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Study reveals strong outlook for global wind power


The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) released its flagship publication”Global Wind Report: Annual Market Update” on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in Delhi, India. More than 54 GW of clean renewable wind power was installed across the global market in 2016, which now comprises more than 90 countries, including nine with more than 10,000 MW installed, and 29 which have now ...

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Communicators, diplomats seek constructive dialogue on GMOs


A network of science communicators has called on stakeholders to come together and ensure more public education on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Nigeria. Making the call under the auspices of Journalists for Social Development Initiative (JSDI), a non-governmental organisation focused on the promotion of awareness around sustainable development, the group stated that criticisms in respect of ...

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V20 economies expand, announce new climate finance initiatives


Climate-vulnerable economies comprising the Vulnerable Twenty (V20) Group on Sunday, April 23, 2017 in Washington, D.C. expanded its membership, and announced it would pioneer innovation in climate finance to help secure continued economic development among its members while tackling the costly economic impacts of climate change.  The group said it is seeking ambitious climate action from G20 economies. V20 officially ...

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Development control: Lagos moves against filling stations, event centres


The Lagos State Government has placed an embargo on the approval for construction of filling stations in all parts of the state till further notice. Similarly, the authorities have said a definite action will soon be taken on indiscriminate construction of event centres across the state. Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Wasiu Anifowose, disclosed this on Tuesday, April ...

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Study identifies cocoa cultivation as lead cause of deforestation in Ghana


A study has ascertained that, of all the factors driving deforestation in Ghana, agriculture is prime with cocoa cultivation being the leading cause of forest conversion in the high forest zone, while oil palm and rubber are becoming major threats. The study revealed that logging itself does not convert forests, but it opens up the forest for potential encroachment by ...

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Kano Pillars set to announce Ikhana’s replacement


Kano Pillars FC has revealed that it will soon announce a substantive coach to replace Kadiri Ikhana, who recently parted ways with the club. The Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) outfit, Pillars, on Monday, April 25, 2017 accepted the resignation of its former handler, who stepped down after an attack. Ikhana suffered from his team’s fight in a previous league ...

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Confed Cup: Rivers United advance to next stage


Rivers United has forced Rayos Sporting of Uganda to a goalless draw to advance into the next stage of the CAF Confederations Cup. A 2-0 Rivers United first-leg win in Port Harcourt a week ago meant Rayos needed to score three un-replied goals in the return fixture to progress to the next stage. But the Port Harcourt side stopped its ...

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GMOs: Biosafety is no gamble

Rufus Ebegba

In his welcome remarks at the Lawyers Roundtable on Biosafety held at the Apo Apartments, Abuja on Tuesday, April 25 2017, Nnimmo Bassey, Director of the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), says that, in the light of the seeming defective NBMA Act, government cannot afford to gamble with the citizen’s biosafety and biosecurity Dead people cannot speak against judicial or ...

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Monsanto’s GM drought-tolerant maize challenged in South African court


The African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) has lodged an appeal to the High Court of South Africa to overturn decisions of the GMO authority, the GMO Appeal Board and the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, to commercialise Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) drought tolerant (DT) maize seed. More than 25 000 concerned citizens have signed petitions and submitted objections in ...

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GMOs: Safe food is a human right


In his welcome remarks at a Media Training on Biosafety held in Abuja on Monday, April 24 2017, Nnimmo Bassey, Director of the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), insists that food sovereignty is the right of peoples to safe and culturally appropriate food produced through methods that are ecologically sound and sustainable Should science not be in the public interest and in ...

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