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WHO, others battle malaria in north-eastern Nigeria

Pedro Alonso

WHO estimates up to 10,000 lives could be saved by November through malaria prevention and control, if more funds are secured Following more than eight years of conflict in Borno State in north-eastern Nigeria, some 3.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and all are at risk for malaria, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The global ...

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Radio Report: Lagos takles wastewater epidemic

Akinwunmi Ambode

The Lagos State Government is seeking the partnership of relevant international organisations and other bodies to control the spread of cholera, diarrhoea and other diseases, through the provision of modern facilities for treating large volumes of waste water generated in the state. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who made this known at a recent summit, blamed frequent disease epidemics in the state ...

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How subsidies accelerate forest degradation, by Solheim

Erik Solheim

Highlighting how subsidies can lead to degradation, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Erik Solheim, says that besides lowering the cost of consumption of certain products and leading to overconsumption, subsidies draw more investment to industries than the market would otherwise support Something is destroying our forests. In tropical regions alone, we lose an area of forest the ...

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$33m hydropower scheme to end Solomon Islands diesel fuel reliance

Manasseh Sogavare

The Solomon Islands, in the heart of the Pacific, relies on expensive imported fuel for nearly 100% of its electricity. It has some of the highest energy costs in the world, and one of the lowest rates of connection in the world; just 9% of Solomon Islanders are connected to the electricity grid. Succour has however emerged with the approval ...

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Leaders told to take concrete action to save the snow leopard

snow leopard

As leaders from the 12 snow leopard range countries prepare to meet this month to further deliberate on the future of the endangered cat, conservationists have called on them to take the next step and pledge concrete action to ensure the animal’s survival. The snow leopard lives in the Himalayas, the mountains of Central Asia and the Mountains of Southwest China as ...

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A year after flag-off, government asked to immediately commence Ogoniland clean-up

ERA Ogoniland

Dr. Godwin Uyi Ojo, Executive Director, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), at an event to commemorate one year of flag-off of the Ogoniland clean-up exercise by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, said in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Thursday, August 3 2017, that the motion without movement is enough, and that the time to clean up Ogoniland ...

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Millions of Americans in support of climate action, study finds

Donald Trump, US president

Even as the Donald Trump Administration in the US seeks to roll back and eliminate government programs to address climate change, a national survey conducted recently by the Centre for Climate Change Communication of the George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, finds that a majority of American voters support more climate action. A majority of registered voters – including large majorities of ...

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Earth Overshoot Day: Mankind has exhausted a year’s worth of planet’s resources

Earth Overshoot Day

Humans have already used up their allowance for water, soil, clean air and other resources on Earth for the whole of 2017. Earth Overshoot Day is on August, 2 this year, according to environmental groups WWF and the Global Footprint Network. The date, earlier this year than in 2016, means humanity will survive on “credit” until 31 December. “By August ...

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Minamata Convention: Nigeria develops blueprint to curb mercury releases from mining

Artisanal mining

Bothered by the prevalence of mercury due mainly to Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) activities, Nigeria is to develop a National Action Plan (NAP) for the sector. This appears to be a fall-out from the “Minamata Convention Initial Assessment (MIA) in Nigeria”, a project which, among other functions, conducted a preliminary inventory of mercury releases in the country. ...

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World Day to Combat Desertification: Why Nigeria must rise up to challenge, by Jibril

Ibrahim Jibril

Environment Minister of State, Ibrahim Usman Jibril, in Gombe on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at the commemoration of the year’s World Day to Combat Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought, says that rising up to the Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD) challenge is a prerequisite to achieving the nation’s commitments for climate change adaptation and mitigation, biodiversity conservation, forest cover ...

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