PRESS REVIEW - APRIL 12/18, 2019

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Ethiopian farmers are experiencing climate change firsthand

The inhabitants of the Choke mountains in Ethiopia are experiencing the effects of climate change directly. Due to an increasing drought, the area is suffering serious impoverishment of the soil, with human settlements moving to find more fertile places accentuating the effects. The Choke mountains are the source of water for the upper Nile river system, which in turn feeds more than 59 rivers and 273 springs. 

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World Economic Forum

Korea a champion at limiting food waste

South Korea has increased the amount of food waste recycled from 2 to 95%. To achieve this, since 2005, it has promoted a law against agricultural overproduction and has established a cost for each dustbin bag that might contain organic leftovers. Every household spends around 6 dollars a month on recycling food waste and therefore has an interest in reducing it as much as possible. 

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BRomsgrove.gov.uk

Tons of egg packaging thrown away at Easter

A British town has launched an awareness campaign urging people to become “egg recycling experts”. 

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EURACTIV

Drinking water directive emerges from the legislative quagmire

The Finnish presidency aims to pass a law by the end of next year that should increase the consumption of tap water to reduce the use of bottled water and therefore plastic released into the environment. But doubts remain in terms of health, given that the directive establishes less stringent parameters for potability in some situations. 

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IFPRI

Are we reducing world hunger?

The world is not on the right track to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, says the International Food Policy Research Institute. The actions implemented so far are largely insufficient. 

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FAO

Green Climate Fund allocates 25 million to Paraguay

The GFC, the main global fund to finance action to tackle climate change, will allocate more than $25 million for a FAO project in Paraguay aimed at combating deforestation, hunger and poverty and building resilience to climate change in the local population. 

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South China Morning Post

An unhealthy diet causes more harm than smoking

A recent study published in The Lancet found that poor nutrition, whether due to bad habits or malnutrition, causes one in five deaths worldwide every year. More than smoking. The 25-year study encourages the population to eat more fruit, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, seeds and nuts. 

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IFL Science

The president of the Seychelles calls for action against climate change

The president of the Seychelles calls for action against climate change From the depths of the Indian ocean, President Danny Faure has launched a heartfelt appeal for strong action to be taken against climate change. He made the statement during a British-led scientific expedition exploring the depths of the ocean, mostly still unexplored. 

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Reuters

New added sugar labeling could improve the health of Americans

According to a report published in Circulation, researchers calculated that new labeling due to come into force between 2020 and 2021 could prevent almost 1 million cases of heart disease and diabetes. New Food and Drug Administration rules requiring the presence of so-called added sugar to be stated could have considerable benefits in terms of health and cost reductions in the United States over the next two decades.  

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The Guardian

Statins fail to lower cholesterol for half of patients

New research, published in the journal Heart, found that half of the people (51 percent) taking statins had a suboptimal response after 2 years of treatment. Researchers at the University of Nottingham analyzed 165,411 patients who were prescribed statins between 1990 and 2016. Lifestyle changes, particularly as regards nutrition, are required for a good response. 

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European Commission

Korea a champion at limiting food waste

South Korea has increased the amount of food waste recycled from 2 to 95%. To achieve this, since 2005, it has promoted a law against agricultural overproduction and has established a cost for each dustbin bag that might contain organic leftovers. Every household spends around 6 dollars a month on recycling food waste and therefore has an interest in reducing it as much as possible. 

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