Why Don’t We Care About Thousands of Other Oil Spills?

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About 300 oils spills a year occur in the Niger Delta. Tags: Alt Fuels and Transportation News and Events Africa BP BP oil spill Exxon ExxonMobil Gulf of Mexico media Niger Delta Nigeria oil oil spill Shell In fact, a large one from an ExxonMobil pipe occurred on May 10th, 2010. Have you heard of it? You probably haven’t heard of it because there is practically no US or European coverage of it.

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Great Green Wall of Trees for Africa

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Keystone Pipeline leaks 383,000 gallons of crude oil, renewing debate on its expansion


Related: Largest nature reserve in Niger threatened by oil development The volume of oil released from this recent spill measured approximately 9,120 barrels, which is roughly half the size of an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Business Eco Green cabin design environment floating cabins keystone pipeline leak leak news niger north oil leakAbout 383,000 gallons (1.4 million liters) of oil has leaked out into the environment from the controversial Keystone Pipeline system.

Drinking water in Nigeria polluted with benzene at levels 900 times above the limit

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Along with many others, this community is located in the Ogoni oil region of the Niger Delta in Nigeria, which has been plagued by environmental damage in recent years, according to UN studies. Oil exploration and production has been conducted in the Niger Delta since the 1950s but many of the operations have been suspended since the early 1990s because of local unrest, and “the oil fields and installations of the region known as Ogoniland have been dormant,” the United Nations reports. “In

2010 might be the hottest year ever recorded in human history

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Meteorologist Jeff Masters also notes that new temperature records have been reached in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Chad, Niger, Pakistan and Myanmar. Global Warming 2010 Africa Arctic sea ice Asia Chad climate change climate science global temperature heatwave India Iraq James Hansen Kuwait La Nina Myanmar NASA Niger NSIDC Pakistan Saudi Arabia scienceClimate institutions and scientists are warning that 2010 might end up as one of the hottest years ever recorded in human history.

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The name of our department is Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, and this story has them all.

Environmental Economics

This looks like they are sending up the benefit/cost bat signal: Four Nigerian farmers and the environmental group Friends of the Earth took oil giant Shell to court Thursday in the Netherlands to demand a proper cleanup and compensation for pollution in the Niger Delta. pollution in three villages in the Niger Delta," it could have "major.

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Is There a “Forest” Under the Desert Outside of Dubai?

Green Prophet

Agricultural scientist Tony Rinaudo is behind one of the world’s most successful reverse desertification projects – in Niger, and now he thinks a similar underground forest might exist in the Arabian desert outside of Dubai. The natural resources adviser for the charity World Vision Australia, Rinaudo first happened upon a land regeneration technique known as farmer managed natural regeneration (FMNR) in Niger during the 1980s.

Mark Trail is lying

Environmental Economics

Esox niger Golden shiner….Notemigonus Comics Curmudgeon: Mark Trail, 11/29/14. “If If only this person with political/economic power could see how beautiful this natural area is, surely they wouldn’t despoil it!” is a common Mark Trail trope , and is obviously completely realistic: why wouldn’t the chief executive of a possibly publicly traded corporation write off a multimillion dollar land investment when they discover that nature is pretty?

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Giraffes Rebounding In Some Areas Of Africa

Eco Friendly Daily

Of the nine subspecies of giraffes on the continent, one known to the country of Niger was thought to be near extinction at the end of the 20th century. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Niger giraffes had a vast area they called home. However, things are not looking as bleak for the giraffes in Niger today as they did in 1996. Many reasons are cited for the comeback of the giraffes in Niger, including fines and jail time for poachers.

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Desert Locusts Swarm West Africa Following Gaddafi’s Fall

Green Prophet

Desert locusts traveling southwest from Algeria and Libya threaten to decimate crops in Niger and Mali, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations warned on Wednesday. FAO officials predicted in March that if more was not done to control the migrating locusts, they would reach Niger in June. This is not the first time that Niger has endured a locust plague.

Most of us are urbanites, new UN study

Green Prophet

On a national level, the figure of population in the hinterlands rises above 5 percent in only three countries with populations greater than 10 million: Madagascar, Niger and Zimbabwe. A town in the Faroe Islands. Rural, but pushing on urban, finds new UN study.

