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Genetically modified maize variety tagged a ‘win-win’ for Nigerian farmers

TELA Maize

The newly released TELA Maize variety in Nigeria will expand farmers options to either grow GM TELA varieties or conventional Drought TEGO varieties or their local open-pollinated varieties just like farmers in other part of the world, the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, has said. Dr Muyideen Oyekunle, Breeder, in charge of Trait and Pipeline ...

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Worrying trends as UN publishes updated NDC Synthesis Report

patricia espinosa

UN Climate Change on Monday, October 25, 2021 published an update to the synthesis of climate action plans as communicated in countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The update of key findings of the NDC Synthesis Report confirms the overall trends identified by the full report, which was released on September 17, 2021. Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the UNFCCC The Synthesis Report was ...

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Illegal trade in endangered species causes harm to nature, Lagos warns

Walk for Nature

The Lagos State Government (LASG) on Saturday, October 23, 2021 educated the public on the negative impact of illegal trade in endangered species, adding that it had caused serious harm to nature and biodiversity. L-R: Director Technical Programs, Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Dr. Joseph Onaja; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Mrs. Belinda Odeneye; Vice Chairman, ...

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India’s Modi to join Glasgow climate summit

Shri Narendra Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the COP26 climate change summit in Scotland, the Ministry of External Affairs confirmed on Sunday, October 24, 2021. Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India Modi’s presence will provide a boost for the summit that starts Oct. 31. Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend and Chinese President Li Xinping is also unlikely ...

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NiMet predicts three-day sunshine, cloudiness from Monday

cloudy weather

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted three days sunshine and cloudiness from Monday, October 25 to Wednesday, October 27, 2021 across the nation. Cloudy weather NiMet`s weather outlook released on Sunday, October 24 in Abuja predicted sunny conditions on Monday with cloud patches over the Northern region during the forecast period and prospects of morning thunderstorms over parts of ...

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Philippine study finds lead in industrial paints sold locally

Thony Dizon

The report “Lead in Solvent-Based Industrial Paints Sold in the Philippines” released on Sunday, October 24, 2021, in time for the UN-backed International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week shows that industrial paints with high concentrations of lead are still available in the market despite the completion of the six-year phase-out period for such paints that ended on December 31, 2019.  Thony ...

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An ecosystem restoration approach to solving farmers-herders conflict


Many have attributed the clashes between farmers and herders in Nigeria to the lackadaisical attitude of the present government. They are wrong! History has proven that it is a crisis that has existed for a while – with varying degrees of casualties. Herdsmen The history of the farmers and herdsmen crisis in Benue, for example, could be traced to within ...

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Nigerian Energy Awards honours Prof Magnus Onuoha

Prof Chid Magnus Onuoha

The Nigerian Energy Awards (NEA) has honoured Professor Magnus Chidi Onuoha as the “Outstanding Contributor of Knowledge in Green Innovation”. Prof Magnus Onuoha The award, which celebrates people and brands that are driving the Clean Energy Transition, has introduced new awards categories to better spotlight the work companies, individuals and brands are doing to drive the clean economy in Nigeria. ...

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350Africa demands release of arrested environmental activists in Uganda

Landry Ninteretse

350Africa.org has condemned the arrest of six climate activists from the Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO) and called for their immediate and unconditional release, Landry Ninteretse, 350Africa.org Regional Director The group stated that the arrest was made under “unclear circumstances”, and that  a nursing mother and an ailing lady were among those arrested. “350 Africa.org condemns the move to arrest ...

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Six environmental campaigners arrested in Uganda

East Africa crude oil pipeline

The Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO) has said that six members of its staff were arrested on Friday, October 22, 2021. The staff are currently detained at Kiira Police Station in Uganda. AFIEGO has been vocal in advocating for the rights of communities affected by the controversial East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) The arrested staff include: Mr. Dickens ...

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