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New research underlines need to control spread of emerging alien species

Asian hornet

A research published on Monday, February 5, 2018 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has highlighted the urgent need for governments to develop measures to control the spread of emerging alien species. Up to 16% of all animal and plant species have the potential to become invasive alien species (IAS), according to the new report. “These results suggest ...

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Dangote, others for Editors’ Plaza Foundation laying ceremony

Aliko Dangote

Africa’s richest man and President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, is to play the role of Chief Guest of Honour at the foundation stone laying ceremony for the multi-purpose Editors’ Plaza, a project of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) scheduled for Thursday, March 1, 2018 in the Guzape District of Abuja. Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill ...

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World leaders join new drive to beat noncommunicable diseases

President Tabaré Vázquez

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday, February 16, 2018 announced a new high-level commission, comprised of heads of state and ministers, leaders in health and development and entrepreneurs. The group will propose bold and innovative solutions to accelerate prevention and control of the leading killers on the planet – noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like heart and lung disease, cancers, and ...

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Climate neutral Fiji forum utilises UN methodology


Experts from 20 countries gathered in Fiji on Monday, February 5, 2018 to share lessons on adaptation to climate change at the Targeted Topics Forum. To avoid adding to the climate problem as they sought solutions, the forum’s organisers made the event “climate neutral”, which means its carbon footprint was measured, reduced and compensated for using United Nations (UN) Certified ...

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Former Ghanaian president, Kufuor, wants fight against climate change sustained

President John Agyekum Kufuor

Ghana’s former President John Agyekum Kufuor has stated that “it will be a mistake and a very sad one, for humanity to throw up our hands and abandon our fight against climate change.” He explained that climate change “is very real and its related natural disasters and associated problems are bigger than the human mind can comprehend and that is ...

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IPBES to launch reports on biodiversity, ecosystem services, land degradation

Dr. Anne Larigauderie - IPBES

The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) says it will launch five assessment reports at the 6th IPBES Plenary session (IPBES6) scheduled to hold in Medellin, Colombia from March 17 to 26, 2018. The assessment reports, according to IPBES, were prepared over three years by more than 550 leading international experts from over 100 countries at a cost of over ...

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British communities warned to prepare for frequent flood

Calder Valley

Communities in Britain were warned on Friday, February 16, 2018 to be prepared for more frequent flooding as a result of climate change. The government’s Environment Agency (EA) launched a Flood Action Plan to prepare areas of the country likely to be vulnerable to greater flood risks. EA said the floods followed severe pattern over the past 10 years, linked ...

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World Urban Forum: Making urban spaces more climate-resilient

Lagos flood

The 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia concluded this week with a call to use the new urban agenda as an accelerator to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and support climate action. According to the UN, the world’s urban population is expected to grow by 2.5 billion by 2050, with over 90 per cent of this growth to take place in Africa, Asia, ...

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How to end farmers/herdsmen conflict, by group


A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Synergos Nigeria, on Thursday, February 15, 2018 said it was developing new controlled grazing mechanism to address the herdsmen and farmers conflict in parts of the Northern Region. The Field Manager of Synergos, Victor Adejoh, disclosed this at the presentation of a research study in Kaduna to support the development of a comprehensive policy and action ...

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Group launches flagship energy efficiency centre

Asteven Centre

Asteven International Group, an indigenous renewable energy company in Nigeria, is set to launch what it describes as the first private sector financed comprehensive renewable energy and energy efficiency centre in the country – the Asteven Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Academy. The academy, a 100% solar powered institute, is conceptualised to build technical know how and capacity, creating solar ...

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