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Lake Chad: All talk, no show

Lake Chad

Lake Chad is located in the semi-arid region that stretches across the Southern edge of the Sahara Desert. The people are impoverished, and predominantly rural. They rely heavily on natural resources for their livelihood. The region is prone to extreme weather events such as drought and flooding, making it one living consequence of climate change. The climate variability impact on ...

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Nigerian oil rig fire rages for eight months

Fire at Ororo oil rig

Eight months after, the fire outbreak which occurred on the Ororo-1 Well in Chevron’s operated Oil Mining Lease (OML) 95 in Ondo State following a blowout from Grace-1 HWU, a Hydraulic Work over rig, is still burning, the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) has said. Fire at Ororo oil rig According to the organisation, the public was earlier made ...

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Environmentalists, regulators visit spill impacted communities in Bayelsa

Idris Musa

Preliminary investigations into the Jan. 16, oil spill near Funiwa offshore facilities off the Atlantic coast, got underway on Friday, January 22, 2021 with a visit by Bayelsa State Government officials, regulatory agencies and representatives of impacted communities. Idris Musa, Director-General of NOSDRA Fishermen around the Atlantic Ocean coastline had on Jan. 17 sighted and reported an oil leak suspected ...

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LASEMA decries indiscriminate waste disposal at Kara Cattle Market

Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has decried the indiscriminate disposal of abbatoir waste from the Kara Cattle Market along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway into nearby waterways. Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu The LASEMA Director General, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, expressed his displeasure during a visit to the market alongside the Special Assistant to the Ogun State Governor on Environment, Mr Ola Oresanya, ...

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Buhari’s ecological fund project excites Kwara ex-commissioner

Hajia Aisha Ahman-Pategi

The immediate past Commissioner for Special Duties in Kwara, Hajia Aisha Ahman-Pategi, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for executing ecological project in Patigi, Patigi Local Government Area of the state. Hajia Aisha Ahman-Pategi She said on telephone from the U. S. on Saturday, January 23, 2021 that the Buhari-led administration deserves commendation for completing phase one of the ecological fund ...

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Africa’s COVID-19 cases surpass 3.3m as death toll hits 82,000 – WHO

Coronavirus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, says there are over 3.3 million confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent. Coronavirus The UN health agency gave the update on its regional official Twitter account on Friday, January 22, 2021. WHO stated on its dashboard that there were over 3.3 million confirmed COVID-19 cases on the ...

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Tanzania cancels GMO trials again

Prof Adolf Mkenda

Newly appointed Tanzania Agricultural Minister, Prof Adolf Mkenda, has announced the cancellation of research trials involving genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the country and the decision to put in place extra biosafety scrutiny of imported genetically modified (GM) seed. Tanzania Agricultural Minister, Prof Adolf Mkenda According to the minister, the decision was taken in order to conserve the country’s genetic resources and ...

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Africa in danger of being left behind in COVID-19 vaccination – WHO

Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that Africa is in danger of being left behind in COVID-19 vaccination as prices spike due to competition in other regions. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the agency’s Regional Director for Africa, gave the warning during a briefing on Thursday, January 21, 2021. Moeti stated that Guinea ...

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Coronavirus in Africa could reverse 30 years of wildlife conservation gains

Wildlife migration

For wild animals in Africa on the verge of extinction and the tight knit communities who protect them, COVID-19 is a specter, disrupting a delicate balancing act of survival for both humans and endangered species. African officials and conservation experts from Kenya, Uganda and Gabon briefed members of Congress on May 12 about the growing impact of Coronavirus on protected ...

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Chevron denies responsibility over Bayelsa oil spill

Bayelsa Chevron oil spill

Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) declared on Friday, January 22, 2021 that reported leaks near its operational areas at Funiwa offshore facilities off the Atlantic coast was not from its facilities. A photo of the spill provided by members of the community It even pledged to support regulators in tracing the source. Fishermen around the Atlantic Ocean coastline reported an oil ...

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