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Cadbury destroyed over 25,000ha of orangutan habitat, report alleges


A new report by Greenpeace has found that Mondelēz International has destroyed over 25,000 hectares of orangutan habitat in Indonesia. The company, responsible for Cadbury, Cadbury Roses and Oreo, is one of the biggest buyers of palm oil. A Greenpeace-led investigation has found that, between 2015 and 2017, 22 of Mondelez palm oil suppliers cleared 70,000 hectares of rain forest. ...

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Clean energy need to grow faster for Paris goals

China plant

If electricity markets continue to depend on coal-fired power plants – which today account for a third of CO2 emissions – or gas-fired power plants, countries will not be able to meet the long-term climate objectives of the Paris Agreement, the International Energy Agency (IEA) was warned. In a recent World Energy Outlook 2018 report, the IEA examines the impact of ...

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Bonga oil spill: Government urged to prevail on Shell to pay $3.6bn fine

Oil spill pollution

Artisanal fishermen in the Niger Delta, affected by the Dec. 2011 Bonga oil spill, have urged the Federal Government to compel Shell to pay the $3.6 billion fine for the spill. Rev Samuel Ayadi, Coordinator, Niger Delta zone, Artisana Fishermen Association of Nigeria, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State ...

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Biotech can’t resolve every farming associated problem, say experts


Whenever agricultural related stakeholders, particularly farmers, are invited to a workshop or forum, they attend in great anticipation – to get answers to all kinds of problems plaguing their activities. So, at one such forums in Cape Coast organised by the Ghana Chapter of the Open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) in Africa, one farmer came with the hope of ...

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Sahel needs $157bn annually to meet SDGs – Mohammed

Amina Mohammed

UN Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Amina Mohammed, says an estimated $157 billion is needed annually to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Sahel region. Mohammed stated this in her remarks to the Annual Session of the Peace building Commission with the theme: “Peace building and Sustaining Peace in the Sahel Region”. The UN deputy chief said the Sahel offered ...

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Firm urges local farmers to cultivate Vitamin-A fortified maize

corn field

An agricultural firm, Value Seeds Ltd., has urged local farmers to cultivate Vitamin A fortified seeds to boost nutritious diet and food security in the country. Spokesperson for the firm, Ms Mercy Essien, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 in Lagos. Essien said that the cultivation of hybrid ...

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Government restates commitment to ending open defecation

Ibrahim Usman Jibril

The Federal Government says it is committed to addressing the sanitation challenges including ending open defecation in the country and ensuring proper management of excreta. Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril, the Minister of State for Environment, said this at the 2018 World Toilet Day Ministerial Press Briefing on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 in Abuja. The minister, who was represented by the Permanent ...

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Completing abandoned water projects paramount, says government

suleiman adamu kazaure

The Federal Government on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 said the completion of all abandoned water projects in the country was paramount to the overall goal of improving access to potable water in the country. Mr Suleiman Adamu, the Minister of Water Resources, said this at the opening of the 2018 Media Week to highlight achievements of the administration in the ...

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Don attributes agric problems in Nigeria, Africa to climate change


An academic, Prof. Olubunmi Omotesho, on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 said the problems of agriculture in Nigeria and Africa could be attributed mainly to climate change. Omotesho, who is of the University of Ilorin, made this known at a two-day Policy Dialogue on Crop/Livestock Integration, organised by Synergos Nigeria, in collaboration with other stakeholders in Abuja. He said that climate ...

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Woodlots establishment: Cross River commends communities for donating lands

Gov Ben Ayade

An official of the Cross River State Government, Dr Edu Effiom, on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 commended communities that voluntarily donated lands for the establishment of woodlots in the state. Effiom, the state’s Focal Person for the Project, made the commendation while conducting the project’s Steering Committee round some of the plantations in Calabar Municipality. Wikipedia defines a woodlot as a parcel ...

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