UN applies agricultural tech innovation to improve drought resilience for farmers

Green Prophet

offers better methodology and covers three additional countries with 100 metre resolution data: Iraq, Sudan and Niger. Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovations, be it simple solutions or satellite-based technologies, will help prevent a drought from turning into famine and forced displacement and to reverse desertification, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.

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UNESCO to Protect Olives and Turkish Coffee as Cultural Heritage

Green Prophet

” Other rituals from the region include the annual pilgrimage to the mausoleum of Sidi And el-Qader Ben Mohammed , a trip that nomadic and settled Sufi communities undertake a pilgrimage beginning each year on the last Thursday of June, as well as practices and knowledge linked to the Imzad of the Tuareg communities of Algeria, Mali and Niger. We love olive oil and hummus , but there is more to the Mediterranean diet than just food.

Ecocide Law: Give Mother Nature a Voice

Green Prophet

The Wiwa vs Shell case in Nigeria, a twenty year legal battle which in 2009 was deemed a triumph for the winning plaintiffs but has not resolved the consequences of Shell’s actions, resulted in endemic poverty for the Ogoni people and complete environmental destruction in the Niger delta. Making Ecocide a crime and legally punitive could be one way of getting corporations to respect the environment. Unlike humans, nature does not have a voice.

The Tragic Story Behind Haunting Plane-Shaped Memorial in the Sahara Desert

Green Prophet

18 years later, family members built a memorial shaped like a plane in Niger, to which Libya contributed $170 million.UTA Flight 772 was flying from Brazzaville in the People’s Republic of Congo, via N’Djamena in Chad, to Paris CDG airport in France. In 1989, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 carrying 155 passengers and 15 crew members exploded over the Sahara Desert.

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African Leaders Push For Project To Stop Encroaching Sahara

Eco Friendly Daily

In total it would reach across eleven different African nations, including Niger, Chad, Sudan and Nigeria. Desertification is becoming more prevalent across the globe for varying reasons. One of the largest contributing factors to desertification is global warming. Additional factors include deforestation and livestock grazing. One area suffering from encroaching desert is Africa as the Sahara Desert continues to grow yearly.

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Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan among the world’s hungriest countries (UN report)

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Yemen — Village in the Manakhah District of the Sana’a Governorate in the Haraz Mountains. Some 41 countries continue to be in need of external assistance for food, with conflicts acting as the primary cause of high levels of food insecurity and adverse weather conditions – particularly rainfall shortages in Africa – acutely affecting food availability and access for millions of people, a quarterly report by the United Nations says.

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Earth Architecture All The Way To Timbuktu

Green Prophet

Located near the Niger River Delta in Mali, Timbuktu is the gateway to the vast Sahara desert. South African architects chose mud as the main building material for an $8.36 million Islamic Research Institute project in Timbuktu. Using the name Timbuktu in a phrase denotes a sense of something that is far, far away. And it is. But it is also, perhaps surprisingly, the seat of a long tradition of Islamic scholarship. ( See the 5 Spectacular Eco-Mosques of the World ).

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How Can We Prevent or Reverse Desertification and Save Lands from Desert Encroachment?


Around 12 million trees were planted in Senegal alone and positive effects on soils are already visible in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Niger and Burkina Faso [8]. What has been nearly an impossible dream of one man has grown into his life-long mission and changed lives of many communities in Burkina Faso and Niger. As other natural ecosystems, deserts have their own dynamics independent of human activities.

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Giraffe Gaffe

Eco Friendly Daily

Some of the measures taken in Niger demonstrate the potential for local giraffe conservation. Up until now, the giraffe has been considered a single species. This meant that overall population numbers were fairly healthy, despite the presence of at least six subspecies and a fragmented habitat. However, new research suggests that the long-necked animals are a lot less related than previously believed. There may, in fact, be at least six completely different species of giraffe.

Self Medication, Wildlife Style: How Birds and Other Creatures Use Medicinal Plants

Nature Conservancy - Science

Yarrow ( Achillea millefolium ) is one of the plants used by starlings, along with goutweed (Aegopodium podagaria), hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium), elder (Sambucus niger), cow parsley ( Anthriscus sylvestris ) and white willow ( Salix alba ). “Not all pharmacists are human.” So begins a 1993 review article on the use of medicinal plants by animals. Reading on, we learn that pharmacists can be chimpanzees, Kodiak bears, starlings and grackles.

