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World’s most polluted cities

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According to the World Health Organisation, India has four of the five cities in the world with the worst air pollution. Experts at WHO said India faces a “huge challenge” but air pollution in many countries is so bad that they have no monitoring system and cannot be included in the UN agencies ranking. The city of Zabol in Iran, ...

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Taking health to the grassroots

Munkebe is a village ahead of Katsinawan Rintimi about 12 kilometers drive from Bichi town, a village that has no road, or the basic amenities, the community lack electricity, water or even universal basic education for their children. The drive from Bichi town to Dutsen Dorawa then to Katsinawan rintimi was not a pleasant drive. On arrival I met Amina ...

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Finally That Stagnant Whirlpool Is Flushed out of Nigeria

The World Health Organization announced today that polio is no longer endemic in Nigeria. This is the first time that Nigeria has interrupted transmission of wild poliovirus, bringing the country and the African region closer than ever to being certified polio-free. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), the public-private partnership leading the effort to eradicate polio, called this a ‘historic ...

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Community’s hopes

The residents of Sabuwar Gandu Community in Kumbotso local government area of Kano metropolis are appealing for urgent intervention over the worsening state of their roads and lack of proper drainages to channel water ways in the community. Residents of the community who lamented total neglect of relevant government agencies despite several complains about the situation , complained that Sabuwar ...

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Smart Villages and Practical Action off-grid village energy workshop in Nepal highlights key role of mini-hydro schemes

In the latest of a series of workshops across the SE Asia region, the Smart Villages Initiative and Practical Action brought together a diverse cross-section of participants in the Nepali off-grid energy sector. The Smart Villages Kathmandu Workshop (10th April) aimed to learn from Nepalese expertise in off-grid energy provision that might help other countries in South Asia and beyond. ...

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U.S. and China, this climate deal is huge

The U.S. and China announced a major breakthrough on climate change– an agreement that could create important political momentum internationally. The U.S. committed to reducing its carbon emissions by 26% to 28% below its 2005 emissions and China promised to reduce its carbon emissions after 2030, a step it had previously refused to even consider. These commitments are sure to ...

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Reviving the once lost cocoa farming in Ghana

Like kola nut and palm oil, Cocoa farming is among the major cash crops cultivated in Ghana and it makes Ghana agricultural sector a leading sector that has improves the country’s gross domestic income over the year. Cocoa bean is the dried and fully fermented fatty bean of theobroma cacao that’s the cocoa tree, from which chocolates vinegar, alcohol cream, ...

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Overcoming the burden of maruca pest

    Cowpea is regarded as the most important food grain legume in the dry savannas of tropical Africa, where it is been grown on more than 12.5million hectares of land The traditional cowpea seeds planted by most African farmers suffer the effects of maruca pod borer which destroys the fruitful yield of the common farmer is now a fairy ...

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Support for green economy surges but crucial gaps remain

Governments, businesses, investors and others are embracing the ‘green economy’ idea, but differences in the way they interpret it pose barriers to sustainable development, according to a report published on 24th of February the International Institute for Environment and Development and the Green Economy Coalition. The Green Economy Barometer report, produced for a three day conference on ‘real green economies’ ...

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THE BEACH : A moment to remember.

My third weekend at Portland, Oregon, United States of America was an adventure worth remember. My host took me on a tour to the Pacific Northwest coast of Oregon, named Cannon beach, which is 80 miles west of Portland and 25 miles south of Astoria. The captivating natural beauty of forests, ocean beaches, rivers, and the Oregon Coast Mountain range ...

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