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Edo land admin, GIS bill scales second reading


A Bill for a law to regulate land administration and Edo State Geographic Information Service (GIS) on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 passed second reading state’s House of Assembly. Leading the debate for passage of the bill, Majority Leader, Mr Roland Asoro (APC Orhionnmwon South), said “the bill if passed, will lay to rest, all sharp practices associated with land administration ...

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Kenya unveils ethanol stoves to help mitigate carbon emissions

Stove Kenya

Kenya on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 unveiled ethanol stoves for refugees in Kakuma Camp in Northwest part of the country to help mitigate climate carbon emissions. The Principal Secretary for Environment and Forestry, Charles Sunkuli, said the stoves launched in partnership with electronics firm, Samsung, would help reduce dependency on charcoal in the camp. “The project will help reduce carbon ...

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GMOs: Biosafety agency reviews policy

Rufus Ebegba

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) says it has reviewed its operational policy to meet best global practices. Head of Communication, NBMA, Mrs Gloria Ogbaki, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 in Abuja, the federal capital city. Ogbaki said the reviewed policy was in “tandem with NBMA ...

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Rapid disaster response saves Côte d’Ivoire from toxic dump tragedy

Public protest

Early intervention and strong political will to fight against environmental hazards have helped Côte d’Ivoire avert what would have been a damaging toxic dumping tragedy, says a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) audit report. The audit report, presented on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at the Bamako Convention COP2 assembly in Abidjan, lauded the timely intervention of the Ivorian government with ...

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2017 was hottest year on record for world’s oceans


The year 2017 was the hottest year ever recorded for the world’s oceans, according to a study by the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IAP CAS). The study shows that ocean warming in 2017 has occurred in most parts of the world, even though the Atlantic and the oceans of the southern hemisphere (south of 30°) have ...

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Paris goals crucial to saving California’s vegetation


Fully implementing the Paris Climate Change Agreement is crucial to protecting California’s natural vegetation, nearly half of which is at risk from the impacts of rising global average temperatures. This is the key finding of a new study from University of California Davis. The central goal of the Paris Agreement is to hold the global average temperature rise to well ...

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Renewables overtake coal in supplying European electricity

Matthias Buck

A new analysis by Sandbag and Agora Energiewende shows that the European Union generated more electricity from renewable sources such as wind, solar and biomass than coal in 2017, with renewables accounting for over 30% of Europe’s electricity for the first time. Wind, solar and biomass generation surpassing coal is “incredible progress”, says the report, not least because coal power ...

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UNESCO, Nigeria partner to launch project on Lake Chad depletion

Lake Chad

The UN Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 said it is partnering with the Federal Government of Nigeria to use scientific and cultural methods to restore the Lake Chad basin. The partnership will be done through the Ministry of Water Resources to launch BIOPALT, a project targeted at scientifically and culturally restoring the basin. Dr Osuji ...

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Hong Kong votes to impose domestic ivory ban by 2021

Ivory trafficking

The Hong Kong Legislative Council on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 voted to pass a bill that will end local ivory trade in Hong Kong, with no compensation for ivory dealers, and an increase of maximum penalties for wildlife crimes of up to 10 years imprisonment. This decision will bring to a close a trade that had once brought the city ...

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Punjab government’s ban on sale of toxic pesticides lauded

Chandra Bhushan

The Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare of the government of Punjab on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 issued directions to discontinue the sale of 20 pesticides (insecticides) which are harmful to health of humans and environment with immediate effect. It also directed not to issue any fresh licenses for these pesticides. Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has welcomed this ...

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