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FAO warns of desert locust outbreak in East Africa

Desert locust swarm

The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) on Thursday, July 25, 2019 warned that an outbreak of desert locust was looming in the eastern African region. Desert locust swarm According to FAO, the desert locust is likely to invade Kenya by the end of this year in the absence of urgent interventions. “Locust breeding that is being amplified by heavy rains ...

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Supreme Court grants permission to appeal Nigerian communities in fight against Shell

Oil spill pollution

Lawyers representing 40,000 Nigerian farmers and fisherman from two communities in the Niger Delta have been given permission to take their legal claim against the oil giant Shell to the UK Supreme Court. A water body in the Niger Delta polluted by crude oil The decision will allow the two communities from Bille and Ogale in the Niger Delta to ...

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Millions gear up for September’s global climate strikes

Global Climate Action Summit

Millions will take part in global climate strikes from September 20 to 27, 2019 and the “Week for Future” in between. Organisers say that it is on course to be the largest global mobilisation against climate breakdown, with over 6000 people in 150 countries pledging to organise events to date. Protesters block the streets in San Francisco as the world ...

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25 cases of flesh-eating bacteria reported in Thailand

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Thailand’s Nan Hospital said on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 that 25 cases of flesh-eating bacteria, necrotising fasciitis, were diagnosed in July, with one patient seriously ill in the intensive care unit. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images Dr Pongthep Wongwatcharapaiboon, Deputy Director of Nan Hospital in ...

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South Africa arrests nine poachers in three days

South Africa rhino poaching

South African National Parks (SANParks) officials said on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 that rangers and the police on July 20 arrested nine poaching suspects in Kruger National Park and recovered some ammunition. South Africa rhino poaching figures The SANParks officials said the arrests were made in three different sections of Kruger National Park (KNP) with the support from the police ...

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Zambia, cooperating partners pledge closer ties for sustainable development

Edgar Lungu

Zambia’s Finance Minister, Bwalya Ng’andu, on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 held a meeting with cooperating partners where they pledged to closely work together to ensure the country’s sustainable development, his spokesperson said. Zambian President, Edgar Chagwa Lungu. Photo credit: Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa The Zambian minister told the cooperating partners that his government values their partnership in helping the country’s development. ...

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UNDP pledges support for farmers to sustain food security in Nigeria

rice-farming

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 promised to support farmers to sustain food security in Nigeria to end hunger. Rice farming Mrs Udumma Nwokike, the Environment, Energy and Climate Change of UNDP, said this at a training organised for extension workers in Abuja. The training was organised by UNDP – Global Environmental Facility (GEF) in ...

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Nigeria drafts policy to phase down dental amalgam use

Mercury Phased down

Nigeria’s efforts to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds has received a boost, thanks to the emergence of a policy document that aims to phase down the use of dental amalgam. Members of the Steering Committee in a group photograph on Tuesday in Abuja Dental amalgam is a mercury-added product ...

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AU wants nations to establish climate change early warning systems

Harsen Nyambe Nyambe

The Africa Union (AU) Head of Environment, Climate Change, Water and Land Management Commission, Harsen Nyambe, on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 called on African countries to quickly put in place early warning systems to respond swiftly to effects of climate change. Harsen Nyambe Nyambe Nyambe said this while addressing experts from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) ...

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Biosafety agency warns against unauthorised importation of GM grains

Dr Rufus Ebegba

Dr Rufus Ebegba The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has warned against the importation of genetically modified grains without the agency’s permit. Dr Rufus Ebegba, Director General/Chief Executive Officer, NBMA, stated this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Ebegba warned that the agency in collaboration with security operatives would arrest ...

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