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Archaeologists discover 13,000-year-old brewery in Israel

13,000-year-old brewery

Archaeologists in Israel have discovered what is thought to be the world’s oldest alcohol production site in a cave near the coastal city of Haifa. “This is the earliest evidence of alcohol production that we know of,” Dani Nadel, one of the archaeologists from Haifa University, said on Friday, September 14, 2018. It’s unclear exactly what kind of alcoholic drink ...

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Deforestation: NCF partners IITA on tree planting

Izoma Asiodu

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) is partnering with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Oyo State, on tree planting in order to tackle the problem of forest degradation in the country. NCF President, Izoma Asiodu, at a tree-planting event in Ibadan on Friday, September 7, 2018 decried what he called the negative attitude of Nigerians toward tree-felling without ...

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Botswana calls elephant poaching report ‘unsubstantiated’


Botswana’s government on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 said reports about the poaching of almost 90 elephants were “unsubstantiated.” “The government of Botswana has noted with concern unsubstantiated and sensational media reports on elephant poaching statistics,” it said in a statement. The assertion comes a day after wildlife organisation Elephants Without Borders (EWB) said it discovered 87 elephant carcasses across the ...

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Afforestation: EU, Oxfam distribute 760,000 tree seedlings in Katsina

Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari

An EU agro-forestry programme known as Fuel Wood Balance (FUWOBA) has commenced distribution of 760,000 additional free tree seedlings in seven local governments in Katsina State. The Project Manager, Dr Chris Udokang, said the gesture was to promote afforestation and environmental conservation. Udokang made the disclosure during the “National Annual Review Seminar on Improving Fuel Wood Balance’’ in the seven participating ...

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National Parks Service, Wukari varsity to collaborate in ecotourism, conservation education

Ibrahim Goni

The Nigeria National Parks Service has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Federal University, Wukari in Taraba State to collaborate in ecotourism, research and conservation education. The MOU was signed by Alhaji Ibrahim Goni, the Conservator-General of the service, and Prof. Abubakar Kundiri, the Vice Chancellor of the university, at the service headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday, August ...

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Countries revive sustainable management of Mayombe forest

Mayombe forest

Angola, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Gabon have renewed their commitment to revitalise the Mayombe Forest Transboundary Initiative. The Mayombe forest forms the southern-western margin of the Congo Basin’s tropical rainforest. It is shared between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Angola, Congo and Gabon. The Mayombe forest has the largest distribution of a large variety ...

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Malaysia makes significant Viet Nam-bound rhino horn seizure

rhino horn seizure

Malaysian authorities on Monday, August 20, 2018 announced the discovery of 50 pieces of rhino horn at a postal aviation centre in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in what is believed to be Southeast Asia’s largest single seizure of rhino horns. The horns were packed in boxes that also contained nine whole carnivore carcasses, and all were bound for Ha ...

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Europe’s oldest gorilla, Fritz, put to sleep

Fritz the gorilla

Fritz the gorilla at 55, the oldest of his kind in Europe, was euthanised on Monday, August 20, 2018 after becoming increasingly weaker in the past few days, the Nuremberg Zoo in Germany has said. Fritz, born in Cameroon in 1963, was given to the zoo in southern Germany in November 1970 and had been a real character, it added. The ...

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Nigeria to join global Green List Programme on environment

FMEnv Retreat

The Federal Government says it is on the processes of joining the global Green List Programme for Conservation and Protected Areas (GLPCA), an International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), to achieve biodiversity. Alhaji Ibrahim Goni, the Conservator General, National Parks Service (NPK) disclosed this at a stakeholders’ workshop on Monday, August 20, 2018 in Abuja. He said, “The ...

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World Elephant Day: An urgent call to protect Nigeria’s elephants

elephant ivory

“Are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant, except in a picture book?” – David Attenborough. Of the five big games, it is not so easy to come by an elephant in Nigeria today – both in the wild and in captive areas – except you find yourself in the Yankari National ...

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