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95 die in Philippine landslides, 59 still missing

Itogon landslide

The death toll in two major landslides that struck the Philippines recently has climbed to 95, authorities said on Monday, September 24, 2018. Officials said as of Sunday a total of 49 bodies have been pulled out of the rubble in the mining town of Itogon, Benguet province in the northern Philippines. Meanwhile a total of 46 bodies have so ...

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New York Climate Week to showcase global action

New York City

Taking place from Monday, September 24 to Sunday, September 30, 2018 in New York City, the New York Climate Week is expected to be another key moment in 2018 to showcase climate action from around the world and to gather political support for a strong outcome at the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference COP24 in December in Katowice, Poland. The ...

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Nestlé to monitor palm oil production to curb deforestation

Magdi Batato

Nestlé has announced new plans to ensure the reduction of deforestation. The Swiss company has set an enhanced plan to ensure that it fulfils its 2020 No Deforestation commitment by being the first global food company to implement Starling, a satellite-based service, to monitor 100 per cent of its global palm oil supply chains. Magdi Batato, Executive Vice President and ...

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Monarch weeps as floods submerge town, villages

Jigawa flood

The District Head of Auyo in Jigawa State, Alhaji Umar Baffa, wept openly on Saturday, September 22, 2018 over the devastation caused by flood in Auyo town and other villages in the district. Baffa, who holds the title of Sarkin Auyon Hadejia, said at his palace that the flood, caused by the overflow of the Hadeja-Jamaare River, completely submerged the town ...

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UNEP, UNIDO, others urge adoption of technology to address climate change

Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) for Climate Change

Stakeholders in the nation’s environment and sustainable development sector have been urged to adopt technology to effectively address the challenges of climate change. This formed the kernel of discussions at the National Inception Workshop on Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation that held on Monday, September 10, 2018 in Abuja. Speaking at the workshop, the Regional ...

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NEWMAP, Anambra move to rescue erosion-threatened court premises

Erosion Awka

The Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) has begun the process of controlling gully erosion threatening the Federal High Court and other property at the Alex Ekwueme erosion site, Awka, the Anambra State capital. Mr Mike Ivenso, Project Coordinator of NEWMAP in Anambra, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, Deptember 23, 2018 in Awka that the ...

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Minister seeks time from court to account for spending on water

Suleiman Adamu

The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, has told the Federal High Court in Lagos to “grant the Ministry more time within which to compile and furnish Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) with information on the spending on water, and locations of specific projects, in view of the high volume of the information involved.” Mr Adamu said, “It is not true ...

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Scientists seek wholesome approach in addressing zoonotic diseases

Bassirou Bonfoh

Eleven different African institutions have come together through a consortium to build capacities of indigenous scientists who are researching on common diseases, especially those that are transmitted from livestock to human and vice versa through a concept known as “One Health”. “Many times, we treat tuberculosis in humans, but it doesn’t work because it is originating from livestock animals,” said ...

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Argentina gets $600m satellite to boost agriculture sector

SAOCOM 1-A/B satellite

Argentina on Friday, September 21, 2018 launched a new microwave imaging satellite to monitor natural disasters and soil moisture, in a long-term bid to bolster the farm sector. Agriculture is an industry that has historically been the backbone of the country’s economy. Scheduled to launch on a SpaceX Falcon rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Oct. 6, ...

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Group to mark third anniversary of SDGs with Abuja roadshow


The Nigeria Youth SDGs Network will host a roadshow in Abuja on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 to mark the third anniversary of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the global #Act4SDGs activities. Believed to be the country’s foremost youth-dominated SDGs coalition, the Nigerian Youth SDGs Network, under the chairmanship of Semiye Michael, will bring individuals representing different organisations ...

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