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Senegal ratifies Nagoya Protocol, SA issues compliance certificate


Senegal has ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilisation, making it the 32nd African nation to do so, and the 73rd country in the world. The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilisation to ...

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Shell intensifies gas production in Niger Delta


The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) Joint Venture is producing more gas from Agbada field in the Eastern Niger Delta in support of government’s aspiration of increasing domestic gas production for manufacturing and power generation, the firm has disclosed. It said in a statement released on Sunday and endorsed by spokesperson Precious Okolobo that some 10 million ...

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New intersection design may eliminate traffic signals


A group of researchers has developed a conceptual traffic system that would enable driverless vehicles to whizz through intersections without colliding, eliminating the need for signals Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA, the Swiss Institute of Technology and the Italian National Research Council have come up with the idea for a new type of intersection called Light Traffic. Their ...

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Groups oppose Monsanto’s GM maize, cotton proposal


About 100 groups representing some five million Nigerians, comprising farmers, faith-based organisations, civil society groups, students and local community groups, have lodged an opposition to Monsanto’s attempts to introduce genetically modified (GM) cotton and maize into Nigeria’s food and farming systems. In written objections submitted to the biosafety regulators, the groups have cited numerous health and environmental concerns and alleged ...

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Fatma Samoura takes up position as new UN boss in Nigeria


Newly appointed Resident Representative for UNDP in Nigeria (who will also serve as UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator) has taken up her position in Abuja. Before coming to Nigeria, Ms. Fatma Samoura, a Senegalese national, served as Resident Representative for UNDP Madagascar and as head of the UN System in the country from October 2010. Ms. Samoura began her career in the UN 21 years ago when ...

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Emerging vista in managing Africa’s faecal waste

Dr. Suresh Rohilla

Wikipedia defines water as a transparent fluid, which covers 71 percent of the Earth’s surface‎ and is vital for all known forms of life. Wastewater, according to the online English dictionary, is any water that has been used by some human, domestic or industrial activity and, because of that, now contains waste products. The current paradigm on water is that the more ...

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Fears over vulnerability of Belgium nuclear plants

Nuclear Plant

As a dragnet aimed at Islamic State operatives spiraled across Brussels and into at least five European countries last Friday, the authorities were also focusing on a narrower but increasingly alarming threat: the vulnerability of Belgium’s nuclear installations. The investigation into last week’s deadly attacks in Brussels has prompted worries that the Islamic State is seeking to attack, infiltrate or ...

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Australia to invest $1 billion in clean energy


The Australian Government is establishing a $1 billion Clean Energy Innovation Fund to support emerging technologies make the leap from demonstration to commercial deployment. This will drive innovation and create the jobs of the future, while delivering a financial benefit from the investment of public money. The $1 billion Clean Energy Innovation Fund will be jointly managed by the Clean ...

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China to halt construction on coal-fired power plants in 15 regions


Move still falls short of halting build-up of overcapacity in coal-fired power generation, critics say China will stop the construction of coal-fired power plants in 15 regions as part of its efforts to tackle a capacity glut in the sector, the country’s energy regulator said on Thursday, confirming an earlier media report. The Southern Energy Observer, a magazine run by the ...

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How to reclaim Nigeria’s lost cocoa glory, by experts


Ways to boost cocoa produce in the country dominated discussions at a recent gathering in Ibadan, Oyo State, where stakeholders explored measures to address the dearth of planting materials for the cash crop. Courtesy of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Nigeria, major service providers in key producing states were drilled on issues related to vegetative propagation ...

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