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Closure of Tiga Dam poses threat to tomato policy – Stakeholders


Some stakeholders in the tomato industry have expressed concern that the one-month closure of Tiga Dam in Kano State will adversely affect the production of tomatoes. The stakeholders expressed their concerns in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 in Lagos. They said the closure of the dam would cause the price of ...

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Trump administration bars oil drilling off Florida after governor’s plea

Off-shore oil drilling

President Donald Trump’s administration will not allow drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Florida after a plea from the state governor, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, said. “I support the governor’s position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver,” Zinke said in a statement. “As a result of discussion ...

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Germans urged to reduce meat consumption to meet climate goals

Meat packaging

Environmentalists have urged Germans to eat half as much meat as they currently do, in order to meet climate goals. The organisations said as they presented the “Meat Atlas 2018’’ in Berlin on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 that, without a reduction in meat consumption and animal numbers, it would also be impossible for Germany to ensure the conservation of many ...

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Government to sensitise communities on effect of land degradation


The Federal Ministry of Environment says it will start sensitising communities on the effects of land degradation across the country. Mr Bala Gukut, the Deputy Director, Drought and Desertification Amelioration Department, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 in Abuja. He said that the federal government had set up a working committee on ...

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Ministry intensifies public awareness campaign on climate change

suleiman adamu kazaure

The Federal Ministry of Water Resources is intensifying its public awareness campaign on the effects of climate change on water resources development in the country. Mr Mukaila Babarinde, the Head of Climate Change Unit in the ministry, made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. He said that geographical ...

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Zambia suspends passport issuance in capital due to cholera outbreak

Lusaka, Zambia

The Zambian Government on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 placed a temporary suspension on issuance of passports and national identity cards in Lusaka, the country’s capital, following an outbreak of cholera. Minister of Home Affairs, Stephen Kampyongo, said the suspension was necessitated by the escalating cases of cholera in the city. According to him, the suspension is also in line with ...

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Images: Faces at Federal Environment Ministry’s 2018 Management Retreat

Ibrahim Usman Jibril

The 2018 Management Retreat for Directors and Heads of Agencies and Projects of the Federal Ministry of Environment holds in Kaduna, Kaduna State from Monday, January 8 to Wednesday, January 10, 2018. The event has “Re-dedication to the implementation of Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)” as its theme. The retreat is being held with the ...

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One million farmers grow bio-fortified crops in Nigeria

bio-fortified crop

The Country Manager of Harvestplus, Dr Paul Ilona, says over one million small holder farmers grow bio-fortified food crops in Nigeria. Ilona disclosed this recently in Ibadan, Oyo State, during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Harvestplus is an international agriculture organisation. He said that no fewer than six million people consumed more nutritious foods from bio-fortified ...

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Weather disasters cost U.S. record $306b in 2017 – NOAA


Weather and climate-related disasters cost the U.S. a record $306 billion in 2017, the third-warmest year on record, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Monday, January 9, 2018. The report from the federal agency underscores the economic risks of climate change, even as President Donald Trump’s administration casts doubts on the causes of it and has ...

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Women-only parking spaces spark controversy in China

woman parking

A women-only, extra-wide parking spaces appears to have sparked debate on sexism on social media in China. The parking spots at the Jiande and Tonglu highway service areas in east China’s Zhejiang Province are 1.5 times the size of normal spaces, with the color and icon indicating “women only.” “It’s significantly larger, and I find it a very considerate design,” ...

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