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West African nations to adopt new satellite technology to mitigate flood

Yenagoa

Nigeria and other West African nations are set to adopt a new system of utilising satellite technology in better predicting environmental patterns to help mitigate flood. Flooding in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State The adoption follows an initiative by African Union (AU) leaders and the European Union in the training of key stakeholders in the application of the technology. The training, which ...

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Legislators urge Anambra governor to assist erosion-ravaged communities

Gully erosion

The Anambra State House of Assembly on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 urged Gov. Willie Obiano to, through relevant agencies, intervene to control erosion ravaging some communities and roads in Orumba North Local Government area of the state. Gully erosion in southeast Nigeria The House resolution followed a motion moved, under Matters of Urgent Public Importance, by Mr Emeka Aforka, representing ...

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Greenpeace warns Mauritius not to sink vessel that caused oil spill

Mauritius spill

Plans by Mauritius to sink part of a broken-up vessel that caused a disastrous oil spill should be shelved, environmental watchdog, Greenpeace, said on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. The Mauritius oil spill “Out of all available options, the Mauritian government is choosing the worst one,” said Happy Khambule of Greenpeace Africa. “Sinking this vessel would risk biodiversity and contaminate the ...

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South Korea warns of nationwide coronavirus risk as church outbreaks spread

Coronavirus

South Korea on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 reported its highest daily rise in novel coronavirus cases since early March as outbreaks from churches around the capital spread, prompting a warning of a nationwide wave of infections. Coronavirus The 297 new infections marked the sixth straight day of triple-digit increases in a country that has managed to blunt several previous outbreaks. ...

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Nigeria announces 410 new COVID-19 cases as infections hit 49,895

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 announced 410 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 49,895. Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Chief Executive Officer, NCDC The NCDC, which made this known on its official twitter handle, said four deaths were recorded in the country. The health agency said that ...

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UN urges nations to submit climate plans ahead of COP26

patricia espinosa

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has called on countries to submit updated Paris Agreement plans ahead of the 26th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) scheduled to hold in 2021. Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the UNFCCC Late last week, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Patricia Espinosa, sent out a letter to all 197 parties in ...

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Investigation raises fresh concern over coal mining, deforestation imbalance in India

Shri Narendra Modi

A new investigation by CSE/Down To Earth magazine has raised questions about the rationale behind the Indian government’s recent move to auction more coal blocks. On June 18, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that 41 new coal blocks would be opened for auction to the private sector. The logic behind the decision, as offered by the government, was that ...

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Ghana seeing remarkable recovery in COVID-19 cases, says President Akufo-Addo

Nana Akufo-Addo

Amid the current upsurge in the numbers of COVID-19 infection and deaths in some countries worldwide, Ghana is said to be seeing a remarkable recovery rate of 95.1 percent and a merciful death rate at 0.5 percent. President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana “So far, a total of 40, 567 persons have recovered from the virus…and there are no backlog of ...

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Environmentalist calls for reduction of domestic waste generation to curb climate change

Gloria Kasang Bulus

An environmentalist, Ms Gloria Bulus, has called for the reduction of domestic waste, saying it triggers negative climate change effects on the environment. Gloria Kasang Bulus Bulus, the founder of the Bridge-that-Gap initiative, an NGO, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 in Lagos. The environmentalist said the increase ...

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EU promises to support Nigeria’s efforts at ensuring environmental stability

EU Climate Change

The European Union delegation in Nigeria has promised to support the country in tackling climate change in an effort to ensure environmental stability and achieve its objectives by the year 2030. Director, Department of Climate Change, Federal Ministry of Environment, Dr Peter Tarfa, welcoming participants at the opening of the three-day Inception Phase Workshop of the Nigeria Climate Change Response ...

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