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Tobacco production hurts the environment, says WHO

tobacco factory

Tobacco not only damages human health but also threatens the planet’s wellbeing, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) report published on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. “The damage to the environment occurs across the entire life cycle of tobacco products due to deforestation, water pollution from pesticide use, and cigarette littering,’’ Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, ...

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Buhari laments climate change impacts, shrinking Lake Chad

Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has lamented the effects of climate change as well as shrinking of the Lake Chad on the nation. The president made this known while addressing the citizens in a nationwide broadcast as part of activities to mark the nation’s 58th independence anniversary in Abuja on Monday, October 1, 2018. Speaking on the danger of the shrinking of the ...

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Outstanding environmental changemakers receive UN’s Champions of the Earth award

Champions of the Earth award

Six of the world’s most outstanding environmental changemakers were recognised on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 with a Champions of the Earth Award, the UN’s highest environmental honour. This years’ laureates were recognised for a combination of bold, innovative, and tireless efforts to tackle some of the most urgent environmental issues of our times. The winners of the 2018 Champions of ...

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Eco-friendly Forest Green Rovers receives UN award

Forest Green Rovers

League Two side Forest Green Rovers’ eco-friendly initiatives received recognition from the United Nations on Thursday, September 28, 2018 as the club won the Momentum for Change climate action award. Rovers, which is currently eighth in the fourth tier of English soccer, has won admirers from around the world, thanks to the soccer outfit’s green ethos, becoming the first vegan ...

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Burkinabe farmer, others win ‘alternative Nobel prize’

Yacouba Sawadogo

A farmer from Burkina Faso who popularised an ancient farming technique to reverse desertification is among the winners of Sweden’s “alternative Nobel prize”, announced on Monday, September 24, 2018. Yacouba Sawadogo shared this year’s award with three Saudi human rights activists and an Australian agronomist. The SEK (Swedish Krona) 3 million ($341,800) prize honours people who find solutions to global ...

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Nigeria committed to faithful SDGs implementation, says Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigeria is committed to the faithful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). Buhari stated this on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 in his solidarity message on the Global Day to Act for the SDGs in New York, according to a statement issued in New York by his spokesperson, Mr Femi Adeshina. The Global Day ...

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Government selects firms to clean polluted Ogoniland

Ogoni clean-up

The Hydro Carbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) says it has commenced process to select pre-qualified companies for the clean-up of oil impacted communities in Ogoniland. Dr Marvin Dekil, Project Coordinator of HYPREP, made this known in Port Harcourt, River State, on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at the opening of technical and commercial bid for the 21 clean-up sites in Ogoniland. ...

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Government threatens to revoke licences of oil firms flaring gas

Gas flaring in Ogoniland Nigeria

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, says the Federal Government will from 2019 commence the revocation of the licences of oil companies that fail to stop gas flaring in their operations in the country. Kachikwu made this known while speaking at the 2018 Buyers’ Forum/Stakeholders’ Engagement organised by the Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria (GACN) in ...

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Tale of woe as floods ravage the nation

Nigeria flood

The raging flood, which has affected at least 12 states across the country, remains worrisome not only to the victims but also the government, as Rivers Niger and Benue continue to rise in volume, according to National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). The current flood pattern, which experts say has shown indices of a similar natural disaster of 2012 in many ...

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Probability of earthquake recurrence in Nigeria very high

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu

The probability of recurrence of earthquakes in the very near future is high in Nigeria. This disclosure was made on Thursday, September 20, 2018 in Abuja by Prof. Seidu Muhammed, chairman, Technical Committee on Earth Tremor, while submitting a report on the recent tremor in the federal capital city to Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, the Minister of Science and Technology. Prof. ...

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