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Indian fishworkers flay proposed shipping corridor

Fishworkers protest

Members of the National Fishworkers Forum (NFF) in India on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 staged protests in 23 ports and harbours across the coastal states to kick against a planned shipping corridor which they claim endangers their source of livelihood. The protests across the state saw a turnout of thousands of fishermen and the public. The NFF says it stands ...

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Group wants hand washing facilities in health centres

Hand washing

The Network of Civil Societies on Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN) has called for the provision of hand washing facilities in all health centres to promote hygiene and effective service delivery. National Coordinator, NEWSAN, Mr Benson Attah, made the call at a sensitisation campaign on hand washing to pregnant women at the Township Clinic, Gwagwalada, FCT on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. ...

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Plastic-busting fungi may help tackle pollution, climate change – UNEP

Ilia Leitch

A new United Nations-backed report has revealed that fungi can help wean the world off its plastic addiction by degrading polyurethane in just a matter of weeks. According to the first-ever “State of the World’s Fungi” report, Scientists at London’s Kew Botanical Gardens reported that these organisms have the potential to break down waste plastic. The report is an important advance in a ...

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States urged to use ecological funds judiciously

National Council on Environment

The Federal Government on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 urged state governments to judiciously use ecological funds to complement its efforts in addressing the multifarious ecological challenges in various communities across the country. The Permanent Secretary, Ecological Fund Office, Dr Habiba Lawal, gave the advice at the 2018 National Council on Environment (NCE) Meeting in Akure, Ondo state. The theme of ...

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Dredging River Niger panacea to perennial flooding, says group

Anambra flood

The World Igbo Environment Foundation (WIEF) has called for the dredging of River Niger and de-silting of water bodies to solve the perennial problem of flooding in Nigeria. The foundation’s Executive Director, Dr Odili Ojukwu, suggested this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 in Awka, the capital of Anambra State. Ojukwu ...

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Al-Makura advocates creation of grazing areas by government, states

Umaru Tanko Al-makura

Gov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has urged the federal and state governments to set up grazing areas to address the incessant clashes between herders and farmers in the country. Al-Makura made the call on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 in Lafia, the state capital, at the stakeholders’ meeting organised by the Presidential Committee on Farmers/Herders crises in collaboration with the ...

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Air Pollution: WHO calls for construction of schools, playgrounds away from busy roads, factories

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised governments to ensure that schools and playgrounds are constructed away from busy roads, factories and power plants to reduce children’s exposure to air pollution. Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director-General, gave the advice in a New WHO Report on “Air pollution and child health”, released by the organisation on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. ...

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1.4m people migrate to cities weekly, says UN

Antonio Guterres

The UN says no fewer than 1.4 million people migrate every week to cities around the world. Secretary-General António Guterres warned that the weekly migration could contribute to “disasters”. The UN chief said the development “can strain local capacities, contributing to increased risk from natural and human made disasters”. In his message for World Cities Day, celebrated annually on Oct. 31, ...

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Africa to inject $9bn in smallholder irrigation

Nuhu Hatibu

Expansive lush sugarcane plantations stretching to 8000 hectares in Kenya’s semi arid Kwale County along the coastal line is a clear testimony that irrigated agriculture could be the magic bullet for a green revolution in Africa. Yields at the Kwale sugar plantation are higher than they would be were it to be rain-fed, and there is no need to worry ...

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Nigeria to raise fresh N50bn green bond

National Council of Environment

Following the successful issuance of its first Sovereign Green Bond, Nigeria has embarked on a follow up scheme for 2018/2019. The initial issuance, which enabled the Federal Government raise some N10.69 billion to fund 2017/2018 appropriation projects with climate benefits, is now being followed up with issuance targeting a maximum amount of N50 billion, according to a memo by the ...

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