PRESS REVIEW - JANUARY 23/29 , 2020

Straits Times

UN, small farmers need more help to ward off famines

Climate aid to millions of small farmers around the world must increase substantially to ward off hunger and instability according to IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development). In fact, small farmers contribute the least to climate change but suffer the greatest impacts. 

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Forbes

Food insecurity doubled in Jamaica in 2020

The United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research ServiceInternational Food Security Assessment reveals in a recent report that 12.8 per cent of Jamaicans are facing food insecurity, which equates to around 400,000 people. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the USDA ERS estimated that 200,000 Jamaicans would be affected by food insecurity by the end of 2020. 

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Straits Times

US rejoins the fight against climate change

Less than a week after President Joe Biden announced the return of the US to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, his Special Climate Envoy John Kerry will join China's Deputy Prime Minister Han Zheng, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other leaders at a summit dedicated to climate change adaptation. With this step, the United States is to all intents and purposes resuming its participation in policies to reduce the effects of the global warming already taking place. 

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The Guardian

Helping the poorest people tackle the climate crisis will boost global growth

According to the head of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, the international responses to the pandemic must urgently take account of the need to adapt to the impacts of extreme weather event and other climate shocks, as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Otherwise the world risks billions of dollars of economic damage in the near future, because most countries are unprepared for the effects of a rapidly changing climate. 

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South China Morning Post

Chinese environmentalists protest against the destruction of a forest to make way for vineyards

The site was intended to protect the area from desertification and its loss could trigger ecological catastrophe across the whole area. The authorities in Gansu have promised to investigate as a result of a growing outcry over the loss of a vast forest near the ancient Silk Road city of Dunhuang. 

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BBC

Insomnia surges due to coronavirus

Nicknamed "Covid-somnia", the condition is affecting people all over the world. In the UK, a study conducted by the University of Southampton showed that the number of people suffering from insomnia has increased from one in six to one in four, with more sleep problems in communities that include mothers and essential workers. In China, insomnia rates increased from 14.6 to 20 per cent during lockdown. In Italy, an “alarming prevalence” of clinical insomnia was observed. 

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