PRESS REVIEW - AUGUST 04/10, 2018

South China Morning Post

Fair Trade International is to introduce the first fair trade bananas to Hong Kong

The plan was announced by international fair trade organization Fair Trade International: the Hong Kong market is ready to receive the first products with Fair Trade certification. The products in question will be bananas grown in the nearby Philippines. Several market research studies have shown that Asian consumers are starting to recognize the fair trade mark and what it implies: fairer working conditions and sustainable strategies on the part of businesses.

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Reuters

Our planet is on the verge of a stage of irreversible warming

A recent study published by the Stockholm Resilience Center, the University of Copenhagen, the Australian National University and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research reveals that the Earth is about to reach the so-called "point of no return" unless CO2 emissions are drastically reduced. In fact, global average temperatures could rise by 4-5°C. The study was published right in the middle of one of the worst heat waves ever to have hit Europe.

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NBC

Pakistan is to plant 10 billion new trees to combat climate change

Prime Minister and former cricket star Imran Khan has announced that Pakistan is planning to plant 10 billion new trees to fight the effects of climate change. Trees not only absorb CO2 but are also able to reduce soil erosion and combat rising desertification in a country already hard hit by war and poverty.

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Front Page Africa - AllAfrica

New farming program to help 6 thousand farmers in Liberia

A new farming program launched in Liberia's Buchanan region aims to assist 6 thousand small farmers and about 200 communities. The project is being run by NGO Concern Worldwide, under its "Prosperous Agriculture Roadmap to Nutrition, Entrepreneurship and Reinforcing Sustainability” program, which aims to introduce new, sustainable practices, new crops and new farming methods, in order to support farmers and thus improve food security.   

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World Economic Forum

Somalian refugees recycle plastic in one of Kenya's largest refugee camps

Eight Somalian refugees have started to collect and recycle plastic packaging in the Dadaab refugee camp, in Garissa county in eastern Kenya, near the border with Somalia. The project, launched by the Kenyan Red Cross, on the one hand enables refuse collection in one of the country's largest refugee camps and on the other generates an income for the refugees employed at the recycling center.

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IISD

The BRICS countries demand the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda

The 10th Summit of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), in Johannesburg, has approved the "Johannesburg Declaration", underlining their commitment to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

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European Commission

Measures to support drought-stricken farmers

The Commission offers additional support to European Farmers suffering the effects of

drought. Farmers will be able to receive direct and rural development payments in advance and, to enable them to feed their stock, they will be granted greater flexibility regarding the use of land which would normally have to be left fallow.

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