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UK court rejects registration of Ogoni suit judgment against Shell

Osagie Okunbor

A United Kingdom court on Thursday, December 5, 2019 dismissed the application by some leaders of Ejamah Ebubu community in Ogoniland to register the judgement of a Nigerian Federal High Court in the country for enforcement. Osagie Okunbor, Managing Director, Shell Petroleum Development Company Claimants had applied to register the judgement to enforce a N183 billion judgment sum, which they ...

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Why bioenergy must be phased out, by researchers

Walt Reid

The burgeoning bioenergy sector must peak and decline in the next 30 years to alleviate extreme pressure on land, warns researchers in a new analysis published on Thursday, December 5, 2019 in Global Change Biology. They assert that projections envisioning the use of biomass from crops, trees or grasses for fuel through 2100 overlook the technology’s high carbon footprint and excessive land use. ...

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2019 concludes decade of exceptional global heat – WMO

Petteri Taalas

The year 2019 concludes a decade of exceptional global heat, retreating ice and record sea levels driven by greenhouse gases from human activities. Average temperatures for the five-year (2015-2019) and 10-year (2010-2019) periods are almost certain to be the highest on record. 2019 is on course to be the second or third warmest year on record, according to the World ...

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Participatory approach necessary in implementing Great Green Wall programme – Odusote

Ibukun Odusote

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, Mrs Ibukun Odusote, has stressed the need for participatory approach in the implementation of the programme of the Great Green Wall (GGW) in Nigeria. Mrs Ibukun Odusote Odusote said this during the First Stakeholders Consultative Forum of the National Alliance For the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) in Nigeria ...

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Has COP3 of Minamata Convention missed an opportunity?

Minamata COP3

The third meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP3) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury that held from November 25 to 29, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland focused on achieving the smooth functioning of an international treaty body as well as substantive and technical issues aimed at fostering action to address mercury production and use around the world. Plenary stands ...

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Asiodu laments state of the environment

NCF dinner

“The nation is losing its land at a fast rate, desert is spreading and encroaching vegetation, mangroves are being cleared, and pollution is everywhere.” President, Board of Trustees, Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Izoma Philip Asiodu, with Environment Minister of State, Chief Sharon Ikeazor, at the dinner organised by NCF Those were the words of the President, Board of Trustees, Nigerian ...

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COP25 begins with calls for serious progress on climate action

COP25 Opening

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) holding in Madrid, Spain kicked off on Monday, December 2, 2019, with urgent calls to make serious progress on climate action over the next two weeks. L-R: Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Hoesung Lee; Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez; Chile’s Environment Minister and President of the COP, Carolina Schmidt; United ...

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Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan meet over disputed Nile dam

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Egypt is hosting a new round of talks with Ethiopia and Sudan on a disputed dam built by Ethiopia on the Nile, as part of an agreement reached in Washington in November 2019. Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam The agreement was reached in Washington to break the deadlock in their long-standing row over the river’s critical water supply. The water ministers ...

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From Nigeria to Canada: climate change, youth and a bridge to cross

Hamzat Lawal

I was still a child the first time I heard of Canada. This was in 1995, during the controversial execution of the Ogoni-born Nigerian activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, by the then military government of late General Sani Abacha. Growing up in Abuja, the newly installed seat of power, I, like many other young people, was quite aware of the national burning ...

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Findings show online sites selling illegal mercury-laced skin lighteners

Mercury-laced skin lightening creams

Skin lightening creams containing mercury – a heavy metal and dangerous neurotoxin – are still widely available to purchase in shops and online, despite being banned by governments. That’s the finding of new research by a global alliance of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working to eliminate mercury pollution.  Mercury-laced skin lightening creams Testing throughout 2019, revealed 95 of the 158 products ...

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