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El Niño blamed for US blizzard


Thanks to El Niño, the first blizzard of 2016 won’t be the last. A low pressure system that spurred 60 foot waves for surfers in Hawaii last week has transformed into a winter storm that may dump over two feet of snow on Washington D.C. over the next few days. In addition to the heavy snowfall and gusty winds extending ...

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Fatalities as snowstorm pounds eastern US


At least 18 people have died in the massive snowstorm that is making its way up the East Coast of the US. According to The Associated Press, several of those people died in North Carolina, where officials have reported more than 900 vehicle crashes. Additionally, thousands of flights have been canceled as the winter storm dubbed “Jonas” prompted blizzard warnings ...

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Bodies collaborate to launch Heads of State Panel on Water


Together with partners, the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) joins in the establishment of a Heads of State Panel on Water, a global undertaking aimed at mobilizing support for implementing the water-related Sustainable Development Goals. The panel was launched during the World Economic Forum in Davos. To mobilise global support for implementing the water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN ...

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Greenpeace flays conviction of Cameroonian activist, Nasako Besingi


According to the body, the environmental activist’s conviction is a judicial harassment and violation of freedom of expression in Cameroon Greenpeace Africa is alarmed by the judicial harassment against a prominent environmental activist and human rights defender. On Thursday, Nasako Besingi was sentenced to pay 344400 FCFA (575 USD) in fines or face one year in prison. “This is Besingi’s second ...

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Washington records ‘biggest winter storm in recorded history’

Winter storm

Snow began falling on Friday afternoon in Washington, which could get more than 2½ feet of snow before the storm ends at the weekend. Observers predict it could be the biggest winter storm in recorded history in the nation’s capital, and almost certainly in the top five. Similarly, over 6,200 U.S. flights – about 2,900 on Friday and another 3,300 on ...

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60 million people endangered as El Niño threatens


The World Health Organisation (WHO) and its partners predict a major global increase in health consequences of emergencies this year due to El Niño El Niño is a warming of the central to eastern tropical Pacific Ocean which affects rainfall patterns and temperatures in many parts of the world but most intensely in the tropical regions of Africa, Asia-Pacific, and ...

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Ban Ki-moon urges govts to ratify Paris Agreement


UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, on Thursday (January 21, 2016) at a Plenary Session (titled: “The New Climate and Development Imperative”) of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, invited world leaders to endorse the Paris Agreement, an agreement within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) governing carbon dioxide reduction measures from 2020 Thank you, President ...

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Govt will not regulate online publications – Minister‬

Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has assured that the Federal Government will not regulate online publications in the country, saying the publishers are responsible enough to regulate themselves.‬ The Minister gave the assurance on Friday (January 22, 2016) in Lagos when he met with members of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP), in continuation of his ...

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How Michigan’s Flint River is poisoning the city’s residents

Farmers Market

To date, over 25,000 children in Flint, Michigan, have been exposed to lead contamination from the city’s water supply. How did the water get that way? Lee-Anne Walters and her family in Flint, Michigan, drank water laced with hazardous levels of lead contamination for nearly eight months, beginning in the spring of 2014. The water was brown. Her three-year-old son Gavin ...

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Marine litter: Plastic to outweigh ocean’s fish by 2050


Plastic litter in the world’s oceans is projected to outweigh fish by 2050, according to new documents released by the World Economic Forum. Because global use of plastic has increased twentyfold in the past 50 years – and that number will likely double again in the next 20 years – the current pace will put the tonnage of litter in ...

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