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New Chinese dam threatens India

Zam Hydropower Station

On 13 October, China switched on the $1.5 billion Zam Hydropower Station, set at the highest altitude among all hydel power plants in the world. And that should worry India. The river that the Zam plant is built on is known as Yarlung Zangbo in China; in India it is called Siang and is among the main tributaries of the ...

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Rainforests hold key to taming El Niño destruction


Healthy forests protect our climate and moderate our weather. As the ‘Godzilla’ El Niño builds in the weeks ahead of Paris talks, it is a timely warning that deforestation is partly to blame for its impacts Indonesia is smouldering and Godzilla is to blame. But even though this is reality, not a monster movie, there is still a hero: the tropical ...

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Group flays poor environmental practices in Niger Delta community

PIGD advocacy visit photo

Prime Initiative for Green Development (PIGD), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has drawn the attention of government and that of development partners to the urgent need to help address the deteriorating condition in Azubie Okujagu, a small coastline community in Rivers State, Niger Delta region, which is currently undergoing various challenges that are attributed to poor industrial and environmental practices. Established ...

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UNEP: Aligning global finance with sustainable development

Steiner warnt vor Klimaverhandlungen im

A new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report released at the International Monetary Fund (IMF)/World Bank Annual Meetings holding in Lima, Peru shows how to harness the assets of the world’s financial system for sustainability. The key findings are that: A ‘quiet revolution’ is underway as financial policymakers and regulators take steps to integrate sustainable development considerations into financial systems to ...

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Land grab escalates as agricultural resources dwindle

Gary Gardner

As global agricultural resources shrink or shift, countries are crossing borders to obtain new farmlands Since 2000, more than 36 million hectares – an area about the size of Japan – has been purchased or leased by foreign entities, mostly for agricultural use. Today, nearly 15 million hectares more is under negotiation. “Farmland is lost or degraded on every continent, while ‘land ...

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NESREA seals NIGALEX for violating environmental laws


The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) on Monday sealed the Lagos-based Nigerian Aluminium Extrusions Limited (NIGALEX) for violation of environmental laws. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NIGALEX, established in 1973 at Oshodi, Lagos, has a workforce that has since been contributing immensely to Nigeria’s economic and industrial growth. The company has relevant modern cutting-edge technology and ...

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SDGs will only succeed if successful in Africa


September 2015 saw the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This has been a long journey for many. To highlight the challenges and opportunities facing Africa, the Africa Progress Panel (APP) has just released a publication titled, “Global Goals, African Realities: Building a Sustainable Future for ALL“. These new international targets to improve people’s lives and protect life on the ...

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‘SDGs, climate week sent loud and clear message’


With the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) now adopted and Climate Week drawing to a close in New York, Mafalda Duarte, Programme Manager of the Climate Investment Funds says the activity and impetus around climate and development sends “a loud and clear message” ahead of climate negotiations in Paris. She said: “2015 is a crucial year for both climate and development.  ...

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Churches: SDGs a pathway to eradicate poverty

ACT Alliance General Secretary John Nduna

The ACT Alliance has called for increasing urgency to address the impacts of climate change. The network of over 140 church and faith based organisations spoke at the weekend in New York as world leaders set out to acknowledge the links between climate change and poverty at the UNGA Post-2015 Summit. Addressing a parallel event focusing on the role of ...

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Nigeria to unveil MDGs end-point report at UN Assembly

Stakeholders at the Multi Stakeholder forum on MDGs

The Nigerian government will on Friday, 25th September unveil the country’s final status report on the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the United Nations headquarters in New York. A statement issued by the Media Consultant to the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs, Desmond Utomwen, stated that the Nigeria MDGs end-point report would ...

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