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Putting sustainability first in Nigeria’s redevelopment

Sustainable building

Nigeria has a lot of infrastructure and housing stock in dire need of renovation. However, with climate change looming and promising to have its impact on all aspects of life, scrutiny has fallen over many developments. The government, along with business and citizens, needs to find ways to develop in a sustainable manner In April, this was exemplified by the ...

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Africa’s certified forest least in the world, study reveals

Nigeria REDD+

The total area of forest certified in Africa is less compared to other regions of the world, a study that was released on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 reveals. Forest certified in Africa is the least compared to other regions of the world. Photo credit: UNDP Cambodia/Chansok Lay/Oddar Meanchey The study that was initiated in 2017 found out that 7,684,980 hectares ...

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Campaigners want legislators to resist industry overtures over tobacco law

Nigeria National Assembly Complex

The Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) and Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) have urged the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, to resist on-going attempts by the tobacco industry to truncate the passage of the draft National Tobacco Control Regulations. The Nigeria National Assembly Complex, Abuja The groups, in a statement ...

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47m Nigerians indulge in open defecation – UNICEF

Pernille Ironside

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said that not less than 47 million Nigerians still indulge in open defecation in the country. UNICEF Nigeria Acting Representative, Pernille Ironside Mr Bioye Ogunjobi, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) specialist of UNICEF, said this in Kano on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at the opening of a two-day media dialogue organised by the ...

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Meat: Friend or foe?

Cattle rearing

This write-up was inspired by an article I read about the future of meat and the possibility of culturing meat in the laboratory. The article got me thinking so I decided to have a discussion with my friends on this issue. The feedback I got was both intriguing and entertaining. This gave me a better grasp of how to navigate ...

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Biodiversity Day: Co-chairs to lead fresh IPBES assessment emerge

Anne Larigauderie

Three leading global experts were on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 announced as the co-chairs of a new and somewhat important assessment by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), of existing knowledge regarding invasive alien species and their control. IPBES Executive Secretary, Anne Larigauderie Professors Helen Roy MBE (United Kingdom), Aníbal Pauchard (Chile) and Peter Stoett (Canada) ...

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Taming Lagos-Apapa gridlock is beyond boastful rhetoric

traffic congestion

“I’d end Apapa gridlock in 60 days in the office” – Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State governor-elect (The PUNCH, Monday, May 20, 2019) Addressing his audience like a typical politician at a “Congratulatory Dinner Reception” organised in his honour (on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the Wheatbaker Hotel in Ikoyi) by his classmates at the Executive Master of Business Administration class, ...

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Nigeria to outlaw use of plastic bags

Plastic bags pollution

The Nigerian House of Representatives has adopted a report on a bill for an act to, among other things, prohibit the use, manufacture and importation of plastic bags for commercial and household packaging. Plastic bags pollution The report was adopted on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at the Committee of Whole presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Rep. Yussuf Lassun (APC-Osun).  ...

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Biodiversity Day: Biodiversity is key to healthy societies – HOMEF


The ecological Think Tank, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), has called for concerted efforts towards the preservation of biodiversity and towards addressing processes which pose as threat to it. There are fears that continued biodiversity loss would result in an decline in forest productivity The Benin City-based organisation made the submission in a statement made available to EnviroNews on ...

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IITA clamours greenhouse gas reduction to mitigate climate change

Dr Saethre May-Guri

The Deputy Director-General, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Research for Development, Dr Saethre May-Guri, has emphasised the need to eliminate greenhouse gases (GHGs) to mitigate the effect of climate change on the African continent. Dr Saethre May-Guri May-Guri gave this advice on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at the 22nd symposium of the International Association of Research Scholars and Fellows (IARSAF), ...

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