PRESS REVIEW - AUGUST 21/27, 2021

South China Morning Post

China is planning to plant thousands of new trees and increase national parks

The Asian giant is aiming to increase the rate of forest cover over the next 4 yeasr to 24.1% in an attempt to improve the health of the ecosystem. According to the Bejing government, national parks should cover 18% of the country by 2025, with a system of nature reserves that will come into force in subsequent years.

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Bloomberg

Food waste grows among British families

The amount of food wasted by British families has returned to pre-pandemic levels. According to the latest survey by Wrap, a charity that promotes environmental sustainability, three out of ten British citizens waste large amounts of food, a figure that has increased from the 20% recorded in April 2020. Food waste peaked at the time when restrictions were relaxed in June and July.

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Al Jazeera

Water crisis threatens 12 million people in Syria and Iraq

Over 12 million people in Syria and Iraq have problems accessing water, food and electricity, as reported by numerous non-governmental organizations. Increase in temperatures and drought are depriving people across the region of drinking water and water for irrigation. Syria is currently facing the worst drought of the last 70 years.

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The Guardian

A billion children at risk due to climate change

A recent report by UNICEF reveals that almost half of the 2.2 billion children in the world are already at high risk due to the impact of climate change and pollution. Extreme events like heat waves, floods, cyclones, illnesses, drought and air pollution are already affecting millions of people around the world. However a billion children live in 33 countries that are having to face 3 or 4 adverse events at the same time. These countries include India, Nigeria, the Philippines and much of sub-Saharan Africa.

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This is money

Cutting subsides that harm the environment could create millions of jobs

WWF states in a report that cutting subsidies that harm the environment could create tens of million of jobs if governments redirected a year of subsidies that are potentially harmful for ecosystems and wildlife to projects that protect and restore nature. The organization examined the potential impact on employment of redirecting investments to more environmentally friendly activities, estimated at 500 billion dollars, which currently end up in the fossil fuels sector, over fishing and non-sustainable agriculture.

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Euractiv

EU tightens limits of cadmium and lead in food

The European Commission has set new maximum levels for two carcinogenic food contaminants, cadmium and lead, in a range of foodstuffs. These limits are due to come into force at the end of August. The measures are aimed at further reducing the presence of carcinogenic contaminants in food and to making healthy food more accessible, a key objective of the European plan to fight cancer, the Commission said in a press release.

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