PRESS REVIEW - MARCH 14/20, 2020

NPR

Australian forests are beginning to recover from the fires

In many parts of Australia, vegetation is coming back to life. This is what has happened for millennia and many Australian plant species have adapted to fire. This does not diminish the fact that 21% of the Australian forest area went up in smoke in the 2019-2020 season, according to research published in the journal Nature Climate Change. A figure that, according to the authors, is unprecedented globally. 

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South China Morning Post

Singapore start-up produces shrimp ravioli from stem cells

Shiok Meats, a start-up founded by researchers Sandhya Sriram and Ka Yi Ling, is developing shrimp and seafood from stem cells to cover the growing demand for animal protein while at the same time reducing the impacts of aquaculture. The company aims to start selling its first product, shrimp ravioli, in Singapore by the end of next year and plans to expand into Hong Kong, India and Australia. 

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The Guardian

CO2 emissions may fall due to the health crisis

According to a detailed analysis by Carbon Brief, the lockdown in China due to Coronavirus has led to a reduction in emissions of at least 25 percent. In many European countries there is a partial freeze on business activities and transport. According to experts, this could lead to a greater reduction in emissions than the financial crisis of 2008. 

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SFGate

There is no risk of a shortage of food supplies in the US

The North American Meat Institute gave this assurance after a race to stock up was recorded. According to official Nielsen research data, in the last few weeks sales of rice have increased by over 50 percent, while canned meat sales have grown by 40 percent. Major suppliers have guaranteed that stores are restocked every day. 

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Medical Daily

The Amazon is close to the point of no return

A new study published in the journal Nature Communications shows that growing deforestation, drought and forest fires are pushing large ecosystems towards more savannah-like habitats. The researchers said that the changes are happening faster than expected due to natural and man-made disasters, such as the fires recently recorded in the Amazon and Australia. 

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