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Methanol fuel policy will benefit environment, economy, says Onu

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, has said that the introduction of the Methanol Fuel Policy will increase the demand and use of methane natural gas in Nigeria. Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology Onu said this in a statement signed by the ministry’s Information Officer, Otuyemi Adetayo, who added that the policy would also bring effective end ...

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Govt mobilises stakeholders for campaign on climate change

Ibukun Odusote

The Federal Ministry of Environment on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 said it has mobilised stakeholders to carry out awareness campaign on effect of climate change across the country. Mrs Ibukun Odusote Mrs Ibukun Odusote, Permanent Secretary of the ministry, said at a Northwest regional sensitisation workshop on climate change in Kaduna. She said that many people are not aware of ...

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Govt urged to intensify erosion control to reduce damage, cost

gully erosion site

An environmentalist, Prof. Francis Okeke, has reiterated the need to urgently attend to erosion sites in Nigeria to reduce environmental damage and high funding cost. A gully erosion site Okeke, a former Dean, Faculty of Environmental Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), made the submission while speaking to newsmen in Aba, Abia State on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. He said ...

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UK ad watchdog bans BAT from Instagram e-cigarette promotion

Tobacco Harm Reduction

British American Tobacco (BAT) must stop advertising its e-cigarettes from any public account on Instagram, including some influencers’ accounts, the UK’s advertising watchdog ruled on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. An e-cigarette The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) also directed the company to remove all ads related to Vype on Instagram. The decision stems from a probe into seven Instagram posts by ...

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How Niger seeks to adopt urban policy, development plans

Abubakar Sani Bello

While Niger State is among the least urbanised states in Nigeria; however, paradoxically, it is one of the few states that is determined to promote sustainable human settlements that are to be guided by a robust and comprehensive policies and master plans, good urban governance principles and well-funded. Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, Governor of Niger State The Brief obtained from ...

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Images: Nigeria’s participation at COP25

Nigeria COP25 statement

The 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that kicked-off on December 2, 2019, came to an end on Sunday, December 15 in Madrid, Spain. The Nigerian delegation, led by the Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, played a active role in the proceedings at the global summit, which ...

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Artificial trans fat: A toxic chemical in our food

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Food! It provides our bodies with the nutrients we need to stay healthy and active. On three meals a day, we will consume more than 75,000 meals by age 70. Food has been termed “the essence of life.” Everyone has a right to healthy food. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / ...

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Americans increasingly sure global warming is happening

Donald Trump, US president

Against the backdrop of the global climate negotiations (COP25) in Madrid, Spain that ended in disappointment, in no small part due to obstruction by the Donald Trump administration, a recent research indicates that more Americans are accepting that global warming does exist and is happening . Donald Trump, US president “The 2020 U.S. election will clearly be one of the biggest turning ...

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Egypt, Burundi, Madagascar get AfDB infrastructure lifeline

Akinwunmi Adesina

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved funds to address infrastructure development challenges in Egypt, Burundi and Madagascar. AFDB president, Akinwunmi Adesina While AfDB approved €109 million to transform sewage coverage in Upper Egypt rural areas, the bank’s Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) grants $1 million to support innovative solar-hydro hybrid project in Burundi, and Madagascar got a guarantee ...

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South Africa committed to reducing carbon emission – Minister

Gwede Mantashe

The South African government has said that it remains committed to reducing carbon emission and embracing clean energy. Gwede Mantashe The country’s Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, said this in Johannesburg on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 when the ministry released the International Energy Agency 2019 Coal Report. According to Mantashe, the country has reduced its reliance on ...

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