Straits Times

New United Nations report on the planet’s state of health

Not just climate change: the destruction of nature also threatens humanity. This is what emerged from the latest United Nations report presented in Paris. Up to a million species face extinction, many within decades, and three-quarters of earth's land surface has already been severely altered. A third of ocean fish stocks are in decline, and the rest have been already been overfished. 

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Premium Times - AllAfrica

Over 7 million new trees planted in Nigeria

The figure was confirmed by Oxfam Advocacy, which has planted over 7.1 million saplings under its Fuel wood balance project (Fuwoba) in Katsina State. According to Christo Marry-Udokang, project manager of the initiative, the varieties planted include moringa, eucalyptus, mango, guava, neem and others considered to be of benefit to the local community and environmental conservation.  

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The United States sees a rise in the number of organic growers

According to the latest census from the U.S. Department of Agriculture published in April, the number of organic farming companies has increased, despite an overall reduction in the number of farms in the country. The value of organic farm products more than doubled in the 2012-2017 period, allowing farmers a boost in returns.  

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The Independent

Scotland declares a climate emergency following school strikes

The declaration was made by first minister Nicola Sturgeon, who warned that the world is facing a climate emergency and vowed that Scotland will lead by example by cutting CO2 emissions. The Scottish first minister said the declaration was a public promise to act on global warming, inspired by the young protesters. 

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The Guardian

Breastfeeding reduces child obesity risk

This was the finding of a recent study by the World Health Organization (WHO), which shows that breastfeeding can reduce the child obesity risk by up to 25 per cent. The research, conducted across 16 European countries, also found that more than 77% of children across Europe were breastfed, but rates varied widely. In Ireland, it emerged that 46% of mothers had never breastfed while in France, the figure was 34%. 

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Reducing the effects of climate change can boost economies

According to a new study published in Climatic Change, successful global efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions would likely boost GDP growth of poorer countries over the next 30 years, paying off by 2050. The researchers examined the impact that global climate change mitigation would have on the economies of poorer countries, specifically Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia.  

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Financing the transformation of food systems under a changing climate

As climate change affects food systems, governments, food and agriculture companies, and public and private investors need to better identify and address the numerous climate-related risks they face. 

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Bringing industry emissions down to net-zero is possible

The most promising low-emission technologies are going to need to prove industrial scale demonstration by 2030 at the latest. 

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Towards the G7 environment meeting

The four priorities to be addressed at the G7 meeting on the environment are: 1) combating inequality through an inclusive ecological transition; 2) supporting scientific warnings and international action on biodiversity and the climate; 3) promoting tangible solutions for the climate and biodiversity; and 4) financing the preservation of biodiversity. 

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European Commission

The European Commission seeks feedback on the Africa-Europe alliance on agriculture

Following the publication of the Task Force for Rural Africa report - an agri-food and rural agenda for the new “ Africa-Europe alliance for sustainable investment and jobs" - an online consultation was launched by the European Commission to gather feedback on the report and its key recommendations. 

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UNEP and Open University launch MOOC on marine litter

The course will present different options and tools to combat marine pollution, provide examples and case studies to inspire leadership at all levels, and increase awareness of and stimulate creative solutions to marine litter problems. 

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Arab ministers endorse regional mechanisms for sustainable land and water use

In 2017, ESCWA, FAO and Arab Horizon 2030 published a joint report titled, ‘Prospects for enhancing food security in the Arab region,’ which singles out the agriculture sector as a key entry point for addressing water usage efficiency. 

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