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Expert advocates management of Ecological Fund by independent body

Gully erosion

President, Nigerian Meteorological Society, Prof. Clement Akosile, on Friday, December 21, 2018 called on the Federal Government to allow an independent body to manage the Ecological Fund for greater efficiency. Gully erosion in southeast Nigeria. The Ecological Fund is meant to be channeled to address such ecological challenges Akosile said that professional management of the fund by an independent body would ...

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Scientist says combating fall armyworm in Africa getting complicated


The effort to control the fall armyworm (FAW), a lethal pest that is ravaging food crops, through the application of insecticides is becoming complicated, a scientist warned on Friday, December 21, 2018. Armyworm invasion Sunday Ekesi, Director of Research and Partnership at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), said the adult pest’s habit of being active at ...

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Valuers recommend urban-regeneration scheme to boost housing delivery

Dr Bolarinde Patunola-Ajayi

The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) says Nigeria should adopt the urban-regeneration scheme to boost its housing delivery and overcome its housing deficit. Dr Bolarinde Patunola-Ajayi Its immediate past president, Dr Bolarinde Patunola-Ajayi, made the observation on Friday, December 21, 2018 while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. Patunola-Ajayi said that urban regeneration ...

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EU ministers back 15% emissions cut for lorries, buses

Svenja Schulze

EU environment ministers agreed on Thursday, December 20, 2018 to cut emissions from lorries and buses for the first time ever, by 15 per cent in 2025 and 30 per cent in 2030. German Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze However, one wrinkle came from Germany, the only member state that opted to abstain from the otherwise unanimous vote. Germany – an ...

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Ivory sales ban becomes law in UK

Ivory trafficking

What is widely considered one of the world’s toughest bans on ivory sales became law in the UK on Thursday, December 20 as the Ivory Bill gained Royal Assent to become the Ivory Act 2018. Ivory trafficking. Photo credit: girlegirlarmy.com African countries on the frontline of the elephant poaching crisis have welcomed the new Ivory Bill passed by the UK ...

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GEF Council approves first work programme of new funding cycle

GEF Council Meeting

The 55th Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meeting wrapped up on Thursday, December 20 2018 following the approval of its first work programme under its new, four-year investment cycle, known as GEF-7, and a series of decisions that will firm up its implementation policies and procedures. Delegates at the 55th Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meeting The work programme, made up of 18 different ...

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Biosafety agency not established to stop GMOs, says director

Rufus Ebegba

The leadership of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) says the agency was established to ensure the safety of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), not to stop the product’s dissemination and use. Dr Rufus Ebegba, Director-General and CEO of the the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA). Photo credit: climatereporters.com Dr Rufus Ebegba, the Director-General of the agency, who made this known ...

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Ghanaian media takes on fight against open defecation


To the media, reporting on issues is usually the normal drill. But when media professionals decide to stick out their necks on an issue by taking a stand that borders on advocacy, then they are damn serious and mean business. Toilet facility provided under the Ghana Water and Sanitation Project (GAMA) at the Madina Cluster of Schools in the La ...

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UN General Assembly endorses Global Compact for Migration

Internal migration

The UN General Assembly on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 in New York endorsed the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), the UN Network on Migration said in a statement. Internal migration According to the statement, the GCM was formally adopted with 152 votes in favour and five against while 12 abstained. Welcoming the formal ...

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Scrutinising the Katowice UN climate conference

Katowice COP24

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), in an analysis of the the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that held from December 2 to 14 in Katowice, Poland, examines the rulebook by focusing on key parameters of success, such as: resolution of contentious political issues; delivering ...

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