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About Samuel
Samuel Ajala is a journalist based in Enugu, Nigeria.
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U.S. gas prices drop to multi-decade lows, forcing drilling rein-in

05 Mar 2024  |  Gas Outlook
U.S. natural gas prices have fallen to their lowest levels since 1997, adjusted for inflation, due to weak demand and high output. The Henry Hub benchmark price dropped to $1.50/MMBtu in February. Warm weather and record production have led to a surplus, with storage levels 22% above the five-year average. This has prompted companies like Chesapeake Energy and Coterra Energy to cut drilling and production, with Chesapeake reducing spending by 20% and production by 15%. Job losses in the sector have been reported, and companies are hoping that reduced drilling will help balance the market. Similar gluts are observed in Japan and Europe. Analysts suggest that sustained low prices are not sustainable for the industry.

LNG expands on Louisiana’s vanishing coastline

29 Jan 2024  |  Gas Outlook
The article explores the expansion of LNG export terminals in Louisiana, highlighting the environmental and community impacts. John Allaire, a local resident, describes the severe coastal erosion and damage from hurricanes exacerbated by climate change. The Biden administration has paused new LNG project approvals to reassess their public interest, considering climate, economic, and community impacts. Local residents and environmental groups oppose further LNG expansion, citing increased pollution and threats to local ecosystems. The article also discusses the broader implications of U.S. LNG exports on domestic gas prices and global markets.

Nigeria’s bold leap to boost e-mobility and shrink its emissions

01 Nov 2023  |  EnergyTransition.org
Nigeria's Energy Transition Plan aims for 10% biofuel blends by 2030 and full electric vehicle adoption by 2060, supported by the removal of fuel subsidies. The plan targets reducing transportation emissions, with Lagos leading efforts in electric buses and charging infrastructure. Key challenges include financing, infrastructure, and regulatory frameworks, but stakeholders are optimistic about overcoming these hurdles to achieve sustainable transportation and reduced pollution.

Doubts About Methane Measurements from Gas and Oil

12 Oct 2023  |  dialogochino.net
Despite increased awareness of greenhouse gas emissions' role in climate change, with emissions peaking in 2022, methane's significant impact on global warming is gaining attention. Methane, a potent heat-trapping gas, is a major concern due to its rapid effect on climate change. The International Energy Agency estimates methane emissions contribute to 30% of the global temperature rise since the industrial revolution. Methane leaks from fossil fuel operations are a significant issue, with studies revealing underreported emissions. Shell, a major oil and gas company, has reported a 27% reduction in methane emissions in 2022 and claims to have met its target for emission intensity. However, the accuracy of such self-reported data by fossil fuel giants is being questioned, with experts suggesting systematic underestimation. The article discusses the challenges in measuring and reporting methane emissions, the role of Shell in methane emission reduction, and the potential of new satellite technology to improve emission tracking.

Inadequate methane emissions data undermines oil and gas reports

12 Oct 2023  |  dialogue.earth
Methane emissions, responsible for around 30% of the rise in global temperatures since the industrial revolution, are a critical concern for climate change mitigation. The fossil fuel industry, including companies like Shell, is a significant contributor to human-caused methane emissions. Studies and experts indicate that methane emissions are consistently underestimated, with limited direct measurement at extraction sites. Shell reported a 27% reduction in methane emissions in 2022 but faces skepticism over the accuracy of its data. Initiatives like the Oil and Gas Methane Partnership 2.0 aim to establish comprehensive reporting frameworks, but challenges remain in accurately detecting and managing methane leaks. Advanced technology and satellite data are becoming increasingly important tools for monitoring methane emissions, with plans for enhanced satellite resolutions to improve tracking efforts.

Shell’s inaccurate data raises questions about efforts to control methane emissions in Nigeria, others

01 Oct 2023  |  EnviroNews Nigeria
Methane emissions, significantly more harmful to the climate than carbon dioxide, continue to rise despite global efforts to control them. Shell, a major oil and gas producer, claims to reduce methane emissions, but experts argue that industry data is misleading. The energy sector is responsible for a substantial portion of methane emissions, with Shell reporting reductions that are questioned due to flawed measurement practices. The article highlights the need for accurate reporting and the use of advanced detection technologies to address methane leaks. Shell's operations in Nigeria and other regions are scrutinized for their environmental impact, with calls for greater accountability and transparency in emissions reporting.

Gas flares in Nigeria oil heartland harm children

01 Oct 2023  |  Gas Outlook
In Nigeria's Niger Delta, gas flaring from oil production is causing severe health issues, particularly among children. Residents like Barineka Eka and Stanley Ojima report frequent respiratory problems and other ailments due to toxic emissions. Despite Nigeria's significant gas reserves and efforts to reduce flaring, the practice persists, with companies preferring to pay fines rather than abate activities. Organizations like the World Health Organization and the World Bank highlight the health hazards, while local authorities struggle to enforce stricter penalties. The article underscores the urgent need for better regulatory measures and corporate accountability to protect affected communities.

