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Government urged to implement rural development policies

Rural Settlement

The Technical Adviser, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Dr. Tunde Arosanyin, has called for proper implementation of the rural development policies in Nigeria to set agenda for the future. Arosonyin, an agriculturist, said in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, June 11, 2018 in Abuja that except rural development is given the attention it deserves, ...

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China bans plastics, petrol vehicles on volcanic island

Weizhou Island

Non-degradable plastic products and disposable food containers, as well as fossil-fueled vehicles will be prohibited on Weizhou Island off south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, local media reported on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. According to an ecological and environmental protection regulation passed by the regional legislature, the sale and use of plastic bags and plastic sheets used for agricultural purposes ...

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Indian farmers risk arrest, sow unapproved Monsanto cotton seeds


Some Indian farmers are openly sowing an unapproved variety of Genetically Modified (GM) cotton seeds developed by Monsanto, risking arrest. They sow as the government sits on the side-lines for fear of antagonising a big voting bloc ahead of an election in 2018. India approved the first GM cotton seed trait in 2002 and an upgraded variety in 2006, helping ...

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Three cities to pioneer World Bank’s urban transport mobility scheme


Abuja, Lagos and Calabar have been selected as the pilot cities for the urban transport mobility project, an initiative of the World Bank. Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who made the disclosure on Monday, June 11, 2018 in Abuja, said that the ministry would partner with the World Bank and other relevant stakeholders on how to effectively integrate urban transport ...

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Pope Francis to oil majors: Switch to clean energy to avoid disaster

Pope Francis

At a Vatican conference at the week-end, Pope Francis has urged oil executives and energy leaders to rapidly transition to clean fuels in order to avert climate disaster. The head of the Catholic Church said rising greenhouse gas levels were “disturbing and a cause for real concern”. Aside from the alarming amount of atmospheric greenhouse gases, Pope Francis said, “Even ...

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Adamawa confirms 19 fresh cholera cases

Bindo Umaru Jibrilla

The Adamawa State Ministry of Health has confirmed 19 new cases of cholera in Mubi North and Mubi South Local Government areas. A statement on Monday, June 11, 2018 by the Information Officer of the ministry, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, said that 16 of the new cases were recorded in Mubi South while three were reported  in Mubi South. Abubakar said that, ...

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My Pacific Northwest EarthCorps journey – Alabede

EarthCorps Fellows

The Pacific Northwest is the home to the states of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Washington State has its largest city, Seattle, in the very heart of the King County.  The city of Seattle is bordered by a body of salt water (Puget Sound) to the west and a freshwater lake (Lake Washington) to the east. It’s interesting to know that both ...

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Beat plastic pollution by walking the talk

Plastic pollution

Permit me to say that environmental pollution, especially plastic pollution, has become a huge threat to the living environment, and the human health is not an exception. Evidence has shown that one-third of the plastic packaging that did not end in the landfill can circle the Earth as many as four times in a single year. Plastic pollution has been ...

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Lagos ought to degas Olusosun landfill before capping, says expert

Olusosun dumpsite

A pollution expert, Dr Tunde Odesanya, has raised an alarm over the danger inherent in the capping of the Olusosun landfill as contemplated by the Lagos State Government. Odesanya, the Ag. Dean, College of Pure and Applied Sciences, Caleb University, Imota, Lagos, gave the insight in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, June 10, 2018. ...

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UNICEF expresses concern over low investment in sanitation

Pernille Ironside

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Monday, June 11, 2018 expressed concern over the low attention and investment in the sanitation sector in Nigeria. Ms Mainga Banda, a UNICEF Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Specialist, spoke at the opening of a Media Dialogue on WASH in Awka, Anambra State. It was organised by UNICEF in collaboration with the Federal ...

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