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Cities, regions, businesses can help countries achieve climate goals – Report

Cities report

Climate commitments by cities, regions and businesses could push countries to over-achieve their emissions reduction goals under the Paris Agreement, giving national leaders more confidence to ramp up efforts to avoid the worst impacts of global warming. The report says that cities, regions and businesses can help countries surpass pledged emission cuts A report released on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 confirms previous ...

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Emerging infectious diseases, Africa’s biggest challenge – Bobadoye

Ayodotun Bobadoye

The Emerging Infectious Diseases phenomenon is one of the biggest challenges facing the African continent today, hence needing a transitionary and holistic approach to be addressed. Dr Ayodotun Bobadoye This is the position of Dr. Ayodotun Bobadoye, the Chief Operating Officer of Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium. Dr. Bobadoye made this known in a recent interview with EnviroNews in Abuja. ...

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Food production: NABDA targets 1m yam seedlings in four months

Prof. Felix Akpa

The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) says it is targeting production of one million yam seedlings in the next four months, using advanced biotechnology to boost food production in the country. Prof. Felix Akpa Prof. Alex Akpa, the Director- General, NABDA, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen at a five-day workshop on Basic Laboratory Training on Living Modified Organisms ...

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UN picks 13-year-old Nigerian student to participate in international conference

Yury Fedotov

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) has selected 13 -year-old Blessing Eijindu of the Battle Axe Academy, Lugbe, Abuja, to participate in the Oct.7 International High-Level Conference in Vienna, Austria. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Mr Marco Teixera, Senior Programme Officer and UNODC’s Global Programme Coordinator, made this known in a ...

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Nigeria, UN-Habitat seek to renew collaboration


Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has commended the UN Human Settlements Programmes (UN-Habitat) for its commitment towards addressing the global challenges of urbanisation. Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) Mrs Boade Akinola, the Director of Press at the ministry, made this known in a statement issued to the newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, September ...

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Re-energised Global Climate Action Portal features country pages

Climate Action Portal infographic

The Global Climate Action portal – previously known as NAZCA (the Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action) – on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 relaunched with a new interactive map and country profile pages. As the portal’s landing page, the map will make it easy for users to navigate cross-sector climate commitments from around the world. An infographic from the Climate ...

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74th UNGA: Nigeria’s Muhammad-Bande takes over as president

UN General Assembly

President of the 73rd UN General Assembly, Ms Maria Espinosa, on Monday, September 16, 2019 handed over to Nigeria’s Muhammad-Bande, who will lead the 74th session of the assembly in the next one year. Muhammad-Bande receives the gavel from his predecessor, Espinosa, at the handover ceremony The ceremony, held inside the General Assembly Hall of the UN headquarters in New ...

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Air pollution hits hazardous levels in Malaysia as forest fires rage


A thick haze from forest fires which have been raging for two weeks sent pollution in Malaysia’s Sarawak to critical levels on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, according to official data. Forest fire in Indonesia The country’s Air Pollution Index (API) indicated that readings of the pollution from the fire in the state in north-west Borneo hit levels of 311 in ...

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Scientists develop instruments for marine biological survey

Marine wildlife

Chinese scientists on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 developed online monitoring instruments for marine biological surveys and tested them in the Bohai Sea and Yellow Sea, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Marine wildlife The instruments were developed by Hefei Institutes of Physical Science under the CAS. A series of instruments with different functions had been developed including those ...

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How GMOs can boost the Nigerian economy

Genetically modified maize

Despite its advantages, there are still opposition to embracing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). The opposition is said to be based on a different perception about GMOs. Genetically modified maize Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopaedia defines GMO as “any organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. “The exact definition of a genetically modified organism and what constitutes genetic ...

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