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Significant increases in private capital essential to actualise climate goals

Robert Nasi

Global temperatures will very likely exceed the target of a 1.5-degree increase agreed to under the Paris climate accord, and a 3-degree rise is a more likely outcome, said Robert Nasi, Director General of the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), at the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) event hosted by the World Bank in Washington. That means the world needs ...

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World No Tobacco Day: Activists demand establishment of Tobacco Control Fund

No to tobacco day

The 2018 World No Tobacco Day Commemoration went colourful in Abuja as civil society and student groups marched through the major streets of the federal capital city, demanding that government enforce the ban on smoking in public places, among a host of provisions of the National Tobacco Control Act which was signed into law in 2015. Groups that participated in ...

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GEF calls for aggressive campaigns against plastic pollution

Plastic pollution

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) on Thursday, May 31, 2018 urged the government, civil society organisations (CSOs) and relevant agencies in the environment sector to start aggressive campaigns against plastic pollution in the country. Mrs Ibironke Olubamise, the National Coordinator of GEF Small Grant Programme (GEF-SGP), gave the advice in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. ...

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World No Tobacco Day: Smoking linked to 15 different cancers

Isaac Adewole

The Youth Action on Tobacco Control and Health (YATCH) says tobacco smoking has been linked to 15 different kinds of known cancers. Mr Seye Omiyefa, the Executive Director of YATCH, made the disclosure on Thursday, May 31 at an awareness campaign and walk to mark the 2018 World No Tobacco Day. This year’s campaign focuses on the important link between tobacco ...

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UN launches coalition on health, environment, climate change

Health climate environment agreement

The United Nations has launched a new global coalition on health, environment and climate change to reduce the annual 12.6 million deaths caused by environmental risks, and especially air pollution. The heads of the World Health Organisation (WHO), UN Environment and World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) came together for the initiative. At the launch of the coalition last week in Geneva, WMO chief, Petteri Taalas, urged for ...

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Post-COP23 forum clamours poverty reduction, sustainable development strategies

Post COP23

The National Coordinator, Climate and Sustainable Development Network of Nigeria (CSDevNet), Mr Atayi Babs, has called for collective global poverty reduction and sustainable development strategies and actions for safe environment. Babs made the call at the National Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (post-COP23) Consultative workshop on Thursday, May 31, 2018 in Abuja. COP23 is ...

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Hamburg pioneers diesel vehicles ban in Germany

Hamburg

Hamburg on Thursday, May 31, 2018 became the first German city to impose a partial ban on diesel vehicles as part of the country’s much-debated move to improve air quality. The port city blocked a 600-metre stretch of the Max Brauer Allee and a 1.6-km stretch of Stresemannstrasse in the Altona-Nord district for older diesel cars and trucks from midnight ...

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World No Tobacco Day: Don cautions parents on dangers of smoking close to children

tobacco smoking

Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), Ahmed Gabdo, has cautioned parents against smoking cigarettes close to their children to safeguard their health and future development. Gabdo, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri on Thursday, May 31, 2018 as the world celebrates “No Tobacco Day”, said the warning aims at safeguarding the ...

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1.2b children face poverty, conflict, discrimination – Report

Displaced children

No fewer than 1.2 billion children are threatened by poverty, conflict, or discrimination against girls, Save the Children, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), said in a report. In its second annual “End of Childhood Index,” published recently, the London-based charity said more than 153 million children lived in countries where they faced all three threats. The situation for children in 95 ...

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World No Tobacco Day: 1.1b people smoke globally, says WHO

Douglas Bettcher

There are around 1.1 billion smokers in the world today, the same number as at the turn of the century, according to latest data from the World Health Organisation (WHO). WHO’s “Global Report on Trends in Prevalence of Tobacco Smoking 2000-2025”, which coincided with World No Tobacco Day 2018, observed every May 31, warned that smoking is a habit that destroyed the ...

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