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How climate change adaptation in Africa is growing

Over the past decade, countries across Africa have shown increasing interest in comprehensive development plans that set ambitious social and economic development objectives. These plans move beyond the narrow objective of poverty reduction to encompass the wider objectives of accelerating growth, creating employment, and providing safe water, sanitation, health care and education within a framework of sustainable development. Moving forward, ...

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UN chief seeks support for Paris 2015 climate agreement

At the Health and Climate Conference organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Christiana Figueres, calls on Health Ministers to support the climate change agreement that will come into effect next year in Paris, France. She describes the pact as ‘so strong that it improves the quality of ...

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Nigeria may integrate climate change in post-2015 agenda

Stakeholders in the nation’s environment and development sector, who rose from a short session on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 in Abuja, have called on the authorities to make climate change an integral part of Nigeria’s Post-2015 Development Agenda. At a parallel session on “Addressing the challenges of climate change and sustainable development” during the recently-held Presidential Summit on Millennium Development ...

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Nasarawa villages get access to sustainable energy

Three rural communities in North Central Nigeria are beneficiaries to a scheme designed to give countryside folks access to sustainable energy and boost their standard of living. On-grid and off-grid villages in Upper Uke, Lower Uke and Roguwa in Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State are to be fitted and retrofitted under a pilot arrangement being promoted courtesy of ...

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Climate legal framework sought for states’ development plans

Environmentalists are seeking the establishment of a legal framework that supports the mainstreaming of climate change scenario into states’ development plans and strategies. They believe that this will go a long way towards curbing how the phenomenon impacts the various sectors of the economy. According to them, adaptation policies need to be an integral part of government initiatives, given the ...

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IPCC’s AR5 and Africa: Climate is changing, impacts are being felt

In this first of a nine-part serial, EnviroNews Nigeria examines the implications of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the African continent The Fifth Assessment Report presents strong evidence that warming over land across Africa has increased over the last 50 to 100 years. This warming trend is very likely to continue. ...

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Ogoni women: How oil exploration, pollution threaten our existence

Women of Ogoniland in the Nigerian Niger Delta region have lamented how they are, after decades of oil exploration by Shell in their community, suffering extensive land degradation and deprivation. They lamented recently at a gathering in Bori-Ogoni, Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, that the venture has greatly impoverished the people with heavy pollution of their land and ...

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Bassey: My memories, hopes for Ogoniland

In the spirit of the third year anniversary of the release of the report on Ogoniland by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nnimmo Bassey, who heads the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), reflects at a recent forum on the travails of the community, scarred by decades of land and sea degradation as a result of oil and gas ...

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Group demands $100b to restore, compensate polluted Niger Delta

Dr Uyi Ojo of ERA/FOEN

Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), Dr. Godwin Uyi Ojo, reflects on the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Assessment on Ogoniland, three year after its release I draw our collective attention to the blood stained banner of ecological catastrophe hanging over Ogoniland, which has been acclaimed globally as one of the most horrendous in human ...

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GMO debate in Nigeria: The pros and cons

As the debate on genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) hots up in the country, EnviroNews Nigeria presents views of the pro- and anti-GMO crusaders, who of recent in various forums sought to enlighten the public on issues therein. While a government agency official on one hand makes a case for the concept to receive legal backing, a civil society activist, on the ...

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