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Climate change: Forestry, agroforestry organisations merge

Claire O’Connor

Innovation and investments worth trillions of dollars in landscape restoration, climate adaptation and science-based policy advice will be needed if the global community is to meet the escalating threats posed by climate change. To meet these demands, the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF), also known as World Agroforestry, the two leading organisations focused on ...

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What is at stake as COP24 opens


Tense negotiations on guidelines to implement the Paris Agreement are likely to chart a path forward in terms of process but roadblocks remain in the way of the transformation required to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C and avert climate chaos Apart from the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate ...

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Buhari leaves for Poland to attend climate change conference

Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari departs Abuja on Saturday, December 1, 2018 for Katowice, Poland, to attend the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, who made the revelation in a statement on Friday, revealed that the COP holds from ...

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Council calls for community policing to avoid adulterated seeds

National Agricultural Seed Council

The National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) has called for community policing to assist the council get rid of adulterated and fake seeds in the market. Dr Philip Ojo, the Director-General, NASC, made the call on Thursday, November 29, 2018 during the NASC Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) meeting at the council’s headquarters, Sheda, Gwagwalada (FCT). “The business of getting rid of ...

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Institute urges Nigerians to be educated on disaster management

Mustapha Maihaja

Registrar, Institute of Disaster Management and Safety Science (IDMSS), Mr Ochagwuba Edwin, says Nigerians need specialised education to ensure   meaningful improvement for response to disaster management and security. Edwin told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bwari in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Thursday, November 29, 2018 while speaking during the institute’s 2018 Induction and Award Ceremony. He ...

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Beijing issues yellow alert for heavy air pollution


Beijing issued a yellow alert on Friday, November 30, 2018 for heavy air pollution as a round of smog will hit the city at the weekend, local authorities have said. “A series of m easures will be taken from Saturday, including the suspension of a number of outdoor construction operations. “The restriction of heavy-polluting vehicles, and the production halt or ...

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Congo Ebola outbreak becomes second-worst in history, says IRC


The International Rescue Committee on Friday, November 30, 2018 said an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo has become the second-worst in history. “As of today, the outbreak has seen 426 cases of infection, 245 deaths, with a case fatality rate of 57 per cent,’’ the U.S. humanitarian organisation said in a statement. The ...

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Harmattan: Park Service campaigns on dangers of bush burning

Ibrahim Goni

Conservator-General of the Service National Park Service, Alhaji Ibrahim Goni, says the service will soon embark on campaign against bush burning during the dry season. Goni made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday, November 30, 2018. According to him, the campaign has become necessary following the onset of the harmattan season, stressing that some herdsmen ...

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Xi calls for long-term efforts to strengthen green ecological barrier in North China

Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for long-term input, an innovative approach to consolidate and develop the green ecological barrier in North China. Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks as he gave instructions on the construction of the Three-North Shelterbelt Forest Programme. “The ...

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China pollution cover-ups tagged ‘extremely stupid’

China pollution

Attempts by Chinese companies and local governments to conceal pollution violations are “extremely stupid” and will not succeed, China’s environment ministry said on Friday, November 30, 2018 after a spate of cover-ups in the country. Now in the fifth year of its war on pollution, China has struggled to enforce its environmental laws and Beijing wants market regulators, graft watchdogs, ...

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