In Enugu, Water Scarcity Force Residents to Depend on Polluted Water Sources

01 Oct 2023  |  www.dataphyte.com
Residents of Enugu, Nigeria, face severe water scarcity, forcing them to rely on polluted streams for their daily needs. Despite significant investments from both the state government and international organizations, clean water remains inaccessible for many. The Enugu State Water Corporation struggles with outdated infrastructure, contributing to the ongoing crisis. Personal stories highlight the dire conditions and health risks associated with using contaminated water. Efforts by organizations like WaterAid Nigeria and the Coca Cola Foundation have provided some relief, but the overall situation remains critical.

Senegal well-positioned to achieve energy transition: report

01 Oct 2023  |  Gas Outlook
Senegal is well-positioned to achieve its energy transition goals, according to a new report. The country has integrated climate action commitments with developmental targets, aiming to become an emerging economy by 2035 under the Plan Sénégal Émergent. The report highlights Senegal's expanding renewable energy capacity, with significant growth in solar and wind power. Despite challenges such as balancing energy security and sustainability, the report emphasizes the importance of universal access to modern energy and international collaboration. Experts suggest prioritizing renewable energy, diversifying the energy mix, and enhancing energy storage solutions. The government is encouraged to complete universal access to energy and support system integration of higher shares of variable renewables.

Unlocking green hydrogen potential to solve Nigeria’s energy crisis

01 Jun 2023  |  EnergyTransition.org
Nigeria's potential for green hydrogen offers a solution to its energy crisis, job creation, and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Green hydrogen, produced using renewable energy, could decarbonize the economy and secure future growth. However, significant investment and infrastructure development are required. Nigeria's current energy crisis, characterized by a substantial gap between supply and demand, underscores the need for alternative energy sources. Experts emphasize the importance of renewable energy projects and the development of a green hydrogen policy to synchronize infrastructure and plant development. Despite the challenges, green hydrogen presents a long-term opportunity for Nigeria's energy transition and economic progress.

How Monday’s sit-at-home contributes to poor learning of South East students

01 Apr 2023  |  thenationonlineng.net
The weekly sit-at-home order in South-East Nigeria, declared by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to protest the trial of their leader Nnamdi Kanu, has significantly disrupted the education of students in the region. Students, teachers, and parents report academic setbacks, incomplete curricula, and increased stress. The policy also affects the economy, with states losing billions each Monday. The education sector fears an increase in dropout rates and poorer academic performance if the situation persists. Government and educational bodies have not effectively addressed the crisis, which continues to jeopardize students' futures.

RUNSA elects new executives, Anthony Ilesanmi emerges as President

28 Nov 2022  |  News Digest
Anthony Ilesanmi, a final-year Law student, has been elected President of the Redeemer’s University Student Association (RUNSA) in a delegate voting process. The election, held on November 28, 2022, was described as free and fair by the electoral committee chairman, Adeoti Jadesola. Other elected executives include Amilo Uchechi as Vice President and Atakpu Gabriella as General Secretary. Ilesanmi emphasized unity and cooperation with the university's management in his acceptance speech.

One Solution for Food Waste, Hunger and Emissions in Africa

19 Sep 2022  |  www.adweek.com
Eweko Integrated Services, a company in Nigeria, typically loses 15% of its harvest due to unreliable electricity and refrigeration, which is better than the national average of over 30%. However, during the initial Covid-19 lockdown in 2020, the company experienced an 80% loss due to decreased demand and inadequate storage facilities. This highlights the broader issue faced by many Nigerian farmers who suffer from high post-harvest produce loss due to the lack of a stable, refrigerated supply chain.

Floods in Nigeria Threaten Millions, Quarter of Country’s GDP

08 Jul 2022  |  WhoWhatWhy
Flooding in Lagos, Nigeria, exacerbated by climate change and poor urban planning, has caused significant damage to homes and businesses, displacing residents and threatening a quarter of the country's GDP. Despite early warnings, the government's efforts have been inadequate, leading to calls for better flood control infrastructure and policy coherence. Experts emphasize the need for structured drainage systems, proper town planning, and increased public awareness to mitigate future flood risks. The situation highlights the urgent need for comprehensive strategies to address the impacts of climate change on urban areas.

How energy scarcity affects Nigerian women in rural areas during childbirth

01 Jul 2022  |  EnergyTransition.org
In Nigeria, inadequate primary healthcare facilities, lack of electricity, and poor infrastructure contribute to high maternal and infant mortality rates. Personal stories from rural women highlight the severe impact of energy scarcity during childbirth. Key stakeholders emphasize the need for sustainable energy solutions, such as solar power, to improve healthcare access and delivery. The National Primary Health Care Development Agency and Renewable Electrification Agency play crucial roles in mobilizing resources for these solutions. Experts urge the government to prioritize energy access in developmental strategies to ensure universal health coverage and reduce maternal mortality.

