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UN agrees continued support to climate technologies

UN Climate Technology Centre and Network

The United Nations has acceded to an agreement that paves way for the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) to support developing countries with implementing climate technologies for the next four years At the end of 2017, heads of UN agencies signed an agreement for the CTNC to continue supporting developing countries in implementing climate technologies. This, according to the ...

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UNEP, WHO to collaborate on environmental health risks

UNEP-WHO agreement

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have agreed a new, wide-ranging collaboration to accelerate action to curb environmental health risks that cause an estimated 12.6 million deaths a year. On Wednesday, January 10, 2017 in Nairobi, Mr Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment, and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, signed an agreement ...

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Zambia records 95 new cholera cases

Lusaka slum

Zambia has recorded 95 new cholera cases in the last 24 hours, with Lusaka, the country’s capital recording 83 of the cases, health authorities said on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. In a statement, the Ministry of Health said Lusaka recorded 83 new cases while 12 other cases were recorded in other parts of the country, bringing the cumulative figures since ...

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15 dead, hundreds trapped in devastating California mudslides


Some 15 people are dead in California’s Santa Barbara County following devastating mudslides in the area stripped by recent wildfires. More than two dozen people remain unaccounted for, leading officials to warn that the death toll will likely rise as emergency workers make it into damaged homes. “It was literally a carpet of mud and debris everywhere, with huge boulders, ...

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Closure of Tiga Dam poses threat to tomato policy – Stakeholders


Some stakeholders in the tomato industry have expressed concern that the one-month closure of Tiga Dam in Kano State will adversely affect the production of tomatoes. The stakeholders expressed their concerns in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 in Lagos. They said the closure of the dam would cause the price of ...

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Trump administration bars oil drilling off Florida after governor’s plea

Off-shore oil drilling

President Donald Trump’s administration will not allow drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Florida after a plea from the state governor, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, said. “I support the governor’s position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver,” Zinke said in a statement. “As a result of discussion ...

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Germans urged to reduce meat consumption to meet climate goals

Meat packaging

Environmentalists have urged Germans to eat half as much meat as they currently do, in order to meet climate goals. The organisations said as they presented the “Meat Atlas 2018’’ in Berlin on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 that, without a reduction in meat consumption and animal numbers, it would also be impossible for Germany to ensure the conservation of many ...

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Government to sensitise communities on effect of land degradation


The Federal Ministry of Environment says it will start sensitising communities on the effects of land degradation across the country. Mr Bala Gukut, the Deputy Director, Drought and Desertification Amelioration Department, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 in Abuja. He said that the federal government had set up a working committee on ...

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Ministry intensifies public awareness campaign on climate change

suleiman adamu kazaure

The Federal Ministry of Water Resources is intensifying its public awareness campaign on the effects of climate change on water resources development in the country. Mr Mukaila Babarinde, the Head of Climate Change Unit in the ministry, made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. He said that geographical ...

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Zambia suspends passport issuance in capital due to cholera outbreak

Lusaka, Zambia

The Zambian Government on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 placed a temporary suspension on issuance of passports and national identity cards in Lusaka, the country’s capital, following an outbreak of cholera. Minister of Home Affairs, Stephen Kampyongo, said the suspension was necessitated by the escalating cases of cholera in the city. According to him, the suspension is also in line with ...

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