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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Lava threatens Hawaii exit routes, could spur more evacuations

Lava flow

Lava flowing from giant rips in the earth on the flank of Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano threatens highways. The threat raises the possibility that officials may order thousands more people to evacuate before escape routes are cut off on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Lava from a huge new fissure tore through farmland toward a coastal dirt road that is one ...

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From Paris to Katowice: Urgent action clamoured for climate ambition


If Paris was historic in carving a global climate deal, Katowice will define the political urgency for climate action. Negotiations at the just ended United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, focused on the Paris Agreement Work Programme, under which countries are designing the guidelines that will move the climate pact from concepts to actions. The Least Developed Countries ...

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East African countries to promote effective e-waste management


An Eastern Africa regional workshop on e-waste management kicked off on Monday, May 14, 2018 in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, to discuss effective electronic waste management. The three-day event is organised by the East African Communications Organisation (EACO), the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) and an environmental organisation, Enviroserve Rwanda. Participants include policymakers, environmental experts, telecommunication companies and other interested ...

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Regional collaboration centres, partners help deliver Paris goals

Patricia Espinosa

National planning, finance and markets are receiving on-the-ground support from UN Climate Change Regional Collaboration Centres (RCCs) and their diverse partners working towards implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. On the margins of the climate talks that concluded in Bonn, Germany on Thursday, May 10, 2018, delegates and observers learned about several regional initiatives, including the NDC Partnership’s cooperation ...

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DRC gives WHO approval to use untried Ebola vaccine

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has received a green light from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to import and use an experimental Ebola vaccine in the country, WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus, told newsmen on Monday, May 14, 2018. “We have agreement, registration, plus import permit, everything formally agreed already,” Tedros said. “All is ready now to really use it,” ...

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Buhari launches N9b irrigation scheme rehabilitation project in Jigawa

Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, May 14, 2018 launched the N9 billion Hadejia Valley Irrigation Scheme (HVIS) rehabilitation project in Auyo Local Government Area of Jigawa State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the project will be executed under the Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING) programme, which is supported by the World Bank. Even though the president ...

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CSOs decry lack of basic facilities in Benue IDPs camps

Fidelity Bank IDPs

The Benue Civil Society Organisations (CSO) Coalition on Monday, May 14, 2018 decried the absence of basic amenities in the eight Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps across the state. The coalition conveyed its dissatisfaction in a statement which was given to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi, the state capital. NAN reports that Benue CSO is a network of ...

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UN urges Africa to establish gender inclusive policies to achieve SDGs

Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire

The UN specialised agency on trade on Monday, May 14, 2018 urged African governments to establish gender inclusive policies in order to promote the achievement of Sustainable Development (SDGs). Nicholas Schlaepfer, Senior Adviser on Empowering Women to Trade at the International Trade Centre (ITC), told a news conference in Nairobi, Kenya that countries typically implement policies that are gender blind ...

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Deeper relations between academia, industry advocated to foster Ghana’s industrial transformation


Whether or not investment in research will result in competitiveness, growth, job creation and quality of life is increasingly being determined by the relationship between science and industry. Indeed, meeting the complex needs of modern human populations requires industry and businesses to rely more on scientific researchers to develop new solutions. In nations where science and industry collaborate effectively, the ...

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Oslo forest summit to take stock of 10-year-old REDD+ programme

Nigeria REDD+

In advance of the Global Climate Action Summit holding from September 12 to 14, 2018 in San Francisco, USA, and the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) scheduled to hold from December 3-14, 2018 in Katowice, Poland, the Oslo Tropical Forest Forum (from June 27 to 28) will ...

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