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Biosafety agency warns importers of GM grains to abide by law

Dr Rufus Ebegba

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has warned all seed and grain importers to abide by the biosafety laws guiding importation of Genetically Modified (GM) grains or face the law. Dr Rufus Ebegba, Director General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) Dr Rufus Ebegba, the Director-General, NBMA, gave the warning on the sidelines of the GM Commodity Trade Consultative Forum in ...

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Ogun plans waste management reforms for cleaner environment

Dapo Abiodun

The Ogun State Government, on Thursday, October 31, 2019 announced plans to launch a “clean-up” initiative, as part of efforts to maintain hygienic environment in the state. Gov Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State The Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tokunbo Talabi, disclosed this in Abeokuta during a meeting with officials of the state Ministry of Environment and members of ...

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More reactions trail suspension of COP25 in Chile


The decision by the Chilean government on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 to back out of hosting the 25th UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) scheduled for December has continued to attract comments from stakeholders, who hold divergent views over the somewhat unexpected development. Santiago, Chile In a statement issued on Thursday, October 31, Executive Director of, May Boeve, said: “The ...

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EU members on course for 2020 greenhouse gas emission target

European Parliament

The EU is on course to achieve its 2020 target of reducing greenhouse gases by one fifth, amid slight cuts in emissions in 2018, the bloc’s environmental agency said on Thursday. The European Parliament Greenhouse gas emissions blamed for climate change are down two per cent in 2018, according to preliminary data from member states compiled by the Copenhagen-based European ...

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Youth, women, smallholders join global cry for climate justice, landscape restoration

GLF 2019

The stirring lyrics of We Shall Overcome became the battle hymn of Global Landscapes Forum Accra 2019 as smallholder producers, women, youth and academics rose up to call for shared solutions to the worldwide climate crisis and successful landscape restoration. Desmond Alugnoa, co-founder of the Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO) participates during the Global Landscapes Forum Accra 2019 Plenary: Sparking A Mass ...

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Africa to push for dental amalgam phase out at Minamata Convention COP3


The African region has put its weight behind a proposal that seeks an amendment to Annex A to the Minamata Convention on Mercury by moving dental amalgam from Part ll to Part l of Annex A. The region has also said it needs more financial support to implement its obligation under the Convention particularly in introducing alternatives to the use ...

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No COP in Chile: Matters arising – Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey

In a short statement dated Wednesday, October 30, 2019, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, notified the world of the decision of the government of Chile not to host the 25th session of the United Nations Climate Change Conference popularly known as COP. Nnimmo Bassey, Director of Health of Mother Earth ...

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Nigerian, Damilola Ogunbiyi, emerges new CEO of SEforALL

Damilola Ogunbiyi

The Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) has said that Damilola Ogunbiyi, current Managing Director of the Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency (REA), has been selected as the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Damilola Ogunbiyi The news, which was broken on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, followed United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres announcing the appointment of Ogunbiyi as his Special Representative for Sustainable Energy ...

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Chile cancels COP25 climate meeting amid wave of protests

Sebastian Pinera

Chile withdrew on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 as the host of the 25th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP25) to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), scheduled to hold in Santiago from December 2 to 13. Chilean President, Sebastian Pinera. Photo credit: AFP / CLAUDIO REYES The abrupt move, which appears to have thrown the COP25 ...

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Climate change can pose danger to Nigeria, if not tackled – ICEED

Nigeria flood

The International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED) says climate change represents a clear and present danger to the future of Nigeria’s development, if not well tackled. Flooding: Climate change is said to pose a risk to the future of Nigeria’s development. Photo credit: AFP / Sodiq Adelakun Mr Ewah Eleri, the Executive Director of ICEED, made this known ...

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