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Air pollution threatens West African cities, scientists warn

Professor Peter Knippertz

European and African scientists in a new research have warned of imminent risks posed by the increasing air pollution that could have negative impact on human health, meteorology and regional climate in West African cities. A report published by the Nature Climate Change states that ‎the “rapidly expanding cities such as Lagos in Nigeria, Accra in Ghana and Abidjan in ...

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About 200 homes consumed in Makurdi flooding


About 200 houses and huts were swept away on Friday in Makurdi, the Benue state capital, following over four hours of torrential downpour. Many valuables worth millions of naira were also submerged in the flood. Makurdi is located along the Benue River, the nation’s second biggest waterbody after the Niger. The latest incident which has taken its toll on residents was ...

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Leaders, experts discuss world’s water crisis in Stockholm


World leaders, water experts and development professionals will meet for six days beginning from Sunday, August 23, 2015 in Stockholm, the Swedish capital city, to seek solutions to the world’s several escalating water crises. With both World Water Week and Stockholm Water Prize celebrating their 25th jubilee, several special events and campaign finales will take place during the Week. The ...

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Smart Villages: New thinking for off-grid communities

Off-grid lighting Africa

“Smart Villages: New Thinking for off-grid communities worldwide” is a collection of opinion pieces in renewable energy. It is a chronicle of ideas by experts aimed at tackling the issues of energy as a catalyst for sustainable development – health, food security, education gender equality, governance, security and employment. The 124-page book, which is comprised of 16 essays written by ...

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Dikko Abdullahi bows out, unveils Customs’ Karu hospital


Dikko Abdullahi, comptroller general, bows out of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) in style as he performed his last official function by inaugurating a three-storey state-of-the-art hospital facility on Tuesday. It is one of the lasting legacies he left behind in Customs where he worked for 27 years. Abdullahi bowed out of service after six years in the saddle as ...

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Photos: Adopting an anti-corruption strategy


The nation’s Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 converged on Abuja for daylong meeting to review the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and adopt a Draft National Anti-Corruption Strategy.                    

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How overfishing and climate change intensify ocean threats

Katie Auth

Millions of people and billions of dollars depend on healthy oceans, but human actions create complex interactions that endanger oceans The combination of overfishing and climate change may be putting the oceans’ health – and our own wellbeing – at risk. As State of the World 2015 contributing author Katie Auth explains, protecting lives and livelihoods will require urgent and concerted ...

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Applause as Islamic Climate Declaration calls for fossil fuel phase-out


Islamic leaders from 20 countries on Tuesday in Istanbul, Turkey launched a bold Climate Change Declaration to engage the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims on the issue of our time. Adopted by the 60 participants at the International Islamic Climate Change Symposium (Istanbul, 17-18 August), the Declaration urges governments to deliver a strong, new international climate agreement in Paris this December that ...

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‘Controlled diabetes, hypertension can curb renal failure’


A specialist in internal medicine, Dr. Yiliji Kumtap, has said renal diseases and failures, prominent in hypertensive and diabetic patients, can be curtailed if effectively managed. Kumtap told the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos, the Plateau State capital, on Monday that most patients suffering from hypertension and diabetes could develop renal disease and eventually renal failure in not controlled. He ...

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Concern as 1,000 Nigerian children die daily from malnutrition


The Government of Nigeria and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have announced they have reached more than a million Nigerian children with a highly successful and cost-effective treatment for acutely malnourished children, saving over 200,000 lives in the past six years. Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition was piloted in Gombe and Kebbi States in 2009 and has now been ...

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