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Coloured people in US more concerned than Whites about climate change – Study

African Americans

Climate change disproportionately affects members of disadvantaged communities and groups who face socio-economic inequalities, including many people of colour. As the United States becomes more racially and ethnically diverse, promoting public engagement with climate change across diverse audiences is becoming increasingly important. African Americans Prior research has shown that people of colour in the U.S., including Hispanics/Latinos, African Americans, and ...

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Drop in Chinese milk production amid heat stress

New Zealand cattle

There are clear signs that growth in milk production in China is leveling off and, recently, even declining, says a team of Chinese and international researchers, including from World Agroforestry (ICRAF), in a study published in the journal, Climatic Change. Cattle in China have faced high risk of heat stress in recent months Heat stress is one of the main reasons for ...

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Covid-19: WHO chief, Bloomberg bemoan U.S. decision to pull funding

Michael Bloomberg

The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 that he regretted President Donald Trump’s decision to pull funding for the organisation, but called on world unity to fight the new coronavirus pandemic. Michael Bloomberg “The U.S. has been a long-standing and generous friend of the WHO and we hope it will continue to be ...

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Lagos discharges three foreigners, 13 other COVID-19 patients

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 announced the recovery and discharge of 16 COVID-19 patients, including three foreigners. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State Sanwo-Olu, through his Twitter account, said that the patients were 14 males and two females, including three foreigners – British, Chinese and Polish citizens, were discharged to join the society. According to him, ...

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Covid-19: Govt urged to enact social and health security law

Muhammadu Buhari

In the wake of the COVID-19 threat, a Social Security and Health Insurance Law for all Nigerians appears to be the most important issue now, the Lagos-based Human Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre) said on Wednesday, April 14, 2020. President Muhammadu Buhari In a letter addressed to President, Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, the group urged the Nigerian leader to ...

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AfDB grants $760,000 for small-scale renewable energy projects in Africa

Terje Osmundsen

Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), managed by the African Development Bank (AfDB), has approved a $760,000 grant to Empower New Energy AS (EmNEW), to develop at least eight small renewable energy projects with capacity ranging from1-10 MW, towards bankability and construction. Terje Osmundsen, CEO of EmNEW The grant will support a broad range of project preparation and development activities, ...

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Buhari congratulates PM Boris Johnson on discharge from hospital

Boris Johnson

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, following his discharge from hospital over Coronavirus (COVID-19). Britain’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. Photo credit: AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali The president’s congratulatory message was conveyed via a statement by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. In the congratulatory letter,  dated April 14, 2020, to Mr ...

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Covid-19 measures crucial, but expensive, says EU president

Ursula von der Leyen

The European Commission President, Ursula Leyen, on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 said the restrictions imposed in Europe to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus were necessary but with high capital intensive. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission Leyen, however, recommended three pre-conditions to lifting measures in its new guidelines and they include: meeting epidemiological criteria, ensuring ...

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Defeat virus first, criticise later, says WHO special envoy

Dr. David Nabarro

The World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 special envoy on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 urged critics to focus first on defeating the virus after the U.S. halted funding over the international body’s handling of the pandemic. Dr. David Nabarro, WHO Special Envoy President Donald Trump’s move on Tuesday to stop funding the Geneva-based organisation has drawn condemnation from infectious disease experts as ...

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COVID-19 pandemic and good governance

Osagie Ehanire

According to the United Nations Human Rights, there is no single and exhaustive definition of “good governance,” nor is there a delimitation of its scope, that commands universal acceptance. The term is used with great flexibility; this is an advantage, but also a source of some difficulty at the operational level. Minister of Health, Prof. Osagie Ehanire (speaking), with Prof. ...

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