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5,000 lawsuits filed against Bayer weedkiller pesticide in three months

Roundup weed killer

German chemicals giant, Bayer, is facing 5,000 more lawsuits in the U.S. against its subsidiary Monsanto due to its potentially carcinogenic pesticide Roundup, the company said on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. A farm is treated with a weed-killer The 5,000 additional lawsuits were filed in the last three months, bringing the total number of charges against the company to 18,400, ...

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Ondo solar power beneficiaries to pay N500 monthly billing

Oluwarotimi Akeredolu

Beneficiaries of the stand-alone solar power in Upare and Igbobini communities in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State are to pay N200 to N500 monthly billing per household. Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State The decision was reached on Monday, July 29, 2019 at stakeholders’ meetings held in each of the communities with officials of Office of Public Utilities ...

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Nigeria joins initiative to protect pollinators, endorses action plan


Nigeria has taken a major step towards developing a pathway for pollinator protection by aligning with a global initiative to make the dream a reality. An action plan to that effect has subsequently been reviewed and adopted. Mr Sikiru Tiamiyu of the Forestry Department in the Federal Ministry of Environment signing the Declaration History was made on Thursday, July 25, ...

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GMOs: Why we should protect our land, food security


For every time Stanley Meets Mutesa  as described by David Ribadu, from the pre-colonial days till recently, the story ends with Africa opening up her doors to episodes of exploitation. The first is mental exploitation; making us believe we have a problem and the West has the key to solving them with all holy intention. Critics fear genetically modified foods ...

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Unsustainable fishing, hunting drive iconic species to extinction

Rhino Rays

Overfishing has pushed two families of rays to the brink of extinction, while hunting for bushmeat and habitat loss have led to the decline of seven primate species, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Unsustainable fishing is driving the Rhino Rays to extinction The update also reveals further evidence of the perilous state ...

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MDAs charged on climate mitigation projects for third Green Bond

Dr Peter Tarfa

The Federal Ministry of Environment has charged Ministry, Department and Agencies (MDAs) to identify projects that could be funded by Green Bond (GB) to mitigate negative effects of climate change in Nigeria. Dr Peter Tarfa, Director, Department of Climate Change, Federal Ministry of Environment, gives welcome remarks as dignitaries like Mrs Ibukun Odusote, Permanent Secretary of the ministry; Dr Amos ...

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Govt commits to provision of water, sanitation

Kaduna community

The Federal Government has expressed commitment to the provision of adequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in the country. Children of Unguwan Gandu Zuntu, Kubau Local Government Area of Kaduna State fetching water from a handpump borehole provided by SHAWN II Project in the community Mrs Comfort Ekaro, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, said this at ...

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Comoros ratifies Minamata Convention as 111th Party

Azali Assoumani

The Government of the Union of the Comoros on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 111th Party to the Minamata Convention. Azali Assoumani, President of the Comoros The volcanic archipelago state off Africa’s east coast about six years ago on October 10, 2013 signed the treaty. The number of Signatories to date stands at 128. Montenegro ...

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Stakeholders examine messages from IPCC 1.5 °C report at Accra forum


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in collaboration with the African Academy of Science (AAS) and the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resource in Africa (UNU-INRA), has hosted a forum to explore the significance and implications of the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C for Africa. Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke of the International Climate and Development Centre ...

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Climate crisis: Why I want to strike

School climate strike

Young people are leading the way on climate change, and governments need to pay attention. Olumide Idowu, co-founder of ICCDI Africa, underlines the need for urgent climate action in these poetic lines A school climate strike I want to strike because our leaders haven’t acknowledged, prioritised, or properly addressed the climate crisis. I want to strike because marginalised communities across Nigeria – ...

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