Adopting Clean Cooking can Reduce Greenhouse Emissions in Nigeria

30 Jun 2022  |  dataphyte.com
Nigeria faces an energy crisis with limited access to clean cooking, disproportionately affecting women and girls. Traditional cooking methods, using solid biomass like firewood and charcoal, contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions and are linked to health issues. Despite President Buhari's pledge at COP26 to reduce carbon emissions and promote clean energy, the high cost of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) has led to increased use of dirty fuels. Stakeholders identify cultural beliefs, technology, and government inaction as barriers to clean cooking adoption. Transitioning to clean fuels and advanced cookstoves could help Nigeria meet its Paris Agreement commitments.

BETD2022: Nigeria commits to 30% renewable energy generation by 2030

11 Apr 2022  |  dataphyte.com
At the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2022, Nigerian Minister of Power Abubakar Aliyu announced Nigeria's commitment to achieving 30% renewable energy generation by 2030 as part of its 30:30:30 vision. This vision includes universal electricity access, a 30% renewable energy share, and climate emissions targets. Nigeria faces challenges with its national grid, which currently meets only 60% of electricity demand, and the government aims to strengthen the grid to support renewable energy. Projects are underway to add 700 megawatts of solar and hydroelectricity, with some nearing completion. Aliyu called for support from developed countries for Nigeria and other African nations in their energy transition, citing the need for financial assistance to reach a 2060 net-zero goal. Despite significant investment, Nigeria's power supply remains unreliable, with many relying on personal generators.

BETD 2022: Voices and Thoughts On Rapid Shift To Net-Zero Alternatives, Climate Protection Measures

08 Apr 2022  |  www.dataphyte.com
During the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2022, stakeholders emphasized the urgent need to shift to net-zero energy alternatives and enhance energy efficiency. Germany's Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock highlighted the importance of climate protection measures and Germany's commitment to global energy transition. IRENA's Director-General Francesco La Camera stressed the need for aggressive action against climate change. Mariana Mazzucato from University College London urged for a holistic economic policy to drive climate action. UK Secretary of State Kwasi Kwarteng discussed the UK's plans for a home-grown energy system and a just transition. Nigerian Minister of Power Aliyu Abubakar emphasized strengthening the grid and developing renewable energies.

Happy People? Not so Much as Nigeria drops to 118th spot in world's Happiest Countries

20 Mar 2022  |  www.dataphyte.com
Nigeria has dropped to the 118th position out of 146 countries in the World Happiness Report, falling two spots from the previous year. The report, published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network and powered by Gallup World Poll data, highlights that Nigeria's score is lower than 20 other African countries, with Mauritius ranking highest in Africa at 52nd globally. Finland remains the happiest country in the world for the fifth consecutive year. The report also notes a global increase in benevolence during the COVID-19 pandemic, with more people engaging in charitable activities.

Time to build afresh: The Nigerian centre using art to reposition Igbo history and culture

21 Jan 2022  |  minorityafrica.org
The Centre for Memories in Enugu, Nigeria, founded in 2017, is dedicated to preserving Igbo history and culture through art and exhibitions. It has become a significant hub for cultural and artistic excellence, attracting diverse visitors. The centre addresses concerns about the potential extinction of the Igbo language and aims to educate and empower people to prevent a recurrence of the Nigerian Civil War. The centre's exhibitions, such as 'Mmụọ' and 'Ọzọemena,' highlight Igbo traditions and the impact of the civil war, fostering a deeper understanding of Igbo identity and history.

Samuel Ajala’s Profile

19 Jan 2022  |  muckrack.com
Samuel Ajala is a data and development journalist with a focus on various issues in Nigeria, including climate change, energy transition, circular economy, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). He has been active in the field since 2018, engaging in election observation, community and media development, and civic youth engagement. Samuel has worked with Dataphyte, a leading media research and data analytics organization in Nigeria, to report on climate change and energy transition topics.

Over 1000 School Kids Leverage Edutech Initiative for Access to Learning in Nigeria During and Post Covid 19

18 Oct 2021  |  www.dataphyte.com
In response to school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Aid for Rural Education Access Initiative (AREAi) launched Digilearns, a technology-based educational platform in Nigeria. Digilearns, which operates without internet connectivity, has provided over 1000 students with access to learning materials and has been supported by organizations such as One Young World, the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, and the Global Changemakers. Despite its success, the initiative faces challenges such as lack of support from local stakeholders and the cost of airtime. Education Policy Consultant Precious Ebere emphasizes the need for government investment and support for local EdTech innovations to transform education in Nigeria.
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