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Kenya to use drones, mobile apps to assess impact of desert locust

Desert locust swarm

Kenya’s Agriculture Ministry on Monday, May 18, 2020 said it will, in July, use drones and mobile applications to help assess the impact caused by desert locusts. Desert locust swarm Peter Munya, Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, said that the technology is coming in handy, given that some regions that are heavily affected by the locusts are ...

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South African group flays reopening of Shell, BP petroleum refinery

Desmond D’Sa

The South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) has expressed its deep concern regarding what it calls “the return to normal destruction” associated with the South African Petroleum Refineries (Pty.) Ltd. (Sapref), despite the refinery’s propensity to cause environmental and health damage. Coordinator, South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA), Desmond D’Sa Sapref, a joint venture involving Shell Refining SA and BP Southern Africa, has resumed ...

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Trump notes significant decline in COVID-19 cases, says he takes hydroxychloroquine

Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump has noted a significant decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases across the country in recent days. President Donald Trump of the US “The number of coronavirus cases is strongly trending downward throughout the U.S., with few exceptions. Very good news, indeed!” Trump said on Twitter on Monday, May 18, 2020. According to the latest data ...

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NOSDRA is investigating cause of fire at OML 95, says D-G

OML 95

The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) on Monday, May 18, 2020 said that the ongoing fire at Ororo oilfield at Oil Mining Lease (OML) 95 is being investigated. The OML 95 on fire Mr Musa Idris, Director-General of NOSDRA, in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), confirmed that the fire outbreak started at ...

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Mumbai short of beds as COVID-19 patients flood hospitals

Shri Narendra Modi

India’s financial hub Mumbai, the epicentre of coronavirus infections in the country, is facing an acute shortage of hospital beds for severely ill patients and is grappling to scale up capacity, officials said on Monday, May 18, 2020. Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India Mumbai reported 1,571 new infections on Sunday, of which 44 are from Dharavi slum area, ...

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Faith groups demand a just recovery by divesting from fossil fuels

Fossil fuel pollution

As major challenges for the global economy are predicted in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, a diverse group of faith institutions is putting the call for a just economic recovery into practice. Fossil fuel pollution from a coal power station No fewer than 42 faith institutions from 14 countries on Monday, May 18, 2020 announced their divestment from fossil ...

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IPCC to hold first virtual Bureau meeting

Hoesung Lee

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will hold its first virtual Bureau meeting from May 19 to 20, 2020 to ensure that the preparation of the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) and other urgent business continue despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Hoesung Lee, IPCC chair The IPCC Bureau usually meets two or more times a year to prepare Sessions of the ...

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Zimbabweans go hungry as coronavirus compounds climate woes

Emmerson Mnangagwa

Rosemary Pamire struggled to feed her family well before Zimbabwe entered lockdown in March 2020 to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Emmerson Mnangagwa, President of Zimbabwe Now she can hardly put together a meal a day as the country faces a deepening food crisis. Sitting on a bed in her two-room lodgings in Harare’s poor Mbare township, Pamire told Reuters she ...

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Lagos tops with 177 as Nigeria confirms 338 new coronavirus infections

Dr. Osagie Ehanire

Nigeria has recorded 338 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed infections in the country to 5,959. Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Health Minister The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made the confirmation on Sunday, May 17, 2020. The NCDC disclosed that six patients died of coronavirus-related complications in the last 24 hours in the country. According to ...

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Madagascar, Plateau record first COVID-19 death

Andry Rajoelina

Madagascar has registered its first coronavirus death, albeit from a 57-year-old medical worker who suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure, the national COVID-19 taskforce said on Sunday, May 17, 2020. President Andry Rajoelina of Madagascar holds a bottle of the Covid-19 cure developed in the country Taskforce spokeswoman Hanta Danielle Vololontiana said in a televised statement that the man ...

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