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AATF lauds biosafety agency’s regulatory standard

African Agricultural Technology Fund

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) has commended the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) for setting the pace for the regulation of modern biotechnology in Africa. A delegation from the AATF on a courtesy call to the agency on Monday, March 26, 2018 in Abuja said that the NBMA has registered Nigeria’s preparedness to deploy biotechnology in a safe and responsible manner. Dr. Issoufou Kollo, ...

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Researcher urges government support in waste conversion processes

Plastic bottles

A researcher, Mr Gbenga Aina, has appealed to the Federal Government and Lagos State Government to support researches and inventions in waste conversion processes. Aina, who is also a geologist, made the call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday, March 26, 2018. He said that he had developed a process and machine which ...

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Worsening worldwide land degradation now critical, says report

Ogoniland-Spill

Worsening land degradation caused by human activities is undermining the well-being of two fifths of humanity, driving species extinctions and intensifying climate change. It is also a major contributor to mass human migration and increased conflict, according to the world’s first comprehensive evidence-based assessment of land degradation and restoration. The dangers of land degradation, which cost the equivalent of about ...

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Snow turns orange in parts of Europe

Orange snow

About every five years, the usually powdery white snow turns orange in parts of Eastern Europe. That happened again over the weekend, stunning skiers and snowboarders in Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, and other places in the region, with photos of the oddity appearing on social media. “We’re skiing on Mars today,” exclaimed one social media user as he skied down the ...

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Cross River registers 5,000 cassava farmers under Anchor Borrowers’ programme

cassava

The Chairman, Cassava Growers Association, Cross River State chapter,  Mr Austine Oqua, says registration of interested farmers for this year’s CBN Cassava Anchor Borrowers’ programme in the state had begun. Oqua, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar on Sunday, March 25, 2018 said 5,000 farmers were being targeted. He said that ...

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NCP to sue Lagos over Land Use Charge

Ayodele Akele

The National Conscience Party (NCP) on Sunday, March 25, 2018 said that it would soon sue Lagos State Government for imposing a new Land Use Charge  (LUC). The National Secretary of the party, Mr Ayodele Akele, gave the hint at NCP’s Political Education and Membership Integration Programme in Lagos. Akele said that NCP had established that the new charge was ...

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World TB Day: Pathologist advocates measures to curb misdiagnosis

Isaac Adewole

Misdiagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) cases remains one of the major challenges in the treatment of the disease, says Mr Chidobu Anayo, Chemical Pathologist, El-Lab Medical Diagnostics and Research Centre, Lagos. According to him, lack of trained personnel, limitation in diagnostics tools and lack of follow-up are issues that need to be addressed in managing the disease. While speaking on World ...

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Energy’s role in achieving universal access to clean water, sanitation

Gaya Silkami

The world has a water problem. More than 2.1 billion people drink contaminated water.  More than half the global population – about 4.5 billion people – lack access to proper sanitation services. More than a third of the global population is affected by water scarcity, and 80% of wastewater is discharged untreated, adding to already problematic levels of water pollution. These ...

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Global energy demand grows, carbon emissions rise – Study

fatih-birol

Global energy demand rose by 2.1% in 2017, more than twice the previous year’s rate, boosted by strong global economic growth, with oil, gas and coal meeting most of the increase in demand for energy, and renewables seeing impressive gains. Over 70% of global energy demand growth was met by oil, natural gas and coal, while renewables accounted for almost ...

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World Water Day: Ending plastic particles pollution

Water bottles

As people and organisations worldwide, including all UN member states, observed the World Water Day on Thursday, March 22, 2018, a campaign was launched towards putting a stop to plastic pollution, courtesy of the Earth Day Network (EDN), a not-for-profit organisation. World Water Day is an annual observance day on March 22 to highlight the importance of freshwater. It is ...

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