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Australian wildlife needs fire-damaged trees for recovery – Scientist

Fire-damaged trees

Fire-damaged trees and half-burnt logs are valuable habitats for wildlife recovering from Australia’s bushfires that should not be immediately cleaned up, according to a leading environmental scientist in the country. Fire-damaged trees “Fires burn patchily, and small unburnt patches, half-burnt logs and dead or fire-damaged trees are commonly left behind,” Prof. David Lindenmayer from the Fenner School of Environment and ...

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Man charged with trafficking African cats


A U.S. federal grand jury has charged a New York man, Christopher Casacci, with trafficking in African wild cats. The caracal Assistant Attorney-General, Jeffrey Clark, and U.S. Attorney James Kennedy Jr of the Western District of New York, announced the indictment in a statement published on the website of the Department of justice. Casacci, 38, is accused of violating the ...

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Niger residents express hope for greater Minna, Suleja cities


Residents of Minna and Suleja have expressed optimism over the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) initiated by Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger to make towns and cities socially inclusive and self-sustaining. The delegation at the Ladi Kwali Pottery Centre, Suleja They made this known at the end of aTwo-Day Technical Interactive Session with stakeholders on IDP formualtion with officials from the ...

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Agency debunks reports of earth tremor in parts of FCT


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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