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Expert wants more health officers to check indiscriminate waste disposal

waste managers

Erstwhile chairman, Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE), Environment Division, Mr Odumeru Musilideen, has called on government at levels to engage more health officers to monitor indiscriminate disposal of waste and sanction defaulters with appropriate penalty. Musilideen made the call in Lagos in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, saying that disposal of ...

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Africa joins international operation against poaching

elephant poaching

South African law enforcement agencies have arrested 13 people on illegal wildlife trade charges as part of the country’s contribution to a global operation against poaching, authorities said on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Operation Thunderstorm was launched by Interpol in May 2018, bringing numerous countries in a joint effort to curb wildlife poaching, according to the South African Department of ...

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Epe residents flay privatisation, demand rehabilitation of waterworks

Epe community members

Youths, women groups and grassroots advocates on the platform of the Epe Community Water Parliament (ECWP) have demanded that the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode administraton rehabilitate the Epe Mini Waterworks and evolve solutions to the lingering water crisis in Lagos within democratic and public control. The ECWP, an affiliate of the Our Water, Our Right Coalition, registered its aversion to water privatisation plans by the ...

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Biosafety agency urges seed companies to comply with import guidelines

NBMA

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has told grain importers to ensure that their activities follow the agency’s import guidelines. Dr. Rufus Ebegba, Director General/CEO NBMA, made the appeal during an interactive session with grain importers on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 in Abuja. Dr Ebegba noted that, over the years, most seed companies imported grains from countries where most grains ...

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Concern as oceans face fresh threat from deep-sea mining

Deep-sea mining

International waters – known as the “common heritage of (human)kind” – are said to be under a new and supposedly deadly threat from the deep-sea mining industry. The International Seabed Authority (ISA), a UN agency which has reportedly not received much public scrutiny until now, meets in Kingston, Jamaica this week to discuss how to open up the deep-sea bed ...

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Chemicals are vital determinants for sustainable development – Suwareh

Momodou Jaama Suwareh

Executive Director of the National Environment Agency in the Gambia has disclosed that chemicals are important determinants for sustainable development, sound environmental health and quality of life, as we use them in all human activities including agriculture, health, energy production, manufacturing, services and residential that contributes to improving the quality of life. But he also raised concerns about its harmful ...

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Queen bees have exceptional memory, say researchers

Queen bee

Chinese researchers have found that honey bee queens have exceptional memory and learning abilities. Ken Tan, a researcher at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said different foods eaten by bee larvae lead to differences in DNA methylation, mechanisms used by cells to control gene expression, between queens and workers. He said queens exclusively feed royal ...

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Wildfire kills 50 near Athens, families flee to beaches

Athens wildfire

A wildfire killed at least 50 people and injured scores more as it swept through a small resort town near Athens, Nikos Economopoulos, Head of Greece’s Red Cross, said on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. He told Skai TV that the wildfire trapped families with children behind walls of smoke and flames as they tried to flee to the beach. The ...

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More people die as heat wave continues to scorch Japan

Japan heatwave

More people died of heat-related illnesses as heat wave continued to scorch wide swathes of Japan on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. According to public broadcaster NHK, no fewer than eight people across Japan died of suspected heatstroke and 1,830 people were sent to hospitals on Tuesday. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), 630 of its 927 observation points across ...

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Group clamours tree planting to address climate change

Tree planting

A non-for-profit group, Foundation for the Protection of Women and Children in Nigeria, has urged Nigerians to plant trees this year to protect the environment from climate change and desertification. Ramatu Tijjani, Founder of the NGO, made the call while speaking to newsman on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 in Kaduna. Tijjani said that the NGO had embarked on a tree ...

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