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20 Dec 2009
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.
20 Dec 2009
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."
20 Dec 2009
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.
20 Dec 2009
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.
20 Dec 2009
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.
20 Dec 2009
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.
20 Dec 2009
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.
30 Sep 2009
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.
30 Sep 2009
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.
30 Sep 2009
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.

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