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Curb GHG emissions to address high humidity, heat – Study

Coal-Fired-Power-Plant

Researchers warned that high humidity will magnify the effects of rising heat from South America to India, affecting people’s ability to work and even survive, unless greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are substantially cut in coming decades. According to U.S. researchers, heat remains underestimated as a threat by governments, aid agencies and individuals, and muggy heat is even more oppressive than ...

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Government advised to engage in waste recycling

Waste disposal

An environmentalist, Mr Johnson Abang, has urged the government at all levels to adopt measures aimed at converting solid waste into useful substances, so as to boost revenue generation. Abang, an Environmental Health Officer in Odukpani Local Government Council of Cross River State, gave the advice in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 ...

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Indonesia’s Sinabung volcano sends hot gas in latest eruption

Volcanic eruption

Mount Sinabung spewed searing gas more than four kilometres down its slopes on Indonesia’s island of Sumatra on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 as steam and dark gray volcanic ash billowed from the volcano’s crater. There were no reports of injuries from the fast-moving rock fragments and gases, known as pyroclastic flows, said Sutopo Nugroho, spokesperson for the national disaster management agency. “Ashfalls ...

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40 homes evacuated as bushfire threatens Melbourne suburb

Bushfire Australia

Forty homes were evacuated during a bushfire that broke out in a Melbourne nature reserve on Wednesday, December 27, 2017. In hot windy conditions the fire quickly got out of control in a nature reserve near a golf club and cemetery in the south-east suburb of Cheltenham, 18 kilometres from the city centre. More than 70 firefighters, four helicopters and ...

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Identifying causes of maternal, infant mortality

maternal mortality

In spite of its enormous benefits, medical personnel believe that some women care less about antenatal clinic attendance. Aisha Usman, 28, and few others share their experiences, attributing the occurrences to ignorance and poverty. “Each night when I go to sleep, I pray not to wake up, for fear of facing the world with my situation. I was married off ...

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Nigeria to host international conference on Lake Chad

Lake Chad

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved an international conference in Nigeria on saving the Lake Chad and revitalise its basin’s ecosystem for sustainable livelihood, security and development. Malam Garba Shehu, the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, made this known in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, December 26, 2017. Shehu said that conference would be the first ...

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Disasters spur climate action coherence in Caribbean

GCF Caribbean meeting

Green Climate Fund (GCF) consultations in the Caribbean have found a recent spate of destructive hurricanes is adding urgency to regional efforts enhancing climate resilience. Recent meetings with GCF partners in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Barbados, Grenada and Haiti have shown that progress is being made across weather-beaten Caribbean countries to coordinate their activities in addressing climate change. This includes ...

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Dust haze in reduced visibility to prevail on Wednesday – NiMet

Dust haze weather

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted dust haze weather conditions in horizontal visibility range of one to three kilometres over the central states of the county on Wednesday, December 27, 2017. NiMet’s Weather Outlook by its Central Forecast Office in Abuja on Tuesday also predicted day and night temperatures in the range of 24 to 33 and 10 to ...

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Tackling Nigeria’s sanitation challenges

Dr. Lawrence Anuka

By most accounts, Nigeria has been facing serious sanitation challenges, even after almost 60 years of political independence. Sanitation experts moan that many cities and towns across the country are still having serious waste management problems, while some communities have yet to be free from the menace of open defecation. They call for increased investments to rectify the situation but ...

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Environment contributes 80% to children’s IQ – UNICEF

Pernille Ironside

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 says 80 per cent of children’s IQ is derived from the environment. Mrs Swadchet Sankey, UNICEF Education Specialist, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. She frowned at the popular attribution of brain development or quality of child’s brain, intellectual capacity to ...

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