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EU scheme to rescue mangrove forests in Ghana, eight other West Africa countries

Ghana Mangrove

Just as tropical forests help to maintain ecological balance and support livelihoods in the hinterlands, so mangrove forests fulfil critical functions in coastal areas. Mangrove harvested for fuel wood being transported to a market in one of Ghana’s coastal communities Mangroves are found in 10 of the 17 West African countries and play a vital role in the region’s coastal ...

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21m people across six states get COVID-19, other diseases support

Evelyn Mere

The Heineken Africa Foundation, WaterAid Nigeria, civil society organisations and the government on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 celebrated a seven-month project that expanded hygiene access for marginalised and vulnerable communities in Bauchi, Benue, Ekiti, Enugu, Kaduna and Oyo states. Evelyn Mere, WaterAid Nigeria Country Director The N284 million Scale-Up Hygiene project was aimed at complementing government’s efforts in reducing the ...

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Greek coy denies responsibility for oil spill along Israeli coast

Minerva Helen

Managers of the Greek oil tanker Minerva Helen on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 denied accusations that their company was responsible for a major oil spill along the coast of Israel. Greek oil tanker, Minerva Helen Earlier, stormy weather washed huge quantities of tar onto the country’s Mediterranean coastline. Israel’s public broadcaster Kan reported on Monday that the Minerva Helen was ...

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Waste managers seek approval to prosecute environmental defaulters

Ibrahim Odumboni

The Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWAMN) has appealed to the Lagos Judiciary to approve the enforcement of the environmental laws in the customary courts. Ibrahim Odumboni, Managing Director, Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) President of AWAMN, Mr David Oriyomi, made the appeal during a meeting with the members of the Lagos Judiciary at the Lagos High Court, Ikeja. ...

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Big Polluters use ‘net zero’, carbon markets to hide climate inaction – Report

Fossil fuel pollution

A report has unpacked the science behind “net zero” claims and how they are used to obscure climate inaction. It explores the new strategies to expand carbon offset markets, linked with new “net zero” demand for offsets. Fossil fuel pollution from a coal power station It also explains the roles played by various actors involved in the effort to “make ...

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Environmentalists, residents lament indiscriminate gas burning, leaks from Agip’s facility in Bayelsa

Douye Diri

Environmentalists and residents on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 raised concerns over the dangers faced by residents near the Ogboinbiri Oilfield operated by Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) in Southern Ijaw Local government Area in Bayelsa State. Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State Residents from the area fled their homes on Monday following pungent odour from gas leaks which polluted the ...

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Kenya still at risk despite UN plastics nod – Greenpeace

Plastic pollution

In the lead up to the UN summit being held in Nairobi, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has named Kenya as an emerging leader in the fight against plastic pollution and among the first countries in East Africa to sign the Clean Seas initiative. Volunteers with Greenpeace Philippines clean up a heavily polluted beach in Manila. Photo credit: Kenya banned the ...

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Red Cross intensifies Ebola response amidst fears of regional spread

Mohammed Mukhier

Red Cross teams in Guinea and across West Africa are ramping up response efforts to contain a deadly Ebola outbreak. Mohammed Mukhier, IFRC’s Regional Director for Africa Red Cross volunteers and staff Guinea, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Senegal and Sierra Leone have stepped up surveillance and community sensitisation efforts. To support these live saving activities, the International Federation of Red ...

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Forum explores implications of polluters’ judgment for environmental justice

Polluters Judgement

Over the last six decades the Niger Delta region of Nigeria has been immersed in extensive environmental pollution from the activities of oil and gas corporations. These pollutions have accounted for severe damage to communities, livelihoods and raised health challenges that have plunged life expectancy to 41 years. Barr Chima Williams, one of the lawyers for the four farmers/fishers, making ...

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ERA crisis: Bassey, others to face contempt of court

Nnimmo Bassey

The leadership crisis currently rocking the Benin City-based civil society organisation (CSO), Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), appears to have taken a fresh turn with the faction headed by Dr. Godwin Uyi Ojo disclosing in a statement on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 that “former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, ERA/FoEN, Arc. Nnimmo Bassey and a former ...

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