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EU vows to attract investment in hydrogen energy

Joao Pedro Matos Fernandes

The Council of the European Union (EU) on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 defined the attraction of international investments in hydrogen energy as a priority. Portuguese Minister of Environment and Climate Action, Joao Pedro Matos Fernandes This is a consensus that was built during a virtual meeting with representatives of the member states promoted by the Portuguese presidency of the EU. ...

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COVID-19: Why states were directed to halt vaccination halfway – Govt

Olorunnimbe Mamora

The Federal Government has explained why it asked all states administering the COVID-19 vaccine to stop the exercise the moment they used half of the doses allocated to them. Minster of State for Health, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora Minister of State for Health, Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora, gave the explanation at a media briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 ...

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Nnimmo Bassey: Environmental justice and right to life

Nnimmo Bassey

At the Health of Mother Earth Foundation’s (HOMEF) second School of Ecology in 2021, Nnimmo Bassey, the HOMEF Director, says in this treatise that a denial of environmental justice is a denial of the right to life Nnimmo Bassey Environmental justice demands that all peoples and communities should be fairly treated irrespective of their nationality, race, class or gender. It ...

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World Health Day: Govt urged to address health inequality

Dr. Osagie Ehanire

As mankind celebrates the 2021 World Health Day on Wednesday, April 7, Development Communications (DevComs) Network, a Lagos-based not-for-profit, has called on the Nigerian central government as well as those at other levels to provide equitable health care coverage to all citizens to reduce the impact of health emergencies. Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Health Minister According to DevComs, a media support ...

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Group convenes dialogue on priorities for green COVID-19 recovery in Nigeria

Sharon Ikeazor

The Society for Planet and Prosperity (SPP), a non-governmental organisation devoted to advancing action to enhance environmentally sustainable economic growth in Africa, is partnering with the European Climate Foundation (ECF) and the Climate Change and Development Alex-Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike (CCCD-AEFUNAI) to convene a “High-Level Dialogue on Promoting a Green and Resilient Recovery in Nigeria and the rest of West ...

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Asian, Middle Eastern, North African countries express readiness to step up climate action

James Grabert

Most countries in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa aim to increase ambition to tackle climate change through new targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and are eager to share knowledge about how to best achieve the climate goals of the Paris Agreement. James Grabert, UN Climate Change Director This was the key finding of a virtual meeting, co-organised by UN Climate ...

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British scientists warn COVID-19 cases will rise despite vaccine


A group of scientists, which serves as adviser to the British government over the handling of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, has warned that regardless of vaccination, lifting restrictions over the coming weeks “may lead to a small surge of cases and deaths.” Coronavirus Minutes from a meeting with members of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) published on Tuesday, ...

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Green banks play major role in climate-resilient development in Africa, says report

Green bank

A study has shown that a combination of green banks working alongside National Climate Change Funds (NCCF) has the potential to scale private investment in support of climate and sustainable development goals. A green bank uses innovative financing techniques and market development tools to accelerate deployment of clean energy technologies The Scoping Report is by the African Development Bank (AfDB) ...

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Sri Lanka’s president to ‘free’ country of palm oil, cultivation

Oil palm plantation

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka has imposed an immediate ban on the import of palm oil and has ordered the gradual removal of the crops. Oil palm plantation This move is to eliminate the environmentally harmful cultivation in the country, an official said on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Rajapaksa on Monday ordered his officials to promulgate laws preventing fresh ...

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Climate change top challenge over the next decade – UNESCO survey

Audrey Azoulay

Climate change and loss of biodiversity is seen as the most pressing challenge over the decade, according to the “World in 2030 Survey Report”published on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General More than 15,000 people worldwide contributed to the survey, which was held online between May and September 2020, and made ...

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