PRESS REVIEW - APRIL 10/16, 2021

The Independent

Lemurs and giant tortoises at risk of extinction

According to a study published in Biological Conservation, Galapagos giant tortoises, lemurs, Himalayan snow leopards and blue cranes face extinction if the temperature rises 3 °C by 2100, as is currently predicted by climate models. 

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Gulf business

1 billion tons of food wasted in 1 year

According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), around 931 million tons of food were wasted in 2019. More than half of food waste occurs at home, while the rest comes from retailers and the restaurant industry. New estimates show that around 17 percent of the food available to consumers around the world in 2019 ended up being wasted. 

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Straits Times

Indonesia wants to further reduce forest fires

The country’s Minister for the Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya Bakar, has also explained how Indonesia has made giant strides in controlling forest fires. The government has reported that forest fires have been significantly reduced from 2,611,411 hectares in 2015 to 296,492 hectares in 2020. 

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The pandemic has caused an increase in food insecurity

Research by the University of the West of Scotland (UWS), working with Oxfam, has found that insecurity was mainly caused by a reduction in income, which mainly affected people who were already on low incomes, but which has also led to new sections of the population being at risk. During the same period, the cost of living has increased and travel restrictions have made it hard for people to access markets and less expensive stores. 

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All Africa

Sacred forest capture carbon in West Africa

In some areas of West Africa there are many areas of forest preserved for long periods of time because of their cultural and religious significance which cover several hundred square kilometers. Once hectare of forest is able to remove as much carbon dioxide from the air as is released by a power station burning almost 16 tons of coal. 

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Global initiative to solve the problem of marine litter and clean the oceans

FAO has partnered with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and 30 countries in a major initiative to tackle the problem of marine litter and clean up the world's oceans. The GloLitter Partnerships Project will help developing countries identify opportunities to prevent and reduce marine litter, including plastic litter, from the maritime transport and fisheries sectors. The project aims to decrease the use of plastics in these industries, identifying opportunities to recycle this material and protect our fragile marine environment, lives and livelihoods in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 14. 

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