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Images: Faces at Federal Environment Ministry’s 2018 Management Retreat

Ibrahim Usman Jibril

The 2018 Management Retreat for Directors and Heads of Agencies and Projects of the Federal Ministry of Environment holds in Kaduna, Kaduna State from Monday, January 8 to Wednesday, January 10, 2018. The event has “Re-dedication to the implementation of Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)” as its theme. The retreat is being held with the ...

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One million farmers grow bio-fortified crops in Nigeria

bio-fortified crop

The Country Manager of Harvestplus, Dr Paul Ilona, says over one million small holder farmers grow bio-fortified food crops in Nigeria. Ilona disclosed this recently in Ibadan, Oyo State, during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Harvestplus is an international agriculture organisation. He said that no fewer than six million people consumed more nutritious foods from bio-fortified ...

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Weather disasters cost U.S. record $306b in 2017 – NOAA

Irma

Weather and climate-related disasters cost the U.S. a record $306 billion in 2017, the third-warmest year on record, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Monday, January 9, 2018. The report from the federal agency underscores the economic risks of climate change, even as President Donald Trump’s administration casts doubts on the causes of it and has ...

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Women-only parking spaces spark controversy in China

woman parking

A women-only, extra-wide parking spaces appears to have sparked debate on sexism on social media in China. The parking spots at the Jiande and Tonglu highway service areas in east China’s Zhejiang Province are 1.5 times the size of normal spaces, with the color and icon indicating “women only.” “It’s significantly larger, and I find it a very considerate design,” ...

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Chinese-produced HIV, Hepatitis vaccines receive WHO prequalification

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Two Chinese-produced vaccines, a Bivalent Oral Poliomyelitis Vaccine (BOPV) and a Hepatitis “A” Vaccine (HAV), have received prequalification by the WHO. The move indicates that the WHO has given the vaccines its stamp of approval for the safety and efficacy, and UN procuring agencies may now source them. Mr Fabio Scano, an officer in the WHO Representative Office in China, ...

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Bush burning retards Nigeria’s agricultural production, says expert

Bush burning

An ecologist, Mr Richard Inyamkume, says those burning bushes are retarding the nation’s agricultural production. Inyamkume, who is the Senior Programme Officer, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Initiative (CCMAI), an NGO, said this on Tuesday, January 9, 2017 in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. “Those who set bushes on fire around the country should know ...

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Who is The People’s Candidate?

Hamzat_Osasu

As Nigerians, we are no strangers to hard times, heartbreaks and raw deals. We make the best out of bad situations. We are happy even in conditions when it is actually hard to smile. We endure all, because even when we complain, we quickly forget the hurt we felt in the past. We easily move on, and leave everything to ...

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Jibril seeks alignment of environment vision with economic recovery strategy

FMEnv Retreat

Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril, has charged Directors and Heads of Agencies and Projects in the Federal Ministry of Environment to ensure that the ministry’s vision of empowering people, taking climate action and protecting the environment align with the administration’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) implementation as government prepares for fresh ...

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German parties agree to scrap 2020 climate target

Angela Merkel

Germany’s would-be coalition partners have agreed to drop an ambitious plan to lower carbon dioxide emissions by 40 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020, two sources said on Monday, January 8, 2018. This is a potential embarrassment for Chancellor Angela Merkel. Due to strong economic growth and higher-than-expected immigration, Germany is likely to miss its national emissions target for ...

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Rare snow covers Sahara Desert in Algeria

Sahara snow

Up to 16 inches of snow has fallen on a town in the Sahara desert after a freak winter storm hit the area on Sunday, January 7, 2018. This is the third time in 37 years that the town of Ain Sefra in Algeria has seen snow cover the red sand dunes of the desert. Snow started falling in the ...

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