS Protest

The Mano River Union Civil Society Natural Resources Rights and Governance Platform (MRU CSO Platform) is alarmed over the rising political insecurity in the West African sub-region and calls for prompt actions to prevent any potential conflict. Of specific concern is the prevailing situation that has marred the election in Guinea, the killing of protesters in Nigeria and the looming ...

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NOSDRA subjects Shell’s ‘leaking’ pipeline to third-party examination

Idris Musa

The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) says it has subjected a section of the 14″ Okordia-Rumuekpe pipeline to third-party examination to resolve the dispute on the cause of a Nov 12, 2019 leak at Shell’s oilfields in Bayelsa State. Idris Musa, Director-General of NOSDRA It was gathered that Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) disagreed with ...

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Govt provides relief to flood-hit states

Anambra Floods

The Director-General, Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NHSA), Mr. Clement Nze, has said that the Federal Government provided relief to cushion the effects of flooding in the affected states. A submerged community in Anambra State Nze said on Friday, October 23, 2020 in Abuja, that the relief followed the setting up of a Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation (PCFRR) ...

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117 dead, 21 missing in Central Vietnam’s natural disasters


Floods, landslides and other natural disasters triggered by downpours have left 117 people dead and 21 others missing in Vietnam’s central and central highlands regions since October. Flooding in Central Vietnam The country’s Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control made the announcement on Friday, October 23, 2020 adding that the fatalities were up from 114. According to ...

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Why we side with victims of Shell’s Bayelsa oil spill, by group

Alagoa Morris

Comrade Alagoa Morris, Head, Bayelsa Office of the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) at a media session themed: “Resisting Regulatory Capture” on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, explains why the organisation is concerned with the Okordia-Rumuekpe Trunk-Line oil spill incident that occurred in November 2019 Alagoa Morris As indicated in the theme, this event is ...

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Oil spills: Environmentalists berate Shell for defying regulatory compliance


Environmentalists on Thursday, October 22, 2020 berated the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) for poor compliance to regulatory verdict on oil spill matters in its operational fields in the Niger Delta region. Ibuu Creek polluted by an oil spill, in Okwuzi Community in Rivers State. Photo credit: Dandy Mgbenwa They recalled that the spill regulatory agency, National Oil ...

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Agency urges Gombe residents to use gas instead of firewood

Aliyu Jauro

The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has called on residents of Gombe State to embrace environmentally-friendly approaches in the conduct of their daily activities to reduce pollution and deforestation. Prof. Aliyu Jauro, Director-General of NESREA Mr Charles Sharah, the North-East Zonal Director of NESREA, made the call in an interview on Thursday, October 22, 2020 in Gombe, ...

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Vultures and environment: Myths, benefits and threat


Environmentalists note that although vultures are viewed with disdain – dirty, ugly and unhygienic birds – they play fundamental roles in protecting the environment by scavenging activities. Vultures Underscoring the importance of vultures, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) observed the International Vulture Awareness Day recently, describing vultures as environmental sanitary officers with a clean-up service. Dr. Joseph Onoja, the Director ...

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Kano residents counselled on proper utilisation of dump sites

Abdullahi Ganduje

The chairman of Kano Self-help Group, Mr Ibrahim Kofarnaisa, has counselled residents of the city on proper utilisation of dump sites to avoid environmental pollution. Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State Kofarnaisa said in an interview on Thursday, October 22, 2020 in Kano that improper use of dump sites is a sign of irresponsibility towards the community and the environment. ...

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