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Planners urged to address urbanisation challenges

Dr Ramatu Aliyu

The FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, has urged members of the Nigeria Institute of Town Planners (NITP) to tackle the consequences of rapid urbanisation in most cities across the country. Dr Ramatu Aliyu Mr Austine Elemue, Special Assistant on Media to the minister in a statement on Sunday, January 31, 2021, said Aliyu made the call during the 13th ...

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Lagos suspends land extension, reclamation on Banana Island, Osborne Foreshore

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government has issued an order for the immediate suspension of all approvals of land extensions into the lagoon at the Banana Island and Osborne Foreshore axis of Ikoyi, Lagos. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State The government also said all construction and dredging activities on the axis must stop, as erring firms stood the risk of prosecution ...

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Oando, NCF empower teachers, others in environmental sustainability

NCF Training

The Oando Foundation of Nigeria, Sumitomo Chemical of China with the technical support of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) recently built the capacity of some public primary school teachers in Lagos State on recycling and environmental sustainability at a forum themed: “Upcycling and composting in schools and communities”.  Participants at the training The workshop, held on January 21, 25 and ...

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Group evacuates 5,000 plastic bottles in popular Kaduna market

Unsorted plastic waste

An NGO, African Climate Reality Project, says it has evacuated 5,000 plastic bottles at the popular Station Market in Kaduna to improve sanitation in the area. Unsorted plastic waste Gloria Bulus, its coordinator in West Africa, made this known on Saturday, January 30, 2021 in the Kaduna State capital at the “Beat Plastic Waste’’ campaign organised by the NGO. She ...

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Nine children win case to stop gas flaring in Ecuadorian Amazon

Gas flaring Ecuador

An appeals court judge has ruled that the Ecuadorian oil industry’s long-permitted practice of gas flaring – dubbed “flares of death” by local residents – is unconstitutional. The ruling was delivered on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Gas flaring from oil infrastructure in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador. Photo credit: Neil Ever Osbourne Flaring is a practice in which the oil industry ...

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Reactions as Dutch court orders Shell Nigeria to compensate farmers over spills

Chief Fidelis A. Oguru-Oruma

A Dutch Appeal court in the Hague, on Friday, ordered the Nigerian branch of Shell to compensate four farmers for damage to their land caused by leaks in 2004 and 2005. Two of the four Nigerian farmers (Chief Fidelis A. Oguru-Oruma (left) and Eric Dooh) sit in the law courts in The Hague on October 11, 2012. The four farmers ...

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Power minister inaugurates ecological fund projects in Wukari University

Sale Mamman

Minister of Power Alhaji Saleh Mamman on Friday, January 29, 2021 inaugurated various projects at Federal University, Wukari, which were executed by the Ecological Fund Office. Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman The projects include 3.54 kilometre roads, drainages, culverts and several other erosion control facilities within the university community. Performing the inauguration ceremony in Wukari, the minister, who represented President ...

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NOSDRA, environmentalists, trace Bayelsa oil spill to Conoil’s facility

Offshore Oil Platform

Investigations into the Jan. 16, 2021 oil spill around the Funiwa offshore facilities off the Bayelsa Atlantic coastline has taken regulators and environmentalists beyond Chevron’s facilities to nearby “Auntie Julie platform”. An offshore Oil Platform The team, which had on Jan. 23 visited communities affected by the oil spill in Koluama in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, on Friday, Jan. ...

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U.S. climate policy leaders release Amazon forest protection plan

Amazon rainforest

A bipartisan group of former U.S. cabinet officials and chief climate negotiators has come together to build support for the Biden-Harris campaign pledge to protect the Amazon rainforests.  The group has offered concrete policy recommendations to Congress and Presidential Special Envoy John Kerry, to whom the task of delivering on this promise will fall. The Amazon rainforest The Climate Principals include three ...

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Namibia gets world’s first cheetah smart park

Cheetah

The world’s first cheetah smart park equipped with new technology to monitor animals and assets of Namibia’s Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) has been established, a statement said. A cheetah mum and her cub The Dutch technology enterprise Smart Parks will help CCF manage more than 40 permanent resident cheetahs on CCF’s 67,000-hectare private reserve, model farm and field research and ...

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