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South Africa rejects Monsanto’s ‘drought-tolerant’ GM maize


After more than 10 years of battling Monsanto’s drought tolerant maize project, the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) has welcomed the decision by the South African Minister of Agriculture, Ms. Thoko Didiza, upholding of both the decision by the Executive Council: GMO Act and the Appeal Board to reject Monsanto’s application for the commercial cultivation of its triple stacked “drought-tolerant” GM maize ...

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Why climate change bothers developing countries – Okereke

Professor Chukwumerije Okereke

Developing countries care about the climate because it affects their ability to pursue and achieve their legitimate development aspirations. Professor Chukwumerije Okereke addressing a gathering of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group Lead Authors in India The submission was made by Professor Chukwumerije Okereke, Director, Centre for Climate Change and Development, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ebonyi State, ...

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Polio: Nigeria gets €30.5m Germany lifeline, Kwara embarks on immunisation

Polio immunisation

The German Minister of Health, Mr Jens Spahn, has announced €30.5 million support to Nigeria to end polio, enhance health security and strengthen the country’s health system. Polio immunisation in Nigeria. Photo credit: Spahn made the disclosure during a bilateral dialogue between Federal Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Health of Germany on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in ...

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Group seeks laws to improve water supply, sanitation in Plateau

Kaduna community

A Jos, Plateau State-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), Network of Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN), has advised the Plateau State House of Assembly to enact laws that will enhance water supply and sanitation in the state. Children of Unguwan Gandu Zuntu, Kubau Local Government Area of Kaduna State fetching water from a handpump borehole provided by SHAWN II Project in ...

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Six elephants drown at Thai waterfall, two others in care

Sumatran elephants

Six elephants drowned at a waterfall in Thailand while apparently trying to save a calf, according to national park officials. Elephants They are now safe after making their way out of the water on their own, the statement added. Officials had been planning a rescue. Veterinarians are monitoring the conditions of two other elephants that saw the ordeal, the Department ...

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Six Yankari Game Reserve elephants fitted with tracking device under conservation programme

WCS Elephants

In a bid reinforce the protection of wildlife in Yankari Game Reserve, scientists have fitted six elephants with GPS/Satellite collars to provide real-time tracking of the herds. Fitting an elephant with a GPS/Satellite collar The collars will allow ranger teams to shadow the elephants always and alerting the reserve manager whenever elephants are in danger or stray outside of the ...

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Conservator-General wants stiffer penalty for wildlife offenders

FMEnv Retreat

The Conservator-General, National Park Service, Mr Ibrahim Goni, on Thursday, October 3, 2019 called for stiffer punishment for violators of natural conservation laws to halt the tide of poaching in reserved areas. The Conservator-General, National Parks Service, Alhaji Ibrahim Goni Goni made the appeal at the ongoing two-day Nigeria Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (NiPBES) Forum in Lagos to ...

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344-year-old palace tortoise, Alagba, dies in Ogbomosho


The 344-year-old tortoise in the traditional ruler of Ogbomoso’s palace, popularly known as “Alagba”’, has passed on. Tortoises. Photo: Jeff Greenberg / Lonely Planet Images Mr Toyin Ajamu, the Private Secretary to Oba Jimoh Oyewunmi, Soun of Ogbomoso, confirmed this to newsmen on Thursday, October 3, 2019 in Ogbomoso. The dead tortoise attracted several visitors both from Nigeria and abroad ...

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Projects from Nigeria, others approved under Minamata Mercury Convention programme

Minamata Convention on Mercury

Out of the 20 applications received, 10 projects from Nigeria and nine other nations have been approved by the Governing Board of the Specific International Programme of the Minamata Convention on Mercury in the Second Round of the programme. Sam Adu-Kumi (right) and Reggie Hernaus Sam Adu-Kumi (Ghana) and Reggie Hernaus (The Netherlands), Co-Chairs of the Governing Board of the ...

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Nigerians in Americas plan 1% of annual remittances for SDGs

Sustainable Development Goals

The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation, Americas (NIDOA) has disclosed plans to “redirect” one per cent of its members’ annual remittances towards “impact sustainable development” in Nigeria. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) This is part of a 10-year vision unfolded by the organisation at its 2019 Annual General Meeting held recently in Texas, United States. The plan is expected to run from ...

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