World Bank Warns Nigeria on Possible GDP Decline

David Malpass speaking at World Health Organization Media Briefing

A new World Bank report estimates that the collapse of ecosystem services provided by nature including wild pollination, food from marine fisheries and timber from forests could result in Nigeria’s GDP declining by $139bn in 2030. The report highlighted that Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia would suffer the most relative contraction of real GDP due to a collapse of ecosystem services by 2030, 9.7 per cent annually and 6.5 per cent respectively. The report reads, “In absolute terms, the greatest losses of GDP are expected in middle-income countries. “The worst…

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Buhari approves reversed National Climate Change Policy

Buhari attends ecowas virtual meeting national climate change policy

President Mohammadu Buhari during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday has approved the Revised National Climate Change Policy (NCCP) and the National Climate Change Programmes for Nigeria. This was disclosed in a press statement by the Federal Ministry of Environment signed by the ministry’s Director Press, Mr Saghir el Mohammed. Speaking on the development, the Minister of the Federal Ministry of Environment, Dr Mohammad Mahmood explained that the new Policy document captures updates of emerging issues in the sectors not reflected in the previous policy. These, according to…

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Lake Chad: FG inaugurates National Committee for region recovery

Acting on climate is money demanding

The Federal Government on Monday inaugurated a National Steering Committee for the restructured Multi-sectoral Crisis Recovery Project (MCRP) currently being implemented in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States. Inaugurating the committee, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, said that the project would mark an important milestone to kick-start activities towards the effective implementation of the MCRP Lake Chad Region Recovery and Development Project (PROLAC). She said that the PROLAC which is a World Bank Project intended to support recovery and development of the Lake Chad…

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Nigeria Receives Green Bonds Award

Nigeria Receives Green Bonds

Nigeria on Tuesday, March 20 received the 2018 Green Bonds Award under the category of “New Countries Taking Green Bonds Global” at the Annual Green Bonds Conference in London, UK. The award was received by Ambassador Kabiru Bala, Deputy High Commissioner/Head of Mission, Nigeria High Commission, London. Green Bonds are like regular bonds, but with a slight difference – they can only be used to fund projects that have been identified to have environmental benefits, with their contribution to emissions reduction clearly articulated. “The issuance of a green bond by…

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Studies worry: Is Greenland on thin ice?

Greenland thin on ice worries scientists

Two studies in Nature open deep history of Greenland ice sheet — and raise new questions about its stability The ice sheet covering Greenland is four times bigger than California — and holds enough water to raise global sea-level more than twenty feet if most of it were to melt. Today, sea levels are rising and the melting of Greenland is a major contributor. Understanding how fast this melting might proceed is a pressing question for policymakers and coastal communities. To make predictions about the future of the ice sheet,…

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Oops! Hopes for climate linkage to mosquito population increase dashed by new study

Hopes for climate linkage to mosquito population

Mosquito population has increased as much as ten-fold over the past five decades in New York, New Jersey, and California, according to long-term datasets from mosquito monitoring programs. The number of mosquito species in these areas increased two- to four-fold in the same period. A new study finds the main drivers of these changes were the gradual waning of DDT concentrations in the environment and increased urbanization. The findings were published December 6 in Nature Communications. The potential effects of climate change on the spread of insect-borne diseases is a major…

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The Politicization of Climate Science Is NOT a Recent Phenomenon — Watts Up With That?

Group advocates for Climate finance in Nigeria

There’s lots of yacking around the blogosphere and mainstream media about President-elect Donald Trump politicizing climate science. But it’s nothing new. Climate science became a tool for pushing political agendas almost 3 decades ago. In 1988, the United Nations, a political body, founded the global-warming-report-writing entity called the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC was created to support political agendas. And in 1995, politics corrupted climate science, when politicians changed the language of the IPCC’s second assessment report, eliminating the scientists’ statements of uncertainties. To this day, the…

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