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Refuse invasion: A looming epidemic outbreak in Lagos?

Heaps of refuse on a Lagos feeder road

A visit to every nook and cranny of Lagos these days is something to forget in a hurry. What welcome passers-by are not the beautiful flower hedges or finely tarred roads expected of a mega city. Rather, it is the stench oozing from the heaps of refuse dotting major roads and feeder streets in the state. No thanks to the ...

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Group launches online tool to assess economics of solar investments

Solar panels

A tool that compares costs of solar power with the currently existing diesel generation costs for an individually planned PV project and generates an individual economic approximation for the considered solar investment has been launched. Tagged “PV-Calculator”, the online tool is the brainchild of Let’s Make Solar Work, an initiative of SOLAR23, OneShore Energy, Solarmate Engineering and eclareon. It is ...

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Reversing Africa’s cocoa paradox

Cocoa

Around the world, chocolate in all shapes and sizes symbolise Easter and bring joy to millions of kids and adults alike. And the demand for chocolate will most likely continue to increase, according to experts. There is huge opportunity for Africa, the largest producer of cocoa in the world, to rake in economic value that the global market offers. Africa ...

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Partnership promotes ‘science we need for the cities we want’

Diana Ürge-Vorsatz

In a joint statement, partners working on cities and climate change have laid down the foundations for better-informed city climate action and decision-making, as a result of greater engagement between the policy, practice, and scientific communities working in urban areas. The document, titled: “The Science We Need for the Cities We Want”, was signed at the recent CitiesIPCC conference hosted by the ...

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Climate chaos to continue in 2018, UN chief warns

António Guterres

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has warned that climate chaos would continue in 2018, saying climate change is still moving much faster than human beings. The UN chief, therefore, called for the political will, innovation and financing to cut global emissions by at least 25 per cent over the next two years. Guterres said: “Scientists are now worried that unless accelerated ...

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NiMet prediction: Ogun may not experience severe flooding, says government

Bolaji-Oyeleye

The Ogun State Government says the state may not experience severe flooding this year as revealed in the 2018 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) of the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMet). Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Bolaji Oyeleye, in a statement in Abeokuta, the state capital, said that though most areas in the state might not witness serious flooding, as NiMet had forecasted ...

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NiMet predicts dust haze, cloudy weather for Saturday

cloudy weather

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted dust haze weather in the central states of the country on Saturday, 31 March 2018 with horizontal visibility of two to five kilometres and visibility of less than 1,000m in some places. NiMet’s Weather Outlook by its Central Forecast Office in Abuja on Friday also predicted day and night temperatures in the range ...

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German environmental group sues 11 more cities over air pollution

air Pollution

An environmental group in Germany says it is taking legal action against 11 more German cities for violating EU air pollution limits, bringing the total to 28. Compliance with the limits is only possible by rapidly implementing quickly effective measures, such as driving bans for dirty diesel vehicles, Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) said in a statement on Thursday, March 29, 2018. ...

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Mosquito-borne diseases: US approves field trial for GM mosquitoes

Aedes aegypti

Despite inherent concerns, genetically modified mosquitoes (GMMs) will be released in the USA for the first time in 2018. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a field trial (Phase 3) for a GMM strain of Ae. aegypti (Aedes aegypti) (OX513A) developed by Oxitec Limited to be released in Key Haven, Florida. This disclosure was made in a recently ...

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World Health Day: World leaders urged to fulfill SDGs pledges

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged world leaders to live up to the pledges made toward advancing health for all while signing agreement on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. The organisation made the call in a statement ahead of the 70th anniversary of “World Health Day’’ scheduled for April 7, 2018. WHO said this meant leaders needed to ...

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