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China to ban all imports of solid waste from 2021

Li Keqiang

China will ban all imports of solid waste from Jan. 1, 2021, authorities have said. China’s Premier, Li Keqiang The ban was inline, according to a notice issued by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, the Ministry of Commerce, and the General Administration of Customs. The dumping, stacking and disposal of waste products from overseas on Chinese territory will also ...

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Oil Spill: Supreme Court dismisses Shell’s application to review appeal against N17bn judgment

Supreme Court of Nigeria

The Supreme Court has dismissed an application by Shell Petroleum Development Company, asking it to review its judgment of Jan. 11, 2019 that ordered Shell to pay N17 billion to Ogoni communities in Rivers State. Supreme Court of Nigeria The communities were affected by an oil spill caused by the oil company in 1970. A five-member panel of justices dismissed ...

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DPR advises petrol stations to obey environmental safety rules

Total Filling Station

The Zonal Controller of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Imo State, Mrs Roseline Wilkie, has advised petrol station managers to observe environmental safety rules in their premises. A petrol station Wilkie gave the advice in Owerri, the state capital, on Friday, November 27, 2020 when she visited some petrol stations to create awareness and monitor compliance to DPR rules ...

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AfDB approves $120m loan to build Malagarasi hydropower project in Tanzania

Akinwunmi Adesina

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $120 million loan to fund the construction of a 50 MW hydropower plant in western Tanzania. AfDB president, Akinwunmi Adesina When operational, the plant will provide reliable renewable energy to households, schools, clinics and small- and medium-sized enterprises in the Kigoma Region. The Malagarasi Hydropower project has several components: a run-of-the-river hydropower ...

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Imo seeks govt’s intervention on N75bn erosion remedy

Hope Uzodinma

Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo State says the state government needs N75 billion to remedy 360 identified erosion sites in the state. Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo State Uzodinma stated this to State House Correspondents, after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja, on Friday, November 27, 2020. The governor, who revealed that he ...

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IPCC opens second draft of Working Group II Sixth Assessment Report for govt, expert review

Co-Chairs of IPCC Working Group II

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will open the Second-Order Draft of the Working Group II contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) government and expert review next week, as preparations for the flagship report continue to advance. Hans-Otto Pörtner (right) and Debra Roberts, Co-Chairs of IPCC Working Group II The review runs from December 4, 2020 to midnight ...

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African Peoples Tribunal carpets transnationals operating in Africa

Nnimmo Bassey

The African Peoples Tribunal organised in Lagos by Friends of the Earth Africa (FoEA) ended on Friday November 27, 2020, with a call on governments of 10 African countries to urgently ensure that the human rights of freedom of speech, expression, and association of citizens and persons who brought cases of abuses before the tribunal are respected and protected. Nnimmo ...

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Private sector’s role critical in ending open defecation, says Osinbajo

Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the role of the private sector in building a strong  sanitation economy will drive the sustenance of the results being achieved under the Clean Nigeria Campaign. Vice President of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo Osinbajo spoke on Thursday, November 26, 2020 at a ceremony organised to mark the first anniversary of Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet ...

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UNEP says Africa needs green stimulus to hasten recovery

Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Thursday, November 26, 2020 that a recovery plan based on green stimulus is urgently needed in Africa. Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo Juliette Koudenoukpo, UNEP Regional Director for Africa, told African major groups and stakeholder’s virtual meeting in a speech read on her behalf by Mohamed Atani, UNEP Head of Communication and Outreach Unit, Africa ...

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Niger, stakeholders dialogue on urban policy formulation

Niger State Urban Policy

The Niger State Government of Nigeria and stakeholders on Thursday, November 26, 2020 dialogued on the draft state Urban Policy aimed at developing the human settlements sector in an integrated manner. Participants at the Urban Policy Dialogue In his address, Alhaji Ahmed Matane, Secretary to the Niger State Government, said that Gov. Abubakar Bello had spent the last two years ...

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