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Harm reduction: Science, sociology and restrictive regulations


At an online panel discussion on Tobacco Harm Reduction on June 23, 2020, Professor Reuven Zimlichman, Director of the Brunner Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Tel-Aviv University, and Dr Peter Harper, oncologist, and Gizelle Baker, an epidemiologist and PMI’s Director Scientific Engagement, discussed scientifically-proven harm reduction tools with regards to tobacco IQOS is PMI’s electronic nicotine device. Still, many people ...

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Imo bans mining in Owerri to curb erosion, flooding

Hope Uzodinma

Imo State Governor, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, has banned all mining activities in Owerri and its environs to preserve the environment against effects of erosion and flooding. Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo State Uzodinma, represented by the State Commissioner for Petroleum and Environment, Dr Ikechukwu Njoku, gave the order while speaking with newsmen in Owerri, the state capital, on Friday, June ...

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UK COVID-19 deaths hit 43,414 as another 186 patients die

Boris Johnson

Another 186 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain as of Thursday, June 25, 2020, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 43,414, the British Department of Health and Social Care said on Friday, June 26. Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom The figures include deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider ...

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Concern over plans to release genetically modified chestnuts trees into natural forests

Chestnuts trees

Researchers are currently seeking approval to release fertile, genetically engineered American chestnuts into natural forests. Chestnuts trees While scientists envision a future of forests filled with genetically modified trees on one hand, some observers, on the other hand, however fear that approving the plan would set “a disastrous precedent”. The observers, who are basically activists, insist that it is erroneous ...

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Nigerian, 16 other early career scientists to attend 2020 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

The Lindau Nobel Laureate

A Nigerian, Oluwabunmi Adejumo of the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Osun State and 16 other early career African scientists nominated by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) have been selected to attend the prestigious Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in 2020. The meetings are the 70th Meeting of Nobel Laureates (Interdisciplinary) and the 7th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences. Some participants at the Lindau ...

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Biosafety regulators to develop pathways for transgenic mosquitoes

GM mosquitoes

The Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Biosafety management Agency (NBMA), Dr Rufus Ebegba, has said there is the need to accelerate the development of regulatory pathways for genetically based vector control methods such as transgenic mosquitoes. Creating transgenic or genetically modified mosquitoes Transgenic denotes an organism that contains genetic material into which DNA from an unrelated organism has ...

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Amid pandemic, Europe advised to curb smog, greenhouse gases emissions

GHG emission

To date, the Covid-19 pandemic death toll in Europe stands at 195,549. The European Union thus continues to be the most afflicted area in the world and surpasses the United States of America, with 126,8390 dead, and Brazil, with 55,054 dead. Just the four worst afflicted EU countries – the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, and France – have for the ...

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Ghana receives first $200m disbursement of loan to boost cocoa productivity


Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) and lenders have welcomed the first disbursement of $200 million of a syndicated loan facility to boost cocoa productivity in the world’s second-largest producer. Harvesting cocoa in Ghana The occasion was marked by a ceremony held in Accra, Ghana on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, followed online by hundreds of observers across the globe. In attendance were ...

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Ozone levels increased in 22 Indian cities during lockdown – Study

Delhi pollution

New analysis of summer air quality trends during the national lockdown that started on March 25, 2020, reveals a mixed trend. While the PM2.5 and NO2 curves fell and flattened dramatically in cities – a phenomenon that hogged the national attention — tropospheric ozone pollution (henceforth ozone) increased and even breached standards in several cities: a fact that was not noticed as ...

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WHO says 10th Ebola outbreak in DRC over

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The 10th outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) ended on Thursday, June 25, 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images The UN health body described the outbreak as “long, complex and difficult” ...

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