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Rotary tasks stakeholders on effort to end polio by 2020

Polio immunisation

Rotary International Polio Ambassador to Nigeria, Sir Emeka Offor, has charged stakeholders to continue to work hard and collaborate to ensure that the successes recorded in the fight against polio over the years are sustained. Polio immunisation in Nigeria. Photo credit: comminit.com He gave the charge while responding to questions from journalists during the celebration of the World Polio Day in ...

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Group wants SDGs study included in schools’ curriculum

Sustainable Development Goals

Founder of DEAN initiative, Mr Semiye Michael, has called for inclusion of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) study in schools curriculum to educate students on societal issues to achieve  the goals. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Michael said this during an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, October 24, 2019 in Abuja. “Our school curriculum has to change to ...

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Biosafety agency assures Nigerians of safely regulated GMOs

Dr Rufus Ebegba

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has assured Nigerians that the agency is ensuring all Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) pass all safety regulations before being released into the environment. Dr Rufus Ebegba, Director General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) Dr Rufus Ebegba, the Director General (NBMA) gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in ...

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Single-use plastics ban tagged a lazy approach to waste management

Plastic pollution

The Polymer Institute of Nigeria (PIN) has described the move by the National Assembly to ban single-use plastics in the country as a “lazy man’s approach” to the climate emergency. Volunteers with Greenpeace Philippines clean up a heavily polluted beach in Manila. Photo credit: DW.com PIN President, Prof.  Paul Mamza, stated this during its 30th Technical Conference and Annual General ...

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Firm introduces eco-friendly steel drums to fight climate change

Dr Peter Tarfa

A manufacturing firm, Pacegate Ltd., says it has introduced an eco-friendly steel drum with the aim to fight climate change and promote green environment. Dr Peter Tarfa, Director, Department of Climate Change (DCC) in the Federal Ministry of Environment Its Managing Director, Mr Umesh Amarnani, told newsmen in Lagos on Thursday, October 24, 2019 that the steel drum was suitable ...

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Tiger siblings rescued in Germany relocated to South Africa

Bengal tigers

The Four Paws animal welfare organisation said on Thursday, October 24, 2019 that two tigers rescued in Germany have been moved to a sanctuary in South Africa. The tiger The tigers are expected to spend the rest of their lives at the sanctuary because they cannot be released into the wild. “Sadly, the story of Bela and Sharuk is one ...

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France has breached air pollution limits – EU court

air Pollution

France has systematically and persistently breached European Union (EU) limits for nitrogen dioxide, a pollutant generated mainly by diesel car exhausts, the EU top court ruled on Thursday, October 24, 2019. Vehicular traffic is a major source of air pollution in Europe The European Commission had taken France to the European Court of Justice in 2015 for failing to bring ...

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Seven ways to participate in the IPCC, by Okereke

Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke

In this final article of this series on the IPCC, I want to conclude by laying out the seven ways through which individuals, groups, and nations can participate in the work of the IPCC. Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke delivering the keynote address Previous articles have already explained the structure and process of the IPCC and made the point that the IPCC ...

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Crusaders urge Sanwo-Olu not to privatise Lagos water

Lagos water privatisation

Civil society, labour and grassroots groups have demanded that Governor Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State should halt its plans to privatise water. L-R: Comrade Abiodun Bakare, NLC Lagos Chapter Secretary; Achike Chude of Joint Action Front; Philip Jakpor of ERA/FoEN; and Comrade Taiwo Opaleye, AUPCTRE Branch Chairman Lagos State Council, during the briefing The campaigners, who made the submission ...

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Addressing environmental causes of Nigeria’s pregnancy problems

Preeclampsia

For all of Nigeria’s social and health progress over the past few decades, there remains a significant problem in the care of pregnant women. According to new statistics reported in the US-based Borgen Magazine, approximately 40,000 women die from pregnancy-related causes every year in Nigeria – 14% of the world’s total. Some 40,000 women die from pregnancy-related causes every year in Nigeria ...

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