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Study exposes illicit presence, sale of GM food in India


A study by the India, New Delhi-based research and advocacy body, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), has exposed what looks like a large-scale illegal presence and sale of genetically modified (GM) processed foods in the country. Without the approval of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), production, sale and import of these foods is banned in ...

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Majekodunmi, Omaghomi, others seek end to mangrove destruction


Desmond Majekodunmi, renowned environmentalist and founder Lufasi Nature Park; David Omaghomi, executive director of Eco-Restoration Foundation; and others have called on government and other stakeholders to put a stop to mangrove destruction and other forms of environmental degradation in Nigeria. They spoke at the Mangrove Expo in commemoration of the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem at ...

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UNDP, Japan distribute agriculture inputs, solar lanterns in Adamawa communities

Bindo Umaru Jibrilla

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Japan have launched the distribution of agricultural inputs and solar lanterns to communities ravaged by insurgency in Adamawa State. The information is in a statement made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, July 26, 2017 by Mr Lucky Musonda, the Head of Communications, UNDP Nigeria. Musonda stated that ...

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Mars to make closest approach to Earth on July 31 – NASA


Mars will make its closest approach to Earth in 15 years on July 31, which means the red planet will be shinier and bigger and easier to observe, said U.S. space agency NASA. The two planets will be just 57.6 million km apart on July 31, while Mars will appear brightest from July 27 to July 30, making it easier ...

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Forum to highlight postal sector’s contribution to SDGs

Pascal Clivaz

How to release the postal sector’s immense potential in service delivery and profitability is the topic of the Universal Postal Union’s Ministerial Strategy Conference to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from September 6 to 7, 2018. Speaking about the forthcoming conference, UPU’s Deputy Director General, Pascal Clivaz, said: “UPU is proud to hold the conference in Addis Ababa. The ...

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Britain records hottest day of the year


Britain recorded its hottest day of the year on Thursday, July 26, 2018 as a report warned that a heatwave blamed for more than 2,000 deaths in 2003 could become a summer norm in the country. “It’s officially the hottest day of the year so far! Charlwood in Surrey has reached 33.9 degrees Celsius – and we’re likely to see ...

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Nigeria to experience longest total lunar eclipse on Friday

Total lunar eclipse

Nigeria will on the night of Friday, July 27, 2018 experience a spectacular total lunar eclipse, which will last for one hour, Prof. Augustine Ubachukwu, has said. Ubachukwu, the leader of Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Group of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, disclosed this on Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja. “Nigeria is set ...

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Endangered pygmy elephant shot dead in Borneo

Pygmy elephant

A pygmy elephant was shot dead on Borneo island after it destroyed villagers’ crops, a Malaysian wildlife official said on Thursday, July 26, 2018, the latest of the endangered creatures to be killed. The male elephant, believed to be about four years old, was found on Monday by the side of a road in the state of Sabah, on the ...

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July sees extreme weather with high impacts

Elena Manaenkova

Extreme weather, including record temperatures and heatwaves, drought and disastrous precipitation, has marked the first half of summer in the northern hemisphere. This has had widespread impacts on human health, agriculture, ecosystems and infrastructure and led to devastating wildfires. “2018 is shaping up to be one of the hottest years on record, with new temperature records in many countries. This ...

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Bio-fuels plant, jobs coming soon, NNPC pledges

Maikanti Baru

The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 pledged that more than five million jobs would soon be created to alleviate the unemployment levels in the country. The Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, said this in a lecture he gave at the 12th Mechanical Engineers Distinguished Lecture organised by the Nigerian Institution of ...

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