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New Brazilian leader told to uphold climate commitments, safeguard human rights

Jair Bolsonaro

After what seemed a polarising electoral campaign that promoted hatred and division, candidate Jair Bolsonaro won the runoff for the presidency of Brazil on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Bolsonaro had vowed to withdraw the country from the Paris Agreement but retracted that proposal days before the election. However, he has indicated he will weaken the form and enforcement of Brazil’s ...

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At 2018 Walk for Nature, Asiodu canvasses reconstitution of sanitary inspectors

2018 Walk for Nature

The president, Board of Trustees (BoT), Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Chief Philip Asiodu, has called for the reconstitution of sanitary inspectors to monitor the environment and mete out sanctions to defaulters. In his address at the 11th NCF/Lagos State government Walk For Nature on Saturday, October 20, 2018 themed “Beat Pollution: Live a Sustainable Lifestyle”, he urged the authorities to ...

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ERA attributes incessant pipeline disasters to nation’s fossil-fuels dependence

pipeline explosion

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has blamed Nigeria’s reliance on fossil fuels for the unrelenting oil spill-related incidents across the country, the recent one involving over 50 persons incinerated when a pipeline belonging to the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC) in Umuode Community in Aba, Abia State, exploded. The incident occurred at Umuimo and Umuaduru ...

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UN moves to Abuja ‘UN House’ eight years after bomb attack

United-Nations-Day

The UN family in Nigeria says it has begun partial movement to the UN House Abuja, eight years after the Aug. 26, 2011 bombing by the Boko Haram insurgents. UN Resident Coordinator, Mr Edward Kallon, disclosed this at the celebration of the 73rd UN Day on Wednesday, October24, 2018 in Abuja. The Federal Government had approved N5.2 billion for the ...

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Nigeria’s IDP community where snakebites, cholera reign

internally-displaced-persons-NEMA

Mariam Shuaibu is one of the 845 victims of insurgency residing at the Gongola Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp, in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory. Mariam, like other peers suffering the same fate, finds succor in this camp, after activities of insurgency in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State made them flee their homes in 2015 after being ravaged ...

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Wales pledges to keep oil in the soil

Payal Parekh

The Welsh government has announced that it will end the use of coal, a development observers describe as an historic moment for a country that was once at the forefront of the global coal mining industry. A scientific report released on October 8, 2018 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) confirmed that the world needs to take urgent action to limit climate change ...

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Legislators urged to pass bill for Cartographers Registration Council

Andrew Obafemi

The Nigerian Cartographic Association (NCA) on Monday, October 22, 2018 in Abuja urged the National Assembly to pass the bill to establish the Cartographers Registration Council of Nigeria. Prof. Andrew Obafemi, the President of NCA, made the call at the 40th anniversary and annual general meeting of the association. The theme of the conference was “Cartography and Geospatial Revolution: Decision ...

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Nigeria, others emerge beneficiaries to GCF’s $1bn developing country scheme

Javier Manzanares

The 21st meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board ended on Sunday, October 21, 2018 in Bahrain, with the organisation approving over $1 billion of new projects and programmes to support climate action in developing countries, and formally launching the Fund’s first replenishment. The 19 new projects amount to a total investment from GCF of $1,038 million, and including ...

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How ministry spent billions on 292 water projects in seven years, by government

Suleiman Adamu

The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, appears to have fulfilled a promise he made to the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) to account for spendings on water projects across the country. According to a statement made available to EnviroNews on Sunday, October 21, 2018, the minister has provided what looks like a detailed information on expenses running into billions ...

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Smoke-free world: Young Nigerian innovators win Conrad Challenge

Whitesands School

A team of four junior school students from Whitesands School in Lekki are the recent winners of the annual Conrad Foundation Spirit of Innovation Challenge Summit held at the Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex, Florida, USA. During the challenge, students were tasked with creating an innovative, marketable product which solves real-world problems and builds a more sustainable world — via the use of STEM. ...

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