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1.2m non-smokers die from exposure to tobacco smoke yearly – WHO

Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, says no fewer than 1.2 million people die annually due to exposure to tobacco smoke. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa Moeti said this in her message to mark 2021 World No Tobacco Day with the theme, “Commit to quit.” May 31 of every year is ...

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GMO foods may cause toxic effects, says physician


Lead Physician, Trauma Centre, Gwagwalada, Dr Femi Onasanya, has said that the results of most studies with Genetically Modified (GMO) foods indicate that they may cause common toxic effects. GMOs Onasanya, who said this in an interview in Abuja, on Sunday, May 30, 2021, said it might cause effects such as hepatic, pancreatic, renal, or reproductive effects. He said it could ...

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UN chief calls for global partnership to end COVID-19, climate change

Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has called for a global partnership to end COVID-19 pandemic and address climate change, so as to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres In a video message to the opening of the 2021 P4G summit in Seoul, Republic of Korea, Guterres said that the world needed a global partnership to beat ...

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NDC: Nigeria updates emission inventory from three to 11 gases

Dr. Mahmood Mohammad Abubakar

Nigeria has updated its emission inventory from three gases to now cover 11. Minister of Environment, Dr. Mahmood Mohammad Abubakar The nation’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) covered emissions for Carbon dioxide (CO2), Ammonium (NH4) and Nitrous oxide (N2O) but the updated emission inventory as reflected in the revised Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) now covers 11 pollutants. These 11 pollutants ...

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Lagos horticulturists to plant 5m trees within three years

Association of Landscape Horticulturists

The Association of Landscape Horticulturists in Lagos has said that it will plant no fewer that five million trees in the state within the space of three years. Swearing in of the new executive council members: L-R: Olusola Adekoya (President), Cynthia Agboru (Vice President), Chika Obiora (Asst. Sec. General), Femi Adenuga (Treasurer) and Osadare Olusegun (PRO) Mr Olusola Adekoya, who ...

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Nigerians urged to change attitude toward waste disposal

waste managers

The Association of Waste Managers in Delta State has called on the public to have attitudinal change toward disposing their waste for cleaner environment and healthy living. Waste PSP operators at work Its President, Mr Samson Osuare, made the call in an interview in Asaba, the state capital, on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Osuare said: “One of the challenges facing members of this association ...

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COP26: Nigeria, 22 others endorse joint ministerial statement on forest protection

Nigeria REDD+

The COP26 Forest, Agriculture and Commodity Trade (FACT) Dialogue has taken a significant step in bringing together over 20 countries to commit to protecting the world’s forests and natural habitats from destruction. Nigeria has joined 22 other countries to endorse a joint statement committing them to working together to protect the world’s forest. Photo credit: UNDP Cambodia/Chansok Lay/Oddar Meanchey Twenty-three ...

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AfDB’s fund ranks second for devt assistance quality – Report

Akinwunmi Adesina

The African Development Fund (AfDF) has been ranked second among 49 international agencies for the quality of its development assistance, according to the Quality of Official Development Assistance (QuODA) report. AfDB president, Akinwunmi Adesina The AfDF is the concessional arm of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group. The QuODA is a tool developed by the Centre for Global Development (CGD) ...

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Nigeria submits revised NDC interim report to UNFCCC

Dr Muhammad Mahmood Abubakar

In what looks like a demonstration of its commitment to the Paris Agreement on global action on climate change, the Nigerian Government on Thursday, May 27, 2021 submitted its revised Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Interim Report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Minister of Environment, Dr Muhammad Mahmood Abubakar Submitting the report on behalf of the ...

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Menstrual Hygiene Day: New definition to galvanise action to advance gender equality

Evelyn Mere

WaterAid has joined a team of experts from around the world to establish a definition of menstrual health that comprehensively addresses the needs of people who menstruate to advance gender equality and global health. Evelyn Mere, WaterAid Nigeria Country Director Despite increased global attention on period poverty, up until now there has been no universal agreement on the definition of ...

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