PRESS REVIEW - JULY 21/27, 2018

NBC News

On 1 August Earth’s resources will be exhausted

Calculated each year by the Global Footprint Network, Earth Overshoot Day estimates humanity’s ecological footprint on the Earth. In 2018, the first day of August is when we will have used up Earth’s natural resources for the year. It would take 1.7 planets to meet the growing demands of around 7.6 billion people, confirms the Association.


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Euractiv

Biofuels from agricultural residues are key to decarbonising transport

Recent agreements on revising the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) will enable the creation of a stable business environment which will trigger development and investment in biofuel production from agricultural residues (therefore not produced for this purpose at the expense of food crops) within the EU.


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United Nations

The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development adopts Ministerial Declaration by overwhelming majority

With votes in favor of the Declaration totaling 164 and no abstentions, only the United States and Israel opposed reaffirming the commitment to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for all people, everywhere. This Declaration was also reaffirmed by the UN Economic and Social Council, with 46 votes in favor and only the United States voting against. 


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Foodnavigator.com

Portugal acts to limit salt in bread by law

By 2019, 100 grammes of bread must contain no more than 1.3 grammes of salt, falling to 1 g by January 2022.


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World Economic Forum

Better coffee is good business for African farmers

Since 2015, the Coffee Initiative, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in collaboration with TechnoServe, has helped coffee farmers to improve the quality of their harvest, and thereby benefit from increased income. Working in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania, to date it has enabled thousands of farmers to enter the supply chain for specialty coffee and earn a higher income on the coffee they harvest.

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FAO

Bees return to Mexico City

Following several years of major losses caused by beekeeping being abandoned, problems selling the honey and increasing urbanization, bees and their hives were slowly disappearing from the Mexican capital. Now, thanks to collaboration between FAO and Mexico City’s Rural Development Ministry, five beekeepers have formed a cooperative Construir en Raíces, which aims to bring small-scale agricultural producers together with consumers. They will sell honey, mead and royal jelly, along with seasonal fruit and amaranth at Mexico City’s farmers’ market.


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New York Times

South Africa sees first carbon-neutral brewery on the continent

The Darling Brewery, in a village near Cape Town, has recently reduced its industrial manufacturing’s carbon footprint. In April, the Company reduced its CO2 emissions to zero, by targeting efficiency and renewables, and purchasing carbon credits at a reforestation project in Zimbabwe. 

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Christian Science Monitor

Malawi turns to solar irrigation to combat drought

Local farmers from Malawi’s Zomba district are using solar-powered pumps and water storage dams to counter increasing drought in the country. The Lake Chilwa basin area has already been severely hit with growing losses of crops, particularly maize, which leaves entire families without food. The program, backed by 4.5 million dollar funding from the Global Environment Facility, will enable around 5,800 households to adapt to climate change.

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METRO

The number of obese children in the UK has soared to alarming levels

Children between 10 and 11 years old in the United Kingdom are increasingly overweight. The data shows an increase from 3.17% to 4.07% in the last decade, with poorer families the worst affected. According to Public Health England, this increase, to the point of being classified as “alarming”, is also caused by widening health inequalities.

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World Economic Forum

Clean water for all is still centuries away, according to WaterAid

Supplying clean water and toilet facilities for all could take hundreds of years in countries such as Eritrea and Namibia, unless governments increase funding to tackle the problem and its harmful effects on health, the International Development Agency warned on Monday.

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