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‘Dangerous’ Hurricane Laura labelled ‘fossil-fueled’

Hurricane Laura

As communities commemorate the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Saturday, August 29, 2020, Hurricane Laura is sweeping through Southwest Louisiana bringing an “unsurvivable” storm surge, 150 mph winds, and climate destruction reminiscent of what the same region experienced 15 years ago. A damaged home is seen after Hurricane Laura passed through the area on August 27, 2020 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. ...

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UK says low-income people in high-risk COVID-19 areas will be paid to self-isolate

Matt Hancock

The UK government announced on Thursday, August, 27, 2020 that people with low incomes living in areas with a high incidence of COVID-19 will be paid if they need to self-isolate and are unable to work from home. Uk Health Secretary, Matt Hancock “Eligible individuals who test positive with the virus will receive £130 ($172) for their 10-day period of ...

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Buhari congratulates AfDB President, Akinwunmi Adesina, on re-election

Akinwunmi Adesina

President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, on his re-election for a second term in office. AfDB president, Akinwunmi Adesina The president’s congratulatory message was conveyed by Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in Abuja on Thursday, August 27, 2020. He said the news of ...

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Bauchi floods submerge over 1,000 houses, farmlands in four LGAs

Bala Mohammed

Floods have submerged over 1,000 houses, farmlands and damaged roads in four local government areas (LGAs) of Bauchi State. Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State The flooding was caused by torrential rainfall in some communities in Dambam, Gamawa, Jammare and Shira LGAs which displaced residents and forced them to take shelter in schools and neighbouring villages. Alhaji Umar Ishiaka, Head ...

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OPS begins $100m donation to water, sanitation interventions

Suleiman Adamu

The Organised Private Sector on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (OPS-WASH) has started contributing toward donating $100 million for water and sanitation interventions in the country. Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu Stakeholders at an OPS-WASH webinar on Thursday, August 27, 2020 said creating an enabling environment for the sector to participate would help to change the narrative of poor sanitation ...

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Floods in northern Afghanistan leave more than 100 dead

Flood in Afghanistan

Flash floods have killed more than 100 people in northern Afghanistan, officials said on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 with the death toll expected to climb as an operation to recover more bodies was under way. Flood in Afghanistan The disaster in Parwan province has wounded more than 250 people, destroyed more than 500 houses and washed away streets in the ...

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Govts begin negotiating 2022 Political Declaration on Environment

Inger Andersen

Governments have begun negotiating a political declaration on the environment to be adopted in 2022. The year will mark the 50th anniversary of the UN Conference on the Human Environment, which took place in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1972, and established the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP. Photo credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images In May 2018, the ...

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Cameroonian, Brazilian, Canadian win biodiversity prize

Wirsiy Emmanuel Binyuy

A Canadian academic, Brazilian youth campaigner and Cameroonian environmentalist have been named winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2020. Wirsiy Emmanuel Binyuy The AEON Environmental Foundation and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in an announcement on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, listed the winners of the biennial international prize to include: Dr. Paul Hebert, Professor, Department of ...

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WaterAid, Heineken launch N284m COVID-19 response hygiene scheme

Evelyn Mere

Abuja-based WaterAid Nigeria has disclosed that Heineken Africa Foundation is supporting its Covid-19 emergency response work with a N284 million (€622,000) donation, which will help vulnerable communities protect themselves against the spread of the disease. Evelyn Mere, WaterAid Nigeria Country Director The project, according to WaterAid, is designed to strengthen ongoing efforts to curtail the spread of the coronavirus disease in ...

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Forum explores private sector role in leveraging opportunities for food security

Alhaji Sabo Nanono

To achieve food security for the growing city population, integration between stakeholders in the government and private sectors needs to be enhanced through a sustainable system that ensures accessibility of data to relevant players along the value chain for proper financing of different segments in the agricultural sector. Alhaji Sabo Nanono, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development This was a ...

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