Archive | June, 2012

NYCAN Commends Reps for Passage of Climate Change Commission Bill

14 Jun

Nigerian Youth Climate Action Network NYCAN has commended Nigeria’s House of Representatives for  the passage of  a Bill for the establishment of the National Climate Change Commission.

A statement by groups coordinator Unico Iregbu Kalu and  media officer Hamzat Bala Lawal said the act had again demonstrated the legislators’ commitment in setting up a strong institution to coordinate climate change governance.

“We commend the determination of the House and wish to state here that this singular act has again demonstrated its commitment in setting up a strong institution to coordinate the multifaceted nature of climate change governance. It also reveals the desire of the House to protect the future of the younger generations because the youth are going to bear the greater brunt of the effects of climate change if not adequately addressed,’’ it says.

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Shall We Let this Happen?

14 Jun

This photo stirred different feelings in me. Of anger, fear and  a bit of depression. Is this planet I would love my unborn children to exist in?  Are these the kind of journalists some of us would become?

It’s up to each and everyone of us to help keep nature for the next generation. I would not want to describe forests and animals to my children by just showing them photos of what nature used to be.

Development without nature in disaster

Expectations as Nigeria goes to Rio

13 Jun

By Huzi Mshelia, Nigerian Climate Action Network Coordinator

 It is time for yet another of those big international conferences that comes with so much hype and frenzy. Governments around the world will be making statements (some in good faith, others less so.  Negotiators will finalize tiny details of negotiation texts with thousands of alteration and amendments. This time, it’s the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) popularly tagged Rio+20 coming on the twentieth anniversary of the World Earth Summit that took place in Rio de Jenairo, Brazil in 1992.

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Cancer Caused by Diesel Fumes – World Health Organisation

13 Jun

Some of us have always had the strong feeling that exhaust fumes could be more toxic than most people imagined.  The World Health Organization (WHO) on June 12th  said that exhaust fumes from diesel engines do cause cancer.

France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the WHO, reclassified diesel exhausts from its group 2A of probable carcinogens to its group 1 of substances that have definite links to cancer. This  announcement has  caused lots of concern in the auto industry.

The experts said their decision was unanimous and based on “compelling” scientific evidence and urged people worldwide to reduce their exposure to diesel fumes as much as possible as the fumes definitely cause lung cancer and may also cause tumours in the bladder.

The decision was the result of a week-long meeting of independent experts who assessed the latest scientific evidence on the cancer-causing potential of diesel and gasoline exhausts.

It puts diesel exhaust fumes in the same risk category as a number of other noxious substances including asbestos, arsenic, mustard gas, alcohol and tobacco.

This would be of major concern to Nigeria, especially since their are no strong enforcement measures to check exhaust fume pollution in the country.

Source: WHO/Reuters

Warri Refinery: Threatening the Lives of Ekpan People

13 Jun



A petition titled “A Save Our Soul Appeal” has been written to the House Committee on Petroleum, Downstream by the Ajomata/Awhakpor Landlords Association of Ekpan.  The petition urged a sanction of the NNPC over the life-threatening  emission of dangerous carbon black soot/chemicals into their environment on a daily basis without due care and non compliance to international best practices.

“Our continuous appeals in writing and physical visitation to the management of the said company and their supervising Ministry of Petroleum over the years have been ignored, as they have never replied any of our letters nor stopped the life-threatening nuisance that their emissions have become.”

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Abuja’s Coloured Stream

11 Jun

On Saturday June 2 2012, I woke up to see a photo sent to me by a colleague, Rotimi Ajayi. It took the sleep off my eyes. A  deep blue/purple stream in the city of  Abuja,  Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory? Within minutes, we arranged to go see for myself.  Took me about 2hrs to get done with my Saturday morning duties, then we drove to the site, and surprise…surprise, it wasn’t there anymore. I only saw a brown colored stream. It had rained heavily the previous day and washed away the mess; mess made by the The Nigerian Security Printing and Minting PLC, Popularly called ‘The MINT . The colored fluid was traced to their office in Garki.

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11 Jun

Shell will not accept the truth about how much their activities have ruined the health and environment of host communities.

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Amnesty International News Release
April 23, 2012

A major oil spill in the Niger Delta was far worse than Shell previously admitted, according to an independent assessment obtained by Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD), which exposes how the oil giant dramatically under-estimated the quantities involved.

The spill in 2008, caused by a fault in a Shell pipeline, resulted in tens of thousands of barrels of oil polluting the land and creek surrounding Bodo, a Niger Delta town of some 69,000 people.

The previously unpublished assessment, carried out by US firm Accufacts, found that between 1,440 and 4,320 barrels of oil were flooding the Bodo area each day following the leak. The Nigerian regulators have confirmed that the spill lasted for 72 days.

Shell’s official investigation report claims only 1,640 barrels of oil were spilt in total. But based on the independent assessment the…

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