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Report exposes biotech big bet to prop up fossil fuels

Jim Thomas, Programme Director with ETC Group

At the upcoming Climate summit in Paris, some governments and much of civil society will be pushing for an urgent transition away from the carbon-rich fossil fuels responsible for climate chaos. However, one hi-tech sector, the multi-billion-dollar Synthetic Biology industry, is now actively tying its future to the very oil, coal and gas extraction it once claimed to be able ...

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China urged to lead campaign against illegal logging in Congo Basin

Rashid Kang

The transformation of the Congo Basin timber trade into one significantly influenced by 20 key Chinese trading companies offers a golden opportunity to  contribute significantly to tackle illegal logging in the world’s second largest rainforest, according to a new Greenpeace East Asia and Greenpeace Africa report, Opportunity Knocks. “The health of the second ‘lungs of the earth’ is the responsibility of ...

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Early action on global pledge to end deforestation

streck

First report on last year’s New York Declaration on Forests warns progress must accelerate to achieve goals laid out in historic commitment Unprecedented collaboration among corporate, government, indigenous and civil society leaders, often at odds about deforestation, gives hope that pledges to halt global forest loss can be met by 2030, according to a report released on Wednesday by Climate Focus and ...

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How modern biotechnology can create 25,000 jobs, by Ebegba

Rufus Ebegba

The Federal Government’s determination to diversify the economy as a result of the challenges in the oil sector has set it to develop immutable strategies that would ensure the creation of no fewer than 25,000 jobs annually from the biotechnology sector. A statement by the Director-General of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NABMA), Mr. Rufus Ebegba, issued on Tuesday said modern ...

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Ogun asks foresters to adhere to engagement rules

Ibikunle-Amosun

The Ogun State Government has warned contractors working in its forest reserves to adhere strictly to the rules of engagement signed with it. State Commissioner for Forestry, Chief Kolawole Lawal, gave the warning during an assessment tour to the forest reserves at Oja-Odan, Ipake in Ilobi axis of Ilaro, Yewa South and the forest reserve areas J4 and J6 in ...

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GEF-UNDP scheme to develop resilience to food security

Female farmer

Fresh hopes have emerged for Nigeria’s floundering agricultural sector, thanks to a new initiative being promoted by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It is tagged the “GEF-UNDP Fostering Sustainability and Resilience for Food Security in Nigeria.” According to project officials, the scheme will contribute to the enhancement of long-term environmental sustainability and resilience ...

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Rights groups demand end to land grab in the Philippines

landgrab

A recent fact-finding mission by regional human rights groups in the south-western island of Palawan, the last ecological frontier of the Philippines, has revealed a pattern of land grabs and forest destruction by palm oil companies, partly owned by Malaysian and Singaporean investors. Motalib Kimel, Chairman of the local Coalition Against Land Grabbing (CALG) and himself a Taganua leader from Palawan, said: ...

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Economic prosperity of biosafety regulations in Nigeria

Rufus Ebegba

After over 11 years of intellectual gymnastic between experts, policymakers, investors as well as consumers, the Federal Government under the reign of former President Goodluck Jonathan in April, 2015 signed into law the National Biosafety Management Act (NBMA). The objective of the Act is to give legal backing to the practice, proper deployment and development of modern biotechnology activities in ...

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NEPAD to support Togo on Biosafety Regulatory Frameworks

Prof. Aggrey Ambali

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) has pledged Togo on regulatory frameworks in the area of the advancement of science, technology and innovation in the country. A high-level advocacy team led by Prof. Aggrey Ambali, who represented the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NEPAD Agency and the Michigan State University, expressed the availability of NEPAD Agency to support the ...

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ERA/FoEN, groups accuse Wilmar of land grab in Cross River

Dr Godwin Uyi Ojo of ERA/FoEN

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), civil society groups and communities impacted by oil palm companies in Cross River State have described as worrisome, the influx of oil palm companies in the state and their expansion activities which they have described as “land grab in its most brazen form.” At an advocacy meeting in Calabar (the Capital ...

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