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Death toll from Cyclone Kenneth rises to 38 in Mozambique

Cyclone Kenneth

At least 38 people have been killed since Cyclone Kenneth began to batter the northern coast of Mozambique, the National Disaster Management Agency said on Monday, April 29, 2019. Officials say an estimated 160,000 people are at risk, with more torrential rain forecast in the coming days. Photo credit: Reuters At least 39 others were injured on day four of ...

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Biodiversity collapse poses same risk as climate change, group says

Africa Delegation IPBES-6

Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has said that the world’s species diversity is at risk of collapse and threatens humanity in the same way global warming does. Africa Delegation at IPBES-6 “All people must accept responsibility for their actions,’’ Robert Watson said at the opening of the IPBES-7 plenary session on biodiversity at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, ...

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Shell, Total declare force majeure on Bonny Light

Osagie Okunbor

Two oil majors, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria and Total, have declared force majeure on exports of crude on each of their trunk lines, spokespersons for the firms have said. Osagie Okunbor, Managing Director, Shell Petroleum Development Company Mr Bamidele Odugbesan, Manager, Media Communications for Shell, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the force majeure ...

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NESREA says it will enforce laws to curb air pollution

Generator Pollution

The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has said that it will enforce all environmental laws to check the increasing rate of air pollution in the country. The WHO says that, in one year, 46,750 persons died as a result of outdoor pollution in Nigeria Director General of the agency, Prof. Aliyu Jauro, who was on a working ...

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Minister calls for intensive efforts on study of Atlantic Ocean

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu

Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, says Nigeria should join other countries and intensify efforts in studying the Atlantic Ocean for economic and climatic benefits. Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology Onu gave the advice during the 5th High-level Industry-Science-Government dialogue on Atlantic Interaction on Monday, April 29, 2019 in Lagos. The event had “Promoting wealthy ...

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NEMA to review national contingency plan on disaster

Mustapha Maihaja

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is collaborating with stakeholders to review the National Contingency Plan (NCP) to reposition the country against the impact of disasters. Mustapha Maihaja, Director General, NEMA Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Maihaja, made the disclosure at a two-day Experts Technical Workshop on Disasters Risk Management Implication of NiMET’s 2019 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) on Monday, ...

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UN conference seeks to reduce plastic pollution in the seas

Plastic pollution

Proposals to prevent plastic waste from being dumped in seas are on the table of a UN environmental conference that started on Monday, April 29, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. Volunteers with Greenpeace Philippines clean up a heavily polluted beach in Manila. Photo credit: DW.com Up to 90 per cent of the estimated 100 million tons of plastic that are polluting ...

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EU, Oxfam plant 7.1m trees in Katsina

Tree planting

The EU, Oxfam Advocacy in Nigeria says it has planted not less than 7.1 million trees under its Fuel Wood Balance (FUWOBA) project in Katsina State. Tree planting Dr Christo Marry-Udokang, the project manager, made the disclosure in Katsina, the state capital, on Monday, April 29, 2019 at a sensitisation meeting with Directors of Agriculture from the 34 local government ...

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Palm oil development leaves Liberians poorer, says winner of ‘Green Nobel’

Alfred Brownell

Palm oil plantations in Liberia are billed as bringing jobs and development but leave locals poorer, says a Liberian lawyer who won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize on Monday, April 29, 2019. Alfred Brownell. Photo credit: Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University The U.S.-based Goldman Environmental Foundation gives the prize – often known as the Green Nobel – to six grassroots activists each ...

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New UN report calls for urgent action to avert antimicrobial resistance crisis

Jose Graziano da Silva

The United Nations Ad Hoc Interagency Coordinating Group (IACG) on Antimicrobial Resistance has warned that drug-resistant diseases can cause 10 million deaths each year globally by 2050, if urgent action is taken. Jose Graziano da Silva, Director General of the FAO The UN, international agencies and experts on Monday, April 29, 2019 released a groundbreaking report demanding immediate, coordinated and ...

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