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How Nigeria can achieve sustainable solid waste management

Waste disposal

It is crystal clear that the growing population, rapid urbanisation and rising standard of living have accelerated the domestic solid waste generation rate in Nigeria. The 2015 edition of the United Nations’ World Population Prospect report stated that, “by 2050, the world’s population growth rate will be 9.7 billion with the bulk of it coming from Africa”. Nigeria being one ...

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Nagoya Protocol’s entry into force clocks two

The entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilisation to the Convention on Biological Diversity was observed on Wednesday. Adopted in 2010 and entering into force on 12 October 2014, the Nagoya Protocol aims to create equity between providers and users of genetic resources ...

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Platform to support SDGs financing emerges

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched a new platform for scaling up innovative finance solutions to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). According to him, the initiative can help in identifying and piloting innovative finance instruments that can drive investment and support well thought-out SDG interventions. “Financial actors and institutions are already beginning to develop solutions for attracting ...

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$90 trillion needed by 2030 for sustainable infrastructure

A new report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate has called on governments and finance institutions to scale up and shift investment for sustainable infrastructure as a fundamental strategy to spur growth. “Investing in sustainable infrastructure is essential to solve all the world’s most pressing problems,” said Felipe Calderón, former President of Mexico and Chair of the Global Commission. “It’s ...

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Oil-impacted communities mobilise against Dakota Access Pipeline


Grassroots leaders from oil and energy-impacted communities across the country will on Wednesday gather at the Houston offices of Energy Transfer Partners for a prayer action in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and thousands of water defenders mobilising against the Dakota Access Pipeline. In one of the largest environmental justice mobilisations in history, Standing Rock water defenders have ...

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NEMA opens offices in three states

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has opened new operation offices in Adamawa, Edo and Kano states in its effort to bring disaster management closer to communities, and thereby reducing response time to disasters. A statement issued by the Head of Media and Public Relations, Sani Datti, quoted the Director General, Muhammad Sani Sidi, as saying during the weekend that ...

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Curbing earth’s devastating pollution

For those that may not be aware, our atmosphere is interconnected – irrespective of carbon emissions sources, and the resultant negative impacts courtesy of carbon emissions cuts across countries and continents. That’s why measures for emissions reduction require and should be our joint efforts, and nobody warrants exclusion. In view of the unabating pollution level, the World Health Organisation (WHO) ...

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Flooding: Makoko residents seek govt intervention


The residents of Makoko Community have appealed to the Lagos State Government to assist in clearing clogged canals that has led to flooding in the area. They said that the drainage and canal had not been cleared by the government since 2012, leading to flooding during rainy season. According to them, the situation has brought untold hardship, hindered their businesses ...

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Firm defeats activists in Uganda deforestation suit

Vimal Shah

The High Court of Uganda has cleared Bidco Africa Limited against claims of deforestation in the Vegetable Oil Development Programme in Kalangala district. Bidco is a manufacturer of edible oils, fats and hygiene care products. Established in 1985 the company has manufacturing units in Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar and a footprint in 16 African countries. The public interest case filed ...

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Planations’ role in Borneo forest loss, by study

Douglas Sheil

New study analyses four decades of satellite images – overturning assumptions about the role of industrial plantations in Borneo forest loss Debates over forest loss in Borneo generally focus on the extent to which industrial plantations are to blame: those on the conservation side charge oil palm and pulp and paper for the destruction of tropical rainforest, those on the ...

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