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COVID-19: Face masks represent new category of plastic pollution

Face masks pollution

The prevalence of discarded single-use face masks and other personal protective equipment in the environment may exacerbate the already-existing plastic pollution problem Face masks and other materials pollution COVID-19 pandemic has triggered an unprecedented glut of plastics waste globally and improperly discarded facemasks may well be the quintessential tale of this pandemic. Face masks are plastic-based personal protective equipment (PPE) ...

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Banks have poured $3.8tr into fossil fuels since Paris Agreement, says report

JPMorgan Chase

In the five years since the Paris Agreement was adopted, 60 of the world’s largest banks have pumped over $3.8 trillion into the fossil fuel industry. JPMorgan Chase is said to be one of the largest funders of fossil fuels around the world The disclosure was made in a report, titled “Banking on Climate Chaos 2021” released on Wednesday, March 24, ...

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Rainfall: Agency gives early warning to avert flooding

Nigeria flood

The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NHSA) has advised states, local governments and individuals to take early precautionary measures to avoid flooding this rainy season. Residents steer a dugout canoe past flooded houses following heavy rain in the Nigerian town of Lokoja, in Kogi State, on September 14, 2018. Photo credit: AFP / Sodiq Adelakun Mr Clement Nze, NHSA Director-General, gave ...

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Lagos unveils plan for Kosofe Model City

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State government on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 unveiled plans to build a Model City in Kosofe area of the state. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State Dr Idris Salako, Commissioner, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, announced the plans at the Inception Workshop on Kosofe Model City Plan held at Centre for Management Development, Shaginsha, Magodo. Salako ...

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SDG interventions and healthcare delivery in Adamawa

Specialist Hospital Yola

Adamawa in the North East zone of Nigeria has 21 local government areas with an estimated population of about four million being served by three general hospitals in Mubi, Numan and Ganye and a Specialists Hospital in Yola. Specialist Hospital, Yola Efforts by the previous administrations in the state to improve the health sector have not yielded much result. According ...

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Food security: Rep urges govt to address desert encroachment

Desertification

Rep Munir Danagundi, Chairman, House Committee on Agricultural Colleges and Institutions, has called on the Federal Government to address desert encroachment and aridity in the country in order to ensure food security. Desertification and land degradation are very serious challenges. They lead to hunger and poverty Danagundi made the call at the inaugural workshop on “Management of Problematic Soils in ...

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Open defecation: Nigeria loses $3bn annually to poor sanitation – Senator

Sen. Clifford Ordia

Sen. Clifford Ordia (PDP-Edo) says Nigeria loses over $3 billion annually due to poor sanitation, partly caused by scourging effect of open defecation. Sen. Clifford Ordia Ordia stated this during plenary while leading the debate on the general principles of a bill to prohibit open urination/open defecation. The bill is titled: “A Bill for an Act to establish the Clean ...

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WHO urges intensified campaign on safety of COVID-19 vaccine

Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine

World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged the media to intensify campaign against misconception by residents on COVID-19 vaccine. Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine The Immunisation Officer of WHO in Kaduna State, Dr Sambo Ishaku, made the call during a meeting with Health Journalists on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 in Kaduna, the state capital. He said some residents have misconception and myths which ...

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World Water Day: Group calls for protection of Nigerian waters from marine litter

Connected Advocacy

A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Connected Advocacy for Empowerment and Youth Development Initiative, has urged the President Muhammadu Buhari to implement policies geared towards the preservation and protection of Nigeria waters from marine litter. A guest presentation during the event According to the group, marine litter crisis is a call for concern, saying its sources and causes have a direct impact ...

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DHL draws roadmap to decarbonisation, invests €7bn in climate-neutral logistics

Frank Appel

The world’s leading logistics company, Deutsche Post DHL Group, is increasing the pace of its planned decarbonisation of the company by investing a total of €7 billion over the next 10 years in measures to reduce its CO2 emissions. Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group The funds will flow in particular into alternative aviation fuels, the expansion of ...

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