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E-waste compensation policy scheme commences in Nigeria


An e-waste compensation policy project that will support an environmentally friendly collection and treatment of Li-ion batteries and flat panel displays in Nigeria has commenced. E-waste The initiative was kicked off by a team of environmental organisations at a virtual session on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Tagged “E-waste compensation as an international financing mechanism in Nigeria” or ECoN, the scheme ...

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Oil spill: Agip shuts down Idu Well 11 in Bayelsa

Oil spill pollution

The Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) on Wednesday, April 12, 2021 confirmed an oil leak from its Idu oilfields at Egbebiri settlement within Biseni in Yenagoa Local Government Area in Bayelsa State, resulting in its shutdown. A water body in the Niger Delta polluted by crude oil The cause of the leakage, according to the Joint Investigative Visit (JIV) report ...

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Urgent steps must be taken to reduce methane emissions this decade, says report

Inger Andersen

A Global Methane Assessment released on May 6, 2021 by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) shows that human-caused methane emissions can be reduced by up to 45 per cent this decade. Such reductions would avoid nearly 0.3°C of global warming by 2045 and would be consistent with keeping the goal of ...

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Nnimmo Bassey: Okavango and the tragedy of Africa

Nnimmo Bassey

The quest for profit in a predatory economic system has made it possible for humans to wilfully ignore extractivist crimes unfolding in broad daylight. A clear case is the clawing into Namibia’s Okavango Basin in search of hydrocarbon resources by ReconAfrica, a Canadian oil prospecting company. The company has been licensed to explore for hydrocarbons in an area of 13,600 ...

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Germany’s revised Climate Change Act sets out binding trajectory towards climate neutrality by 2045

Svenja Schulze

Germany is to become climate neutral by 2045 and has outlined a path to achieve this with binding targets for the 2020s and 2030s. German Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze This is at the heart of the revised Climate Change Act, which the federal cabinet adopted on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 as recommended by Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze. Up to now, ...

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Food matters: A reflection on Ramadan

Trans fat foods

There is a certain buzz that fills the air as Muslims approach the end of the fasting season. This year’s fasting came on the heels of the just concluded Lenten season by Christians – another fasting season. Trans fat foods For the uninformed, the Ramadan fast which runs its course through a month is between dawn, the time which Muslims ...

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UK appoints Sir David Attenborough as COP26 People’s Advocate

Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough will work with the UK as host of COP26 to inspire action in the run up to the summit in Glasgow in November 2021. Sir David Attenborough With six months to go before the UK brings world leaders together for key climate talks, the renowned natural historian and broadcaster will put forward the compelling case to global leaders, ...

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Calls to boost regional climate action at Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week

Carolina Schmidt

The virtual thematic sessions of Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2021 being hosted by the Government of the Dominican Republic kicked off on Tuesday, May 11 with calls to urgently ramp up regional climate action. COP25 President, Carolina Schmidt, speaking at the 14th Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean The sessions, which will run until ...

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NAFDAC commended for endorsing Trans Fat-Free Nigeria Campaign

Mojisola Adeyeye

The Trans Fat-Free Nigeria Campaign stakeholders comprising Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA), Network for Health Equity and Development (NHED), Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI), Resolve to Save Lives (RTSL), and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have commended the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for its partnership and commitment to the #TransfatFreeNigeria campaign. Prof. ...

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Lagos builds 14 estates in two years

Lagos Housing

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 said it had completed 14 housing schemes within two years of the Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration’s affordable mass housing drive, to bridge the shelter gap. L-R: Permanent Secretary Ministry of Housing, Mr Wasiu Akewusola; Special Adviser to the Governor on Housing, Mrs Toke Benson-Awoyinka; Commissioner for Housing, Mr Moruf Akinderu-Fatai; Commissioner ...

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