PRESS REVIEW - JUNE 22/28, 2019

Namibian/AllAfrica

Namibia will need three desalination plants

The country is already facing a profound water crisis due to climate change. According to Frank Kavishe of Sam Nujoma University in Henties Bayla, Namibia already suffers from less rainfall and recurring drought, a sign that water scarcity in the country is already a reality. The use of its 1,500 kilometers of coastline therefore appears to be one of the possible solutions for procuring drinking water for the population.

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Straits Times

Vegetables can transmit certain antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria could be transmitted to people through the consumption of plant foods. This was revealed by a study carried out by researchers from the University of Southern California, who discovered how vegetables can act as a channel for the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria within the intestinal microbiome. The relevant infections do not cause sudden symptoms, as in the case of most common contaminations, because they take months for the bacterial load to become high enough to cause the disease.

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The New Times/AllAfrica

Drones change the lives of small farmers in Rwanda

A pilot project in the district of Musanze, in Rwanda, is improving the agricultural yields of a selection of small farmers thanks to the use of drones. The analyses carried out by these miniature aircrafts made it possible to determine that the mix of fertilizers used was incorrect and that this led to extremely low yields. Other drones have been used to release nutrients at the right times and with the right dosage.

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New York Times

Two hours a week in the open air are enough to improve our health

According to an article published in the Scientific Reports magazine and reported by the NY Times, researchers have calculated the exact amount of time to spend in the open air in order to feel an improvement in psychophysical wellbeing. The study examined data from roughly 20,000 people in England, finding that people who spent two hours a week or more outdoors reported that they were healthy and had a greater sense of wellbeing than people who did not go out at all.

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Al Jazeera

China is affected by chronic diseases typical of the West

This has been stated by a recent study published in The Lancet and reported by Al Jazeera, explaining how the country's economic growth and its change in diet (especially involving red meat and starchy foods) are influencing the chronic diseases that the Chinese health system is facing. Diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and respiratory diseases are on the increase, with the same kind of frequency as in Western countries.

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Asia One

Asian nations want to reduce plastic waste

After the recent protests in Thailand and the partial block of imports of plastic waste coming from foreign countries, in recent days some ASEAN countries, including Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand will adopt the Bangkok declaration, which provides for a greater commitment to the reduction of waste that ends up in the sea. However, the agreement will remain voluntary, i.e. each country will have to adopt its own national strategy for reducing plastic waste.

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European Commission

The Commissioner for Agriculture on genetic editing

In a speech at a public event discussing the ethical and social aspects of genetic editing in different fields of science, Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis stated that regulatory decisions on the subject of gene editing  food plants will be handled by the new incoming Commission. However, he expressed a favorable opinion on the use of all scientifically safe techniques, including CRISP, to benefit food sustainability issues, so that scientific knowledge can be used "to its full potential". 

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