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NCF, Parks Service in tree planting scheme in Edo schools

Nigerian Conservation Foundation

The need to build the culture of tree planting and re-greening the environment has informed the emergence of a tree planting project in Udo community, Ovia South-West Local Government Area, Edo State. Participants at the programme The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) in partnership with National Parks Service (NPS) has embarked on fruit trees planting in some selected community schools in ...

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Reviewing Nigeria’s cassava policies to meet international competitiveness

cassava

The Presidential Initiative on Cassava, launched in 2003 during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, was designed to promote cassava as a viable foreign exchange earner for Nigeria. Cassava farming Then President Goodluck Jonathan sustained the programme by launching the cassava flour initiative. The progamme was meant to bring to the fore, the potential of cassava cultivation and to ...

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EU commits €10m on solar energy for hospitals in Adamawa

Solar panels at Ngambe Council

The European Union (EU) will spend €10 million (Over N4 billion) in providing solar energy to some health facilities in Adamawa State, the EU Head of Cooperation, Mr Kurt Cornelis, has said. Solar panels The EU official made this known during the launch of the project in Yola, the state capital, on Friday, July 26, 2019. He said: “We are ...

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National Parks arrests poacher, warns trespassers

Ibrahim Goni

The National Parks Service says it has arrested a poacher with no fewer than 20 pieces of wildlife trophies of different species also known as bush meat at the Gashaka Gumti National Park in Taraba State. Alhaji Ibrahim Goni, Conservator-General of the National Parks Service Yakubu Zull, Media Assistant to the Conservator-General, National Parks Service, who disclosed this in a ...

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Fresh heatwave hits Europe

Europe heatwave

For the second time in less than one month, Europe is witnessing a widespread and intense heatwave, with many new maximum and minimum temperature records, disruption to transport and infrastructure and stress on people’s health and the environment.  Tourists in Rome struggle in the heat. Photo credit: AFP/Getty Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands saw new national temperature records, as temperatures passed ...

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GMOs don’t increase crop yield – Bassey

HOMEF CSOs Dialogue

Claims that genetically modifies organisms (GMOs) will be the main way to feed the world is mere propaganda. Participants at the Dialogue This was the submission by Nnimmo Bassey, Director of the Health of Mother Health Foundation (HOMEF), during a forum on July 25, 2019 in Benin City, Edo State. At a Dialogue on Food and Farming System in Nigeria ...

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NEMA alerts on impending flood in states adjoining Niger, Benue rivers

River Niger

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has alerted some state governments on the impending flood disasters especially those along Rivers Benue and Niger. Th River Niger Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Maihaja, disclosed this when he received the Deputy Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Ahmed Ketso, in his office, on Thursday, July 25, 2019 in Abuja. He said that the ...

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Namibia to ban plastic bags by 2022

Plastic bags pollution

Namibia is set to ban the use of plastic bags by 2022, the Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, said on Thursday, July 25, 2019. Plastic bags pollution Shifeta said that the decision was to reduce pollution and safeguard the environment. The minister said that plastics had become eyesore to the country’s environment, affecting the ecosystem. The official said ...

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NiMet to advance sustainable socio-economic activities

Sani Marshi

Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) says it will intensify effort to effectively support sustainable socio-economic activities in the country. Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of NiMet, Prof. Sani Mashi NiMet Director General, Prof. Sani Mashi, said this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, July 25, 2019 in Abuja. According to the DG, large number of critical sections ...

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Scientists seek to use weather radar to monitor health of insects

Insects

A team of researchers are developing a new tool through which they can monitor the health of insect population using weather radars, according to a study released on Thursday, July 25, 2019 by the British University of Leeds. Insects Dr Christopher Hassall, a member of the BioDAR team from the University of Leeds’ School of Biology, said this in London. ...

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