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September 2011 Blog Posts (13)

Sponsorship for Journalists to Attend the UNCCD COP 10, Changwon, Republic of Korea

The UNCCD secretariat will sponsor the participation of a total of four developing country journalists, drawn from the Africa, Asia & the Pacific and the Latin America & the Caribbean regions, to the tenth session of the Conference of the Parties that will take place in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 10-21October 2011. The secretariat will cover the travel and accommodation costs for the…


Added by Kruno Kartus on September 28, 2011 at 14:29 — No Comments

Nobel Peace Laureate and World Environmentalist Mourned

Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan was amongst the first world leaders to send their condolences following the death of Prof Wangari Maathai, the Nobel Peace laureate and conservation heroine.

Prof Maathai who would forever be celebrated and honoured on her strong stand on environmental conservation , died in Nairobi , the Kenya’s capital city on Sunday, after a long battle with cancer.

The environmentalist and politician died at the age of 71 years ,  according to… Continue

Added by Charles Owino Ogallo on September 27, 2011 at 16:00 — No Comments

Is China on track in forest recovery? Look again at the finer details

Here are some reasons why Jianchu Xu and other scientists from the Worldagroforestry Center (ICRAF) and ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins are not celebrating yet the news that China is making a turnaround on forest loss:

-     Majority of the new forest cover is…


Added by Elizabeth Kahurani on September 26, 2011 at 18:56 — No Comments

Sea Level Rise and Lagos Central

A mini documentary I produced for Policy Advocacy Project Partnership on Climate Change in Lagos. I was one of four Nigerian Journalists selected to work on how climate change affects eacho f the senatorial districts and I chose to work on Lagos central. The group of non governmental organisations hope to use the videos to shame and force senators to take proactive action to save…


Added by Vivienne Irikefe on September 23, 2011 at 15:28 — 2 Comments

Government seeks local production of anti-malaria drugs

Government seeks local production of anti-malaria drugs


To further reduce the cost of anti malaria drug and reduce malaria incidence to the barest minimum, the ministry of health says it has plans to produce them in Nigeria.

Onyebuchi Chukwu, Minister of Health while briefing the press on the 2011 World Malaria Day on Tuesday in Abuja said pharmaceutical industries in Nigeria as at today are not producing the drugs because they are not certified by the World Health… Continue

Added by Ngozi Oboh on September 21, 2011 at 20:56 — No Comments

Cancer patients need government’s subsidy’

‘Cancer patients need government’s subsidy’


The arrival of Onyedika Onyeagba to the family of Rose and Raphael Onyeagba was a long awaited dream come true for the couple. They have had three girls and were excited that the addition of a male child to family will strike a balance to the gender equation.

But their joy was to last only for short while. Six months after the birth of Onyedika, he developed problems with his right eyes. Efforts were made to contact… Continue

Added by Ngozi Oboh on September 21, 2011 at 20:52 — No Comments

Government plans gradual phase-out of tobacco companies

Government plans gradual phase-out of tobacco companies

By Ngozi Oboh

Worried the negative impact of tobacco on smokers, the ministry of health is considering a tactful way of terminating the lives of tobacco producing companies in Nigeria, according to Folake Ademola – Majekodumi, director Special Services, federal ministry of health.

Mrs Ademola- Majekodumi who represented Linus Awute, permanent secretary of the ministry at the press briefing to mark the ‘2011 world no tobacco… Continue

Added by Ngozi Oboh on September 21, 2011 at 20:39 — No Comments

Government to introduce technology for flood control

Government to introduce technology for flood control

By Ngozi Oboh

Disturbed by the recent environmental problems in the country, especially flooding, the federal government is planning to launch an automated web-based flood early warning system to check flood, Hadiza Mailafia has said.

Mrs Mailafia stated this while receiving in-audience Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, governor of Kaduna State in her office in Abuja..

“The system will provide information on flood prone areas in… Continue

Added by Ngozi Oboh on September 21, 2011 at 20:36 — No Comments

Government commences biopharmaceutical education curriculum development

Government commences biopharmaceutical education curriculum development

By Ngozi Oboh

The federal government is working at introducing biotechnology component to the curriculum of pharmacy programme run by the Nigerian universities.

Speaking at the opening of a two day workshop on biopharmaceutical education curriculum development held at the National Universities Commission, Abuja on Monday, Mohammed Abubakar, minister of science and technology said with large number of… Continue

Added by Ngozi Oboh on September 21, 2011 at 20:32 — No Comments

Rhino translocation-for-conservation strategy in South Africa is sound, genetic research finds

The conservation efforts and translocation strategy employed by the conservation organisation Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife over the past 40 years to save black rhinoceros in South Africa from extinction, has received a big thumbs up from zoologists at Stellenbosch University (South Africa). This is at least some good news for the species that yet again faces severe threats from poachers.


A Stellenbosch University genetic survey of black rhinos on provincial nature reserves and…


Added by Engela Duvenage on September 20, 2011 at 14:28 — No Comments

Sustainable Business and Green Development

Fourteen years after graduating from college with a B.S. in Environmental and Forest Biology, Wildlife Management concentration, I have decided to return to school.  I am just about to begin a program to earn an MBA in Sustainable Business, with a focus on Green Development.  Environmental issues have been interests of me for pretty much my whole life, and I thought that this degree would be a good way of combining that interest with my experiences in the business/retail world.  Would be very… Continue

Added by Jeremy Taylor on September 18, 2011 at 5:20 — 1 Comment

The Mesoamerican Biological Corridor

The Mesoamerican Biological Corridor                            


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Added by Lauren Kelly on September 15, 2011 at 19:54 — No Comments

Why Biodiversity Matters for Business

The price we pay for goods and services fails to take into account the potential impact their production and delivery has on wildlife. Much of our current industrial and agricultural practices would struggle to exist without access to and use of natural resources. However, these economic activities, such as the ploughing of fields, the construction of buildings and the production of goods and services come at the cost of natural ecosystems. The European Environment Agency (EEA) previously…


Added by Lori Frater on September 13, 2011 at 17:45 — No Comments

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