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Germany, Sierra Leone plan to treat plastic wastes in ships


Institute of Marine Biology and Oceanography, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone are in partnership with Technolog Services Gmbh, Nehlsen Saubere Leistung and Bremen University of Applied Sciences (all in Germany) in the areas of plastic waste recycling. The plastic waste treatment facility is inbuilt in a vessel that will treat wastes in Sierra Leone and other nations on ...

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Rainfall extremes are connected across continents, study finds

China flood

Extreme rainfall events in one city or region are connected to the same kind of events thousands of kilometers away, an international team of experts finds in a study now published in one of the world’s leading scientific journals, Nature. The annual monsoon season is usually accompanied by torrential rainfall in many parts of China They discovered a global connection ...

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Climate-change response: More trees on farms in Southeast Asia

Farmland in Thailand Southeast Asia

As the world grows hotter and the impact of a changing climate becomes increasingly severe, moves are underway in Southeast Asia to put more trees back into the varied landscapes that typify the region. Farmland in Thailand, Southeast Asia The 10-member states that make up the Association of South-East Asian Nations, known as ASEAN, with a combined population of more ...

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Stakeholders call for massive investment in water infrastructure

ERA Water Summit

Stakeholders participating in the National Summit on the Human Right to Water in Abuja on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 called for massive investment in water infrastructure by African governments. L-R: Dr Otive Igbuzor (keynote speaker), Satoko Kishimoto (Transnational Institute), Shayda Naficy (Corporate Accountability) and Nnimmo Bassey (Chair of the board of ERA) and the summit The advice, contained in a ...

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We thoroughly scrutinise GMOs before granting permit – Biosafety agency

Dr Rufus Ebegba

Director-General of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr Rufus Ebegba, says the agency scrutinises all genetically modified organisms (GMOs) before permission is granted for use. Dr Rufus Ebegba Ebegba said this in a statement on Thursday, July 31, 2019 in Abuja to clarify the process of the recent approval granted for the commercialisation of GMO Cowpea. He said that ...

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Our children’s planet: What does their education have to do with climate change?

School children

Our world is very different than our grandparent’s. In 1950, there were about 2.5 billion people; today, there are more than 7 billion. Overall, people are healthier, wealthier, and more secure. School children But this has come at a cost. The stress on our planet has been immense. Human beings have dramatically altered the climate, changed the chemistry of the oceans, ...

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Ogoni clean-up: Stakeholders advocate holistic approach to process

Marvin Dekil

Some stakeholders have called for holistic approach that will hasten the clean-up of Ogoni land and the Niger Delta in Nigeria. Dr Marvin Dekil, National Project Coordinator, Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) They made the call in a communique issued on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 in Abuja at the end of a “High Level Advocacy Workshop on the Clean-up of ...

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Government urged to legislate use of less plastics for manufacturing

Nasiru Idris

A don, Prof. Nasiru Idris, on Thursday, January 31, 2019 urged the Federal Government to legislate the use of less plastics by manufacturers for products packaging to curb plastic waste pollution in the country. Prof Nasiru Idris Idris, who is Dean, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of ...

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Zambia calls for closer collaboration to tackle climate change

Alexander Chiteme

Zambia on Thursday, January 31, 2019 called for closer collaboration among stakeholders to tackle the negative effects of climate change. Alexander Chiteme, Zambia’s Minister for National Development Planning Zambia’s Minister of National Development Planning, Alexander Chiteme, said at a World Bank-led Climate Investment Fund meeting in Morocco. “Collaboration between the public and private sectors is vital in tackling the challenges ...

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Environmentalist decries continuous decline in Nigeria’s forest cover

Izoma Asiodu

An environmentalist, Chief Philip Asiodu, has decried the continuous declining of the Nigeria’s forest cover. NCF President, Izoma Philip Asiodu Asiodu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Thursday, January 31, 2019 that the country’s forest cover was declining rapidly to at least less than four per cent. According to him, some things need to be done ...

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