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World Bank warns that damages from extreme weather are rising

As the global climate continues to change, the costs and damages from more extreme weather related to a warming planet are growing. While all countries are impacted, developing nations bear the brunt of mounting losses in lives and livelihoods from increasingly severe floods, droughts, and storms. “Typhoon Haiyan, the most powerful typhoon ever to hit the Philippines, has brought into sharp ...

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COP 19: African CSOs demand full implementation of agreements

Salisu Dahiru

Civil society organisation (CSOs) across Africa have demanded that developed countries fulfil and implement their commitments under the UN climate convention, in order to fairly share a necessary “emissions budget,” and avoid catastrophic climate change. At a press conference held immediately after the opening session of the 19th session of the UN Warsaw Climate Conference, the group said that Africa ...

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Proper positioning to access Green Climate Fund

Nigeria has taken up a campaign to build the capacity of national planners in order to strengthen the integration of climate change in national development plans and strategies. The initiative is based on a training module developed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in partnership with the Department of Climate Change (DCC) in the Federal Ministry of Environment ...

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Dangers of Lead in paints

A team of civil society organisations (CSOs) that met recently in Lagos has joined the global campaign to eliminate Lead in paint. The activists observed that, in 2002, at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), governments (including the Nigerian government) agreed a goal that, by 2020, chemicals should be used and produced in ways that lead to the minimisation ...

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Greenhouse gas atmospheric concentrations escalate

The amount of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2012, continuing an upward and accelerating trend which is driving climate change and will shape the future of our planet for hundreds and thousands of years. A GHG is a gas in an atmosphere that absorbs and emits radiation within the thermal infrared range. This process is the fundamental cause of the greenhouse ...

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Healthcare waste management policy formulated

“Wastes are substances or objects, which are disposed of or are intended to be disposed of or are required to be disposed of by the provision of national law. It is therefore necessary for there to be proper management of medical waste to in order to ensure healthier environment and people.” These were the words of the Managing Director, Lagos State Waste Management Authority ...

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How Nigeria will be prominent at COP 19

Nigeria has disclosed that its participation at the 19th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) holding in Warsaw, Poland will enable it ensure that its concerns as a developing nation as well as an oil producing country are effectively guided and presented. Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry ...

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Africa takes stand ahead Warsaw climate conference

African nations have resolved to take a common position as the basis for negotiations on strengthening the international climate change regime through full, effective and sustained implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol (KP). While agreeing that the key messages on negotiations for the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties ...

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Incorporating sound chemicals management in MDGs, Vision 20/2020 dreams

Experts have underlined the need for a well-coordinated mechanism that would ensure the eventual incorporation of sound chemicals management priorities and recommended activities in the Vision 20/2020 document. They likewise observed that the endeavour is essential to attaining the millennium development goals (MDGs). Besides the overlapping of organisational responsibilities at the national, regional and local levels, they are however worried ...

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Tackling climate change in Delta State

Ikem Victor is Programme Co-ordinator at Environment Communication Research Group (ECREG), a Lagos-based environment advocacy group. He examines Delta State Government’s initiatives relating to global warming; adding that the emergence of a climate change policy and framework of action is commendable    Recently, Delta State emerged as first and only state, so far in Nigeria, to develop and launch a ...

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