NASA Cancels Greenhouse Gas Programme

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A NASA program that cost $10 million per year to track carbon and methane, key greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming, has been cancelled, a US space agency spokesman said Thursday.

The end of the program — called the Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) — which tracked sources and sinks for carbon and made high-resolution models of the planet’s flows of carbon — was first reported by the journal Science.

“Now, President Donald Trump’s administration has quietly killed the CMS,” the report said, describing the move as the latest in a “broad attack on climate science” mounted by the White House.

The journal said NASA “declined to provide a reason for the cancellation beyond ‘budget constraints and higher priorities within the science budget.'”

It also quoted US space agency spokesman Steve Cole as saying there was no mention of the CMS in a budget deal signed in March, which “allowed the administration’s move to take effect.”

Cole, responding to a request for comment from AFP, said Trump proposed cutting the CMS project and four Earth science missions last year.

After much deliberation, Congress decided they wanted those four space missions to be funded, writing them into the budget bill they passed in March 2018, he said.

But since CMS was not among them, it was cut as proposed, Cole said, describing the entire process as a joint effort by lawmakers and the executive branch.

Existing grants would be allowed to finish but no new research would be supported, he said.

Trump has already announced the US pullout from the 2015 Paris climate accord, a deal signed by more than 190 nations to slash polluting emissions from fossil fuels.

Cole told AFP that Trump has proposed cancelling another Earth science mission, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3 (OCO-3), for next year, though it did receive funding for fiscal year 2018.

According to Kelly Sims Gallagher, director of Tufts University’s Center for International Environment and Resource Policy in Medford, Massachusetts, the CMS cuts jeopardize efforts to verify the emission cuts agreed to in the Paris climate deal.

“If you cannot measure emissions reductions, you cannot be confident that countries are adhering to the agreement,” she told the journal Science.

Canceling the CMS “is a grave mistake.”

Cole, however, said in an email that the “winding down of this specific research program does not curb NASA’s ability or commitment to monitoring carbon and its effects on our changing planet.”

“In fact, GEDI, a new ecosystem carbon-monitoring instrument, is set to launch to the International Space Station this summer.”


Ogun, Partners FG On Effective Drug Distribution

Gov Amosun Challenges Exco Members On Task AheadThe Ogun state, in collaboration with the Federal Government, are set to improve supply, distribution, and management of drugs in order to guide against expiration, before they reach the end users.

This was disclosed by the State Commissioner for Health Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, while hosting members of the National Product Supply Chain Management, Programme (NPSCMP), Department of Food & Drugs Services, Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja, recently at his office in Abeokuta.

The Commissioner said the collaboration with relevant stakeholders, would further strengthen human capacity development for the Public Health sector, commodities management in Nigeria.

Ipaye said the state is always ready to partner with the Federal Government, particularly in areas that have to do with the health of the people.

He added that already, they had been efficient in the areas of distribution and management of drugs to all health care facilities.

Speaking earlier, the Team Leader for NPSCMP, Mrs Abdulhameed Wosilat, said the aim of the partnership was to coordinate all health commodities at the Federal level, through an effective integrated supply chain in Nigeria.

She added that it would also improve patients access to availability of drugs, as well as efficient last minute delivery of all other health commodities across the country.

Wosilat, then revealed that currently, the programme is running effectively in 14 states.

According to her, the initiative would also guide the end users, particularly those in the rural areas of the country, against the intake of expired drugs.

Also in his address, the Director, Pharmaceutical Department, Ogun State Ministry of Health, Olufemi Fafiolu, said the state would only need to key in to the programme.

Describing it is “laudable”, he says it would eradicate stock out, eradicate drugs being expired, ensure optimum storage and good condition of drugs, strengthen the logistic supply system of the state, as well as reduce the cost of destroying expired drugs across the Country.

Metrofile: STEM Summer Camp Awards Children Participants In Lagos

STEM, Summer CampKaiser Foundation for Social Development has rounded off the maiden edition of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Summer Camp Construction Programme – Lagos 2016.

It was a 7-day mentoring and hands-on technical training programme with award and recognition for the over 30 children that took part in the programme.

The children had the opportunity to learn more about construction and engineering and then showcased what they had been doing during the weeklong programme.

To appreciate their efforts, one after the other, they were honoured for job well done.

In the course of the week, the programme focused on career guidance, mentorship, leadership skills, vocational and skills acquisition in construction.

With the theme, ‘Construction Can Be Fun’, the CEO of Construction Kaiser Limited, organisers of the programme, Igbuan Okaisabor, asked the private sector to identify and support secondary school students and expose them to construction.

He explained that the value added to the programmes’s young participants within one week would be better felt in the society if other organisations do the same.

