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Gas flaring threatens health of Kaduna residents

Residents of Kaduna in northwest Nigeria, especially those living close to the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC), have expressed reservations over a potential health hazard posed by gas flaring from the nearby refinery. The smoke emitted by the refinery’s chimneys, according to them hovers over their area and goes beyond 10 kilometers in radius, affecting many residents in the ...

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Chemists seek national analytic laboratory

Professional chemists, operating under the auspices of the Institute of Public Analysts of Nigeria (IPAN), are calling for the establishment of a National Public Analytic Laboratory in the country. The laboratory, they believe, will give Nigerians the opportunity to analyse materials, food and cosmetic samples in order to ensure there is improve standard and quality in what is offered to ...

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A tale of two dams

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has warned that the rains will be intensive this year and that communities located along the Niger River basin should brace up for more flood. NIMET officials gave the prediction recently while presenting the agency’s report of this year’s rainfall expectations. They put the commencement of the rains from February running through June, with a ...

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Journalists to train on mapping environmental issues

Environmental science journalists organisations from Brazil, Europe, Latvia, Nigeria, Philippines, and Romania are collaborating to organise training sessions under a programme being supported by the European Community. Tagged “Flag It!”, the project will teach young journalists how to use digital tools to map environmental issues. Brazilian environmental journalist, Gustavo Faleiros (of O Eco), will facilitate the training sessions. Funded by ...

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Asiodu clamours national environment agenda

Nigeria needs an environmental agenda to enable it grow sustainably. President of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Chief Philip Asiodu, stated this during the 11th Chief S. L. Edu Memorial Lecture held recently in Lagos. According to him, the country is faced with various environmental challenges like forest degradation, marine and fresh water depletion, as well as pressure on available ...

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Toxic waste: NESRA to sanction detained ship

Director-General of the National Environmental Standard and Regulatory Agency (NESRA), Dr. Ngeri Benebo, has said that the agency will place a heavy sanction on the e-waste ship that was arrested on Wednesday. Benebo said on Thursday that, upon its apprehension, it was discovered that the ship was carrying e-waste that is hazardous to human health. Consequently, she added, the ship would be ...

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GWP-WA and IUCN/PACO: How natural, human imbalances impact sustainable mining

Mining in West Africa while contributing to economic and social development of the countries, disrupts the natural and human balance raising questions about the risk it poses to the future life of communities living near mining sites. This is the observation made by a group of journalists from West and central Africa participating in a sub regional media capacity building ...

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Fresh flood worries as govt warns of Lake Nyos collapse

The spate of flooding spreading across the land may not abate soon. In fact, if recent revelations are anything to go by, the situation is about to worsen. The latest threat is coming from the least expected source: a harmless-looking but notorious lake in neighbouring Cameroon known more for releasing killer gases than causing flooding: the Lake Nyos. Exasperated officials ...

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NEPAD: Biosciences’ role in food security, health, climate change

The Finish and South African Government have committed their continued support to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development BioFISA Programme, as concrete achievements have been made in curing diseases, combating hunger and sustaining livestock. This follows a four-day meeting in Johannesburg to evaluate   the impact of BioFISA, a NEPAD Programme supported by the two countries “Using biosciences at its primary strategy, ...

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Govt considers inland petroleum exploration

Scientists have said that, in order to sustain Nigeria’s global position as a major oil and gas exporter, there is need for the authorities to turn to inland basin exploration. A scientist, Prof Chukwuemeka Ekweozor, believes that, as the Niger Delta oil province gradually matures. Its petroleum production would decline as, according to him, is evident in the case of ...

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