Reedemer's College petitions Ogun EPA over 'illegal poultry farm'
A PRIVATE institution owned by one of the foremost Pentecostal churches has lodged a complaint with the Ogun State Environmental Protection Agency (OGEPA) on an alleged pollution by a poultry farm situated close to its premises along Sagamu/Ikorodu Road in Ogun State. The school, Christ the Redeemer's College and Christ the Redeemer Science Academy, owned…
Divided climate talks end in Copenhagen with deal
THE historic U.N. climate talks in Copenhagen ended Saturday after a 31-hour negotiating marathon, narrowly avoiding collapse by accepting a compromise that gives billions to poor nations to deal with global warming but does not require the world's major polluters to make deeper cuts in their greenhouse gas emissions.
Targeted emissions limits inadequate, warns UN report
WITH negotiations still tied up in a deadlock as the summit entered its final hours, more disturbing news emerged on Friday from a leaked United Nations (UN) document to the effect that the raging debate over emissions targets would afterall, only keep global temperatures from rising beyond three degrees Celsius, not the two degrees being bandied about as the goal by various parties. Industrialised countries meeting in Copenhagen have been working towards achieving the goal of keeping the increase in global average temperatures below two degrees Celsius, relative to pre-industrial levels.
Africities summit holds in Morocco
His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, this week opened the fifth session of the African cities summit at a glittering ceremony attended by high ranking figures from around the continent. Addressing the opening on Wednesday, His Majesty said: "Morocco, which is deeply committed to the principles of African brotherhood, solidarity and unity is looking forward to sharing its expertise and know-how with African sister countries on how to respond to urban development needs and how to meet the challenge of integrated rural development."
Govt, firms sign N71b road contracts as ministry pledges funding
EFORTS at ending the transportation chaos that the country is witnessing due to poor road infrastructure may soon be over in some parts of the country, with the signing of a contract agreement between 20 newly approved road contractors and the Federal Government in Abuja, worth over N71 billion.
SON, manufacturers meet over aluminium specification
FOLLOWING disagreements over specifications for imported aluminium roofing sheets, senior officials of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and Association of Primary Aluminium Producers, Coil Coaters and All Roll Formers Association will meet today to deliberate on acceptable standards for aluminium manufactured and imported into the country.
The climate debacle and reality of a changing world order
IF the hype that preceded the 15th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 15) was a measure of global interest in the threats to the Earth from its changing climate, the controversy that attended it's closing hours may have inadvertently confirmed assertions that the talks were in effect a referendum on the ability of the contemporary world to collectively resolve the looming challenges of the modern age.
Lagos embargoes sand mining, gets committee on excision matters
A 12-member technical committee on excision matters has been inaugurated by the Lagos authorities to fast track the process of applications from landowning families, communities and villages. The development is coming on the heels of an embargo on all surface sand mining activities across the state pending the conclusion of the reforms in the sector.
The burden of industrialisation on ecosystem and its threat to Vision 20: 2020
IT is apparent today that our environment faces numerous threats. Both human-induced and natural stresses, socio-cultural problems as well as mounting consequences of the fast-track economic development have contributed to the large-scale degradation of an erstwhile pristine environment.
Climate coalition calls for Nigeria blueprint for Copenhagen talks
GIVEN the mounting global concern over the Earth's changing climate, a coalition of civil society group has warned of the possibility of a backlash on the nation's economy, if the Nigerian government fails to take action to pursue a national blueprint for the Copenhagen talks.
Kagame pushes Africa's case for greater climate support
WITH the special United Nations summit on climate change ending last weekend, Rwanda's President Paul Kagame has drummed up international support on behalf of African nations for a concrete pact on climate change, arguing that Africa would be hard hit if no action was taken. He, therefore, called for a shared mitigation and adaptation strategy that would leave no one behind.
REDAN wades into FMBN, estate developers' debt imbroglio
FRESH efforts to resolve the protracted debt crisis involving key players in the real estate development community and the Federal Mortgage Bank over alleged debts totaling about N11.24 billion last week attended the publication of the apex financial institution's list of debtors.