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Food movement leaders, groups reject ‘gene drives’

Mariann Bassey

Global food movement leaders and organisations representing hundreds of millions of farmers and food workers in Rome on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 (World Food Day) set out their clear opposition to “gene drives” – a controversial new genetic forcing technology. Their call for a stop to the technology accompanies a new report, “Forcing the Farm”, that appears to lift the ...

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Smoke-free world: Young Nigerian innovators win Conrad Challenge

Whitesands School

A team of four junior school students from Whitesands School in Lekki are the recent winners of the annual Conrad Foundation Spirit of Innovation Challenge Summit held at the Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex, Florida, USA. During the challenge, students were tasked with creating an innovative, marketable product which solves real-world problems and builds a more sustainable world — via the use of STEM. ...

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National Industrial Council to add 4.2 Gigawatts of power to national grid

Dr Okechukwu Enelamah

In a move to ensure optimal use of resources, the Federal Government has commenced moves to deploy underutilised power assets to deliver incremental power to industrial centres and needy communities in the country. Through the coordination of the Nigeria Industrial Policy and Competiveness Advisory Council, the government seeks to generate additional 4.2 Gigawatts of power to the national grid in ...

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Odinkalu, at GOCOP lecture, lists threats to 2019 election


Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, has identified electoral violence, hate speech and political innumeracy as some of the major threats capable of undermining the 2019 general elections. Odinkalu, a Senior Manager, Africa Programme, Open Society Justice Initiative as well as Chair, Advisory Board, Global Rights, said this as Guest Speaker at the Second Annual ...

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Nigeria joins scheme to conserve elephants

elephant ivory

Nigeria has formally joined the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI), a coalition of African countries dedicated to the sustainable conservation of elephants and ending the ivory trade. Nigeria’s Minister of State for the Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril, speaking in London at the Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) Conference, said, “It is our duty to save what we have inherited from our parents ...

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Copenhagen to host C40 Mayors Summit 2019

Copenhagen Denmark

Lord Mayor, Frank Jensen, announced on Friday, October 19, 2018 that the City of Copenhagen in Denmark would host the C40 Mayors Summit in October 2019. Copenhagen was reportedly selected as the host city, for the landmark climate event, by the 17 mayors that make up the C40 Steering Committee. The C40 Mayors Summit, takes place every three years, bringing ...

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350Africa flays Kenyan TV network over pro-Lamu documentary

Lamu coal plant

The Kenyan TV network, NTV, airing of a 26-minute documentary on the Lamu coal plant project and its supposed benefits for the country has been condemned by 350Africa. “This brazen bid at showing support for #CoalingLamu has been met with contempt by many Kenyans. What was meant to be an impartial line of reporting by the channel was marred by ...

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USADF mini-solar powers 145 households, borehole, businesses in Abuja

ADB-rooftop solar

A mini solar power grid funded by United States African Development Foundation (USADF) has provided 145 households in Kigbe community, Abuja with electricity. The grid also extended power to five businesses and a 20,000-litre borehole. The U.S. Embassy in its twitter handle @USEmbassyAbuja on Friday, October 19, 2018 said that the 115-kW project was implemented by a cleantech organisation, Havenhill ...

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Climate finance is about saving lives – Espinosa

Patricia Espinosa

In the light of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) meeting in Bahrain from October 17 to 20, 2018, Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change, Patricia Espinosa, has stressed the importance of a successful outcome of the meeting and the impact it will have on the UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) holding in December in Katowice, Poland. In an address, Ms. Espinosa ...

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NCF partners Lagos to rally for the environment

Muhtari Aminu-Kano

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), in partnership with the Lagos State Government through its Ministry of the Environment, is hosting the 11th edition of the annual “Walk for Nature”. The event holds on Saturday, October 20, 2018. The theme for this year’s edition is ‘Beat Pollution – live a Sustainable Lifestyle’. The choice of this theme is borne out of ...

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