====The World Bank has announced an additional 600 million dollars for projects in the Lake Chad Basin devastated by Boko Haram terrorists.
The Bank made the announcement at the Berlin Conference on Boko Haram crisis, which was organised by the Governments of Nigeria, Germany and Norway, in collaboration with the UN.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Islamic Development Bank also supported the Lake Chad Basin with grants and concessional loans respectively, while Ireland, Sweden, Netherlands, Italy and Poland pledged various sums for the project.
====A European Union agro-forestry programme, Fuel Wood Balance, has commenced distribution of 760,000 additional free tree seedlings in seven local government areas in Katsina State, North West Nigeria.
The Project Manager, Dr Chris Udokang, said the gesture was to promote forestation and environmental conservation, adding that 7.09 million trees have been planted and maintained by farmers across the seven local government areas in the last three years.
====At least 11 people have died and about 600 injured after Typhoon Jebi ripped through Japan, the most powerful storm to hit the country in 25 years, local media reported on Wednesday.
The storm also caused an articulated vehicle to hit the bridge connecting the offshore airport and the city of Izumisano, trapping about 3,000 people at Kansai International Airport.
====The World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control says cigarette butts have become the most discarded waste item worldwide, with some 4.5 trillion thrown away annually and amounting to 1.69 billion pounds of toxic trash.
The UN tobacco control treaty watchdog warned that apart from deforestation, soil degradation and pollution, tobacco production and consumption is “tremendously destructive’’ for the environment.
=====The World Health Organisation (WHO) says physical inactivity is a leading risk factor for non-communicable diseases, which affects mental health and overall quality of life.
A new study published in The Lancet Global Health journal indicates that physical activity lowers risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes, as well as breast and colon cancer.
The study’s lead author, Regina Guthold, warned that more adults are lagging behind the recommended levels of physical activity as some one-in-three women and one-in-four men globally, are not active enough to stay healthy.