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Ahead global action summit, world prepares to ‘rise for climate’

Flood in Japan

On Saturday, September 8, 2018, people around the world will take part in hundreds of actions under the banner of “Rise for Climate” to highlight increasing climate impacts and the need for real climate leadership. Persons across five continents will be showcasing community-led solutions to the climate crisis and demanding that political leaders and decision makers step up their climate action ahead of ...

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Cross River community gets electricity after centuries in darkness

solar panels

People of Umon Island, a small riverine community on the coast of Cross River, have been cut off from civilisation for 200 years. Located in Biase local government area of the state, this village has never tasted electricity and all the sweetness it brings: Villagers have no safe drinking water as inhabitants drink directly from the murky water drawn from the ...

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Scientists demand Shell’s immediate response to Niger Delta spill

Oil spill pollution

After more than 50 years of continuous oil spills into Nigeria’s Niger Delta, Shell oil has reportedly caused another big oil spill, this time in and around the village of Aghoro in Bayelsa State. On Thursday, May 17, 2018 (although some reports state the spill began much earlier, on April 24, 2018), the Aghoro community experienced a significant oil spill ...

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A reflection on the North Cascades trail project

Sahale Arm Mounts (North Cascades)

Ten days of trail construction and maintenance doesn’t make you trail expert, but helps to shape your mind, body and soul to what trail construction entails. It gives you what is known by trail professionals as the “Trail Eyes”, a lens for picturing whether you are doing it the right way. Keeping water off the trail is one of the ...

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BRICS calls for full implementation of Paris Agreement, 2030 Agenda

10th BRICS Summit

Following the 10th BRICS Summit themed, “BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in the 4th Industrial Revolution”, leaders of Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) issued a statement titled, “Johannesburg Declaration”, underlining their countries’ commitment to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. The 10th ...

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Flood claims 38 lives in India

Flooding India

Flooding in India’s north eastern state of Assam has affected around 60,000 people and claimed no fewer than 38 lives, local government officials said on Thursday, August 2, 2018. According to the officials, over 10,000 people are taking shelter at 35 relief camps set up by the government. Officials said that the fury of floods submerged 168 villages in five ...

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ADB launches ‘Strategy 2030’ in response to Asia-Pacific region’s changing needs

Takehiko Nakao

The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a new long-term corporate strategy, “Strategy 2030”, that sets out the institution’s broad vision and strategic response to the evolving needs of Asia and the Pacific. “Asia and the Pacific has made great progress over the last half century in poverty reduction and economic growth, but there are unfinished development agendas,” ...

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Togo urged to end use of dental amalgam by 2020

The Togolese government has been called upon to end the use of dental amalgam for children under 16, pregnant women and women who breastfeed by July 18, 2020. The call was made by a gathering of stakeholders comprising civil society groups, trade unions, and dentists in a resolution they arrived at following the close of a meeting held at the ...

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Exploring triumphs of community-based REDD+ programme in Nigeria

Nigeria REDD+

Nigeria is said to have one of the highest deforestation rates in the world, with less than 10 percent of the country forested. Since 2010, the UN-REDD Programme has provided support for the country’s ambitious efforts at forest conservation, climate change mitigation and community development. Cross River State, which has more than 50 percent of Nigeria’s remaining tropical high forests, ...

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Lagos alerts public of unauthorised enforcement officers

Babatunde Durosimi-Etti

The Lagos State Government has urged members of the public to be wary of the activities of unauthorised law enforcement officers. Commissioner for Environment, Mr Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, said in a statement on Friday, July 27, 2018 that the officers go about defrauding people, in the guise of environmental law enforcement. Durosinmi-Etti said that the government was perturbed by activities of ...

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