PRESS REVIEW - August 31/September 6, 2019

Al Jazeera

Land degradation, half the world’s population is at risk

More than 3.2 billion people are at risk from land degradation, a trend that may worsen the impacts of climate change and force 700 million people to migrate by 2050. This is what the United Nations said at a conference in New Delhi, calling on governments and the private sector to invest in land restoration. 

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Bloomberg

Lewis Hamilton launches vegetarian burger chain

The Formula 1 champion has recently officially opened the first of a chain of restaurants that will serve vegetarian, meat- and dairy-free products only. The Neat Burger chain opened its doors to the public in London. Customers had the opportunity to taste strictly plant-based hamburgers, hot dogs and milkshakes. Over the next two years, another 14 stores will be opened in Manhattan, Los Angeles and Dubai. 

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Reuters

Cancer is the leading cause of death in wealthy countries

Cancer has overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death in wealthy countries and, if current trends continue, it could become an epidemic within just a few decades. Two large studies published in The Lancet medical journal attest to this fact. Today, cancer kills twice as many people as heart disease in developed high-income countries. 

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Reuters

The Pope calls for urgent measures to fight climate change

In preparation for the United Nations Climate Action Summit, to be held in New York, Pope Francis has challenged governments to take drastic measures to fight global warming and reduce the use of fossil fuels, saying that the world is experiencing a climate emergency. 

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Straits Times

Food supply chain overhaul needed to reduce food waste

A study by the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) and consultancy firm Deloitte Singapore revealed this, explaining how to cut food waste. According to the two companies, the entire food supply chain needs to be rethought, aiming to donate or resell surplus food or food left on the shelves at a reduced price.  

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Daily News / AllAfrica

New technologies can improve agriculture in Botswana

Botswana may be the first African state to offer training to young farmers to improve farming practices and increase production. This can be achieved by using the new technologies available today, such as global positioning systems (GPS) sensors, drones and monitors for irrigation, i.e. so-called precision agriculture. 

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