PRESS REVIEW - JULY 31/AUGUST 6, 2021

BBC

Scotland at risk of drought

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) says that, as a result of a persistent drought, the country is suffering from water scarcity in the rivers and lakes in parts of Scotland. The agency also said Scotland experienced an extremely dry April and that rainfall in June was less than half (45%) of the average. 

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All Africa

Africa at risk of famine

The United Nations warns that hunger is on the rise in the world and that urgent action is required to avert famine and deaths in the coming months. A report by the World Food Programme states that more than half a million people are experiencing levels of acute food insecurity that are considered catastrophic, with 41 million at risk of famine. Most of the critical points are located in sub-Saharan Africa, while others are in Central America, Asia and the Middle East. 

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This is Money

Pork belly products could disappear in California

From January 1st, 2022 California will be enforcing the Farm Animal confinement Proposition, a law that provides more space for the husbandry of pigs, laying hens and calves. However, forecasts suggest that the U.S. state may not have adequate supplies of pork, given the short time available to build the new facilities. In fact, California only produces one-fifth of all the pork consumed there. 

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Gulf Business

Water to be extracted from the air In Abu Dhabi

The capital of the UAE is about to launch a unique project, with plans for the uninterrupted supply of water produced from a sustainable source. To be constructed in Masdar City, the project will use U.S. technology to extract water from the air using energy from renewable sources. 

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Nazioni Unite

Children in Tigray at risk of malnutrition

A UNICEF report indicates that over 100,000 children in Tigray, Ethiopia, could suffer from severe and life-threatening acute malnutrition in the next 12 months, a tenfold increase compared to average annual levels. 

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Food Navigator

New food labeling arrives in France

To follow the Nutri Score and Eco Score, a new labeling scheme for food – Planet Score – has been developed in France. The latter system is based on the life-cycle analysis of food products and takes into account the use of pesticides, impact on the climate, respect for animal welfare and the protection of biodiversity. 

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