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FUTA workshop examines climate change causes, consequences


In an effort to broaden understanding of climate change and the capability for incorporating its issues into decision-making and policy development and implementation, the Federal University of Technology, Akure in collaboration with West African Science Service on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use  Graduate Research Programme – West African Climate Science (WASCAL GRP-WACS, FUTA centre) and the Department of Meteorology ...

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Global consumption trends break new records


Worldwatch Institute’s Vital Signs exposes latest global peaks of production and consumption, as well as associated impacts From coal to cars to coffee, consumption levels are breaking records. According to the Worldwatch Institute’s latest report, Vital Signs, Volume 22: The Trends That Are Shaping Our Future, the acceleration of resource depletion, pollution, and climate change may come with underappreciated social and environmental costs. ...

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Photos: Opening of FUTA climate change workshop


At the instance of the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science as well as the West Africa Science Service Centre and Adaptive Land-use (WASCAL) Graduate Research Programme on the West African Climate System (GRP-WACS) of the Federal University of Technology (FUTA), Akure, a week-long training workshop on climate change formally opened on Tuesday, September 15, 2015. The conference, which has ...

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Poisoned French farmer wins lawsuit against Monsanto

Paul Francois

A French court of appeal has upheld a judgement against US biotech giant Monsanto in the poisoning of a farmer with a corn herbicide. Monsanto was found responsible during a trial in 2012 and was ordered to fully compensate the partially disabled cereal farmer. Paul Francois suffered severe neurological disorders after accidentally inhaling the weedkiller’s fumes on his farm in 2004. The ...

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Western Post newspaper for launch

Tunde Rahman

  Western Post, a newspaper founded by seasoned journalist, Tunde Rahman, is to be launched officially on Tuesday, September 15, 2015. In a statement by the management of the newspaper, the launch will take up at Civic Center Hall of Bashorun Agodi in, GRA, Ibadan, Oyo State. The topic for debate at the launch is: The dwindling oil revenue: A ...

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Kidnappers abduct wife of Sun director, Steve Nwosu

Steve and Oluwatoyin Nwosu

Toyin, the wife of the Deputy Managing Director of the Sun newspaper, Steve Nwosu, has been abducted. Toyin was abducted in their home at about 2:30am on Monday. The family lives in the Okota area of Amuwo Odofin in Lagos State. According to Steve, as at 9am, his wife’s abductors had not gotten in touch with the family. Steve is ...

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String of deaths trails decade-old Agip pipelines explosions


The Environmental/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has demanded a Federal Government probe of explosions caused by Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) operations in several communities in Bayelsa State where the company has facilities. The group is also calling on government to revoke the company’s operational license. According to ERA/FoEN, explosions from Agip pipelines and resultant deaths were recorded since ...

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Video: Afforestation and communities


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Video: Big story on sustainable development


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Ethiopia, Nigeria, others in continental drought-tolerant maize initiative

corn field

The Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) Project has contributed to a stronger food system in 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, through more than 200 improved maize varieties to help farmers cope with climate change and low-fertility soils through collaboration. Partners and funders of the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) Project will on Monday September 14, 2015 convene in ...

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