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U.S. menthol cigarettes ban described as victory for public health

Flavoured tobacco

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced it intends to ban menthol flavoured cigarettes, the last allowable flavour on the U.S. market. The ban announced by the FDA also prohibits flavoured cigars and cigarillos, which have been marketed by tobacco companies attempting to circumvent the 2009 flavoured tobacco ban. Flavoured tobacco Sandra Mullin, Senior Vice President, Vital Strategies, ...

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Dirty energy projects will not develop Africa, activists tell govts

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Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), Nnimmo Bassey, has cautioned African governments anticipating that the continent will develop through fossil fuels extraction and investments in dirty energy to brace up to the fact that the African continent will soon becoming dumping ground for obsolete technology as the rest of the world moves away from fossil fuels. Participants at the ...

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Africa to double agricultural productivity as $17bn is pledged to increase food security

Akinwumi Adesina

A coalition of multilateral development banks and development partners has pledged over $17 billion in financing on Friday, April 30, 2021 during a high-level forum, in an apparent bid to address rising hunger on the African continent and to improve food security. AfDB President, Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, speaking during the high-level dialogue on Feeding Africa These funds were pledged ...

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Urgent climate action needed to safeguard world’s oceans, says UN report


Governments need to take the world’s oceans more strongly into account while considering how to curb greenhouse emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change. Image in the report on the Ocean and Climate Change Dialogue showing the potentials of different sectors and technologies for mitigation This is the key conclusion of a report published by UN Climate Change on Friday, ...

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Zungeru hydropower dam project to go operational soon

Hydropower dam

The 700MW Zungeru hydro-eletric power dam being constructed by the Federal Government will soon become operational, Gov. Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger State has said. Hydropower dam This is contained in a statement by Mrs Mary-Noel Berje, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, in Minna, the state capital, on Friday, April 30, 2021. Bello made this known when he visited ...

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Angola to produce 600,000 cubic metres of timber annually

Manuel Nunes Junior

Angola’s forestry potential is estimated at 70 million hectares, which allows it to produce 600,000 cubic metres of timber annually. Angola’s Minister of State for Economic Coordination, Manuel Nunes Junior Angola’s Minister of State for Economic Coordination, Manuel Nunes Junior, said this at a forum late Thursday, April 29, 2021. If the available forestry resources are exploited in a rational ...

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German minister describes Constitutional Court ruling as support for climate action

Svenja Schulze

In a ruling on Thursday, April 29, 2021, the Federal Constitutional Court in Germany obliged the government to define more precisely the reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions for the period after 2030. German Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze This formed part of the court’s ruling on several constitutional complaints against the Federal Climate Change Act (Klimaschutzgesetz). It confirms that the ...

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In Cameroon, illegal logging of high-value timber harms indigenous forest communities

Timber logging

Indigenous people living in forest communities are now facing the worrying consequences of illegal logging when their medicine sources and farms are devastated. Illegal logging of timber in Cameroon. Photo credit: Ian Makia In east Cameroon, Société Bois Africains du Cameroun (SBAC) and Société Forestière de Bouraka (SFB), two commercial logging companies, have been involved in the exploitation of valuable ...

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Countries can now measure ecosystems with UN’s first AI tool

Stefan Schweinfest

An innovative artificial intelligence (AI) tool that will make it easier for countries to measure the contributions of nature to their economic prosperity and well‑being was launched on Thursday, April 29, 2021 by the United Nations and the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3). Stefan Schweinfest, Director of the Statistics Division, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN ...

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Europe now has more Coronavirus vaccinations than infections, says WHO

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

More people in Europe have now been fully vaccinated against the Coronavirus than have been proved to be infected with it, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images It has been 462 days since the first infections were reported in the ...

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