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41 million children for immunisation against polio

Polio immunisation

The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) has procured polio vaccines to vaccinate over 41 million children against polio to contain the recent outbreak of the disease in north-east Nigeria. UNICEF, in a statement on Tuesday, said that the immunisation would spread across the Lake Chad Basin area as fleeing populations conflict are on the move within the sub-region, raising ...

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IPCC presents findings, activities in Thailand

Youba Sokona

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world body for assessing the science related to climate change, will present its findings with a focus on Thailand and Southeast Asia at an outreach event in Bangkok, Thailand on 14-15 October. It will also present its work programme for the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) cycle at the event hosted by Thailand’s ...

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Nigeria has ‘medium’ chance to ratify Paris Agreement, says report


A report released on Wednesday by Climate Scorecard rates the chance of each of the top 25 greenhouse gas emitting countries around the globe ratifying the Paris Agreement before 2018. The Report on Ratification Status of the countries rates Nigeria as 23rd and gives the West African nation a “medium” chance of ratifying the global treaty before 2018. Nigeria, whose ...

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Palm oil can cause cancer, damage kidney – Experts


Palm oil, a common cooking ingredient in the tropical belt of Africa, Southeast Asia and parts of Brazil, has lately come under fire. Already a cause for concern among environmental activist groups as it is linked with issues such as deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty and indigenous rights abuses in the countries where it is produced, palm oil is now ...

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Benue community benefits from Guinness water facility

Dr. Samuel Ortom

In furtherance of its continued commitment to interventions that transform lives and improves the health and well-being of communities in Nigeria under its Diageo Water of Life Scheme, Guinness Nigeria Plc has constructed a self-sustaining motorised solar-powered water facility in Tyowanye Community in Buruku Local Government Area of Benue State. The Tyowanye water scheme is one of three major water ...

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Farmers demand investment in ecological farming

Kenyan farmer

Thirty smallholder farmers from Kiambu, Meru, Machakos and Makueni counties in Kenya on Tuesday set off from Thika on a four-day resilience journey that will see them engage county leaders and Kenyans on the ideal agricultural system that they envision for country and continent, exhibit produce, share knowledge and share seeds to their counterparts. The farmers will make stops in Machakos, ...

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West Timor honey harvest in harmony with forest protection

A new research has shown that the annual harvesting of wild honey may be one of the most sustainable and effective governance measures now protecting the Mount Mutis Nature Reserve in West Timor, Indonesia. The Kanoppi research project, a combined effort between the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), has found that the customary laws surrounding ...

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UN emission credits heading for revival

The value of emission credits will probably increase after a United Nations climate meeting next month, according to a law firm specialising in clean energy and the environment. Envoys will work to set rules for how existing credits can become usable under the Paris climate deal, which comes into effect on Nov. 4 after being ratified before schedule, said Lisa DeMarco, a senior partner at ...

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Phasing down HFCs, climate’s low-hanging fruit

Patricia Espinosa

Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and Mario Molina, who shares the 1995 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work on ozone layer-damaging gases, reflect ahead of the forum Signatories to the 1989 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer convene in Kigali, Rwanda, to consider an amendment to the treaty that ...

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Why Kigali talks must agree on HFC phasedown


As countries meet in the Rwandan capital of Kigali this week, Christian Aid has warned that if they don’t agree on an ambitious date for ending the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), their climate pledges contained in the Paris Agreement will be broken. HFCs, the manmade chemicals used in fridges and air conditioners, created to replace ozone-depleting chemicals in 1990, are ...

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