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Nigeria launches Knowledge Hub to boost sustainable development

Lekan Fadina

A group of Nigerians has established the Knowledge for Development Initiative, an association committed to inclusive knowledge-based growth, Agenda 2030, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Paris Climate Agreement, and the Agenda Knowledge for Development. Prince Lekan Fadina, CEO, Knowledge City Nigeria According to its promoters, the initiative provides a platform that assures the local and international community that Nigeria and friends ...

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Minamata Convention clocks two with 112 ratifications

Rossana Silva Repetto

Two years ago, on August 16, 2017, the Minamata Convention came into force as a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from human-induced emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds. Rossana Silva Repetto, Executive Secretary, Minamata Convention on Mercury. Photo credit: IISD Reporting Services So far, 112 countries have ratified the global pact while 128 have ...

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Countries mull looser wildlife trade rules for elephants, rhinos

Ms. Ivonne Higuero CITES

Delegates from around the world gathered in Geneva, Switzerland on Saturday, August 17, 2019 to discuss whether allowing limited trade in elephant tusks and rhinoceros horn could help to protect these species. CITES Secretary-General, Ivonne Higuero The meeting brings together the 183 countries that have signed on to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), a 1973 pact ...

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Council warns farmers against destroying Hadejia River embankment

Jigawa flood

Chairman of Hadejia Local Government Council in Jigawa State, Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammad, on Saturday, August 17, 2019 warned farmers in the area against destroying sand-bag embankment erected to prevent flood at the bank of Hadejia River. A flooded Gululu community at Jahun LGA, Jigawa State. Photo credit: Muhammad, who gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency ...

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Valuers tasked on urbanisation, slum upgrade

Rowland Abonta

The Chairman, Raden Investment Ltd., Mr Niji Raji, has called on real estate surveyors and valuers to be more proactive in influencing measures that would facilitate proper urbanisation of the country. Rowland Abonta, President of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) Raji made the call at the Investiture of the 26th Chairman and Executive Committee Members of ...

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Deforestation accelerates in Brazil’s Amazon region, says group

Amazon rainforest

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon region increased by 15 per cent over the past year, a non-governmental organisation has said. A waterfall in the Amazon rainforest in South America About 5,054 square kilometres of rainforest were hacked down between August 2018 and July 2019, according to the Amazon Institute of People and the Environment (Imazon) in a statement on Friday, August ...

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Wind, solar will provide 50% of electricity in 2050, report finds

Wind farm

In a report that examines the ways in which renewable energy demand is expected to increase, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) finds that “aggressive decarbonisation” will be required beyond 2030 to meet the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Wind energy: An offshore wind farm Focusing on electricity, BNEF’s 2019 New Energy Outlook (NEO) predicts a 62% ...

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Russian mishap a foretaste of Nigeria’s nuclear ambition, warns ERA

Nuclear Plant

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria has warned that Nigeria’s decision to build nuclear power plants to augment the poor power situation in the country will result in mishaps similar to the recent Arkhangelsk region explosion in Russia which led to a spike in radiation levels and mass evacuation of communities near the facility. A nuclear power plant in Doel, ...

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Kenya approves issuance of first green bond

Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenya has approved its first ever issuance of green bond, which will raise five billion shillings ($48.45 million) for students accommodation, the capital markets regulator, CMA, said on Thursday, August 15, 2019. President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta The CMA said in Nairobi that the bond, to be issued by a Nairobi-based property developer, Acorn, came after the authorities unveiled new ...

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Germany demands attention to Arctic climate

Melting Antarctic ice

German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, has called for more attention to the consequences of climate change in the Arctic. Melting Antarctic ice He made the call during a visit to the northern regions of Canada. “These people have no opportunity to make a major contribution to confronting climate change by altering their behaviour,” Maas said in Iqaluit, the capital of ...

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