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Egypt begins expansion of Suez Canal’s southern stretch

Suez Canal

Egypt said it had begun dredging works for expanding the Suez Canal’s southern section to allow two-way traffic in the international man-made waterway. Suez Canal The country’s Suez Canal Authority (SCA) announced this in a statement by its Chairman, Osama Rabie on Saturday, May 15, 2021. The dredging, according to the authority, is part of a project to develop the ...

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Campaigners flay Church of England’s support for Shell’s climate and energy plan

Most Revd Justin Welby

A group of environmental activists operating as the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) has frowned at the seeming patronising disposition of the Church of England towards oil giant, Shell. The Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury In an open letter to The Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, Canterbury Cathedral, London, endorsed by Rev David ...

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Nnimmo Bassey: Okavango and the tragedy of Africa

Nnimmo Bassey

The quest for profit in a predatory economic system has made it possible for humans to wilfully ignore extractivist crimes unfolding in broad daylight. A clear case is the clawing into Namibia’s Okavango Basin in search of hydrocarbon resources by ReconAfrica, a Canadian oil prospecting company. The company has been licensed to explore for hydrocarbons in an area of 13,600 ...

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Climate adaptation: Key to Nigeria’s green job programme

Internally displaced women

Various actors across the climate change community in Nigeria have concurred with the view that the Federal Government should pay more attention to the provision of climate adaptation mechanisms to enhance the realisation of the Green Job Assessment Programme (GJAP). Internally displaced women in Abuja trained by Ecobarter on waste collection and recycling. Photo credit: Ecobarter The ongoing consultation exercise ...

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Group launches report that analyses COVID-19 impact on Nigeria, West Africa’s economy

Professor Chukwumerije Okereke

A report that analyses the impact of COVID-19 on the economy of Nigeria and the rest of West Africa has been officially released. Professor Chukwumerije Okereke Titled: “Promoting a Green and Resilient Recovery in Nigeria and the rest of West Africa,” the document, which also provides a set of recommendations that can help to facilitate green recovery in these countries, ...

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Reactions as Asian Development Bank rules out coal, sets conditions for gas projects

Asian Development Bank

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Friday, May 7, 2021 issued its draft energy policy, following the conclusion of its 54th Annual Meeting and clarion calls from the United Nations to end financing for all fossil fuels including gas. Green activists and civil society groups hold a demonstration outside the headquarters of the Asian Development Bank in Manila to demand an ...

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Expert advocates use of ecobricks technologies to address climate change

Ecobricks technology

An environmental expert, Ms Gloria Bulus, has called for the adoption of Ecobricks building technologies to address the growing climate change realities on the environment. Ecobricks technology Bulus, the founder of Bridge-that-Gap Initiative, an environmental non-profit organisation, made the call in an interview on Monday, May 10, 2021 in Lagos. An ecobrick is a building block made entirely from unrecyclable ...

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UN chief, Guterres, seeks second term

Antonio Guterres

The current UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has laid out his case for a second, five-year term to Member States, saying that he is offering a “humble approach” to deal with today’s multiple challenges, as an honest broker and bridge builder, focused on solutions. UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres The former Portuguese Prime Minister who went on to run the UN ...

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African countries lead in global effort to eliminate mercury-based lighting

Fluorescent lamps

The Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG) and the Clean Lighting Coalition (CLiC) are applauding a proposed amendment by the African Region to phase out most fluorescent lamps at the next meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Fluorescent lamps All fluorescent lights contain mercury. Broken or discarded bulbs haphazardly release this toxic substance mainly ...

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Green Jobs: National ownership to drive just transition

Green Job Assessment policy

The Department of Climate Change (DCC) in the Federal Ministry of Environment has emphasised the need to capture affected communities and workers into the nation’s Green Job Assessment programme to help ensure its successful implementation and transition to a just economy. Participants at the validation workshop on Green Job Assessment policy In view of the above, the DCC believes that ...

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