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Video: WHO urges nations to discourage smoking


The World Health Organisation is calling on countries to “Get Ready for plain Packaging” of tobacco products to discourage more people from smoking. Meanwhile, tobacco consumption causes the death of more than six million people worldwide every year.

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Solar could provide 13% of world power by 2030

Adnan Z. Amin

Less than 2% of today’s global electricity is generated by solar photovoltaics (PV), but this is set to change. According to an IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency) report released on Wednesday at InterSolar Europe, this figure could grow to 13% by 2030. The report titled “Letting in the Light: How Solar Photovoltaics Will Revolutionise the Electricity System” finds the solar industry ...

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World Bank, investors in $117.5m Africa renewable energy deal

Eddie O’Connor

Global renewable energy developer Mainstream Renewable Power has signed $117.5 million equity investment from investors including IFC, the IFC African, Latin American and Caribbean Fund (ALAC) and the IFC Catalyst Fund, two funds managed by IFC Asset Management Company, Ascension Investment Management and Sanlam to accelerate the build-out of megawatts of wind and solar plants across Africa. The deal, which ...

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Nairobi forum seeks to better farmers’, families’ lives

Uhuru Kenyatta

Organisers of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) 2016 say the forum will advance policies and secure the investments that will ensure a better life for millions of Africa’s farmers and families – 70% of the population Today, across Africa, big things are happening on the millions of small family farms that are the continent’s main source of food, employment, ...

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Niger Delta leaders laud agric ministers

Chief Audu Ogbeh

Prominent leaders in the Niger Delta region on Thursday in Abuja showered praises on the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, and the Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, for their understanding of the agricultural terrain and moving the sector forward. The leaders also praised the ministers for harnessing the good policies on the table, reducing dependency on food imports, ...

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Global Prolife Alliance: Why Nigeria must not adopt GMOs


In a response to recent submission by officials of Monsanto, Philip Njemanze, Chair of the Global Prolife Alliance (GPA) frowns at the idea of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and lists 10 reasons why Nigeria must not embrace it We at the Global Prolife Alliance (GPA) as leading health, legal and environmental experts along with other environmental stakeholders like the Health ...

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National Grazing Bill scales first reading in Senate


The bill for the establishment of a National Grazing Reserves Agency on Wednesday reappeared before the Senate and scaled the first reading. The National Grazing Reserves Agency Bill was sponsored by Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, All Progressives Congress (APC), Kano Central, and co-sponsored by others. The controversial bill, which has already passed second reading in the House of Representatives, has ...

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Superhighway protesters to storm Aso Rock

Ekuri community

No fewer than 30 persons representing the Ekuri community in Cross River State, along with several others resident in Abuja, will on Monday, 27 June 2016 present a signed petition to President Muhammadu Buhari protesting the construction of a highway in the state. On January 22, 2016, the Cross River State Government, preparatory to the execution of the proposed Superhighway ...

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Super-high-risk posed by a Superhighway


Observations by a stakeholder of defining differences during the environmental impact assessment review and hearing on the proposed Superhighway project in Calabar, Cross River State So much has been said and heard in the last six months over the road that the Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade proposes to cut from the Calabar and Bakassi ports to Katsina Ala ...

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Norway moves to ratify Paris Agreement

Climate and Environment of Norway

Norway on Monday, 20 June 2016 deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement with the United Nations. At the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21), held in Paris, France last December, the Parties adopted the Paris Climate Change Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Agreement was opened for signature ...

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