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Nigerian activist, Lawal, among world’s top 100 in digital government

Hamzat Lawal

The Chief Executive of Connected Development (CODE), Mr Hamzat Lawal, has been named amongst the 100 World’s Most Influential People in Digital Government in 2018. Lawal was among those mentioned in an inaugural list released on Wednesday, August 8 by Apolitical, a global policy platform. The list is said to be the first of its kind to show the full ...

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NESREA pledges to check environmental terrorism in northeast

Dr. Lawrence Anukam

The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) says it will enforce laws to check “environmental terrorism’’ in the northeast zone. Its new Director, Mr Abdussalam Isa, made the assertion on Thursday, August 9, 2018 in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe, Gombe State. Isa assumed office on July 31 as the head of NESREA, ...

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22 dead, thousands evacuated in India’s rain-hit Kerala

Kerala rain

Incessant rains in the Southern Indian State of Kerala have left 22 people dead and thousands marooned, officials said on Thursday, August 9, 2018. “At least 22 deaths were reported over the last 24 hours from Idukki, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts,’’ Shibu Rautel, an officer at the state’s disaster management control room, said. The deaths were largely due to landslides and ...

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Ghana takes steps to phase out mercury containing products

Sam Adu-Kumi

Authorities in Ghana have taken steps to phase out items and chemicals that contain mercury in line with the Minamata Convention on Mercury, an official has said. Sam Adu-Kumi, Director for Chemicals Control and Management Centre and Registrar of Pesticides of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), stressed the need for some level of urgency in public education and sensitisation of ...

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Environmentalist clamours federal legislation on forest reserves


An environmentalist, Mr Sylvester Okonofua, has called on the Federal Government to provide legal instruments and review its policy on forest reserves in the country. Okonofua, who made the call in a statement made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 in Abuja, stressed the need for the provision of policy on forest reserves. The ...

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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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