PRESS REVIEW - JULY 17/23, 2021

The guardian

The Amazon produces more carbon than it absorbs

A study published in Nature by a group of Brazilian scientists has revealed that the Amazon is now emitting one billion more tons of carbon dioxide every year than it can absorb. Researchers worked for nearly a decade, collecting samples to analyze for carbon dioxide concentration, at different altitudes and in different areas, finding that large swaths of the Amazon rain forest are now net contributors of carbon. 

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The European Union plans to plant three billion trees

A new chapter in the European climate plan to absorb more greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and promote biodiversity through the use of forests involves a European Commission plant to plant three billion trees. A proposal has also been made to use the common agricultural policy to set up payment schemes for forest owners, while strengthening the monitoring of existing forests. 

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Straits Times

Sustainable investments account for more than a third of global assets

According to a report by the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA), investments in sustainability amount to 35.3 trillion US dollars, which is over a third of all assets in five of the largest markets in the world. Investors are increasingly driven by environmental, social and governance factors that have traditionally not been recognized in a company's balance sheet, but which can affect future returns. 

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South China Morning Post

IOC accused of greenwashing

Environmental group Ran (Rainforest action network) criticizes the Olympic Forest project, which plans to plant 355,000 trees across Africa. By doing this, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) intends to cut CO2 emissions and ensure that the Olympic Games reduce the impact on the climate. But environmentalists say the Olympic body has yet to take responsibility for the felling of trees in Pyeongchang and the procurement of plywood for the Tokyo 2020 facilities. 

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This is Money

Lack of Omega-3s in your diet can shorten your life even more than smoking

Scientists have found that low levels of this fatty acid could reduce life expectancy by 5 years. In fact, Omega-3s, which are found mainly in oily fish, are known to promote heart health and reduce the risk of arteriosclerosis. The study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition used statistics from the Framingham Heart Study (FHS), one of the most long-running observational epidemiological studies in the world. 

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Spring Wise

Lab fermentation to make dairy products

British startup Better Dairy recently raised £ 1.6 million in funding for its non-animal dairy business. The company is currently in the research and development phase and aims to have products commercially available by 2022. Better Dairy employs precision fermentation through the use of yeasts, creating dairy products that are molecularly identical to traditional dairy products but free of animal rennet. 

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