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New financial alliance for net zero emissions launched


On the eve of President Biden’s Head of State Climate Summit on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, Mark Carney (the UK Prime Minister’s Finance Advisor for COP26 and UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance) – in partnership with the UNFCCC Climate Action Champions and the UN Race to Zero campaign, and the COP26 Presidency – joined John Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy ...

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More countries than ever before on the verge of zero malaria

Abdourahmane Diallo

Twenty-four countries around the world have eliminated malaria since 2000, and more countries than ever before are within reach of zero malaria in the coming years. However, leaders must step up investments to end malaria as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten historic gains against one of the oldest and deadliest diseases, participants heard at a Virtual Forum on Malaria ...

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Locust outbreak destroys 700,000 hectares of land in Namibia

Desert locust swarm

Namibia has allocated 20 million Namibian dollars ($1.4 million) to fight a locust outbreak that has so far invaded seven regions and destroyed over 700,000 hectares of land, an official said on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Desert locust swarm The locusts, which began to appear in two Kavango regions, have left a trail of destruction after they destroyed crop fields ...

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PACJA to Biden: Engender ambitious climate action, negotiate realistic COP26 outcome

Mithika Mwenda

As the leaders on Climate Summit convened by the US president gets underway, the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) calls on President Joe Biden to use America’s global influence and take advantage of the current yearning for strong American leadership to ramp up ambitious climate action and negotiate a COP26 outcome that, at last, responds to African realities. In this ...

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Students’ shisha video: Incident reinforces need to ban sale of tobacco products near schools – CAPPA


The Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) has commended the Lagos State Government on its decision to rehabilitate the five students smoking shisha in a recent viral video but wants the state government to complement that action by enforcing the ban on the sale of tobacco products near schools as contained in the National Tobacco Control Act 2015. Smoking ...

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Smoking in movies: A channel for tobacco addiction

Oluchi Joy Robert

The first television commercial was aired in 1941 and, since then, the screen still takes the lead as the most persuasive advertising platform. The reasons are obvious as it has more to do with visuals which are more appealing hence compelling to viewers. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines advertising as “the action of calling something to the attention of the public ...

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USAID’s ‘COVID-19 Food Security Challenge’ provides $3m grants to companies

Anne Patterson

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched the USAID/Nigeria COVID-19 Food Security Challenge, through which USAID will offer $3 million in funding and technical assistance to youth-led and mid-stage companies in Nigeria to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the nation’s agri-food systems. Anne Patterson, USAID Nigeria Mission Director While operators of the youth-led companies should be up ...

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Why Africa must embrace science rather than ideology in fight against smoking

Vaping and smoking

Despite effort by Africa in achieving some of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), reducing tobacco use has proved the hardest to deliver. Reducing tobacco use plays a major role in global efforts to achieve the SDG target to reduce premature deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by one-third by 2030. Between vaping and smoking Significant disparities in health outcomes around the world ...

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Mobile sector declares climate action breakthrough

Mats Granryd

More than a third of mobile operators by revenue have met rigorous criteria set by the UN’s Race to Zero campaign and committed to net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest. Mats Granryd, Director General of GSMA Already, 36% of the mobile industry by revenue, and 31% of the mobile industry by connections, are in the Race to Zero. ...

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Nnimmo Bassey: Dialogue in the oil field

Nnimmo Bassey

The noise from gas furnaces burning across the Niger Delta make it impossible for parents to whisper to their children. Whispering may sound conspiratorial, but parents cannot even speak normally to their children – a thing people take for granted. The explosive noises and hisses from the infernal fires make shouting the only way to hold a conversation. This anomaly ...

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