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EU lawmakers to vote on single-use plastic ban

European Parliament

The European Union is expected to ban single-use plastic products, a growing problem in the world’s oceans, after a vote by EU lawmakers on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. The European Parliament The ban, which would take effect in 2021, targets the top 10 disposable plastic products that wash up on European shores, if consumers have alternatives. In practice, this regulation ...

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Shell to power 700,000 homes with renewable energy

Colin Crooks

Shell, the British-Dutch oil and gas company, has revealed that it will power 700,000 homes with renewable energy. Colin Crooks, CEO of Shell Energy Retail Ltd A year after Royal Dutch Shell acquired First Utility, it has now rebranded the company as Shell Energy and, in doing so, switched all customers to 100 per cent renewable energy. Renewable energy will ...

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Indonesia threatens exit from Paris accord over palm oil dispute

Palm oil plantation

Indonesia on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 threatened to quit the Paris accord on climate change if the European Union went ahead with a plan to bar the use of crude palm oil (CPO) for bio-fuel, a senior minister said. A palm oil plantation The move came after the European commission passed delegated acts classifying CPO as a product that was ...

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Ekiti targets 85% potable water coverage

Kayode Fayemi

The Ekiti State Government on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 reiterated its commitment to meeting 85 percent of the daily requirement of potable water for residents of the state. Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities, Olumide Ajayi, announced this at the inauguration of water supply facilities constructed under the Phase Three (EU-WSSSRRPIII) Water ...

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Bayelsa installs environmental degradation commission, names Kufour member

Seriake Dickson

The Bayelsa State Government has inaugurated International Commission of Inquiry on Environmental Degradation to combat incessant crude oil spills in the state. Seriake Henry Dickson, Governor of Bayelsa State Gov. Seriake Dickson inaugurated the commission entitled: “The Bayelsa State Environmental Degradation Commission of Inquiry” on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 in Yenagoa, the state capital. Dickson announced that the former President ...

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Lagos varsity students develop software to unmask human traffickers

UNILAG students

After 29-hours of coding marathon, three students of the University of Lagos have developed the software to unmask human traffickers, track, rescue and rehabilitate victims while also creating awareness about the odious industry. The winning team of UNILAG students: L-R: Eyitayo Ogunbiyi, Chukwudumebi Onwuli and David Popoola The students emerged winners of #Hackathon4Justice event organised in Lagos between March 22 ...

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Biosafety agency restates need to regulate emerging technologies

NBMA public hearing

The Director General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba, has called for the strict regulation of new and emerging aspects of the application of modern biotechnology. Director General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba, at the Public Hearing Dr. Ebegba in a submission on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 to the Public Hearing organised by the House ...

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Four Nigerians among IPCC Working Group III authors meeting in Scotland

Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke

Four Nigerian scientists are part of a team of experts from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that will meet in Edinburgh, United Kingdom from April 1 to 5, 2019 to launch their work on the Working Group III contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). UK-based Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke of the University of Reading More than 180 authors ...

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Group urges govt to dismiss bill seeking to expand scope of biosafety agency

Nigeria National Assembly Complex

Environmental/ecological think tank and advocacy organisation, the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), has called on the House Committee on Environment and Habitat to dismiss the proposed bill to expand the scope of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) Act to include evolving aspects of biotechnology such as gene drives, gene editing and synthetic biology. The Nigeria National Assembly Complex, ...

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Destructive Cyclone Idai rings ‘alarm bell’ on climate change – UN

Cyclone Idai

Cyclone Idai that left 1.85 million people in need of assistance in Mozambique is a catastrophe that UN Chief, Antonio Guterres, said on Tuesday, Monday 26, 2019 rang “yet another alarm bell about the dangers of climate change.” Cyclone Idai lays waste to parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi Guterres described Idai, which flattened homes and caused massive flooding after slamming ...

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