PRESS REVIEW - AUGUST 28/SEPTEMBER 3, 2021

The Independent

People living in green neighborhoods less likely to develop heart disease

According to a new study, people living in green neighborhoods are less likely to develop cardiovascular disease, as a result of a combination of cleaner air and more opportunities for outdoor exercise. Researchers say that greening streets and neighborhoods could reduce cardiovascular disease over time, and that planting trees is a low-cost investment to improve health and well-being.

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Metro.co.uk

Food shortages begin in the UK

From chicken to beer, British shelves are starting to be found empty. This seems to have been caused by a combination of the pandemic and Brexit, which is affecting food supply chains and has left the sector short of thousands of truck drivers. If the issue persists, supermarket managers are warning there could be problems at Christmas.

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Daily Kos

Famine in Madagascar, caused by climate change

The World Food Programme (WFP) has recently reported that 1.14 million people are food insecure and 400,000 people are suffering from famine in Madagascar. Hunger is already driving people to eat raw cacti, wild leaves and locusts, a food source of last resort. The island off Africa has recently been the area worst affected by extreme events, including the longest drought ever experienced.

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The Independent

Yemen at risk of deforestation

With 80% of the country affected by the war, many people are using the resources of Yemen’s lush forests to earn a living. With the increase in demand for firewood due to fuel shortages, there are now fears that the humanitarian crisis there – where millions of people are going hungry – has exacerbated the risk of deforestation.

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All Africa

The UN reports 282 million suffering from malnutrition in Africa

According to a new UN report, 2020 saw a drastic exacerbation of hunger around the world, especially in Africa, where 282 million have insufficient access to healthy food and enough of it. Much of global hunger is related to the fallout from the pandemic. The report estimates that approximately one-tenth of the global population, around 811 million people, were undernourished in 2020.

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FAO

Drought threatens farmers’ livelihoods in Afghanistan

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has called for increased humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan. Currently in the grip of instability over the Taliban's return to power, the country continues to be hit hard by an increasingly severe drought, threatening the livelihoods of more than 7 million people who depend on agriculture or livestock. The appeal also stems from the threat to cut off economic assistance to Afghanistan in the aftermath of the takeover by a hostile government.

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