PRESS REVIEW - JULY 24/30, 2020

City Metric

Pandemic gives rise to new urban farms in Paris

More than 38 new urban farms have sprung up in the French capital in recent years. And demand for their products has increased during the pandemic due to the closure of the city and the interruption of supply chains. Urban gardens can be created on abandoned land or in decommissioned railways or metro stations, supplying zero miles food. 

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UK companies criticize government plans to fight obesity

According to food and advertising company representatives, the government's obesity plan could cost the British economy more than a billion euros and risks increasing the price of food products. The idea is to impose strict limits on advertising for junk food and “two for one” offers in stores, as well as banning the advertising of foods with a high fat, sugar or salt content before 9.00 p.m. 

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A new lethal virus for hares and rabbits in Northern Ireland

The rabbit hemorrhagic viral disease virus has been found in some animals tested in Northern Ireland. The disease is contagious in hares and rabbits and can be fatal, but cannot be transmitted to humans. A spokesman for the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs said the disease had also been detected during tests in 2019, with a sample returning a positive result on three passively monitored rabbits. 

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Straits Times

COVID-19: few countries with many cases according to WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) is witnessing an intense transmission of coronavirus in a small number of countries. In fact, two thirds of all cases have been recorded in 10 countries. Furthermore, almost half of all cases reported so far are in only three countries. These include the United States, which exceeded four million people infected on Thursday, with an average of over 2,600 new cases per hour. 

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Obesity can increase coronavirus mortality by 90%

Severe obesity can increase the likelihood of coronavirus death by up to 90 percent, according to new research from Public Health England. The same agency has found a dramatic increase in the risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19 among obese people in recent months, and requested an urgent government campaign. 

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The Independent

Ocean plastic could triple by 2040

The volume of plastic that reaches the oceans could almost triple in the next 20 years and will see more waste than fish by the middle of the century. The study, conducted by researchers from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the University of Oxford, the University of Leeds and Common Seas, calculated that around 11 million tons of plastic were dumped in the ocean in 2016. 

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