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European steel makers seek to stay afloat amid climate, energy agenda

The European steel industry is worried that a continental climate policy will engender regulatory carbon dioxide (CO2) costs that may undermine the sector’s wellbeing. The greenhouse gas (GHG) of most relevance to the world steel industry is CO2. On average, 1.8 tonnes of CO2 are emitted for every tonne of steel produced. According to the International Energy Agency, in 2010 ...

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Report urges accelerated action to meet biodiversity targets by 2020

Bold and innovative action is urgently required if governments are to meet the globally-agreed Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and its Aichi Targets by 2020, says a United Nations progress report on the state of global biodiversity. Launched on Monday (October 6, 2014) one year before the halfway point of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the United Nations Decade ...

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Environmental activism under threat in Malaysia

On the eve of the October 10-18 global ‘Reclaim Power’ week, Friends of the Earth Malaysia and Friends of the Earth International urged the Malaysian government to cancel its plans for 12 unnecessary and damaging large dams. If the Malaysian government goes ahead with its plan to build these large dams in the state of Sarawak, the local environment and ...

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Climate change: Can Africa feed Africa?

The African continent, regarded as one of the most vulnerable regions to the impact of climate change, has taken up a campaign to utilise climate knowledge to transform agricultural production systems in order to sustainably feed herself and improve the people’s socio-economic wellbeing. Consequently, key stakeholders will gather next week for three days from Wednesday at the fourth edition of ...

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African nations, others prepare for REDD+

Nepal. Ivory Coast, Madagascar and Kenya have requested UN-REDD targeted support on legal preparedness. All are looking to adapt their existing policies, laws and regulations in order to support or put in place national REDD+ processes and strategies, with Kenya having requested the second stage of such support   Activities have been taking place over the past two years with ...

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Expert says hand washing curbs diseases beyond Ebola

Regular washing hand and use of sanitisers would eradicate polio, prevent pneumonia, typhoid fever, Hepatitis B and water born diseases, says Dr Rilwanu Mohammed. Mohammed, who is the Executive Secretary, FCT Primary Health Care Board, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday. He said that the awareness created on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) ...

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Mercury: CSOs demand end to Africa’s use of dental amalgam

Over 30 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), including the Sustainable Research and Action for Environmental Development (SRADev) Nigeria, have signed a declaration calling for Africa to be the first continent on the planet to end the use of mercury in dental care. Amalgam fillings are 50% mercury, a major neurotoxin. According to the activists, its continuous use is not justified because ...

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World Contraception Day: Experts clamour improved access to contraceptives

In a bid to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, experts have urged government to increase access to family planning commodities on this year’s World Contraceptive Day. The need to increase contraceptive use among sexually active people in Nigeria is critical to reducing unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion. According to the Nigerian Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS 2013), about 23 ...

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Combating illegal logging with smartphones, smarter shopping

CustomMade, an online marketplace, discloses in this treatise that though illegal logging costs the global economy an estimated $30 to $100 billion in lost revenue annually, the mass exodus of our forests has more devastating, long-lasting implications, putting the environment, politics and social stability at risk   Many of us make daily choices to try to live more environmentally conscious lifestyles. But ...

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Ebola: NOA director stresses importance of high sanitary standard


Mr Oliver Wolugbom, Rivers State Director of the National Orientation Agency ( NOA), has stressed the need to  maintain  high sanitary standard in order to check the spread of  Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Wolugbom who spoke on Friday in Port Harcourt at a sensitisation programme organised by the Agency for youths, said high sanitary standard was essential in the fight ...

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