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Government investigates alleged trafficking of pangolin scales, ivory tusks

Ivory trafficking

The Nigerian government has initiated investigations into the seizure by the Vietnamese Customs Service‎ of over 2,500 kilogrammes of pangolin scales and 600 kilogrammes of ivory tusks. Also being investigated are seizures by the Hong Kong Custom Service of 8,200 kilogrammes of pangolin scales and 2,000 kilogrammes of ivory said to have originated from the Apapa seaport in Lagos. Ivory trafficking. Photo credit: Minister of ...

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Women worst-hit by impact of climate change – Experts

Women farmers

Experts have called for concerted efforts from the international communities, regional bodies and other stakeholders to manage risks of climate change on women. Climate change impacts on smallholder and subsistence women farmers They made the call at a session on “Addressing the Gender Dimensions of Climate Change and Security’’ at the Planetary Security Conference at the Hague. The experts insisted ...

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Women urged to invest in waste management business

Waste disposal

An expert in waste management, Mrs Sade Nubi, has called on women at various levels to embrace and invest in the waste management business to add value to their livelihood. Waste disposal and management has posed a major challenge to authorities in Lagos and other major cities in Nigeria Nubi, an engineer with Works and Physical Planning Department of the ...

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UN appoints legal luminary, Joy Ezeilo, member of Civil Society Advisory Board

Prof. Joy Ezeilo

The United Nations has appointed Prof Joy Ezeilo as a member of seven distinguished experts to serve on the newly established Civil Society Advisory Board on prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse. Prof. Joy Ezeilo Ezeilo confirmed the appointment in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Ezeilo, who is ...

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How weather affects Nigeria’s electoral processes, by environmentalist

Helicopter crash

An environmentalist, Mr Toyin Oshaniwa, has said that weather could play a fast one on the electoral process in Nigeria. Oshaniwa, founder of Nature Cares Resources Centre, a not-for-profit organisation, said in Lagos on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 that the year’s electoral process had in one way or another sparked surprises due to weather conditions. Owners of the helicopter that ...

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AfDB commences electricity cooperative feasibility studies in Nigeria, Ethiopia

Batchi Baldeh

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has kicked off a feasibility study to explore the potential of electricity cooperative business models in Nigeria and Ethiopia. The effort is said to be part of the bank’s goal of achieving universal electricity access across Africa by 2025. Currently, power shortages diminish the region’s GDP growth by 2-4% per year, holding back job creation ...

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Corals need 9 to 12 yrs to fully recover from bleaching, study finds

Coral reef

Corals need nine to 12 years to fully recover following large environmental disturbances such as mass bleaching and storm damage, researchers from Australia’s Southern Cross University said in a paper published on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Coral reef Corals are marine invertebrates within the class Anthozoa of the phylum Cnidaria. They typically live in compact colonies of many identical individual ...

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Rice farmers flag-off 2019 dry season farming


The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 flagged-off its multi-billion-naira 2019 dry season rice farming. Rice farming RIFAN President, Aminu Goroyo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) during the flag-off in Abuja that the project was executed under the Central Bank on Nigeria (CBN) Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP). The president, however, said that the ...

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Saint Lucia ratifies Minamata Convention, Parties prepare for COP3

Rossana Silva Repetto

The Government of Saint Lucia has deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the most recent Party to the Minamata Convention. The Eastern Caribbean island nation made the deposit on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, to bring to 102 the number of Parties to the mercury pact. Rossana Silva Repetto, Executive Secretary, Minamata Convention on Mercury. Photo credit: IISD Reporting Services ...

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Nigerians urged to plant four trees to replace one

Haruna Ayuba

Prof. Haruna Ayuba of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, has called on Nigerians to plant a minimum of four trees to replace one, in order to manage the impact of climate change. Prof. Haruna Ayuba Ayuba, a Professor of Environmental Science, made the call on the sidelines of the Planetary Security Conference at The Hague, Netherlands on Tuesday, February 19, ...

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