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1.5°C could be reached in next five years – WMO

Petteri Taalas

There is about a 40% chance of the annual average global temperature temporarily reaching 1.5°C in at least one of the next five years – and these odds are increasing with time, according to a new climate update issued by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). WMO Secretary-General, Petteri Taalas There is a 90% likelihood of at least one year between ...

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Jos new master plan still before Plateau assembly – Official

Jos, Plateau State

Plateau State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Alhaji Dayyabu Garga, says the bill for the implementation of the Greater Jos Master Plan is till pending before the Plateau House of Assembly. Jos, Plateau State. Photo credit: Pius Utomi EkpeiI/AFP/Getty Images Recalling that the immediate past administration developed a new master plan to curb prevailing decay in the city ...

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Govt describes 2012 flood as nation’s worst


The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has described the 2012 flood as the worst incident which affected over seven million people in the country. Flooded parts of Lokoja in Kogi State in 2012 Its Minister, Hajiya Sadiiya Umar Farouq, said this on Monday, May 31, 2021 at a technical stakeholders’ meeting to review the draft National ...

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Biosafety agency trains staff on GMO safety

Dr Rufus Ebegba

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) on Monday, May 31, 2021 organised biosafety regulations training for members of its staff to increase their proficiencies, skills and knowledge of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) safety. Dr Rufus Ebegba, Director General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) The Director General, NBMA, Dr Rufus Ebegba, in his remarks at the training in Abuja reiterated the ...

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WHO to scale up programmes to help people quit tobacco use

tobacco smoking

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative to Nigeria, Dr Walter Mulombo, says the world body is set to scale-up programmes in 22 countries to help people to quit tobacco use. According to scientists, tobacco smoking is dangerous to health He made this known on Monday, May 31, 2021 in Abuja at a news conference to mark the 2021 World No Tobacco ...

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Second-hand smoke responsible for non-communicable diseases – Minister

World No Tobacco Day

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has said that exposure to second-hand smoke from tobacco is a leading preventable risk factor for non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire (second left), with other delegates during the event to observe the World No Tobacco Day in Abuja Ehanire said this on Monday, May 31, 2021 in Abuja during ...

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LDCs list expectations for May-June climate talks, G7 Summit

Sonam P. Wangdi

Delegates from around the world are meeting virtually over the next three weeks for the UN Climate Change Conference, to advance work on addressing climate change globally ahead of COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021. Mr Sonam P. Wangdi, Chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Group Ahead of the session, Mr Sonam P. Wangdi, the Chair of the Least ...

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COP26: Progress urged as May-June climate change conference opens

patricia espinosa

Against the backdrop of a new international warning that the world is dangerously close to exceeding the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global temperature rise at 1.5C, governments on Monday, May 31, 2021 began three weeks (May 31 to June 17, 2021) of virtual discussions designed to pave the way for a successful UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) this November in Glasgow. ...

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New Zealand, Australian PMs discuss trade, climate change, COVID-19

Scot Morrison and Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern met with her Australian counterpart Scott Morrison for the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting on Monday, May 31, 2021 in Queenstown. Scot Morrison and Jacinda Ardern. Photo credit: Julian Smith/Pool via AP The leaders are meant to discuss a range of issues from trade, climate change to COVID-19 response and cooperation. It was their ...

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Council pledges effective implementation of plant variety protection law

Muhammadu Buhari

The National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) on Monday, May 31, 2021 expressed commitment towards effective implementation of the Plant Variety Protection (PVP) law. President Muhammadu Buhari signed the PVP Bill into law on May 27, 2021 Director-General of the Council, Dr Phillip Ojo, told newsmen in Abuja that Nigeria’s seed industry would record a turnaround in productivity as the law ...

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