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Edo moves to curb destruction of forest reserves


The Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has constituted a taskforce to halt the destruction of forest reserves in the state. Obaseki announced in Benin, the state capital, on Thursday, July 26, 2018 that the constitution of the taskforce was to find an immediate end to the alarming rate of depletion of the state’s forest resources. According to him, ...

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Wildfire kills 50 near Athens, families flee to beaches

Athens wildfire

A wildfire killed at least 50 people and injured scores more as it swept through a small resort town near Athens, Nikos Economopoulos, Head of Greece’s Red Cross, said on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. He told Skai TV that the wildfire trapped families with children behind walls of smoke and flames as they tried to flee to the beach. The ...

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Tree felling: DPR wants Nigerians to embrace gas for domestic energy needs


Worried by the threat to environment posed by massive tree felling, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has urged Nigerians to embrace the use of gas for domestic energy, rather than charcoal. “More trees are being cut down everyday; such deforestation is degrading the environment. The media should educate Nigerians to resort to gas for their domestic energy needs,” DPR ...

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Erosion: NEWMAP appeals to Obosi community over slow pace of work


The Nigerian Erosion Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) on Thursday, July 19, 2018 appealed to Obosi community in Anambra State to bear with it over the slow pace of work at its gully erosion sites. Mr Emeka Achebe, Head of Communications of NEWMAP in the state, made the appeal while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Obosi, Idemili ...

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EU, Oxfam move to battle desertification in Katsina


The European Union (EU) and Oxfam have distributed agricultural inputs worth N120 million to farmers in Katsina State for the second phase of the Fuel Wood Balance Programme (FUWOBA) sponsored by the two bodies. Dr Christo Marry-Udokang, the state project manager, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Daura on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 that the inputs were distributed ...

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Death toll rises to 90 as landslides, floods engulf Nepal


Five people were killed in Nepal on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by landslides and flooding brought on by monsoon rains, bringing the death toll to 90 across the country. “A woman and her two children, one of them an infant, were killed when a landslide struck their home in a village in north-central Nepal’s Gorkha district,’’ local Police Officer, Mahendra ...

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Ondo wants government to save coastal communities from surge, erosion

Ayetoro Ondo State

Barely a week after the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) appealed to the Federal Government to intervene to curb the fast eroding Lagos shoreline, the authorities are confronted with yet another daunting task. The SOS call, this time around, is coming from the Ondo State Government, which wants the central government to urgently stop the incessant surge of the Atlantic Ocean, ...

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Government begins construction of dykes to prevent flooding


The Federal Government has commenced the construction of dykes to protect the nation’s river bodies and minimise risks that could arise from flooding. Dr Elijah Aderibigbe, Director, Irrigation and Drainage, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. He said that this became necessary ...

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The remarkable Edmonds erosion control installation experience

Coir Fabric and Log

It is the EarthCorps tradition to send volunteers to different parts of the state of Washington, executing different projects to have varying experience of the city’s ecological settings and culture. Adnane crew, which is one of the seven crews formed during the EarthCorps retreat, was saddled with the responsibility of executing an erosion control installation project at Edmonds. The city ...

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Uncontrolled desertification can affect food security – Environmentalist

Desertification in Nigeria

An Environmentalist, Mr Gafar Odubote, has said that desertification, if not controlled, can negatively impact Nigeria’s food security. Odubote, the Public Relations Manager of Let’s Do It Nigeria, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday, July 13, 2018. The expert said the impact of desertification was multifaceted but bordered more ...

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