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Monthly Archives: June 2021

Oral nicotine offers Africa new route on tobacco control


Africa is heading down the wrong road in its efforts to reduce its death toll from smoking. Tobacco Although the number of smokers on the continent may still be lower than North America and the East Mediterranean, that number is growing at the fastest rate on the planet. It can’t be denied that significant disparities in health statistics around the ...

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Finance guide to mobilise institutions to positively engage with nature

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema

The new “Financial Sector Guide for the Convention on Biological Diversity” aims to mobilise financial institutions to ensure a nature positive world, by fostering better understanding of nature’s importance for the financial sector, providing insight on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) process and the actions that can be taken by financial institutions beneficial to nature. CBD Executive Secretary, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema ...

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Engineers introduce technology on waste management in Lagos

waste managers

The Apapa Branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) says it has begun to deploy new technology on waste management in Lagos State. Lagos waste PSP operators at work Branch chairman, Mr Christian Ufot, announced this during the monthly general meeting of the branch in Lagos on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. Ufot, therefore, appealed to Lagos residents to support ...

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Climate change: Scientists begin research to boost food security in Nigeria

University of Port Harcourt

Some scientists in the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) in Rivers State on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 began a 12-month research project to tackle rising food shortage in Nigeria due to climate change. A team of researchers involved in the project The Lead researcher, Dr Clara Ifeanyi-Obi, said in Port Harcourt that the project aims at mainstreaming gender into climate ...

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Gates Foundation commits $2.1bn to advance gender equality

Bill and Melinda Gates

As part of the Generation Equality Forum convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 announced a commitment of $2.1 billion over the next five years to advance women’s economic empowerment, strengthen women and girls’ health and family planning, and accelerate women’s leadership. Bill ...

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Nnimmo Bassey: Our right to safe food

Nnimmo Bassey

In his opening remarks at a dialogue on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the state of biosafety that had medical practitioners in attendance in Abuja on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), expressed concern about the safety of the GM beans recently unveiled in Nigeria, saying that the implication of eating a seed ...

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Fruit, vegetables, protein remain out of reach for most Africans, says report

Abebe Haile-Gabriel

Africa’s agri-food systems must be transformed to make healthy diets more affordable for Africans. That is the central message of a new report launched on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union Commission (AUC). FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa, Abebe ...

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IPCC confirms release date and approval session details for next report

Abdalah Mokssit

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says it will release its next report, the Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), on August 9, 2021 following an approval session held remotely to consider the document from July 26 to August 6. IPCC Secretary, Abdalah Mokssit It will be the first time that the IPCC has conducted ...

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AATF, partners unveil genetically modified insect resistant beans


Nigeria has achieved what looks like a major milestone in the history of agricultural research and development with the official launch and release for commercialisation of the transgenic Pod Borer Resistant (PBR) Cowpea at an event held on June 29, 2021 in Kano, North-West Nigeria. Cowpea PBR Cowpea (beans), a genetically-modified cowpea, is the product of an international partnership under ...

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COP26 registration opens to facilitate participant vaccination

Alok Sharma

The UN Climate Change online portal to register Parties, admitted observers and media representatives to attend the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow is open for participants. The COP holds from October 31 to November 12, 2021. COP26 President-designate, Alok Sharma The opening of the registration for COP26 is now being launched with the purpose of facilitating vaccination for ...

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