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Germany decorates schools for commitment to sustainability, climate protection

Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter

Parliamentary State Secretary at Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, has honoured schools with outstanding “student companies” for their commitment to sustainability and climate protection. Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter The award is part of the education project tagged: “StartGreen @ School”, which supports the foundation of sustainable student companies. The project is funded by the National Climate Initiative of the Federal ...

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Names of two very destructive typhoons delisted

Typhoon Rumbia

Two typhoon names – Mangosteen and Rumbia – have been retired, due to the significant damage they caused in 2018, by a typhoon committee. Typhoon Rumbia making a landfall The Typhoon Committee, an intergovernmental body under the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), made the decision at the ongoing 51st session ...

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Scientists urge countries to protect peatlands as part of climate strategies


Countries have been urged to protect vulnerable wetland ecosystems as part of their climate strategies, and to learn from each other’s experiences to sustainably manage them. Tropical peatlands are one of the main carbon sinks in the planet, but are under threat from activities such as agriculture, infrastructures and mining. Peatlands The message is forms the kernel of a research ...

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Former coal lobbyist confirmed as US’ top environmental official

Andrew Wheeler

The US Senate on Thursday, February 28, 2019 approved former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to head the Environmental Protection Agency by a vote of 52 to 47, elevating a veteran of Washington political and industry circles who has advanced President Trump’s push to rollback Obama-era environmental regulations. Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. Photo credit: Reuters/Ting Shen Wheeler, who ...

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American scientists devise ‘greener’ way to recycle plastic bottles

Plastic pollution

American scientists have developed what appears to be a more effective and greener way to recycle the single-use plastics made from a common polyester material. Plastic pollution The greener way to recycle could help protect oceans from plastic waste by jumpstarting the recycled plastics market. The researchers from the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) combined reclaimed polyethylene terephthalate (PET) ...

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China to aid control of desertification in eight countries

Ibrahim Thiaw

China plans to help control desertification along artery roads in eight Central Asian and African countries, said Zhang Jianlong, Director of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration. Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Director of the UNCCD Jianlong said this at a UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) meeting held in Guiyang, capital of southwest China’s Guizhou Province. Discussions are underway as China ...

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Why planning services should be rebranded, by expert

Lekwa Ezutah

President, Association of Town Planning Consultants of Nigeria (ATOPCON), Mr Olaide Afolabi, has called for rebranding of the town planning services and products to enhance the practice of the profession. President of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), Mr Lekwa Ezutah Afolabi, who made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on ...

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Children living near green space less likely to develop mental health disorders – Study

LUFASI Nature Park

Children who grow up near green space have up to 55 per cent less risk of developing various mental disorders later in life, a Danish study suggested. Children at a nature park in Lagos The study was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S. of America. Based on satellite data from 1985 to ...

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Methyl bromide use for crop pest control acceptable in Nigeria – NAQS

Methyl Bromide

The Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) has denied claim by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) that methyl bromide for crop pest control has been phased out. Methyl Bromide Dr Vincent Isegbe, Director-General of NAQS, in a statement on Tuesday, February 27, 2019 in Abuja said that the use of the agro-chemical, methyl bromide, was ...

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Solar energy is the cheapest way to light up Africa, says expert

ADB-rooftop solar

The Executive Director of Power Smart, Mr Deji Sura, says solar energy is the cheapest means to light up Africa and an uninterrupted power supply to homes. Rooftop solar power panels Sura, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, said mobile phones, which had been widely successful in Africa, changed the demand ...

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