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NIMET urges policymakers to plan early to prevent flood

Yenagoa

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has urged stakeholders in disaster management as well as policymakers to plan early to prevent flooding, rather than sitting back to manage its occurrence. Flooding in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State: Flooding is said to have become a national annual embarrassment in Nigeria Alhaji Yusuf Mailadi, the Director, Applied Meteorological Services, NIMET, made this call on the ...

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Minister, officials in UK to understudy best practices ahead Ogoni cleanup

Alhaji Suleiman Hassan Zarma

The efforts of the Federal Government at cleaning up and remediation of Ogoniland devastated by oil spill may have received a boost as the Minister of Environment, Suleiman Hassan Zarma, is leading some government officials to the United Kingdom on an international working visit. Alhaji Suleiman Hassan Zarma, Minister of Environment Facilitated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the visit aims ...

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Germany, Turkey deepen cooperation on environmental protection

Jochen Flasbarth

Germany and Turkey have agreed to intensify the German-Turkish cooperation on environmental protection. Jochen Flasbarth State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment in Germnay, Jochen Flasbarth, and Turkish Vice Minister of the Environment, Mehmet Emin Birpinar, made the declaration in Istanbul at the 16th meeting of the Joint Environmental Cooperation Steering Committee. The meeting focused on climate change, ...

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UN launches first food aid flights in wake of Cyclone Kenneth

Cyclone Kenneth

The World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 confirmed the departure of the first helicopter to deliver emergency food aid to Mozambique’s northern coast since Cyclone Kenneth struck the region recently. Officials say an estimated 160,000 people are at risk, with more torrential rain forecast in the coming days. Photo credit: Reuters “With Cyclone Kenneth hitting at the ...

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AfDB supports Nigeria on infrastructure development to boost agro-business

Akinwunmi Adesina

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has pledged to support the Government of Nigeria to provide infrastructure development to boost agro-business in the country. AFDB president, Akinwunmi Adesina President of the bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, made the pledge in Abuja on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at the AfDB Investors Forum on promoting “Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones (SAPZs)’’. Represented by his Special ...

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Malaysia incinerates four tonnes of ivory in war against wildlife trade

Nairobi National Park

 Malaysia on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 incinerated almost four tonnes of raw ivory and ivory products as part of its efforts to fight against illegal wildlife trade. Ivory piles burn at Kenya’s Nairobi National Park, April 30, 2016. Photo credit: J. Craig/VOA The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) said this. The ivory, ...

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Climate and human rights on agenda as German minister meets Bolsonaro

Jair Bolsonaro

Global warming, environmental conservation and human right issues are on the agenda for talks between German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Brazil populist President Jair Bolsonaro and his Brazilian counterpart, Ernesto Araujo, on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil “We will certain be talking about themes like climate protection, the rain forest, human rights, minorities, homosexuals. “These are ...

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Heatwave: Pakistani authorities place emergency services on alert in Karachi

heat wave

Pakistani authorities on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 placed emergency services on high alert in Karachi as the country’s most populous city braces for another potentially deadly heatwave. Above-danger heat stress: A man cools off amid searing heat wave The meteorological department warned that, from Wednesday, the temperature would rise to 42 degrees Celsius in the port city, which has a ...

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IPCC: First draft of Group I contribution to AR6 opens to expert review

Hoesung Lee

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has opened the first order draft of the Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) to expert review, marking an important advance in preparation of the flagship report. Hoesung Lee, IPCC chair The review runs from April 29 to June 23, 2019, and interested experts can register until midnight CET ...

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Leaders urged to put nature at centre of sustainable development agenda

Nature Champions Summit

The inaugural Nature Champions Summit closed on Thursday, April 25, 2019 with a call to put nature at the centre of the global discourse together with climate action and sustainable development. Participants at the Nature Champions Summit in Montreal, Canada The Government of Canada convened the conference from April 24 to 25 in Montreal, bringing environment ministers and government officials from ...

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