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Over 90% of sampled salt brands globally found to contain microplastics

Only three of the salt brands studied did not contain any microplastic particles in the replicated samples

Over 90% of sampled salt brands globally were found to contain microplastics, with the highest number coming from salt sourced in Asia, according to a new study co-designed by Kim, Seung-Kyu, Professor at Incheon National University and Greenpeace (www.Greenpeace.org) East Asia.[1] For photographs: https://bit.ly/2AgLOfv The study, which has been published in…

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) reinforces its support to Egypt: EUR 214m to improve access to sanitation services in the Nile Delta

The agreement was signed at the headquarters of the EIB in Luxembourg by H.E. Dr. Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation and EIB President Werner Hoyer

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a Governmental Agreement with the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt for an amount of EUR 214m to support the Kitchener Drain depollution project. The new financing is part of the EIB’s Economic Resilience Initiative (ERI) and will improve the sanitation and…

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Mass Congolese returns from Angola could lead to a humanitarian crisis

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is concerned by a fast-developing humanitarian situation in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo sparked by mass returns from Angola over the last two weeks

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is concerned by a fast-developing humanitarian situation in the Kasai region of the…

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GROHE Invests in Innovation: Celebrating the Laboratory Opening at the Hemer Site

Research laboratory brings all areas of expertise together at one site

Investment in new technologies and infrastructure; More efficient development processes to increase innovation; Research laboratory brings all areas of expertise together at one site Today GROHE (www.GROHE.com), the world’s leading provider of sanitary fittings, celebrated the official opening of the extension to its research laboratory at the Hemer site in…

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Nigeria floods: Guterres ‘deeply saddened’ by loss of life and rising need

More than 561,000 people are internally displaced as a result and over 350,000 need immediate help - especially temporary shelter, food, safe drinking water, household items and medical care

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday he is “deeply saddened”, as the Government of Nigeria announced that some 200 people have died, and a further 1,310 injured, due to flooding across a dozen states. Overall, around two million have been affected. Nigeria’s two main rivers, the Niger…

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Media Advisory | October 15, 2018 Telephonic Press Briefing with USAID Bureau for Food Security Assistant Administrator Beth Dunford and USAID Food for Peace Director Matt Nims on World Food Day

Assistant Administrator Dunford and Director Nims will discuss food security issues in Africa in advance of World Food Day, including USAID’s Feed the future program

EVENT: Please join us on Monday, October 15 at 09:00 EDT | 15:00 SAST for a telephonic press Briefing with USAID Bureau for Food Security Assistant Administrator Beth Dunford and USAID Food for Peace Director Matt Nims.  Assistant Administrator Dunford and Director Nims will discuss food security issues in Africa in advance of…

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Experts validate Economic Commission for Africa model on socio-economic benefits of climate information services for Africa's food-energy-water sectors

The model captures the linkages between the sectors and provides information about cross-sectoral impacts, for example agriculture and water

Experts in climate information services (CIS) from across the continent on Tuesday unanimously agreed and validated a report that shows CIS has socio-economic benefits (SEB) that are helpful for the food, energy and water sectors in Africa. The experts attending a validation technical workshop on analyzing the socio-economic utility of…

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Merck Foundation plans to conduct 5th Edition of “Merck Africa Asia Luminary” in Dakar, Senegal

Merck foundation will celebrate 350th Anniversary of Merck and the 1st anniversary of Merck foundation during their Luminary

5th Edition of “Merck Africa Asia Luminary” will be conducted under the patronage of The President of Senegal, H.E. MACKY SALL; Merck foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com) will celebrate 350th Anniversary of Merck and the 1st anniversary of Merck foundation during their Luminary; 14 African First Ladies, 20 Ministers of Health and More…

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Zimbabwe to vaccinate 1.4 million people against cholera in Harare

The immunization drive is part of efforts to control a cholera outbreak, which was declared by the health authorities on 6 September 2018

The Government of Zimbabwe with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners is launching today an oral cholera vaccination (OCV) campaign to protect 1.4 million people at high risk of cholera in Harare. The immunization drive is part of efforts to control a cholera outbreak, which was…

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The Pan African University Institute for Water and Energy Sciences (including Climate Change) (PAUWES) Celebrates its Third Graduating Cohort of 79 Students from Across Africa

This year’s graduating students are about to constitute the next generation of engineers and policymakers committed to addressing the issues critical to Africa’s sustainable development

The Pan African University Institute for Water and Energy Sciences including Climate Change (PAUWES) (www.PAUWES.dz) celebrated the third graduating class of both the engineering and policy tracks of our Masters programmes in Water and Energy. The graduating class made up of 79 students from across the African continent, received their diplomas during…