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UN to spotlight linkages between population, SDGs efforts

Nigeria Population

Recognising that the size, structure and distribution of the world’s population has profound implications for the global effort to promote sustainable development, countries will assess the latest population trends, policies and programmes at the Commission on Population and Development from April 1 to 5 at UN Headquarters in New York. Nigeria’s population is said to be equivalent to 2.55% of ...

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Govt to transform Lagos Marina car parks to world class waterfront

Lagos Marina car park

The Marina car parks in Lagos would soon be transformed into a scenic waterfront through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement to boost leisure, tourism and hospitality activities in the country’s commercial capital. Lagos Marina car park Mr Chidi Izuwah, Director-General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), disclosed this to newsmen after inspecting the proposed project site in Lagos on Thursday, ...

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Monsanto ordered to pay man $80m in weed-killer cancer trial

Roundup weed killer

A court on Thursday, March 28, 2019 ordered Monsanto to pay a U.S. man $80.3 million in damages after a jury determined that the agro-chemical company’s weed killer product “Roundup” contributed to his cancer. A farm is treated with a weed-killer The Federal Jury in San Francisco ruled that Monsanto, a unit of German agriculture and pharmaceuticals company Bayer, was ...

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Guinness, WaterAid inaugurate ‘Water of Life’ project in Kebbi

Guinness and WaterAid

As part of its “Water of Life” project, Guinness Nigeria Plc partnered with WaterAid Nigeria to provide a solar powered water facility in the D’ka community of Wasagu LGA, Kebbi State with the goal of ensuring sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), while helping people take action to improve their health and well-being. L-R: Lawal Gwandu, Director Water ...

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How to tackle irrigation management issues in Africa, by experts


Irrigation specialists from across Africa on Thursday, March 28, 2019 converged on the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Oyo State, to discuss irrigation management issues and ways to improve its practices in Africa. Irrigation in Eritrea. Photo credit: The symposium, titled: “Irrigation and Water Resources Management (IWRM), for agriculture: achieving impact for Africa”, was organised by ...

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Gombe fishermen cry out over increasing attacks by hippopotamus


Fishermen in Dadin Kowa community of Yamaltu/Deba Local Government Area, Gombe State, have cried out over increasing attacks on them by hippopotamus. Hippopotamus Malam Sa’adu Adamu, leader of the fishermen in the area, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)) in Gombe, the state capital, on Thursday, March 28, 2019 that the daily attacks by the dreaded animal is affecting their ...

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Top EU court backs Germany on renewable energy surcharge rebates

Solar panels

Discounts on a German renewable energy surcharge for large manufacturers are compatible with EU rules on state aid, the EU’s top court ruled on Thursday, March 28, 2019. Renewable energy: Solar panels on rooftop The case concerns a 2012 German law that imposes a surcharge on consumers and manufacturers to help finance renewable energy development, effectively by providing a price-support ...

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NEMA seeks adequate funding, equipment for swift response to disasters

Mustapha Maihaja

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is asking for adequate funding and equipment from stakeholders to enable it to carry out swift intervention and response to disasters in the country. Mustapha Maihaja, Director General, NEMA Managing Director of the agency, Dr Mustapha Maihaja, made the demand in Lokoja, Kogi State, on Thursday, March 26 while speaking at the 2019 first ...

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Moistureless cloud stalls Sri Lanka’s artificial rain project


Sri Lanka’s Power and Energy Ministry on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 said it had halted the artificial rain project in drought-hit areas due to the lack of cloud with moisture. Clouds General Manager of the Ceylon Electricity Board, S. D. W. Gunawardana, said that the success of its pilot project, carried out above the Maussakelle Reservoir in the Central Province ...

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Coal drove global CO2 increase of 1.7% in 2018 – IEA

China plant

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), energy demand worldwide grew by 2.3% in 2018, its fastest pace this decade, driving up global energy-related CO2 emissions by 1.7% compared to the year before. Coal-fired power plant in China emitting greenhouse gases Fossil fuels met nearly 70% of the growth for the second year running. Solar and wind generation grew at ...

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