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World Desertification Day: Delta partners FADE in fight against aridification


Delta State Government says it is partnering the Fight Against Desert Encroachment (FADE) Africa, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), in her fight against desertification in the state. Commissioner designate, Mr. Aniagwu Charles (middle), planting a tree while the Chief of Staff, Government House and representative of Governor Okowa, Ovie Agas (3rd left); Director General, Delta Capital territory Development Agency, Joan Mrakpo ...

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Report maps single-use plastic products across travel and tourism value chain

Plastic pollution

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a report on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, addressing the complex issue of single-use plastic products within travel and tourism. Volunteers with Greenpeace Philippines clean up a heavily polluted beach in Manila. Photo credit: DW.com “Rethinking Single-Use Plastic Products in Travel & Tourism” was launched as ...

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Covid claims over 600,000 lives in the U.S.

Covid Death

More than 600,000 people in the United States are known to have died of Covid-19 as of Wednesday, June 16, 2021, according to data compiled by The New York Times – a once-unthinkable number, 10 times the death toll that President Donald J. Trump once predicted. The milestone comes as the country’s fight against the coronavirus has made big gains but remains unfinished, with ...

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Govt lists benefits of airborne geophysical survey

Olamilekan Adegbite

The Director-General, Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA), Dr Abdulrazaq Garba, says Federal Government’s proposed airborne geophysical survey will boost the revenue drive of 19 states. Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite Abdulrazaq told newsmen on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, that the effort was aimed at diversifying revenue base of the economy and ...

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Nasarawa warns against building on waterways, cutting trees

Abdullahi Sule

The Nasarawa State Government has identified building on the waterways and the indiscriminate felling of trees as factors aggravating climate change. Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State Alhaji Musa Abubakar, the State Commissioner for the Environment, stated this on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at a three-day training workshop on Climate Change organised by the ministry. The training was for desk officers ...

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Bayelsa proposes out-of-court settlement on revenue dispute with Shell

Douye Diri

The Bayelsa State Government on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 indicated willingness to withdraw pending litigation against the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) over unpaid revenue running into billions of naira. Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State Bayelsa government had dragged SPDC to court over failure of the oil firm to pay “development levies”. The development levies were for ...

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3.2bn people under threat of desertification, drought, says UN chief

Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has warned that a combination of land degradation from climate change and the expansion of agriculture, cities and infrastructures, are undermining the well-being of 3.2 billion people across the globe. UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres Guterres said this in his message on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 to mark World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, globally ...

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Plateau vows to prosecute defaulters of building, town plans

Simon Lalong

Plateau State Government says it will prosecute defaulters of building and town plans because such acts obstruct quick response to fire outbreaks and other emergency situations. Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State Gov. Simon Lalong stated this during the inauguration of a fire fighting truck deployed to the state by the Federal Fire Service on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at ...

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Biotechnology taking mankind beyond known depths, says NABDA DG

Abdullahi Mustapha

Director-General (D-G), National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha, has said that biotechnology is taking mankind beyond known depths of understanding chemical and physical basis of life and matter to molecular basis of creation. Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha, Director-General, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) Mustapha made the disclosure in an interview on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 in Abuja. Biotechnology is ...

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Dry spell: Expert tasks farmers on adoption of climate-smart agriculture practices

ActionAid Agriculture

An environment expert, Ms Gloria Bulus, has advised local farmers to the adopt Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) techniques to mitigate the impact of climate change in farming. Agriculture Bulus gave the advice in an interview on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 in Lagos. She spoke against the background of the Nigerian Metrological Agency’s (NIMET) prediction of dry spell in parts of the ...

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