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Lagos to build Africa’s first smart city

Adeniji Kazeem

The Lagos State Government has signed an agreement with the City of Dubai for the creation of Africa’s first smart city. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Lagos Smart City was on Monday signed at the Emirate Towers by the Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Adeniji Kazeem, and the Chief Executive Officer of Smart City Dubai LLC, ...

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2015 deadliest ever for environmental activists

Bello Sinzo

It was a brazen and nasty attack. Three armed men marched into a village in the Philippines region of Mindanao last September and ordered Dionel Campos and his relative, Bello Sinzo, out of their homes. They were activists fighting a new mining operation who remained there with their families in spite of threats. In front of fellow villagers and students at a local school, ...

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Speakers at Lagos TechPlus 2016 emerge


Leaders in industry, government and other technology thought leaders have been announced as speakers at Nigeria’s largest tech event, TechPlus2016, holding next month in Lagos. TechPlus 2016, the second edition of Nigeria’s largest tech event, is a gathering of everything technology providing a robust tripartite tech experience through its conference, exhibition and gaming structures while serving as a platform for ...

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New Debt Management Strategy unveiled

Dr. Abraham Nwankwo

The Federal Government has unveiled a new debt management strategy to run from 2016 to 2019 with a marginal increase in external borrowing, increased commitment to capital projects execution and long as against short term borrowing. Director General of the Debt Management Office (DMO), Dr. Abraham Nwankwo, revealed the three-year debt management strategy on Monday in Abuja. According to Nwankwo, ...

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No GM food grown in Nigeria, says government


Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, has called on Nigerians not to panic over the issue of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO). She said on Monday in a statement that, presently, no GMOs are officially grown in the country. “What we have approval are for field trials. All the GMOs in Nigeria officially approved are under experimental fields; the insect resistant cotton ...

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Scotland exceeds climate targets six years ahead of schedule

Roseanna Cunningham

Scotland has exceeded the level of its 2020 target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 42% six years early, Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has said. The latest climate change statistics show Scotland’s emissions, for reporting against targets, have fallen by 12.5% year on year to 41.9 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) in 2014. This is a reduction of ...

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Images: Electric vehicles rally for 1.5-degree


Europe’s largest electric vehicle rally, which brought 75 teams from 13 nations, entered its finishing phase at Geneva, Switzerland over the weekend on the Place des Nations, part of a 1,300km traverse from Bremerhaven, Germany with a simple objective: zero emissions for 1.5 degrees. Michael Moller, Director-General of United Nations Office at Geneva said the world’s leaders agreed to pursue efforts to ...

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Monsanto’s glyphosate: Mixed reactions as EU decides


As the European Union (EU) Appeals Committee prepares to vote on Thursday, 23 June 2016 on the possibility of extending the approval of glyphosate, voices have risen for and against the controversial product, in an apparent bid to sway the committee’s decision. Glyphosate is an herbicide used to kill weeds and grasses that compete with crops. Monsanto chemist John E. Franz discovered ...

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UNODC releases films to celebrate anti-sexual violence day

Ms. Cristina Albertin

As part of global efforts to stamp out sexual violence against women, the United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Country Office in Nigeria recently completed production of three shorts films depicting the harrowing experiences of sex trafficking victims and their families, while also beaming critical searchlight on child labour and exploitation. The United Nations General Assembly approved on ...

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Nations show strong interest ahead new IPCC report

Thelma Krug

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said that governments and the scientific community are showing a strong interest in its next report, which will look at the implications of global warming of 1.5 ºC. Nominations of experts to participate in the scoping meeting of the Special Report on the Impacts of Global Warming of 1.5 ºC above Pre-Industrial ...

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