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Africa’s glaciers to melt, millions of poor face drought, floods – UN

African Glacier

Africa’s fabled eastern glaciers will vanish in two decades, 118 million poor people face immanent drought, floods or extreme heat, and climate change could also shave 3 per cent off continental GDP by mid-century, the U.N. climate agency warned on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. Melting glacier The latest report on the state of Africa’s climate by the World Meteorological Organisation ...

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700,000 South Sudanese hit by worst floods in decades, says UN

Stéphane Dujarric

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 said it was alarmed by the humanitarian impact of the worst flooding in decades in South Sudan, as it affected more than 700,000 people across the country. UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, disclosed this at a news conference at the  UN headquarters in New ...

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Business leaders join UN chief to step up action for global sustainability

Antonio Guterres

Business leaders joined UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 to step up delivery of critical investments for a “sustainable, net zero, resilient and equitable world”. UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres The Global Investors for Sustainable Development (GISD) Alliance, which brings together 30 business giants worth an estimated $16 trillion, met Guterres in New York and outlined concrete ...

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Experts call for unified African position ahead of COP26

George Wamukoya

A global expert in climate change negotiations has urged civil society organisations (CSOs) to align their messages with those of government delegations to enhance the African position in the upcoming climate conference next month. George Wamukoya During a Pre-Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting in Nairobi on Monday, October 18, 2021, Dr George Wamukoya, ...

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Kebbi gov canvasses dredging of River Niger to control floods

Alhaji Atiku Bagudu

The Kebbi State governor, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, has called for the dredging of River Niger and de-silting of water bodies, to solve the perennial problem of flooding in the hydroelectric power producing areas. Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, Governor of Kebbi State Bagudu made the suggestion at a one-day stakeholder meeting on the dissemination of a report on the outcome of a ...

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UN-backed report reveals rising climate change risk across Africa

Petteri Taalas

Climate change contributed to mounting food insecurity, poverty and displacement in Africa last year, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and partners said in a report published on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. WMO Secretary-General, Petteri Taalas The State of the Climate in Africa 2020 report highlights the continent’s disproportionate vulnerability, but also reveals how investing in climate adaptation, early warning systems, ...

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Africa calls for climate finance tracker after donors fall short

Tanguy Gahouma-Bekale

African countries want a new system to track funding from wealthy nations that are failing to meet a $100 billion annual target to help the developing world tackle climate change, Africa’s lead climate negotiator said. Tanguy Gahouma, chair of the African Group of Negotiators The demand highlights tensions ahead of the COP26 climate summit between the world’s 20 largest economies, ...

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COVID-19: Kaduna makes vaccinations, facemasks, mandatory from Oct. 31

Nasir el-Rufai

Adherence to COVID-19 protocols of vaccination and wearing of facemasks would be compulsory as from October 31, 2021, for anyone wishing access to any government office, the Kaduna State Government has said. Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State A statement conveying the directive, issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Communications to the Governor, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, on Tuesday, ...

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Gombe partners private sector player to develop hippopotamus colony

Hippopotamus

Gombe State Government has expressed its readiness to partner with private sector initiatives on developing hippopotamus colony around its water banks and harness the huge potential in wildlife conservation and eco-tourism. Hippopotamus Gov. Inuwa Yahaya gave the assurance while receiving Prof. Lynne Baker, a U.S.-based wildlife conservationist, who paid him a courtesy visit on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 in Gombe, ...

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NiMet predicts three-day sunshine, thunderstorms from Tuesday

Thunderstorms

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted three days sunshine and thunderstorms from Tuesday, October 19 to Friday, October 22, 2021. Thunderstorms NiMet’s weather outlook released on Monday, October 18 in Abuja, predicted cloudy skies on Tuesday with spells of sunshine over the Northern region and slim chances of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Taraba State during the morning hours. ...

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