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How 41-year-old environmentalist emerged Iceland’s prime minister

Katrin Jakobsdottir

Katrin Jakobsdottir, the 41-year-old chairwoman of the Left-Green Movement, emerged in November 2017 as the newest Prime Minister of Iceland. One of the most well-liked politicians in the country, Jakobsdottir, a former education minister and avowed environmentalist, has pledged to set Iceland on the path to carbon neutrality by 2040. Considered to be Iceland’s most trusted politician, Jakobsdottir took office ...

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Scientists warn micro-plastics pose massive threat to marine giants

Silky sharks

Scientists have warned micro-plastics in the ocean and the toxic chemicals in them are posing a significant risk to giant animals like whales, sharks and manta rays that are marine filter feeders. The scientific analysis published in the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution said on Monday, February 5, 2018 that such animals swallowed thousands of cubic metres of seawater ...

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Varsity launches campaign against bush burning in Kwara

Landmark University

Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara State,  on Monday, February 5, 2018 inaugurated a sensitisation campaign against bush burning to celebrate the 60th birthday of Pastor Faith Oyedepo, the wife of the institution’s Chancellor, Bishop David Oyedepo. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)  reports that Faith, born on Feb. 5, 1958, is the Vice-President, Education, Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners’ Chapel. ...

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Nigeria lacks ability to process GMOs, says don

GMOs

An animal breeder, Prof. Olufunmilayo Adebambo, on Monday, February 5, 2018 said Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) should not be an issue in Nigeria as there were presently no infrastructure for it. Adebambo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that embarking on GMOs could lead to loss of lives as facilities such as power to preserve and sustain ...

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Minamata Convention: UNIDO pledges to support Nigeria

Jean Bakole

Reactions have trailed Nigeria’s ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) promising assistance, and a civil society operative urging greater national consultation and awareness. The UNIDO Representative and Regional Director, Regional Office Nigeria, Jean Bakole, in a reaction, described the development as an achievement for all. Speaking on his behalf, Environmental Expert, ...

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AE-FUNAI to hold research exhibition, lauds renaming

Alex Ekwueme Federal University

The newly renamed Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike Ikwo (AE-FUNAI) in Ebonyi State is to hold a research exhibition where all concluded and preliminary findings of ongoing research works of staff and students would be showcased to the public. This was made known by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba during the 5th AE-FUNAI Lecture held recently in the university. The ...

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World Cancer Day: Cancer death rate expected to double by 2030 – WHO

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, has said that an estimated 8.8 million people in the world die from cancer annually, representing almost one-sixth of total deaths. She added however that cancer death rate is expected to double by 2030. According to her, the WHO is ready to provide the support and guidance needed ...

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Boko Haram, drought, pests destroy farms in Borno

rice-farming

Boko Haram militants, drought and pests have combined to wreak havoc on farmlands in Borno State,  leading to low output and huge losses to the farmers. About  1,800 hectares of rice for instance  wilted due to drought in some parts of  the state, according to the farmers. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of the rice farms  ...

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How I started ‘Pick That Trash’ with a single tweet – Oby Ezekwesili

Oby-Ezekwesili

Recently some members of the Abuja Pick That Trash movement (Trash Haters, as they are called) met with the initiator, Oby Ezekwesili, in Abuja to discuss ways of furthering the cause of achieving a cleaner Nigeria and changing the mindset of people towards environmental sanitation and waste management. Seyifunmi Adebote, Abija-based environmentalist and media consultant, wrote this report from the meeting ...

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World Cancer Day: Group urges awareness campaign in rural areas

World Cancer Day

In the spirit of the World Cancer Day (WCD) observed on Sunday, February 4, 2018, the Women Hood Foundation has called on stakeholders to channel cancer awareness campaigns to the rural areas. Malam Nurudeen Bello, an official of the non-governmental organisation (NGO), said in Kaduna on Saturday at an awareness lecture that poor advocacy had left victims of cancer to ...

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