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What IPCC report means for Nigeria

Dr. Mahmood Mohammad Abubakar

The new UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Climate Report is sounding the alarm, most especially to a country like Nigeria: if we fail to act urgently, there will be catastrophic global consequences. And we’re already nearing abrupt climate tipping points. Minister of Environment, Dr. Mahmood Mohammad Abubakar Climate change is already impacting Nigeria today. From longer seasons to more ...

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Cote d’Ivoire declares first Ebola outbreak in over 25 years

Matshidiso Moeti

The Ministry of Health of Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday, August 15, 2021 confirmed the country’s first case of Ebola since 1994. This came after the Institut Pasteur in Cote d’Ivoire confirmed the Ebola Virus Disease in samples collected from a patient, who was hospitalised in the commercial capital of Abidjan, after arriving from Guinea. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for ...

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IPCC report: Disseminate information on critical points, ANEJ urges members

Sidi El Moctar Cheiguer

The African Network of Environmental Journalists (ANEJ) has taken note of the concerns highlighted in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) world report released on August 9, 2021, in Geneva, Switzerland, on current and future climate change challenges around the world. Sidi El Moctar Cheiguer, President, African Network of Environmental Journalists (ANEJ) According to the report, scientists are ...

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World Elephant Day: NCF tasks govt on Ecotourism


The Nigeria Conservation Foundation (NCF) has urged the Federal Government to initiate laws to preserve the country`s elephant population. Elephants. Photo credit: Mr Shitu Usman, Project Officer, Finima (Bonny) Nature Park, made the call on Thursday, August 12, 2021 as the body marked World Elephant Day in Ngo, Andoni Local Government area in Rivers. He said that the call ...

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Govt should fund NEMA for research-based disaster management – Don

Ahmed Habib

A lecturer at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Prof. Christian Madu, has called for proper funding of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to enable it to meet its mandate. Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Ahmed Habib Madu, a professor of Environmental Management and Control, made the call in an interview in Enugu on Friday, August 13, ...

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N45.7bn judgement: Shell short-changed community, says ERA/FoEN

Godwin Uyi Ojo

Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) says it welcomes the recent disclosure by Shell that it is now ready to pay the Ejama-Ebubu community in Eleme local government area of Rivers State, over $110 million or N45.7 billion as full and final settlement for an oil spill that occurred in the area. Dr. Godwin Uyi Ojo, Executive Director ...

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Consistency of Plant Variety Protection Law with Constitution challenged in court

Nnimmo Bassey

The Registered Trustees of Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) have filed a suit challenging a provision of the Plant Variety Protection Act 2021 for inconsistency with provisions in the Nigerian Constitution. Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) The originating summons with suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/815/2021 is filed at the Federal High Court Abuja suing The Federal Republic ...

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UK’s £500m oceans protection scheme to tackle plastic pollution in Nigeria, Ghana, others

George Eustice

Projects to tackle climate change and protect the world’s oceans have been given a major boost with the first £16.2 million of funding from the UK’s £500 million Blue Planet Fund announced today. British Environment Secretary, George Eustice The programmes, financed from the UK’s overseas aid budget, will increase marine protection, tackle plastic pollution in Nigeria, Ghana, Indonesia and Vietnam ...

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Shell waking up to its culpability: Groups hail Ogoni community’s victory

Ineffective clean up

News of the agreement by Shell to accept liability for longest drawn case concerning pollution in the Niger Delta appears to have been warmly received by the civil society. The outcome of oil spill Shell on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, agreed to pay the sum of N45.9 billion compensation to some Ogoni communities of Rivers State ravaged by oil spills ...

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Govt, Gombe sign MoU to revamp regional water supply project


Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya, and the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on collaborative funding of the Gombe Regional Water Supply Project. Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya, and the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu The MoU is aimed at actualising the rehabilitation, upgrading and expansion of the 50 million litres per ...

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