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Clean Air Day: UN releases Air Quality and Climate Bulletin

Petteri Taalas

The COVID-19 lockdown and travel restrictions led to a dramatic short-lived fall in emissions of key air pollutants in 2020, especially in urban areas. Many city dwellers saw blue skies instead of the pollution cloud. But the reduction was not uniformly spread across all regions or all types of pollutants. And many parts of the world still fell short of ...

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Govt to establish national technology innovation centres

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu

The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Ogbonna Onu, says the Federal Government will establish national research and technology innovation centres for global competitiveness. Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology This is contained in a statement issued by Josephine Ademu, Head, Press and Public Relations of the ministry, on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, in Abuja. Onu said this ...

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We are ready for predicted flooding – South-South states


The Edo State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) says it has made adequate arrangements to mitigate flooding in the state as the year runs out. Flooding in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State Director of SEMA, Mrs Carol Odion, stated this in Benin City, the state capital while answering questions during a survey on preparedness of South-South states for predicted 2021 flooding. Odion said ...

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World Clean Air Day: Keeping our footprints in the air


Air pollution results from the atmospheric pollution which are deleterious to the human health and our planet too. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that every year, air pollution is responsible for nearly seven million deaths around the globe. Children exposed to air pollution. The WHO says that more than one in four deaths of children under five years ...

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Network seeks COP26 postponement over COVID-19 vaccination challenges

Tasneem Essop

Climate Action Network (CAN), a global network of over 1500 civil society organisations in over 130 countries working together to fight the climate emergency, on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 called for the UN climate talks – COP26 – to be postponed. The conference is set to take place in early November. Tasneem Essop, Executive Director, Climate Action Network With just ...

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NiMet predicts three-day cloudiness, thunderstorms from Tuesday

cloudy weather

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudiness and thunderstorms from Tuesday, September 7 to Thursday, September 9, 2021 across the nation. Cloudy weather NiMet, in its weather outlook released on Monday, September 6 in Abuja, predicted cloudy skies over the northern region on Tuesday, with prospects of thunderstorms over seven states. It listed the states to include Yobe, Borno, ...

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Financing critical for climate change targets in developing countries – OPEC


The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) says financing remains critical in meeting any climate change target for developing countries. Mohammed Barkindo, Secretary General of OPEC (Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) speaks during the 25th Caspian International Oil and Gas Conference in Baku, Azerbaijan on May 30, 2018. Photo credit: Resul Rehimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Dr Mohammad Barkindo, OPEC Secretary ...

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Cholera outbreak: Govt to construct modern toilets in FCT

Sharon Ikeazor

The Federal Government says it will soon commence the construction of a modern toilet with borehole and solar powered pump, as part of efforts to curb cholera outbreak in the FCT. Environment Minister of State, Sharon Ikeazor Minister of Environment for State, Chief Sharon Ikeazor, disclosed this in Abuja, on Monday, September 6, 2021 while inaugurating the National Environmental Sanitation ...

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LAWMA to ban single use plastic

Ibrahim Odumboni

The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) is set to ban single use plastic materials across its formations, as part of its efforts to curtail the environmental menace posed by the item. Ibrahim Odumboni, Managing Director, Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) This disclosure was made by the authority, in a statement issued on Monday, September 6, 2021 and made available to ...

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Declining vulture populations should be a wakeup call


Every year the world marks the International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD) in September, to raise awareness about vultures. However, the picture is not rosy for these magnificent birds. In Africa, vulture populations have declined catastrophically over the last 50 years, with declines of up to 97% for some species. While vultures are oft seen as sinister birds that signify bad ...

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