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Cholera: Nigeria records 37,819 cases, 1,178 deaths from 23 states, FCT

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says the country has recorded 37,819 suspected cases of cholera, 1,178 deaths in 23 states and the FCT as at August 14, 2021. Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Chief Executive Officer, NCDC The NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, made the disclosure in an interview on Monday, August 16 in Abuja. Ihekweazu listed the states to ...

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Minamata Convention: Specific International Programme board approves new projects

Minamata Convention

The Governing Board of the Specific International Programme of the Minamata Convention on Mercury has approved nine projects valued at $2.2 million for the Third Round. The Board announced this at the end of its week-long virtual Sixth Meeting held from August 9 to 13, 2021. Participants at the virtual meeting of the Governing Board of the Specific International Programme ...

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Climate protesters seek to raise awareness with Berlin sit-in

Berlin climate change rally

More than 100 demonstrators partially blocked several streets in central Berlin on Monday, August 16, 2021 as they staged a long-promised protest calling for more muscular climate protection measures from the government. A climate change rally in Berlin The protest centred on the Brandenburg Gate, near the legislature. Organised in part by Extinction Rebellion, the protesters said that they wanted ...

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IPCC advances work on final product of upcoming assessment report

Hoesung Lee

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) opened a week-long virtual meeting of experts on Monday, August 16, 2021 to advance preparations of the Synthesis Report, the final product of its current assessment. Hoesung Lee, IPCC chair Members of the Synthesis Report Core Writing Team will meet virtually from August 16 to 20 to continue drafting the Synthesis Report, which ...

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Buhari signs Petroleum Industry Bill into law

Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Petroleum Industry Bill 2021 into law. President Muhammadu Buhari The president signed the bill while working from home in line with COVID-19 protocol. Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s spokesman, who confirmed this development, said the president is in a five days quarantine as required by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 after returning from ...

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Keep oil in the soil: Africa urged to stop fossil fuel extraction

Oilwatch Africa

African leaders have been called upon to stop all forms of fossil fuel extraction and exploration for new ones on the continent. Participants at a recent Oilwatch Africa meeting in Nigeria The call was made in a Declaration released by Oilwatch Africa at the close of its webinar and virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday, August 9, 2021. The ...

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International Youth Day: Building momentum for climate action

Pramisha Thapaliya

The International Youth Day, observed on Thursday, August 12, 2021, celebrated the important contribution of young people in tackling global challenges including climate change, biodiversity conservation and unsustainable food production. Pramisha Thapaliya, youth leader in the UN Food Systems summit The theme of this year’s International Youth Day, “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health,” acknowledges the need for ...

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Stern measures pushed to end illegal trade of mercury-laced skin whiteners

Mercury skin whitening creams

A group tracking mercury-added products in commerce appealed to national and local government authorities in the Philippines to get tough on importers, distributors and retailers of skin whitening cosmetics laced with toxic mercury. Eight mercury skin whitening creams, Pasay City, Aug 5, 2021 The EcoWaste Coalition pressed the authorities to bring the perpetrators of the illegal trade in mercury-laden cosmetics to ...

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NiMet predicts three days thunderstorms, rains from Sunday

Thunderstorms

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted three days of thunderstorms and rains across the country. Thunderstorms This prediction was contained in NiMet`s weather outlook released on Saturday, August 14, 2021 in Abuja. Thunderstorms were predicted over parts of Taraba, Kebbi, Zamfara, Bauchi, Kano, Yobe and Kaduna states in the morning hours on Sunday, August 15. According to NiMet, thunderstorms ...

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Nigeria losing billions by not tapping opportunities in forest sector – Don

Nigeria REDD+

 A university don, Prof. Tope Ajayi, has said forestry has the potential of helping to create dependable economic fortunes for the Federal Government and the 36 states in their ongoing economic diversification efforts, if properly harnessed. Nigeria is said to be losing billions by not exploring opportunities in the forest sector. Photo credit: UNDP Cambodia/Chansok Lay/Oddar Meanchey Ajayi gave the ...

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