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Guterres urges unity against ‘preventable tragedy’ of ocean pollution

António Guterres

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said everybody needs to do something to stop plastic pollution from getting into the world’s oceans. Guterres, who stated this in his message for World Oceans Day, said everybody could contribute “from carrying your own water bottle, to volunteering for a local clean-up”. The UN chief reminded everyone of the major role the oceans had in everyday ...

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World Oceans Day: Preserving oceans vital for world – Fijian president

Jioji Konrote

On World Oceans Day, Fijian President Jioji Konrote on Friday, June 8, 2018 stressed the importance of preserving the ocean for the world. The president also noted that Fiji’s leadership on the preservation of the world’s oceans is one of the most important tasks the nation has ever undertaken. “The World Oceans Day is not only an opportunity to highlight the ...

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Fishes caught from plastic waste-infested water dangerous for consumption – Aquaculturist

Plastic pollution

An aquaculture expert, Mr Remi Ahmed, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 warned that fishes caught in plastic-infested waterways are dangerous for consumption. Ahmed, National President, Tilapia Aquaculture Developers Association of Nigeria (TADAN), made the disclosure in Lagos against the backdrop of increasing plastic wastes in the state. He said that plastic wastes were becoming a huge environmental challenge that needed ...

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$210m project to boost resilience of coastal communities in West Africa

coastal erosion

The West African Coastal Areas (WACA) Resilience Investment Project, funded in part by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has been approved by the World Bank Group Board. The regional project will help build the resilience of coastal communities in Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Mauritania, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal and Togo through a $210 million financing package. Led by West African governments, the WACA project will protect ...

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$300m AfDB fund for Niger Basin launched

Niger River Basin

The Niger Basin Authority (NBA) has launched a $300 million fund with the African Development Bank (AfDB) for technical and environmental studies to protect the basin from the consequences of climate change. The Executive Secretary of NBA, Dr Abderahim Hamid, made this known on Friday, April 6, 2018 at the opening of the 36th Ordinary Session of the Council of ...

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Latin American, Caribbean countries threatened by rising ocean acidity, experts warn

Ocean acidity

Latin American and Caribbean countries are at the forefront of the first effects of ocean acidification on people’s lives, according to experts who gathered in Santa Marta, Colombia to address the threat of acidification to the region at an event co-organised by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Research suggests that rising seawater acidity is already impacting ...

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Lagos to make waterways cleaner

Plastic wastes on waterways

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Sunday, April 1, 2018 promised to make the state’s waterways cleaner and safer to attract more investments and encourage partnerships in the channelisation of the water routes. Ambode, represented by his deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule, made the promise at the 2018 Boat Regatta funfair organised by the state’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts and ...

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Uganda loses billions due to delays in repairing MV Bukakaka

MV Bukakata

MV Bukakaka under the supervision of Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has been at been at the floating dry dock at Port Bell in Luzira for three years, which has resulted into losing billions of money in docking ( parking) fees.   The Uganda Railways Cooperation (URC) Senior Marine engineer, Aggrey Ojambo, said UNRA pays URC $400 per day for ...

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How to save Lake Chad from extinction, by don

Haruna Ayuba

Academic and environmental expert, Prof. Haruna Ayuba, has proposed evaporation suppression as an alternative technique of restoring Lake Chad to save it from extinction. Ayuba, who teaches at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), made the proposal in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. He said that water transfer was the ...

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Nigeria’s first Marine Engineering Centre of Excellence takes off at Rivers State University

Rivers State University

The Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Marine Engineering and Offshore Technology established by the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC)-operated joint venture at the Rivers State University (RSU) is set to open its doors to the pioneer students who are currently being screened in an elaborate admission process. More than 100 candidates had applied in response to newspaper advertisements, and ...

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