PRESS REVIEW - JUNE 02/08, 2018

Reuters

G7, too much investment on fossil fuels despite the commitments

With just a few days to go before the G7 in Canada, a report by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) states that the world's main industrial powers are financing fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal for nearly 100 billion dollars a year. This despite the fact that Italy, Great Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the United States have committed to gradually stop supporting fossil fuels by 2025.

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South China Morning Post

Nanoplastics in sea creatures are a threat to our health

A first study reveals the danger of nanoparticles entering the trophic chain, starting with the smallest sea creatures. Published by a research team from the National University of Singapore (NUS), the paper shows how the smallest plastic particles collect in barnacle larvae, remaining until the adult stage. From here, they transfer to other organisms, potentially reaching humans. Nanoparticles can also absorb chemicals and pollutants from the water.

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Mozambique News Agency - AllAfrica

Mozambique, lost crops in over 180 thousand hectares

During the first six months of 2018, farmers in Mozambique are likely to have lost some 188 thousand hectares of crops because of extreme weather and parasite attacks. This was revealed by the Minister for Agriculture Higino de Marrule, during a meeting of the Ministry's Coordination Council in Maputo. According to the Minister, the losses amount to 116 thousand hectares just for corn crops, and they were due mostly to the infestations and strong rains affecting the north of the country.

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Foodnavigator.com

Vegetable meat substitutes provide a healthier diet


There is “strong scientific evidence” that a vegetarian, or mainly vegetarian diet is healthier for the heart, preventing arteriosclerosis and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, and hence the number of linked deaths. According to the director of the research, vegetable-based processed foods, such as veggie burgers and cheese, can help consumers shift to a 'plant-based' or vegetarian diet, which is healthier.

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World Economic Forum

We need to protect the local communities to stop deforestation

With the New York declaration aiming to half deforestation by 2020, and the Bonn Challenge aiming instead to recover 150 thousand hectares of degraded soil, governments, civil society and businesses have committed to reducing deforestation. However, attention remains high, because of the wars still raging between native communities and businesses, especially in the South of the world. Since 2003, disputes have increased by 300 per cent. The large groups, therefore, need to keep the attention high and invest more in the protection of the rights of the local communities, to prevent conflicts from flaring up.

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Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Vitamin supplements, more disadvantages than benefits

An extensive review of 179 scientific studies carried out in Australia, shows that taking vitamins and mineral salts brings no significant advantage in terms of reduced heart disease or stroke. Only folic acid intake shows moderate activity, while no significant results were found for other substances. According to researchers, a varied diet, rich in vegetables, remains the best possible form of prevention to date.

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OMS

A three-billion target to help sustainable development

The Assembly of the World Health Organization adopted a five-year plan to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 71st Assembly agreed on a strategic five-year plan to promote all the health targets within the SDGs, particularly SDG 3 on health and wellness.

The plan sets out a 'three-billion' target for 2023: extending universal health coverage to an additional billion people, guaranteeing better protection from health emergencies to a billion people and better health and wellness for one more billion people.


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Commissione europea

Plastic recycling, an EU dilemma

The EU is desperately seeking a sustainable circular economy for plastic recycling (http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/plastic_waste.htm). Critics warn, however, that the imminent adoption of the waste recycling objectives for 2035 is just a compromise across the very different situations characterizing the 28 Member Countries.

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FAO

Agriculture must work in favor, not against biodiversity

The Director General of the FAO, José Graziano da Silva, asked that we change the way food is produced, basing it on sustainable agricultural systems that can safeguard biodiversity. "Biodiversity is key to safeguarding global food security, improving rural subsistence and the resilience of people and communities", he stated in his opening speech at the international three-day event on integrating biodiversity in agricultural policy and practice (http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/multi-stakeholder-dialogue-on-biodiversity/en/).

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