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Hurricane Jose approaches US, Lee and Marie form

Hurricane

Two more potential tropical storms were brewing in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday, September 14, 2017, even as Hurricane Jose approaches the US. According to the National Hurricane Centre, Hurricanes Lee and Marie could materialise as, according to the body, a wave off the African coast has a 70 percent likelihood becoming one in the next five days, as does ...

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Forum seeks increased funding for climate-resilient infrastructure

UNFCCC SCF

The 2017 Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF), held from September 6 to 7, 2017 in Rabat, Morocco, concluded with key actors from the public and private sector calling to do things differently to increase funding for climate-resilient infrastructure, especially in developing countries. With an increase in climate impacts such as storms or floods, there is a growing ...

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How climate change can worsen hurricanes

Irma

With Hurricane Harvey’s rainfall records and now Irma’s stunning combination of extreme strength and longevity, the hurricane-global warming debate is back in full swing. And it has evolved a good bit since 2005, when the United States was severely damaged by superstrong hurricanes (Katrina, Rita, Wilma). Scientists are more confident now in their messages, more willing to link factors like worsened storm surge flooding and hurricane rainfall to ...

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Illegal GM maize: Activists want NBMA, Customs to impound consignments

GM-Maize

The Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) and Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) have called on the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) and the Nigerian Customs to impound consignments of genetically modified (GM) maize said to have been illegally imported into the country. At a media conference in Abuja on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, Director General of NBMA, ...

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Grasshoppers, millipedes, antelope species face extinction, IUCN reveals

African antelope

North America’s most widespread and valuable ash tree species are on the brink of extinction due to an invasive beetle decimating their populations, while the loss of wilderness areas and poaching are contributing to the declining numbers of five African antelope species, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Released on Thursday, September 14, ...

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Group frowns at IUCN’s downlisting of snow leopard from ‘endangered’ to ‘vulnerable’

snow-leopards

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on Thursday, September 14, 2017 announced that it is down-listing the snow leopard on the Red List of Threatened Species from “Endangered” to “Vulnerable” – the next lower category of risk. A “Vulnerable” listing on the Red List is still regarded as a major cause for concern though, with vulnerable species considered “to ...

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LEDAP urges FG to stop military operation in South East

Nigeria Army

The Legal Defense and Assistance Project (LEDAP) has urged the federal government to stop the operation python dance in the South East. The group wants the soldiers withdrawn from the streets while all the road blocks mounted by the security agencies are dismantled. In a statement signed by LEDAP’s National Coordinator, Chino Obiagwu, the group stated that the military is ...

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Appellate court dismisses remaining appeals in PDP leadership tussle

Ali Modu-Sheriff

The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, has dismissed remaining four appeals in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leadership tussle between Senator Ahmed Mohammed Markarfi and Ali Modu-Sheriff. The Justice Ibrahim Salauwa-led three-man appellate court panel dismissed all four appeals after counsels made submissions urging the court to strike out the cases because it had become academic. The applicant counsel all ...

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New guidance on tourism concessions for protected areas released

cristiana pasca palmer

The Secretariat of Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on Thursday, September 14, 2017 released a new publication titled “Guidelines for tourism partnerships and concessions for protected areas: generating sustainable revenues for conservation and development”. Designed to support protected area authorities and the private sector in their development and use of ...

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NBMA alerts Nigerians on imported GM maize

National Biosafety Management Agency

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has alerted Nigerians on tons of genetically modified (GM) maize imported into the country without necessary approvals. NBMA Director General/CEO, Dr. Rufus Ebegba, who made this known at a news on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in Abuja, said that the Agency got notice of the importation through an intelligence report and has set in ...

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