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Agency debunks reports of earth tremor in parts of FCT

Abuja

The Nigeria Geological Survey Agency has called on the public to disregard reports in some quarters that there was an earth tremor in some parts of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The Abuja city gate Dr Abdulrazaq Garba, the Director-General of the agency, made the clarification while speaking with newsmen on Saturday, January 11, 2020 in Abuja in reaction ...

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8m farmers to benefit from NIRSAL’s geo-clusters scheme

The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) says eight million farmers will benefit from its 16,000 Geo-Clusters Scheme across the country. Mr Aliyu Abdulhameed, the Managing Director of NIRSAL, made this known in his presentation at the 61st session of Greeners Hub B2B Nigeria in Abuja on Sunday, January 12, 2020. NIRSAL has mandate to redefine, measure, ...

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Trump proposes change to environmental rules to speed up highway projects, pipelines

Donald Trump

President Donald Trump of the United States on Thursday, January 9, 2020 proposed fundamental changes to 50-year-old regulations in an effort to speed up new mines, pipelines and hundreds of other projects around the country, including some that could harm the environment and accelerate climate change. The move also could prevent communities from having much say about what gets built ...

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Article refutes claim that e-cigarettes are safer than cigarettes

Tobacco Harm Reduction

An article <https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/10.2105/AJPH.2019.305424> published on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) conclusively refutes the now too often-repeated erroneous claim that e-cigarettes have been proven to be 95% safer than regular cigarettes. Alternatives to cigarette smoking can create a big impact on health in society While the evidence to date indicates that e-cigarettes do expose ...

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Lagos to ban single-use plastics

Plastic pollution

The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) says it is set to ban all single-use plastics within its premises from January 13, 2020. Volunteers with Greenpeace Philippines clean up a heavily polluted beach in Manila. Photo credit: DW.com General Manager, LASEPA, Dr Dolapo Fasawe, said in a statement on Friday, January 10 that the move was to protect the environment ...

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South African president urged to respond to worsening drought

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa

President Cyril Ramaphosa must take drastic steps to cope with a worsening drought that has gripped large parts of the country, opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Thursday, January 9, 2020. President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa “Failure to recognise the severity of the drought that has gripped all nine of our provinces and any further delays in putting in ...

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UN places Zimbabwe among 15 global hotspots suffering food insecurity

Emmerson Mnangagwa

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has placed Zimbabwe among 15 global hotspots at risk of deteriorating further into crisis if there is no rapid response to the prevailing food insecurity. Emmerson Mnangagwa, President of Zimbabwe About half the country’s population, 7.7 million people will need food assistance in 2020 as the country grapples with a severe drought and economic ...

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Australians protest over climate change policy as bushfires rage

Scott Morrison

Thousands of Australians took to the streets on Friday, January 10, 2020 to protest government inaction on climate change, as bushfires ravage large swathes of the country, incinerating wildlife and polluting the air. Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison The bushfire crisis has added pressure on Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s conservative government to do more to combat climate change after Australia ...

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Australia urges quarter of a million to flee as winds fan huge bushfires

Australian bushfires

Australia urged nearly a quarter of a million people to evacuate their homes on Friday, January 10, 2020 and prepared military backup as authorities said the next few hours could be “very, very challenging” even as rain poured down in some parts. Fire and Rescue personal run to move their truck as a bushfire burns next to a major road ...

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South Sudan to launch environmental audit in oil-producing regions

Awow Chuang

South Sudan on Friday, January 10, 2020 launched a road map to boost environmental audit in oil-producing regions by calling a tender proposal from competent foreign companies in a bid to curb pollution and address public uproar over poor waste management. Awow Chuang, minister of petroleum, South Sudan Awow Chuang, minister of petroleum, said the government would enhance environmental audit ...

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