Community & Environment

Katowice UN climate talks extended over loose ends

Dec 15, 2018

Climate talks in Poland have continued through the night as negotiators try to agree the next steps forward for the Paris climate agreement. Thousands of delegates worked well past the official deadline for reaching a deal but key sticking points remain. Rows continue over the issue of paying poorer countries for damage caused by global…

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7 Eni workers freed in Bayelsa

Dec 11, 2018

Nigeria‘s Joint Military Taskforce (JTF) has announced it freed seven kidnapped Nigerian Agip Oil Company workers, local media reported Friday. The JTF also said it destroyed 436 illegal refineries as part of its Operation Delta Safe mission, Vanguard reported. “Seven Nigerian Agip Oil Company maintenance workers kidnapped while carrying out an assessment of a blasted…

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World Bank announces $200b over 5 years for climate action

Dec 5, 2018

The World Bank Group today announced a major new set of climate targets for 2021-2025, doubling its current 5-year investments to around $200 billion in support for countries to take ambitious climate action. The new plan significantly boosts support for adaptation and resilience, recognizing mounting climate change impacts on lives and livelihoods, especially in the…

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Nigerian Navy destroys 100 illegal refineries in Bayelsa

Dec 5, 2018

Over 100 illegal refining camps were destroyed at weekend by the Nigerian Navy as part of its fight against oil thieves and illegal refineries in the Niger Delta. The four-day exercise codenamed ‘Operation Ex Toru-Gbown’ (waterways protection) in the region led to the destruction of over 100 illegal facilities, while several new ones just springing…

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Multilateral development banks to combat climate change

Dec 5, 2018

Multilateral development banks (MDBs), including the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), announced on Monday a joint framework for reinforcing their commitment to combating climate change. In a two-paged joint declaration, the MDBs committed to working together in six key areas considered central to meeting the goals of the agreement,…

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Shell says judgment on $3.6bn Bonga oil spill not binding

Nov 30, 2018

Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO) yesterday stated that the court judgment on 3.6 billion dollars fine for the Dec. 20, 2011 oil spill in parts of Niger Delta is not binding. Shell, operator of the Bonga oil field where the spill occurred, had approached the courts to challenge the powers of National Oil…

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Shell gives reasons why Niger Delta is no longer attractive to investors

Nov 20, 2018

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), says the oil rich Niger Delta area is no longer very attractive to investors because of the unrealistic demand and entitlement mindset. Igo Weli, the General Manager, External Relations of SPDC, who disclosed this in Port Harcourt at the 2018 edition of the Nigerian Society of…

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Ogoni clean-up to commence in 2 weeks – FG

Nov 18, 2018

The Federal Government yesterday announced that 21 firms are to mobilise to site in the next two weeks following the contribution of $180 million by major oil companies for the clean-up of the Ogoni oil spills and reclamation of the environment. The Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jubril, said this while addressing State House…

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Atiku says he will allow N. Delta states take 100% of oil revenues but not immediately

Nov 15, 2018

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has said he is willing to let Nigeria’s oil producing states have absolute control of crude oil revenues from their domains, but added he is reluctant to immediately implement such policies at this stage of national development. The PDP candidate told The Africa Report that…

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Rapidly growing African cities at ‘extreme risk’ from climate change

Nov 14, 2018

Africa’s rapidly expanding cities face huge threats from climate change over the next 30 years, which could bring knock-on effects such as higher crime rates and civil unrest, risk analysts said on Wednesday. Researchers at UK-based Verisk Maplecroft found 84 of the world’s 100 fastest-growing cities are at “extreme risk” from the impacts of a…

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