The children expressed delight in the wealth of knowledge they had acquired in just one week and the organisers have said that they would to sustain it.

Ogun State 40th Anniversary: Buhari To Commission 40 Projects

BuhariThe Ogun State government has said that 40 legacy projects which cut across the three senatorial districts of the state  have been penciled down  to be commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari during the 40th anniversary of the creation of Ogun State from the Old Western Region

The Secretary to the State Government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa made this known on Friday at a press briefing in Abeokuta, the state capital where programme for the celebration was unveiled by the government.

According to the  programme, about 14 legacy projects are expected to be commissioned, 12 from Ogun West and 16 projects from Ogun Central Senatorial District.

As part of the celebration 11 former governors of the state are expected to be part of the celebration.

Among the projects expected to be commissioned are the 110km Ilaro/Ijoun/Tombolo road which cuts across four Local Government Areas of Ogun West Senatorial Districts, the Ilo Awela road in Ota area, model  schools, 750 hectares New Makun Estate in Sagamu, 50 hectares cashew plantation at Imeko Afon and 50 hectares palm plantation  at Ipokia among other legacy projects.

Shape Africa Talk-Shop Looking To Solve Africa’s Problems With Initiatives

Joycee-Awojoodu-and-Jake-EffoduhThe organisers of Shape Africa talk-shop that will hold in Abuja between 5 and 6 April say the Shapers at the event will be looking to proffer solutions to Some Africa’s problems through proper collaboration of initiatives.

On a Channels Television’s programme, Rubbin’ Minds, the Curator, Global Shapers, Abuja, Joycee Awojoodu, and Jake Effoduh, Global Shapers, Abuja said that the talk-shop, with the theme, “Bold Solution, Change the Thinking, Change the Result”, will focus on how young Nigerians can begin to shape the country and the African continent through outstanding initiatives.

Awojoodu said on Sunday that Shape Africa is an initiative of the Global Shapers Community and a regional gathering of all the Global Shapers across the African continent.

There are about 20,700 Shapers Globally and 300 hubs across the globe.

The meeting will hold two days before the World Economic Forum on Africa scheduled to begin on May 7 in Abuja.

Shape Africa involves young people below the age of 40 who are doing extra ordinary things in their various communities.

Effoduh said that Shapers who already exist would induct new ones into the group described as the youngest platform of the World Economic Forum.

The Shapers hope to proffer solutions for Africa’s most pressing challenges, focusing on four pillars, Agriculture, Entrepreneurship, Education and Technology.

“We are a part of the World Economic Forum community but we have a separate agenda. It is very essential that while we are having employment issues, our young people are actually employable when the opportunities are present.

“We have agriculture enthusiasts and we want other young people to be more involved in agriculture, considering how lucrative it is,” Awojoodu said.

Awojoodu will also introduce her ‘Solarpreneur’ initiative  that promotes renewable energy to young Nigerians that will attend the programme. She pointed out that if renewable energy potentials were fully tapped, it could power so many communities in Nigeria that do not have access to the national grid.

The Shapers said that the Shape Africa Community would also offer mentorship opportunities to young Shapers in Nigerian with sound initiatives.

They  also called on young Nigerians to submit bold solutions on any field to upload a one-minute video of their initiative on Youtube and send the link to [email protected]  for an opportunity to attend the talk-show  and stand a chance of winning an award.

Over 100 Shapers are attending the event.

Nigeria’s rising debt profile, a focal point

Fear: Nigeria’s biggest problem with technology – Experts

Despite the amazing opportunities technology offers to business executive around the world, Nigeria is yet to benefit from it because of fear, a software engineer says.

Junior Pius Ekeh, who discussed cybercrime and the Nigerian economy along with two other technology experts on Channels Television’s weekend programme, Sunrise, said the fear of technology in doing businesses in Nigeria has reduced the benefits of the internet in the country.

Mr Ekeh the second biggest problem with the use of technology in doing business in Nigeria is the absence of law to regulate internet usage.

Reputation in Nigerian businesses

Orubebe tells NGOs to criticise FG constructively

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, has called on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) existent in Nigeria to criticise the government constructively.

The minister was speaking after an NGO, Anti-Corruption Network, headed by a former member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Dino Melaye, accused his ministry of involvement in fictitious contracts totalling N29 billion between 2010 and 2011.

The projects as alleged by Melaye are Canalisation/River Training Centre in Foupolobulou Ndoro Creek; canalisation contract and the Land Reclamation/Shoreline protection project at Ogbobagbene in Burutu Local Government Area.

Mr. Melaye said the scam involved payments for “phantom projects”, over-budgeting and violation of Bureau of Public Procurement guidelines for the award of government contracts.