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UN Biodiversity holds summit in September at UN General Assembly

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema

To highlight the urgency of action at the highest levels in support of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework, the President of the United Nations General Assembly will convene a Summit on Biodiversity at UN Headquarters in New York on the margins of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly from September 22 to 23, 2020. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Acting Executive Secretary ...

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Trump says travel restrictions top priority as U.S. reopens

Donald Trump, US president

U.S. President Donald Trump has said border control and travel restrictions will be top priority as the country prepares to reopen its economy after a costly coronavirus shutdown. Donald Trump, US president Trump said during his daily news briefing on COVID-19 at the White House on Thursday, April 16, 2020 where he announced a three-phased plan for the reopening process. ...

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Shell commits to net-zero emissions by 2050

Ben van Beurden

Royal Dutch Shell, one of the world’s largest emitters, has announced plans to become a net-zero emissions business by 2050 or sooner. Royal Dutch Shell’s Chief Executive Officer, Ben van Beurden Shell is believed to be the seventh largest emitter in the list of companies that have contributed to 480 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent since 1965. However, on Thursday, ...

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Infographic: Coronavirus pandemic’s impact on carbon emissions


Infographic indicating coronavirus Impact on the carbon emissions Traffic congestion With lockdown or stay at home orders in effect in countries across the globe due to the coronavirus pandemic, there’s been a steep decline in travel and economic activity worldwide. Traffic congestion in major cities fell dramatically as a result. In New York, peak congestion went down 47 percent from the 2019 average on the ...

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Covid-19: A techno-planning solution to future pandemics


Terrorism and trading in narcotics brought a new world order in security checks by all countries on all traveling passengers, to save lives and property as well as the global economy. The energies of governments across the globe was directed at fighting terrorism and trading in narcotics. Little attention was paid to dangerous microbes/viruses that can devastate the entire human ...

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COVID-19 may claim 300,000 lives in Africa, says UNECA report

Vera Songwe

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in a new report on the coronavirus pandemic says over 300,000 Africans may lose their lives due to COVID-19. Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, ECA This is as the pandemic continues to impact on the continent’s struggling economies whose growth is expected to slow down from 3.2 per cent to 1.8 per cent in ...

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Men constitute majority of over 6,000 tested for COVID-19 in Nigeria – NCDC

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says of the 6,649 people tested for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) nationwide, there were more males than females. Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Chief Executive Officer, NCDC Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General (DG) of NCDC, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday, April 17, 2020 in Abuja. Iheakweazu ...

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UK hospital COVID-19 death toll rises 847 to 14,576

Boris Johnson

The United Kingdom’s hospital death toll from COVID-19 rose by 847 to 14,576, as of 1600 GMT on April 16, 2020, the Health Ministry said. Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom In all, 341,551 people have been tested of whom 108,692 tested positive, it added. The highest daily death toll reported in the UK was on April 9, ...

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Could COVID-19 be the ambitious action required to achieve Paris Agreement?

British Airways

Since the establishment and entry into force of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1994, the world has been struggling to keep down global average temperature and mitigate climate change impacts without much success. Halting emissions growth: An almost empty British Airways passenger plane flies from Milan to London on March 5, 2020. Photo credit: Laurel ...

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Lagos records three new Covid-19 deaths

Prof. Akin Abayomi

Barely 24 hours after it recorded the seventh COVID-19 related death, the Lagos State Government on Thursday, April 16, 202 declared the death of another three male patients in the state. Prof. Akin Abayomi, Lagos State Commissioner for Health Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, made this known in Lagos, saying that they died of coronavirus (COVID-19) related complications. Abayomi, through ...

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