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Keeping Bissy: Sustainable new use for the Nigerian kola nut

Kola Nut

When Coca Cola was launched in 1886, its central ingredient was the kola nut. The iconic American company now keeps its recipe a closely guarded secret, but it is thought that artificial flavourings are now used in place of the kola nut. The caffeine-rich fruit, however, is now at the heart of a new story: one of sustainability and ethical production. ...

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Activists flay abandoned NDDC projects in Abia

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State

Civil society organisations under the platform of the OPEN Government Partnership (OGP) have set up a committee across the 17 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Abia State to monitor and document “failed” Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) projects in the state. Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State The committee emerged during a meeting conveyed recently by the Co-Chair CSOs/ Non-State ...

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Australia wildfires may have wiped out entire species, say conservationists

Australia bushfires

Conservationists and wildlife experts are anxious that raging bushfires sweeping through Australia have resulted in “catastrophic losses”, amid fears an entire species may have been wiped out. The burnt bodies of hundreds of animals line a road in Australia Populations of small marsupials called dunnarts and glossy black cockatoos may have been destroyed in the fires that burned a third of Kangaroo Island, experts ...

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How Nigeria’s third Green Bond will be deployed – Abubakar

Dr. Muhammad Mahmood Abubakar

Minister of Environment, Muhammad Mahmood Abubakar, on the sidelines of the 25th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Madrid, Spain last December, spoke with EnviroNews on a range of climate change and sustainable development related issues. Excerpts: Minister of Environment, Dr. Muhammad Mahmood Abubakar Nigeria is soon ...

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Cross River assures on tacking ecological challenges

Ben Ayade

The Cross River State Government has reiterated its commitment towards addressing ecological challenges in the state. Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State Mr Mfon Bassey, the state’s Commissioner for Environment, stated this on Sunday, January 5, 2020 while inspecting some flood-prone areas in Bayside area of Calabar South Local Government Area (LGA) of the state. Speaking to the residents, ...

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Trump urged to keep America in Paris Agreement for health’s sake

Donald Trump, US president

The George Mason University Centre for Climate Change Communication and the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health have called on US President, Donald Trump, to make a New Year’s Resolution to protect Americans’ health, safety and wellbeing by stopping the withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Donald Trump, US president On Thursday, January 2, 2020,  the George ...

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How afforestation combats desertification in Nigeria

Burkina Faso tree planting

Afforestation programme is playing significant role towards checkmating desert encroachment in Nigeria. However, combating desertification requires an integrated, multi-dimensional approach which involves the establishment of shelterbelts, windbreaks, woodlots, orchards and nurseries as well as complimenting it with social forestry projects which raises public awareness through campaigns such as school forestry programs, forestry extension services and a fuel wood conservation program. ...

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UN launches biggest dialogue platform on world’s future

António Guterres

The United Nations has launched what it calls the “biggest global conversation on the world’s future” known as UN75 dialogues. UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Photo credit: UN Photo/ Kim Haughton The initiative is a “global reality check” to spark conversations around building a better future for all, the organisation said in a statement on Thursday. It said views and ideas gathered under ...

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South Africa dealing with crippling drought

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa

Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, on Thursday, January 2, 2020, said South Africa was working to alleviate impact of the drought currently gripping some parts of the country. A dry maize field in South Africa She said in a statement that the cabinet was looking at the issue and appealed to citizens to take the problem seriously. ...

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Sokoto urged to implement WASH policy

Aminu Tambuwal

A non-governmental organisation, Save The Child Initiative (STCI), has stressed the need for the Sokoto State Government to implement the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) policy to ensure maximum improvement on water and sanitation services in the state. Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State Programme Manager, e-WASH Project/Head of Programmes of STCI, Mr Muhammad Garba, made the call at the ...

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