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World Bank Spring Meetings to address sovereign debt and nature crises

David R. Malpass

The World Bank Group-International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings holding virtually from April 9 to 11, 2021 will, amid the mounting sovereign debt crisis exacerbated by COVID-19 economic slowdowns, focus on how to address the sovereign debt crisis while enabling an inclusive green recovery. David R. Malpass, President of the World Bank Group The fiscal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have ...

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Lagos partners table water producers to enforce quality

Association of Table Water Producers of Nigeria

Lagos State Government is partnering private water producers to ensure quality assurance in the generation, treatment and packaging of table water in an apparent bid to protect Lagosians against water-borne diseases. The Association of Table Water Producers of Nigeria (ATWAP) executive members in the South West Zone with Mrs. Clementina Ativie and Mrs. Funke Adepoju, in the middle Under the ...

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Tropical cyclone kills at least 76 in Indonesia, East Timor

Cyclone flood

Floods and landslides, triggered by tropical cyclone Seroja in a cluster of islands in southeast Indonesia and East Timor, have killed at least 76 people and displaced thousands, officials said on Monday, April 5, 2021. A man wearing a helmet carries his goods through the water in an area affected by floods after heavy rains in Dili, East Timor, April ...

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Kebbi plants 1m trees to combat desertification

Tree planting

Director, Forestry, Kebbi State Ministry of Environment, Malam Ibrahim Jegudu, on Monday, April 5, 2021 said the State Government has planted one million tree seedlings to combat desertification across the state. Tree planting In an interview in Birnin Kebbi, the state capital, Jegudu said: “The programme was successful. I can remember we produced about one million tree seedlings in the ...

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Israeli researchers develop method for predicting pest attacks on fields

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Israeli researchers have developed a tool for predicting population development of harmful insects in agricultural fields, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) said on Monday, April 5, 2021. Hebrew University of Jerusalem The new method can reduce the use of pesticides, which are high cost and cause environmental damage, HUJI added. The tool was developed in a study published in ...

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Russia’s far east in race to net zero emissions

Sakhalin Island

As the world gears up for the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021 – believed to be the most important since the signing of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, an encouraging signal in global efforts to tackle the climate crisis has come from the remote far east of Russia. The city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on Sakhalin Island, ...

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Global Day of Action: SRADev seeks single-use plastics ban


The Lagos-based Sustainable Research and Action for Environmental Development (SRADev Nigeria) joined campaigners across the world on Wednesday March 31, 2021 to mark the Global Day of Action, a movement by the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) to promote zero waste and economic recovery around the world. The Global Day of Action campaign in Lagos The event featured the ...

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COVID-19: Health workers advise Nigerians to get vaccinated

Ifako General Hospital

Frontline health workers championing the country’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic in Lagos have called on Nigerians to enrol for the ongoing vaccination exercise. Ifako General Hospital vaccination centre The exercise started with the vaccination of essential workers including policemen, petrol station workers and strategic leaders, amongst others. Currently being administered to Nigerians above the age 50 years the exercise has ...

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Shell confirms oil spill in Bayelsa community

Ineffective clean up

The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has confirmed oil spill from its facility at Agbura-Otuokpoti area of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital. The outcome of oil spill The comapny’s Media Relations Manager, Bamidele Odugbesan, confirmed the incident in Yenagoa on Friday, April 2, 2021. Odugbesan said the company got a report of the spill on March 31. “At about 8.30am ...

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More financial support needed for climate adaptation – Amina Mohammed

Amina Mohammed

With countries across the world having agreed through the Paris Agreement to a goal of limiting temperature increases to 1.5 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels to mitigate global warming, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed spelled out on Wednesday, March 30, 2021 at the Climate and Development Ministerial Meeting: “We now need to spare no effort to achieve it in this ‘make-or-break year’”.  Deputy Secretary-General of the ...

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