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Oil spill: Court orders Mobil, NNPC to pay N82bn in damages to Akwa Ibom communities

Oil spill pollution

The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to pay the oil communities in Ibeno Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State a cumulative damages of N81.9 billion over oil spillage. A water body in the Niger Delta polluted by crude oil Justice Taiwo Taiwo, in a judgment debt, ordered that ...

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Activists flay South Africa’s decline of support for global plastic ban treaty

Plastic pollution

A Mail & Guardian exposé on Monday, June 21, 2021, revealed that the South African government plans to reject a new proposed global treaty on plastics. According to a leaked document, the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries is afraid that the plastic ban will make it harder for the country to, among other things, capitalise on the plastic waste trade. Plastic ...

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‘Show Your Stripes’ campaign raises climate action awareness

Climate tram

Broadcast meteorologists and climate scientists united on Monday, June 21, 2021 – the Summer/Winter Solstice – for Show Your Stripes day to raise awareness of the urgent need to act on climate change. Tram in Freiburg, Germany, displaying climate stripes UN Climate Change, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are backing the campaign, which is also ...

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Environmentalist advocates more afforestation activities to curb desertification

Burkina Faso tree planting

An environmentalist, Mr Gafar Odubote, has called for increased afforestation efforts to address the growing desertification encroachment on farmable lands in the country. Combating desertification: Planting some 20,000 trees to create living hedges Odubote, the regional manager of “Let’s Do it Africa”, a non-profit organisation with bias for environmental issues, made the call in an interview on Monday, June 21, ...

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CODE seeks MDAs probe over mismanagement of N97b COVID-19 fund


The 2020 annual report released by Connected Development (CODE) detailing how the federal and state governments spent the N97 billion Coronavirus intervention fund has recommended for the probe of all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) directly involved in the acquisition and distribution of COVID-19 palliative relief materials for operational mistakes and logistics mismanagement. Chief Executive Officer of CODE, Hamzat ...

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Kano declares state of emergency on open defecation

Abdullahi Ganduje

The Kano State Government has declared a state of emergency on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) so as to end open defecation, the Commissioner for Environment, Dr Kabiru Getso, has announced. Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State A statement signed by Mr Sanusi Kofarnaisa, the ministry’s public relations officer, which disclosed this on Sunday, June 20, 2021, quoted the state governor, ...

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Seven countries to get more targeted support from GEF’s Least Developed Countries Fund

Sonam P. Wangdi

The Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), the only dedicated source of climate adaptation support for the world’s smallest and most vulnerable economies, will provide more than $60 million to address urgent needs in Bhutan, Central African Republic, Eritrea, Kiribati, Lesotho, Somalia, and Timor-Leste under its latest work programme. Mr Sonam P. Wangdi, Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Group With ...

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ICCDI Africa, Nestlé launch sustainability training for kids

ICCDI Africa Nestlé

Nestlé Nigeria has launched a sustainability training for kids to teach the younger generation a more sustainable approach to managing and recycling waste in a bid to instil responsible behaviours to enable them to become better stewards of our planet. Participants at the event The training, which is being implemented in collaboration with the International Climate Change Development Initiative (ICCDI), ...

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Embedding and financing climate resilience underpins Africa’s recovery


The fifth African Climate Resilience Infrastructure Summit (ACRIS5), which was held virtually from June 16 to 17, 2021, highlighted that integration of climate resilience in the design and implementation of key areas such as agribusiness, hydropower plants, transport corridors, urban sprawls and ecosystems such as protected areas, which are vulnerable to climate change, is critical if Africa is to recover and ...

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Buhari congratulates UN Sec. Gen., Guterres, Deputy, Amina Mohammed on second tenure

Guterres Mohammed

President Muhammadu Buhari felicitated Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres on his re-appointment for a second-term in office, and extension of Deputy Secretary General, Amina Mohammed’s tenure for another five years. UN Secretary General, António Guterres, with his Deputy, Amina Mohammed The president’s congratulatory message is contained in a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant ...

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