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World Bank: How climate change threatens Nigeria’s development


Though Nigeria appears to be on track to be among the world’s top 20 largest economies, climate change could however impact the country’s development and derail the dream. The authorities are faced with the task of lessening the impacts of the phenomenon and grow the country’s economy with a reduced carbon footprint. Two new reports from the World Bank – “Toward ...

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Osuntogun at 70: How I emerged, fairing as an environmentalist

Adeniyi Osuntogun, environmentalist, former Director of the Leadership for Environment & Development (LEAD) in Nigeria and Professor of Agricultural Economics, recently clocked 70 years of age. EnviroNews Nigeria joins in celebrating the icon.   Early Life I started off as a young boy born by a teacher. My father was a teacher while my mother was a very caring woman ...

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Worrisome atmospheric CO2

Several weeks ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the US reported that atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) surpassed a notable milestone. Indeed, they reached a daily average above 400 parts per million (ppm), albeit for the first time in human history. Observers say the milestone, hit on May 9, may be symbolic, but that manmade CO2 emissions ...

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‘Ibadan Declaration’ demands emission cuts


The civil society in Nigeria has said that, in line with the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that keeps temperature increase below 1.5°C, there is an urgent need for emission cuts by setting specific target for all Annex I parties to reduce emissions by at least 40 percent below 1990 level by 2015 ...

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Nigeria: Why polio persists

A child is born every day in Nigeria. After the birth, the mother is expected to immunise the child against some preventable childhood diseases such as polio. Polio is an infectious disease that is caused by a virus which lives in the throat and intestinal tract of an infected person. According to Dr. Ahmed Abduluahab, the Deputy Programme Manager for ...

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Global warming, bumpy rides and green flights

Experts have warned that jet streams intensified by global warming will increase the frequency of turbulence on transatlantic flights by 50 percent. Flights encountering air turbulence will double and the average strength of turbulence will also increase 10 percent to 40 percent,” says Paul Williams, a Royal Society research fellow at the University of Reading. “Turbulence causes more than bumpy ...

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Linking Boko Haram to climate change, shrinking Lake Chad

Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad (Jamā’a Ahl al-sunnah li-da’wa wa al-jihād), better known by its Hausa name Boko Haram (“Western education is sinful“), is a jihadistmilitant organisation based in the northeast of Nigeria. It is an Islamist movement which strongly opposes man-made laws and westernisation. Founded by Mohammed Yusuf in 2001, the organisation seeks to establish sharia law in the country. The group is also known for attacking christians and ...

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Smallholder farmers and climate extremes

Basil Oru, a migrant farmer in Igbe, Ikorodu in Lagos, frowns at the rising temperatures, along with the irregular rainfall pattern he claims is affecting farm yield and threatening his source of livelihood. He complains that, just as it has been the trend in recent years, the rain is late in coming and thus delaying the planting of certain crops ...

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Living under the shadows of death

Due to the untidy and environmentally-unfriendly nature of mechanic villages – they are said to arbitrarily dispose discarded auto parts and waste oil – the authorities feel they deface the cityscape. But the idea of gathering automobile servicing technicians at specified locations has considerably contributed to the eradication of roadside practice. In the 1980s, Oladipo Diya, then Governor of Ogun ...

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Niger Delta: Earth’s most polluted place

Oloibiri is a small community in Ogbia Local Government Area in Bayelsa State, in the eastern Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Oloibiri is a historic town to the oil and gas industry as the first commercial oil discovery was made there (at Otuabagi/Otuogadi) by Shell Darcy on Sunday, January 15th, 1956 after about 50 years of exploration. Indeed, Oloibiri has many firsts to its credit in the ...

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