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Why modern biotechnology must be regulated – NBMA

National Biosafety Management Agency

The Director General/CEO, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba, on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in Abuja re-emphasised the need to regulate the practice of modern biotechnology in the country. Dr. Ebegba made the submission while receiving members of the Real-Life Civil Society, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), at the NBMA Office. According to him, government in its wisdom established ...

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Campaigners flay proposed Norway-backed Congo forest logging

Paris Agreement

The Norwegian government is said to be considering whether to finance industrial logging in the rainforests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where 20 million hectares of virgin forest could be handed over to the timber industry. It is believed that Norway will commit some €16 million to the project. The Congo Basin in Central Africa is home to ...

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Togo ratifies Paris Agreement as 151st Party

Faure-Essozimna-Gnassingbé

The Togolese Republic on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The West African nation by the Gulf of Guinea thus becomes the 151st country to endorse the global treaty, after Qatar, which ratified the climate accord on Friday, June 23, 2017. According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), ...

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China launches five ‘green finance’ pilot zones

Guangzhou Guangdong province

China has launched five pilot zones to promote “green finance” and help pay for a war on pollution that is expected to cost at least ¥3 trillion ($440 billion) a year, according to notices published by the central bank on Monday, June 26, 2017. The five zones will be set up in the provinces of Guangdong, Guizhou, Jiangxi and Zhejiang, as ...

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Usain Bolt wins 100m in slow start

Usain Bolt

Athletics sprinter, Usain Bolt, overcame a slow start to win the 100m, at the Estrava Golden Spike meet on Tuesday, in a time of 10.6sec, in his second 100m outing of the season in Ostrava. The Jamaican was slow out of the blocks before jumping ahead to edge Yunier Perez of Cuba, who ran a personal best of 10.09sec. Bolt ...

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Turning the climate tide by 2020

Christiana Figueres

The world needs high-speed climate action for an immediate bending-down of the global greenhouse-gas emissions curve, leading experts have cautioned. Aggressive reduction of fossil-fuel usage is the key to averting devastating heat extremes and unmanageable sea level rise, authors argue in a comment published in scientific journal Nature this week. In the run-up to the G20 summit of the planet’s leading economies, ...

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US mayors commit to 100% renewable energy by 2035

US mayors

Over 250 US mayors have committed to procure 100% renewable energy for their cities by 2035, thereby providing a significant boost to climate action. Interest in renewable energies is said to be running high in cities, and enacting clean energy policies at the local level is essential to achieve the central goal of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, which is ...

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UNICEF certifies Katsina communities Open Defecation Free

Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari

No fewer than 825 communities in Katsina State have so far been certified as Open Defecation Free under the Sanitation, Hygiene and Water in Nigeria II. Alhaji Aminu Dayyabu, Executive Director, Katsina State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in Katsina. ...

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Groups petition Ngige on BATN, workers’ face-off

Dr. Chris Ngige

A coalition of civil society groups on the platform of the Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) has written to Labour & Employment Minister, Dr. Chris Ngige, demanding his intervention in the alleged anti-labour practices reported in British American Tobacco Nigeria (BATN) factory in Ibadan, Oyo State. A handful of ex-BATN workers had in a press briefing in Lagos last year ...

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C40 Cities mayors urge G20 leaders to accelerate climate action

C40 Cities mayors

Mayors of the world’s largest cities, representing hundreds of millions of citizens, have launched a petition urging G20 heads of state and heads of government to deliver on their commitments to tackle climate change under the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The petition highlights the urgent need of taking climate action at all levels, and reaffirms the commitment of cities to implement ...

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