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Cameroonian body leads way to mercury-free dentistry

Charlie Brown

President of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, Charlie Brown, was on Yaoundé, Cameroon  from October 26 to 27, working with Kuepouo Gilbert, leader of the CREPD, a non-governmental organisation.  The World Alliance and CREPD are partnering in a campaign to bring mercury-free dentistry to Cameroon. CREPD organised a mini-conference on the evening of October 27, where dentists and dental leaders; environmental ...

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CMS COP12: Momentum grows to save world’s migratory wildlife

global giraffe population

World governments attending this year’s largest wildlife summit have collectively endorsed actions on the conservation of a wide range of migratory species, many of which are near-extinct. The week-long CMS COP12 ended in Manila on Saturday, October 28, 2017 with decisions on 34 species in submissions made by 24 Parties from Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe and Oceania. These include actions on ...

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Urbanisation threatens European ferns with extinction


A fifth of European fern and lycopod species, a group of vascular plants that underpins healthy ecosystems, are threatened with extinction and declining, as a result of urbanisation and expanding infrastructure, according to a new report published on Friday, October 27, 2017 by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The new IUCN report – “European Red List of Lycopods ...

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Decline in bird species attributed to ‘towerkill’

Migratory birds

Recent scientific advancements around the world have conflicted with some environmental systems; hence, there are many struggles to create a balance. One of the talking points is the “towerkill”. “Towerkill” is a phenomenon that describes the killing of a large number of bird species by antenna towers and masts. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, it is estimated ...

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Paris Agreement: New, existing pre-2020 climate policies need scaling up

Patricia Espinosa

The United Nations (UN) has published a new report that draws attention to concrete examples of successful climate policy implementation around the world and how these can be replicated and scaled up between now and 2020. The “Summary for Policymakers”, published ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn (COP 23, 6 – 17 November) showcases good practices that ...

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WHO to immunise 300,000 against cholera in Borno

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it will immunise 300,000 people against cholera in Borno. This is contained in the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA), Humanitarian Situation Report for the Month of September. It said that the organisation in collaboration with other health development partners would also conduct another round of Oral Cholera Vaccination (ORV) exercise ...

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Group urges Nigerians to leverage on climate change to create jobs

Hamzat Lawal

A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Connected Development (CODE), has called on Nigerian youth to leverage on climate change to create sustainable job opportunities using emerging technology. The CODE Chief Executive Officer, Mr Hamzat Lawal, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday, October 28, 2017 in Abuja that climate change was a 21st century problem which could also have its ...

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World Stroke Day: Ailment is leading cause of death, disability, says expert

World Stroke Day

The Chief Executive, Stroke Action Foundation, Mrs Rita Melifonwu, said on Saturday, October 28, 2017 that stroke was the leading cause of death and disability globally. Melifonwu told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, ahead of the World Stroke Day 2017 that was observed on Sunday, Oct. 29. According to her, the day provides an annual opportunity for stakeholders ...

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World at tipping point in transition to low-carbon, says report

Paul Simpson

A new report by CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, shows that a growing number of companies are stepping up their response to climate change by embedding low-carbon goals into their long-term business plans, with many companies intending to ramp up ambition over the next couple of years. Launched just days ahead of the upcoming climate change conference in Bonn ...

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GCF, AFC drive low-emission development in Africa

Green Climate Fund

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has said that it will help African countries ramp up their economic growth in ways that do not exacerbate climate change. This was expressed as it signed an agreement with the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. The two organisations signed an Accreditation Master Agreement (AMA), a prerequisite for all GCF Accredited ...

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