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Conflict-driven hunger worsens; Middle East hit hard

Green Prophet

Across the Lake Chad basin including north-eastern Nigeria, Chad’s Lac region and Niger’s Diffa, where Boko Haram militants are active, a major deterioration in food security is projected during this year’s lean season (June-August 2019), and 3 million people are expected to face acute food insecurity. A child in Yemen.

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The unique travel experiences in Naples

Green Prophet

The monument you must see is a 15th-century Egyptian statue of Nile, located on the corner of Piazzetta Nello and the oldest Spire in San Jinaro, in San Niger. You’d be surprised how much the Middle East has influenced Italy from Sicily to Naples “feel” Eastern culture in every breath at the sea . Located in the Campania area of ??southern southern Italy is the city of Naples, 2 hours away from Rome.

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Proud Mary Textiles: Prints and Color for Sustainably Sexy Summer Style

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The company works in Mali, West Africa, Guatemala, Morocco, Peru, and Niger with both women’s cooperatives and male artisans who hand paint, pattern, and weave their specially made baskets, pillows, dresses, and bottle openers. Photo courtesy of Proudmary.org. We are a very polyester loving society, and though the synthetic fabric isn’t inherently evil (it dries faster than almost anything else!),

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Feed the Birds - whether it’s snowing or not!

Green (Living) Review

Individual food supplements are also available such as Niger Seed Thistle (fed as a tonic) or Kibbled Maize, ideal for smaller bird species. Although the very cold weather and snow appears to have lessened somewhat in many areas of the country, continuing to feed garden birds is critical for their survival at this time of year.

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Major Rivers Worldwide Experience Decreased Flow

Eco Friendly Daily

Major rivers showing declining flow are: the Yellow River in China, the Ganges in India, the Niger in West Africa, and the Colorado in the U.S.A. A study of the flow of major rivers worldwide was conducted by researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. The team of scientists, supported by the National Science Foundation, studied 925 major rivers worldwide, or 73 percent of the world’s total stream flow. The scientists used data from 1948 to 2004.

Armed Islamists Destroy Timbuktu’s Mud Architecture

Green Prophet

“We’ve got the Sahara Desert on one side and the Niger River on the other – if clashes were to break out the people would have nowhere to run.” Recently I made a tiny film clip to raise awareness about the pollution surrounding the Giza Pyramids. In the comment section of that post, one of my colleagues quipped that Egypt’s newly empowered islamists would probably destroy the iconic Pharaonic structures.

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A Clarion Call for Sahel Drought Victims

Green Prophet

The internationally renowned artist who regularly campaigns to improve the lives of African citizens launched an appeal to the international community to act before the food crisis unfolding in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger reaches emergency status. “We World-renowned Sengalese musician Baaba Maal visits drought victims in Mauritania.

NASA and FAO launch Collect Earth Online to track land-use and landscape changes anywhere

Green Prophet

SERVIR is a program jointly run by NASA and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) that co-develops state-of-the-art geospatial services to help improve environmental decision-making among developing nations in more than 45 countries, with regional hubs in Kenya, Niger, Nepal, Thailand – where much of the initial work of CEO was done – and soon a new hub in South America.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Agroforestry Systems and Practices


Crop production in Niger increased by 500,000 tons per year under agroforestry practices [6]. Trees have always been important part of the countryside. When traveling through rural areas anywhere in the world you will see trees incorporated into the landscape. You will see orchards, scattered fruit trees in gardens, hedgerows separating fields, woodlands, or perhaps majestic oaks forming natural boundaries of meadows. These trees have been managed by us.

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Senegal – A Case for Self Sufficiency in Energy

Eco Friendly Daily

space agency NASA have pinpointed a location in nearby Niger as the sunniest place on Earth. Solar energy is growing its tribe. Blame it on the rising global oil prices whose effect can be seen all around the world. From proposals to cut back to four working days, to the push towards more nuclear autonomy and more belatedly, the reinvigorated look at solar cells. Many Asian and Africa economies are feeling the fallout in more direct ways.

Five Great Animals with Even Better Scientific Names

Nature Conservancy - Science

The species name, nigripes , comes from Latin niger for black and pes for foot. As a life-long admirer of nature and words with love in equal measure for equal topic, there is nothing that so perfectly blends my passions as the meaning of scientific names. The “father of modern taxonomy,” Carl Linnaeus (a.k.a

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Films that Will Inspire you to Go Green!

