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UNDP-GEF programme, SRADev to produce fertiliser, biogas from piggery waste

Piggery

A pilot waste-to-resource project that will convert pig waste to organic fertiliser and biogas is set to kick off at the Oke-Aro Pig Farm Estate (OPFE) Lagos, said to be the largest concentration of pig farmers in West Africa. It was established by the Lagos State Government through the Ministry of Agriculture. A piggery The project is an initiative of ...

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UNEA-5 opens with adoption of three decisions

Inger Andersen

The permanent representatives to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) reached agreement on three decisions regarding the future of UNEP’s work on Wednesday, February 17, 2021. Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP. Photo credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images The decisions were forwarded to the UN Environment Assembly for consideration at its fifth session and were adopted on the opening day. The decisions ensure that ...

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US on verge of exceeding 500,000 Covid-19 deaths

Covid Death

The US is on track to top 500,000 deaths from Covid-19 – the most for any country in the world – on Monday, February 22, 2021. Covid death It comes just over a year after the first infection of the novel coronavirus, first detected in China, was recorded on the US west coast. The grim milestone will be marked by ...

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New COVID-19 variant discovered in Nigeria, 15 countries

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) has said that a new variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Nigeria and 15 other countries. Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Chief Executive Officer, NCDC The new strain, B.1.2.5, which is different from the highly infectious B.1.1.7 has, however, not been described as a variant of concern yet. Disclosing this at the Presidential Task Force ...

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Solidaridad gears Nigeria up for extensive palm oil exportation

Solidaridad

Though considered the fifth largest producer of global palm oil, Nigeria has over the years grappled with inability to produce enough for sustainable export as a good percentage of palm oil production in the country comes from dispersed smallholder farmers. Participants at the workshop, featuring a representative of the Commissioner and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Akwa Ibom State, Mrs Mary Ukoette Bassey ...

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Building back better: Green jobs to the rescue

Green Jobs

Climate change and Covid-19 threaten our future, well that’s okay; we were creating a monumental mess and the future looked pretty badly anyway. Humanity is ravaged by a pandemic, a plague, one moving screen through the ranks of men, leaving millions bedridden and taking the lives of millions of others. Another devastating calamity stares us right in the face, either ...

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PACJA to unveil winners of 2020 climate change reporting awards

Demis Mekuriyaw

Finalists and winners of the African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting Awards (ACCER Awards) will be announced during a live digital event on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 on the sidelines of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA). Demis Mekuriyaw of Ethiopia, a past winner the ACCER Awards According to the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), organisers of the event, the ...

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Guterres says pandemic drives vicious circle against human rights

Antonio Guterres

The global spread of COVID-19 has a devastating effect on human rights as it fuels poverty, divisions, repression and hatred. UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, told the UN Human Rights Council on Monday, February 22, 2021. “We are seeing a vicious circle of violations,’’ he said in his opening speech as the top UN rights ...

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MILO packs switch from plastic to paper straws

Nestle

MILO has switched from plastic to paper straws for its Ready-To-Drink (RTD) packs, a move described by the promoters as the first of its kind in Nigeria in the beverage category. Nestle says it is committed to making 100% of its packaging recyclable or re-usable by 2025 to protect the environment With the aim of eliminating 60 metric tons of ...

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U.K. envoy, NCF, others advocate protection of Pangolins

World Pangolin Day

Speakers at an event marking the World Pangolin Day (WPD), on Sunday, February 21, 2021 in Lagos advocated the protection of Pangolins to prevent it from extinction. Celebrating the World Pangolin Day Mr Ben Lewellyn Jones, British Deputy High Commissioner, urged everyone to do more in protecting the animal. Jones said that WPD was set aside to create awareness of ...

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