EPA Secures US$7.4M Grant from GEF

first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has secured US$7.43 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to tackle some prevailing environmental problems in the country.GEF Operational Focal Point and Executive Director of the EPA, Madam Anyaa Vohiri, made the disclosure at the GEF National Portfolio Formulation Exercise Workshop held over the weekend in Kakata, Margibi County.According to an EPA release the workshop was meant for stakeholders to identify burning environmental issues and synergize them for implementation.Madam Vohiri said the money will be used by the government to execute environmental projects in the areas of climate change, biodiversity, sustainable land management, Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), international waters and chemical management.She noted that only sincere deliberation that will lead to the identification of environmental issues affecting Liberia’s developmental agenda can pave the way for speedy solution environmental related issues.The GEF was established in 1991 to assist in the protection of the global environment and to promote sustainable environmental development.Participants in the one day forum were drawn from relevant government line ministries and agencies as well as GEF implementing partners, including the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), African Development Bank, Environmental NGOs Coalition, Academicians, youth groups, and among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Giant prehistoric crocodile shieldcroc identified

first_imgImage: Henry Tsai, University of Missouri © 2011 PhysOrg.com Discovered in Morocco and subsequently carted off to the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada, the head sat ignored for nearly a decade before Casey Holliday, a paleontologist at the University of Missouri decided to look a little deeper. After analysis the head piece turned out to be from an animal that belonged to the family crocodyliforms, which of course is where modern crocodiles, alligators, caimans and others come from.Interestingly, despite its massive size, the old croc appears to have been rather weak jawed, and thus was more likely to eat fish swimming by (such as the car-length coelacanths) than grabbing animals off the shore and twisting them down into the water to drown them as modern crocs do.Holliday believes the shield was used to help cool the animal, due to the presence of skin and blood vessels similar to those in the frill of triceratops. Thus it would have been too soft to serve as protection, which makes Holliday believe it was likely mostly used to either frighten off other males, or to attract females.Also, because the head fragment was found in Morocco, new fuel has been added to fire in the ongoing debate among paleontologists regarding the origins of crocodyliforms. This new evidence points to North Africa of course, near the Mediterranean, though many still believe the original location was much farther north But since we’re talking about animals that lived around a hundred million years ago; so far back that land masses were configured differently from today, it’s likely the arguments will go on without ever being proved one way or the other.Holliday says the shieldcroc likely had an extra long face that was sort of flat with a roundish nose and small teeth. Its head alone was likely the size of a full-grown man. He also believes the giant beast’s feeding habits were more like modern pelicans than crocodiles and alligators. Ancient crocodile relative likely food source for Titanoboa (PhysOrg.com) — A scientist working in Canada studying a part of a head of a dinosaur found some ten years ago in Morocco, has uncovered what may be the great granddaddy of all modern crocs. The ancient beast, believed to have been wandering around during the Cretaceous period is estimated to have been nearly the length of a school bus and had a strange shield type crown covering the top of his head that researchers believe might have been more for showing off than fighting.center_img Explore further Citation: Giant prehistoric crocodile ;shieldcroc; identified (2011, November 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-giant-prehistoric-crocodile-shieldcroc.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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