Green Living Ideas

In The Naked Option , women in the Niger Delta take off their clothes to fight environmental injustice. If you are one of those people who still believes the earth will continue spinning no matter how much trash and pollutants humans throw its way, you really need to watch these important green films! They might inspire even the most hardened industrialists think twice about throwing away so much trash.

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A Dustier Planet, Your Dustier Lungs

Green Prophet

Saharan dust storms have increased approximately 10-fold during the half-century since the 1950s, causing topsoil loss in Niger, Chad, northern Nigeria, and Burkina Faso. Earth’s dust storms and sand storms are becoming more frequent. How does that affect your health? Here in the Middle East, powerful hot winds sometimes drop fine yellowish sand down from the sky, coating the skin and lips irritatingly and making it hard to see across the street.

Keep Feeding the Birds this Springtime

Green (Living) Review

Individual food supplements are also available such as Niger Seed Thistle (fed as a tonic) or Kibbled Maize, ideal for smaller bird species. Feed the birds this springtime – RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch report finds small garden birds affected by cold weather The number of small birds - including Coal Tits and Goldcrests - spotted in gardens has fallen as a result of this winter's big freeze according to the RSPB.

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Weekend Reading 2/15/13

Sightline Daily

Samuel James’ photo essay of makeshift oil refining in the Niger Delta is mandatory viewing. Clark. Last week was a big week in science. Bionic eyes. 3-D stem cell printers. The possibility of billions of earth-like planets in the galaxy. And a reconstruction of the first placental mammal. It’s a big, interesting world out there, folks. Lots of research has shown that marriage is good for you.

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Has Malnutrition Met Its Match?

Eco Friendly Daily

Plumpy’nut has also been used in Ethiopia, Malawi, Niger, and other countries. In many countries, it can be challenging to get sufficient nutritious food. For infants and young children, the solutions are limited. In the past, fortified milk powder was used to supply protein – but it requires clean water for preparation. The same problem exists for powdered formula for babies. Areas facing famine often have little water and none of it is safe.

Water And Israel – The Facts

Green Prophet

A recent report by the analysts Maplecroft placed Israel in the ‘extreme risk’ of water insecurity category along with Kuwait, Niger and Iraq. Water rich or water poor? Doomed by desalination or dealing with the problem? Get the facts on Israel’s water situation. Following my latest post on water recycling and desalination in Israel , some commentators have raised questions about the seemingly contradictory facts on Israel and water.

Israel Strengthens Environmental Ties to Africa: Part 2

Green Prophet

While MASHAV has similar programs in Benin, Kenya, Ethiopia and Niger, TIPA is devoted primarily to farmers in Senegal, where 75 percent of the population is involved with farming. “We Investing in African Agriculture. This past April, MASHAV, Israel’s agency for international development cooperation, signed a memorandum of understanding with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa: Why The Middle East Needs Eco-Activism

Green Prophet

On the 10 th of November 1995, Ken Saro-Wiwa who had campaigned against the environmental devastation caused to the Niger Delta by oil companies such as Shell, was hanged by the Nigerian military government. In memory of the murdered Nigerian environmental activist who campaigned against Shell, we look at the importance of environmental action in the Middle East.

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SeaChange uses plasma arc technology to save the oceans from plastic waste


The other eight rivers are the Yellow, Hai, Nile, Ganges, Pearl, Amur, Niger and Mekong Rivers. We’ve all heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the continuing flow of oceanbound plastic. But what if something could intercept that plastic before it made it into the oceans? That’s the plan of SeaChange, a new organization that claims to have devised the technology to save our oceans from the plastic pollution crisis.

Climate Change, Health, and Population Dynamics: A View from Tanzania

Nature Conservancy - Science

Kristen began her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger. As people around the world celebrate the remarkable Paris Agreement to address climate change , there’s a genuine opportunity for countries to act on their financial pledges to help the world adapt to climate change – especially people in developing countries who are most vulnerable. One progressive way of helping at-risk people adapt to climate change is to improve their health.

Q&A with Andy Revkin: Dialogues on the Environment

Cool Green Science

Other groups and campaigners have been effective at making President Obama’s decision over the Keystone pipeline a hot political issue, but I’ve worried that this takes attention away from the importance of blunting oil demand if the goal is to slow extraction in marginal places – whether Alberta’s tar sands or the Niger Delta. Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive By Investing in Nature.

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