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There are 50bn birds on Earth, say Australian researchers

Migratory birds

No fewer than 50 billion birds call planet Earth home, according to an extrapolation by Australian scientists published in the journal Proceedings of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Migratory birds This means that there are about six times as many birds as humans on the planet. A team led by William Cornwell from the ...

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Edo desilts drainage channels to prevent flooding


The Edo State Government has begun desilting of drainages across the state to prevent flooding as the rains set in, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Lucky Wasa, has said. Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State Wasa said in Benin City, the state capital on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 that residents were also being sensitised as part of efforts to prevent ...

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Renewable energy: SON launches standards for solar components

Solar panels at Ngambe Council

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 launched a range of new standards for solar system components in line with the nation’s drive for use of renewable energy. Solar panels The new industrial standards are for solar panels, batteries, inverters, photovoltaic (PV), charge controllers and metering standards. The Director General of (SON), Mallam Farouk Salim, said in ...

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AfDB, Euro-Bank sign MoU on sustainable devpt in Africa

Akinwunmi Adesina

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote sustainable private sector development in Africa. AfDB president, Akinwunmi Adesina A statement from the AfDB on Monday, May 17, 2021 said that the MoU would catalyse new sources of financing to help bridge the $2.5 trillion annual ...

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Minamata Convention COP4 divided into two segments

Rosa Vivien Ratnawati

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention (COP4) will be held in two segments. Minamata Convention COP4 President, Rosa Vivien Ratnawati According to the Bureau of the Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury, while the online segment holds from November 1 ...

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NEMA warns of probable flood in 10 Cross River councils

AVM Muhammadu Muhammed

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has identified 10 Local Government Areas in Cross River State that falls under the probable flood risk areas in view of the Annual Flood Outlook for 2021. AVM Muhammadu Muhammed (Rtd), Director-General of NEMA The agency also identified two local government areas in the state that fall under the highly probable risk areas for ...

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Agency seeks investment in GMOs to meet food demand


The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) says the country needs to invest more on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) technology to meet the nation’s food demand. GMOs Dr Rose Gidado, the agency’s Deputy Director, said in Lagos on Monday, May 17, 2021 that the country‘s GMO technology level stood at between one and three per cent . Gidado said that Nigeria ...

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Role of CBOs in conservation underlined as Gashaka Biodiversity Support Initiative is launched


Communities across Nigeria have been called upon to appreciate and support biodiversity conservation efforts within their areas to ensure the sustenance of projects that would offer them immense socioeconomic and environmental benefits if properly nurtured and protected. The Gashaka Gumti National Park The Director General, Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano, who made the call gave an assurance that ...

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Campaign platform to compel banks to stop financing fossil fuel launched

JPMorgan Chase

BankTrack on Monday, May 17, 2021 launched, a new campaign platform that brings together organisations and campaigns from all over the world pressuring commercial banks to stop financing the fossil fuel industry. JPMorgan Chase is said to be one of the largest funders of fossil fuels around the world As the global climate movement is growing, ever more groups are ...

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Initiative demands contestants make new products from waste materials

Plastics dress

Mother Earth is currently suffering from different forms of degradation from human activities, leading to depletion of its resources, and causing some parts of the Earth to be uninhabitable to humans and animals. An attire made from plastic waste Unsustainable human activities have led to the climate crisis confronting humanity today, loss of biological diversity, pollution of groundwater, and several ...

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