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Planners, statisticians seek global definition for cities


As part of efforts to provide the necessary technical support to countries for effective monitoring and reporting on human settlements indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda (NUA), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in collaboration the European Commission, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations ...

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GMOs: Biosafety agency assures on health, environment safety

NBMA National Biosafety Conference

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has assured Nigerians of the protection of their health and the environment on matters concerning genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This submission is contained in a communiqué issued at the close of the 4th National Biosafety Conference of the NBMA held from September 12 to 13, 2018 at the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State. ...

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Nigeria to commercialise three national parks


Conservator-General of the Nigeria National Park Service (NNPS), Alhaji Ibrahim Goni, says the Federal Government is set to commercialise three national parks to key into the Economy Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) to diversify the economy. Goni made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday, October 27, 2018 in Abuja. The Conservator-General, who ...

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FAO distributes fertilisers, seeds to 790,000 displaced farmers

Suffyan Koroma

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has distributed fertilisers and seeds to 790,000 farmers to accelerate crop production. The benefiting farmers are those displaced by Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast. FAO, in its October Situation Report, said that the fertilisers and inputs were provided to the benefiting farmers during the 2018 cropping season. The fact sheet indicated that 112,000 ...

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European Parliament approves single-use plastic ban

European Parliament

The European Parliament has approved a single-use plastic ban which will be put into place from 2021. The ban was first proposed in May following a flood of public support when the David Attenborough Blue Planet II series aired. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) approved the ban on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. At present, an estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic ...

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At 2018 Walk for Nature, Asiodu canvasses reconstitution of sanitary inspectors

2018 Walk for Nature

The president, Board of Trustees (BoT), Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Chief Philip Asiodu, has called for the reconstitution of sanitary inspectors to monitor the environment and mete out sanctions to defaulters. In his address at the 11th NCF/Lagos State government Walk For Nature on Saturday, October 20, 2018 themed “Beat Pollution: Live a Sustainable Lifestyle”, he urged the authorities to ...

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Quelea birds, ‘blast’ disease threaten rice production in Jigawa

Quelea birds

Rice farmers in Auyo Local Government Area of Jigawa State in Nigeria have called on the state government to take urgent action to check the menace of a rice pest, popularly known as “blast”, destroying rice farms in the area. Chairman of the Rice Farmers Apex Association, Malam Mohammed Garba, made the call when the Country Director, Sasakawa Global 2000 ...

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WHO, UNFCCC promote maiden air pollution, health conference


The first-ever Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health will kick off on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. It is organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and with participation of UN Climate Change (UNFCCC). Air pollution is said to be one of the largest causes of death worldwide. It claims seven million lives a year, is a major driver of the non-communicable ...

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Buhari restates call to Europe, US on recharge of Lake Chad

Lake Chad

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the greatest investment Europe and America can make in Africa now is helping the continent accomplish inter-basin water transfer to recharge the Lake Chad. Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, said in a statement on Friday, October 26, 2018 that Buhari stated this when he hosted the Chairman of the ...

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Group lauds Canada’s introduction of carbon taxes

Justin Trudeau

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has lauded the introduction of carbon taxes by the Canadian government. On Tuesday, October 23, 2018, the federal government announced a carbon tax on the provinces and territories that did not sign on to the pan-Canadian framework on climate change. “Starting next year, it will no longer be free to pollute anywhere in Canada,” Prime Minister Justin ...

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