PRESS REVIEW - DECEMBER 7/13, 2019

The Washington Post

Reindeers threatened by climate change

Reindeers herding is still a livelihood activity for the indigenous Sami community, which lives in Sweden, Norway, Finland and northern Russia. The rising temperatures in the Arctic, which is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, are posing a serious threat to the survival of these animals, which struggle to find food and raise their calves. 

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Reuters

The world’s largest rooftop farm to be built in Bangkok

The world’s largest “suspended” farm will cover an area of 7,000 square meters and will be built on the roof of Thammasat University in Rangsit, about 40 km from Bangkok city center. The area will be open to anyone who wants to grow rice, vegetables and herbs and will be inspired by traditional rice-growing terraces in Thailand. This is one of the many projects in the pipeline for the city, which is planning on growing part of the food on building roofs: in fact, 40% of Bangkok is at risk of being submerged by rising sea levels. 

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The Conversation / AllAfrica

Lagos beaches polluted with microplastics

This is the first study that has attempted to investigate the presence of microplastics in the Nigerian coastal environment. Traces of small plastic particles were found in all samples collected from the four beaches in Lagos. The high number of fragments suggests that they come from larger plastic objects that were abandoned and not properly disposed of.  

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SFGATE

Extreme weather threatens vital crops

Extreme weather events associated with heat waves and droughts are increasing the risks of harvest losses of vital crops around the world, such as wheat, maize and soybean. A study published in the journal Nature Climate Change shows that, in an increasingly globalized world, extreme weather could have serious ripple effects in more than one region at once.  

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Straits Times

Singapore among the most well-fed countries in the world

This was stated by the Global Food Security Index, which, each year, analyses 13 countries in three categories: how affordable food is, whether people have physical access to food, and how safe and nutritious the available food is. For the second consecutive year, this Asian island is at the top of the ranking, followed by Ireland, in second place, and first among Asian countries.

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Market Watch

Exercise reduces cancer risk in women

According to research presented at EuroEcho 2019, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology, women who exercise, even vigorously, are at significantly lower risk of dying from heart disease, cancer and other potentially fatal health problems. The study involved more than 4,000 women and showed that, after about four years of exercise, the risk is reduced by up to four times. 

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