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Indian, Bangladeshi Cyclone Amphan concern amidst coronavirus lockdown

Cyclone Amphan

As Cyclone Amphan makes landfall in India and Bangladesh around 16:00 local time on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, it is expected to bring heavy winds and severe flooding that threatens lives and property. Locals flee their homes to avoid the super cyclone Preparations are in place to shelter large numbers of people even as both countries grapple with the coronavirus ...

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TAAT catalyses commercialisation of High Iron Beans in Burundi

Christella’s Ndayishimiye TAAT

Common bean is a major food and cash crop for more than 90% of smallholder farmers in Burundi. Beans provide 20% of required calories and 50% of proteins, and are an entry point to tackle food insecurity, poverty and malnutrition. Christella’s Ndayishimiye in one of her outlets The current average bean consumption is about 30 kg per person, per year. ...

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Biological Diversity Day: World celebrates nature as source of solutions to global challenges

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema

The importance of nature for man’s wellbeing is being highlighted throughout this week, with daily sub-themes, in advance of Friday’s International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) and its overall theme of “Our solutions are in nature.” Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Acting Executive Secretary of the CBD As the global community re-examines, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, its relationship with the natural ...

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Tens of thousands evacuated as India, Bangladesh brace for super cyclone

Cyclone Fani

Authorities in eastern India and Bangladesh were scrambling on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 to move tens of thousands of villagers away from coasts expected to suffer widespread damage from a super cyclone. A cyclone The herculean task is complicated by the battle on the coronavirus. India faces one of its biggest storms in about a decade, the weather office said, ...

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Corporations urge net-zero emissions recovery from COVID-19

solar panels

Some 155 companies – with a combined market capitalisation of over $2.4 trillion and representing over five million employees – have signed a statement urging governments around the world to align their COVID-19 economic aid and recovery efforts with the latest climate science. Solar panels. Achieving zero emissons through the use of renewable energy As debates on recovery packages around the world ...

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World Health Assembly applauds nurses in fight against COVID-19

Coronavirus

The World Health Assembly, convened by World Health Organisation (WHO) has applauded nurses and midwives in their fight against coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, describing them as true health heroes. An health official attends to a coronavirus patient in China Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of WHO, said this at the ongoing two-day World Health Assembly in Geneva. This is the first ...

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Expert calls for enforcement of EPR policy to boost recycling

Waste recycling

A recycling expert, Mr Adewole Taiwo, has called for the enforcement of the Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) policy to boost recycling business in Nigeria. Industrial waste recycling process Taiwo, an Executive Director at Recyclepoints, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 in Lagos. The expert said it was necessary ...

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World Health Assembly: WHO says COVID-19 risk remains high

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO), says the majority of the world’s population remain susceptible to coronavirus (COVID-19) as the risk remained high. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, said this at the ongoing World Health Assembly held in Geneva. This is ...

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International traders sell low quality, highly toxic fuels to Nigeria – Study

oil installation

The Stakeholder Democracy Network (SDN) has revealed in a research that suggests, probably for the first time, that low quality, highly toxic fuels are sold to Nigeria by international commodity traders, who allegedly exploit the country’s weak and poorly enforced fuel regulations. Oil installation in Nigeria Unveiled on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, the study also discovered that, although the quality ...

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Nigeria extends ‘gradual ease of lockdown’ by two weeks

Boss Mustapha

The Federal Government of Nigeria has extended the gradual easing of the lockdown by two weeks across the nation from May 18 to June 1, 2020. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) This was disclosed by the Chairman of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, during ...

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