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Governments asked to regulate industrial pollution, legislate on tree planting

Industrial pollution

An ecologist, Mr Habib Omotosho, has urged the Federal Government to regulate industrial pollution to combat climate change. Omotosho, the National Coordinator, Environmental Advancement Initiative, an NGO, gave the advice in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday, July 5, 2018. Similarly, an environmentalist, Mr Rasheed Lawal, has told the Lagos State House of Assembly ...

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Desertification: VC advocates introduction of BSc. Environmental Health Science

Desertification in Nigeria

The Vice-Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, has advocated for introduction of BSc. Environmental Health Science in Nigerian universities to effectively curb desertification. Garba made the call at the “2018 Tree Planting Campaign of the ABU Green Belt Initiative’’ held on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at the ABU main campus, Zaria, Kaduna State. The News Agency of ...

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Exposure to farm-use pesticides, chemicals detrimental to human health

Gambia

The Director of Technical Services Network at the National Environment Agency has disclosed that exposure to pesticides and chemicals in farmlands, rice-fields and gardens has a high toll on human health especially the farmers and gardeners. According to him, The Gambia has recognised this need to explore safer alternatives to synthetic pesticides for use in agricultural activities. Dr. Dawda Badji ...

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China donates meteorological equipment to Namibia

Meteorological equipment

Meteorological equipment worth $2.4 million donated by China were handed over to Namibia at an event on Thursday, July 5, 2018. Namibia received 10 sets of Manned Weather Observation Systems, five sets of Automated Weather systems, one central work station software and meteorological communication system. The remaining are FY-3 meteorological satellite data collecting, processing system, the FY3-3 meteorological satellite information ...

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Pope Francis, environmental leaders forge vision for global action

Pope Francis

Environmental leaders, activists and advocates gathered at the Vatican City on Thursday, July 5, 2018 with Pope Francis to kick off a two-day Vatican-organised conference with a sense of urgency and unity. Together they hope to emerge with a momentum for greater action and a shared vision for protecting our planet. Inspired by the third anniversary of the Pope’s seminal ...

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Shell commences investigation of oil spill in Bayelsa community

Ineffective clean up

The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) says a Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) to Aghoro community in Bayelsa State is underway to investigate the cause of an oil leak in the neighbourhood. It will be recalled that an oil leakage occurred on May 17, 2018 at an oilfield operated by SPDC in Aghoro, Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa. Mr Bamidele ...

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How illegal bunkering hurts the environment

Oil bunkering

The General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Chevron Nigeria Ltd., Mr Esimaje Brikinn, said illegal bunkering has continued to cause significant damage to the environment. Brikinn said this in Abuja on Thursday, July 5, 2018 during a panel discussion on “Innovative Strategies – Combating Crude Oil Theft & Pipeline Vandalism” at the Nigerian Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition ...

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Cement manufacturers urge climate action

HeidelbergCement

The World Cement Association (WCA) is urging industry members to increase efforts to adopt new technologies quickly and at scale to reduce its CO2 emissions in order effectively help fight climate change. The cement industry accounts for 5-6% of global greenhouse emissions, and its actions are crucial to help achieve the central goal of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement ...

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Niger’s Suleja council spends N13m monthly on waste evacuation to prevent flooding

Suleja-flood

Suleja Local Government Area of Niger State says it spends N13.5 million monthly on waste disposal to prevent flooding in the area. Alhaji Abdullahi Maje, Chairman of the council, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna, the state capital, on Thursday, July 5, 2018. He warned residents to desist from indiscriminate dumping of ...

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Australia’s reptiles threatened by invasive species, climate change – IUCN

Grassland Earless Dragon

Australia’s unique reptiles – including lizards and snakes – face severe threats from invasive species and climate change, with 7% of them threatened with extinction, reveals the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, published on Thursday, July 5, 2018. The Mauritian Flying Fox, an important pollinator, is now listed as Endangered due to a culling campaign, ...

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