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The case of lead poisoning is nothing new. Ask any resident of Flint on the dangers of lead and they would probably tell you horror stories as they recount their experience of having to deal with one of the worst health disasters in recent U.S. history. As a society, we seem to be ignorant to the dangers of lead Michel Vorm Hotspur Jersey , and that’s a huge surprise considering that agencies have been trying to promote lead free ammunition and educate people on the dangers of lead and lead poisoning for decades.

Bald eagles are the latest victims of lead with cases being reported all over the country. These birds often feed on carcasses that were killed by hunters using lead based ammunition and end up getting exposed to the dangers of lead. The problem is particularly concerning in the Midwest during deer hunting season as hunters often leave gut piles behind which are then scavenged by bald eagles.

One such bald eagle just succumbed to its death in Arlington despite the best efforts of the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center on the very same day when Interior Secretary Ryan Zinkecanceled a last-minute action taken by President Barack Obama to phase out lead based fish tackle and ammunition in national wildlife refuges by the year 2022.

Suzanne West, Director of Sarvey Wildlife Care Center recounts the plight of the dying bird. “This bird made very heart-breaking crying sounds all throughout the day and night. We can only try and hope for the best.” Such was the level of toxicity that the poor creature was subjected to that despite their best efforts, the center’s personnel couldn’t save the bird or reverse the effects of poisoning.

The order issued by the Obama administration was intended to protect these very birds from lead poisoning and promote the use of lead free ammunition. This ammunition, sometimes referred to as green ammo Lucas Moura Hotspur Jersey , is produced from frangible bullets made from nontoxic plastic or metal composite materials. However, reports state that Zinke believed that the order would have led to an increase in fishing, hunting and recreational shooting on lands that are currently managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service. The former congressman also highlighted the importance of consulting local communities and industry experts before passing such actions.

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ADDIS ABABA, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- Adequate budgetary allocation towards water, sanitation and hygiene programs is an imperative for African countries to sustain economic growth and social renewal Kieran Trippier Hotspur Jersey , senior ministers and experts attending the African Union Summit held in Addis Ababa said Thursday.

The ministers renewed call for massive investments in water and sanitation to tackle poverty, disease and endemic hunger.

"The water and sanitation agenda has occupied center stage as we chart a new beginning for the continent. We are lobbying governments to accord these sectors equal attention like defense during budget allocation," said Mansour Faye, President of the African Ministerial Council on Water (AMCOW).

He made the remarks during a side event to review progress on the Kigali Action Plan for fast-tracking the achievement of water and sanitation goals for Africa.

Launched in July 2014 Juan Foyth Hotspur Jersey , the Kigali Action Plan aims to rejuvenate policy and funding attention towards water, sanitation and hygiene sectors.

The African Development Bank has pledged 350 million U.S. dollars to finance strategic interventions that addresses water and sanitation crisis in ten African countries identified in the Kigali Action Plan.

"We are counting months before the deadline of water and sanitation millennium targets. Regrettably, many African countries are off-track. This calls for a shift in policy, culture Josh Onomah Hotspur Jersey , legislation and funding priorities," said the AMCOW President and Senegalese Minister for Water.

He said the ministers will present to African Heads of State and Governments a raft of proposals to revitalize water and sanitation agenda.

"The President of Rwanda will convene a special sitting with his colleagues on Saturday to discuss experts' advice about expanding access to water and sanitation services in the continent, " said Faye.

The Rwandese Foreign Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo said some African countries have explored a range of resource mobilization strategies to plug shortfall in water and sanitation financing.

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The Tunis based African Development Bank announced that it will support community led and technologically driven interventions to solve water and sanitation crisis in Africa.

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