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Meteorologist urges solution to desertification in the north

Desertification in Nigeria

The President of Nigerian Meteorological Society (NMetS), Prof. Clement Akosile, said on Thursday, April 19, 2018 that the country needed to aggressively address the desertification in the northern part of Nigeria. Akosile made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. According to him, checking desertification will reduce the quest by cattle rearers to ...

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BudgIT urges government to expedite action on gas flaring

Gas flaring in Ogoniland Nigeria

BudgIT, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has advised the Federal Government to expedite action on gas flaring to stop environmental degradation posing hazards to human health and loss of revenue in the country. The group gave the advice in a statement signed by its Communication Lead, Mr Abiola Afolabi, on Thursday, April 19, 2018 in Lagos. BudgIT, however, said that it ...

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IPCC opens registration for expert review of draft ocean report

Hans-Otto Pörtner

The Expert Review of the First Order Draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) will take place from May 4 until June 29, 2018. The Expert Review of the First Order Draft is a key element of the IPCC assessment process. Experts from around the world will offer ...

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Rivers expresses determination to tackle black soot pollution menace

soot port-harcourt

The Rivers State Government on Thursday, April 19, 2018 pledged its commitment to ensuring a safe environment for residents by tackling headlong the challenge of black soot within its confines. Deputy Governor, Mrs Ipalibo Banigo, gave the assurance while addressing a group of protesters at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital. Earlier, the group comprising of some ...

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Government to check deforestation via climate-smart agriculture, says Ogbeh

Chief Audu Ogbeh

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, says the Federal Government is committed to checking deforestation across the country through the introduction of climate-smart agriculture. Ogbeh said this on Thursday, April 19, 2018 in Kano at the interactive session and inauguration of the Commodity Alliance Forum, organised by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The minister, ...

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South Africa issues malaria alert

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa

South African health authorities on Thursday, April 19, 2018 issued a malaria alert amid a rising risk of acquiring the disease both in and outside the country. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said the total number of malaria cases has increased in three malaria-affected areas – north-eastern Limpopo, eastern Mpumalanga and northern KwaZulu-Natal. NICD said some of the ...

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Global leaders call on the Commonwealth to halve malaria in next five years

Malaria Summit

The global malaria community on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 urged Commonwealth leaders to make a game-changing commitment to halve malaria across the Commonwealth within the next five years. This, the community reasoned, would prevent 350 million cases of malaria and save 650,000 lives, predominately children and pregnant women who are most at risk. This call was made by leaders attending ...

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Novartis renews commitment to malaria elimination

Novartis

Basel-based Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company, Novartis, has announced a five-year commitment to the fight against malaria in conjunction with the 7th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria Conference and the Malaria Summit of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. Further, the company has released new African research on progress and remaining challenges toward the 2030 malaria elimination targets, together with Elimination 8 ...

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Over 100 corporations commit to science-based climate targets

Uday Gupta

More than one hundred major global corporations are now working towards emissions reduction targets aligned with what climate science says is required to prevent dangerous global warming. Announcing their new climate goals on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, Electrolux, L’Oréal and Mahindra Sanyo Special Steel are among the latest companies to have emissions reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a collaboration ...

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Paris Agreement: UK submits long-term low-emissions strategy

Paris Agreement

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has submitted its long-term low-emissions strategy, presenting a pathway for emissions reductions of the UK by at least 80% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels through a process of legally binding five-year caps on emissions. The United Kingdom is the eighth Party to the Paris Climate Change Agreement to submit a ...

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