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Netherlands urges Nigeria to expedite action on Ogoni cleanup

Robert Petri and Marvin Dekil

The Netherland Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Robert Petri, has urged the Federal Government to immediately commence the cleanup exercise of Ogoniland before the 2019 general elections. Petri made the call on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 during a fact-finding mission to the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) office in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. He said immediate action on the cleanup would ...

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Ogun seals factory for environmental infractions

Bolaji Oyeleye

The Ogun State Government says it has sealed a factory in Ososa, Odogbolu Local Government Area of the state, over environmental infractions. Commissioner for Environment, Mr Bolaji Oyeleye, made this known during an enforcement exercise on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 in Osasa. Oyeleye said that the flour processing factory had been discharging its effluent indiscriminately into the environment since it ...

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Worry as toxic dioxins found in toys, recycled plastic products

Toys

A study released on Friday, November 23, 2018 and titled: “Toxic Soup: Dioxins in Plastic Toys” shows high levels of toxic brominated dioxins in eight toys and one hair clip made of recycled plastic stemming from electronic waste. Dioxin content in toys from Czechia, Germany, France, Portugal, Argentina, India and Nigeria was comparable to the levels found in previous studies ...

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Sperm whale washed up in Indonesia had plastic bottles, bags in stomach

Sperm Whale

A sperm whale found dead in a national park in Indonesia had nearly six kilogrammes (13.2 lbs) of plastic waste, including 115 cups, in its stomach, park officials said on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. The 9.5-metre (31.17 ft) whale was found in waters near Kapota Island, part of the Wakatobi National Park, south east of Sulawesi, the park said in ...

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Government expresses concern over environmental hazard in Niger Delta

Uguru Usani

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr Usani Uguru Usani, has expressed concern over the negative impacts of environmental damage in the Niger Delta region. Usani expressed this concern at a one-day Stakeholders Validation Workshop and launching of a draft document on Niger Delta Region Climate Change Programme and Action Plan organised by the ministry. The Minister decried a situation ...

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Air pollution level continues to worsen in New Delhi

New Delhi pollution

The air pollution level in India’s capital city New Delhi on Monday, November 12, 2018 continued to be in the severe category, officials said. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the overall air quality index (AQI) remained in very poor category at 381. “The AQI in Delhi at 9 a.m. (local time) today was recorded at 381, the ...

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Pollution: NIMASA to enforce 0.5 per cent sulphur limit on ships

shipping

The Director-General (DG) of Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside, on Friday, November 2, 2018 said that the agency would enforce strict compliance on sulphur pollution. Peterside said the measure would be in line with International Maritime Organisation (IMO) regulation which put a maximum of 0.5 per cent sulphur cap on all fuel used by vessels ...

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How Turkey’s coal investments are poisoning people, air, seas – Report

Yatağan Coal Power Plant

Villagers affected by three polluting coal mines in Muğla city, Turkey have joined together to demonstrate against plans to extend the mines. People had their photos taken and projected them in front of Yatağan coal power plant. “After years of suffering from the deadly impacts of lignite mines and coal burning in their lands, the villagers of Muğla came together to ...

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India’s environment minister blames state govts as pollution worsens in Delhi

Delhi pollution

India’s environment minister blamed the Delhi government and its neighboring states for failing in their efforts to check air pollution which was six times above the recommended limit on Thursday, November 1, 2018 posing severe health risks. The minister, Harsh Vardhan, said in a statement that efforts by state governments, including Punjab and Haryana, to bring down incidents of widespread ...

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Senate ready to pass gas flaring prohibition bill, says lawmaker

Gas flaring

Chairman, Senate Committee on Gas, Sen. Bassey Albert, on Thursday, November 1, 2018 said that the Senate would pass the Gas Flaring Prohibition Bill before the end of the year. Albert gave this hint in Lagos when he led his members on oversight functions to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR). He said the bill was currently on the third ...

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