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U.S. to leave Paris climate accord on Nov. 4

Paris Agreement

Another important date looms on the calendar this coming week in addition to a national election billed as the most pivotal in decades. On Wednesday, November 4, 2020, the United States is set to become the only nation to officially withdraw from an international pact aimed at slowing climate change. Jubilation greeted the adoption of the Paris Agreement in December ...

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UNESCO approves three additional biosphere reserves for Nigeria

Biosphere Reserve

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has approved three additional biosphere reserves in Nigeria. Hadejia-Nguru-Bade Biosphere Reserve within Yobe and Jigawa states, one of the three approved reserves Dr Moma Enang, National Professional Officer, Natural Science Sector, UNESCO Regional Office, Abuja on Friday, October 30, 2020. Enang named the reserves as Oban Biosphere Reserve and Okwango Biosphere Reserve, ...

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Minister decries misinformation on Water Resources Control Bill

Suleiman Adamu

The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, has said that Nigerians are being misinformed about the Water Resources Control Bill. Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu The minister made the statement while interfacing with the House of Representatives Committee on Water Resources in Abuja, following the public outcry that trailed the passage of the bill. Sequel to a motion ...

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Africa CDC warns of second wave of COVID-19 infections

Dr. John Nkengasong

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) on Friday urged the African continent to brace itself for possible second wave COVID-19 infections. Africa CDC Director, Dr. John Nkengasong According to Africa CDC, the number of confirmed cases in the African continent has reached 1,759,794. The continental disease control and prevention agency said in a statement that the ...

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Boss Mustapha delivers Realnews 8th Anniversary Lecture on Nov. 19

Boss Mustapha

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, and chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, will deliver the Eighth Anniversary Lecture of Realnews Magazine on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at the Sheraton Hotel, Lagos. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) “Managing the COVID-19 Global Pandemic in Africa: The Nigeria Experience” is the topic of the ...

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AfDB to train 80 Africans on climate finance

Akinwunmi Adesina

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has selected representatives from 80 government institutions, civil society organisations and universities for training as experts in developing climate financing proposals. AfDB president, Akinwunmi Adesina According to a statement from the bank on Friday, October 30, 2020, the selection followed a thorough and independent process, with 40 of the nominees from English speaking countries and ...

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ERA urges govt to diversify resources to promote renewable energy


The Nigerian government has been told to diversify national energy sources to encourage state and non-state actors to develop mini-grid and off-grid solar energy systems to promote greater energy access by all. L-R: Nurudeen Ogbara, former NBA Chair, Ikorodu Branch, Lagos; Habiba Ali, Executive Director, SOSAI Renewables, Kaduna; Chief Saint Emma Pii, Chair, ERA/FoEN Board of Trustees; Dr Godwin Uyi ...

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U.S. coronavirus cases surpass 9m as infections rise

Donald Trump

The United States, which reported its first known coronavirus case in Washington State 282 days ago, surpassed nine million total infections on Thursday, October 29, 2020, including more than half a million in the past week, as Covid-19 spiraled out of control in the lead-up to Election Day. President Donald Trump of the US Across the country, alarming signs suggested the worst ...

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Transformative change urgently needed in global approach to infectious diseases – IPBES report

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema

Addressing disruptive human activities and unsustainable consumption and increasing biodiversity conservation are some of the changes needed to proactively deal with infectious diseases, suggests a new report on biodiversity and pandemics. CBD Executive Secretary, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema The report, from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), an independent intergovernmental body comprising over 130 member governments, says unsustainable ...

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Lagos agency clears water hyacinth on waterways

Water Hyacinth

The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) has started the annual clearing and removal of water hyacinth from jetties, terminals and routes on the state inland waterways. A boy stands on a wooden jetty surrounded by water hyacinth at Sejo Village. Photo credit: Adeola Oladipupo General Manager of LASWA, Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, stated this in a statement he made available to newsmen ...

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