Bees can help companies protect biodiversity

A Belgian start-up called BeeOdiversity uses bees to help farms integrate biodiversity protection into their businesses. The company uses insects to sample the local environment. It then analyzes the sample to identify air and soil pollution, including the presence of pesticides. Sample analysis can also alert the company if there is a lack of plant biodiversity in a particular area. 

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The Guardian

British chain Gail's

Bakery recycles unsold bread Unsold bread reused for new bakery products to reduce food waste. That’s the idea of British chain Gail's Bakery, which is planning to launch at least 25 new food products by reusing unsold bread. This bakery product is currently one of the most frequently wasted foods among retailers and shops. 

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A new alliance to reduce plastic waste

At least 13 European countries and as many companies have signed an agreement to use less plastic and increase the recycling rate of packaging. The Netherlands, France and Denmark are leading the “European Plastics Pact”, also signed by Belgium and a number of companies, including Henkel and the Finnish chemical transformation company Neste. Participants undertake to make their plastic packaging “reusable where possible and in any case recyclable” by 2025, while increasing the plastic collection, selection and recycling capacity by 25%. 

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All Africa

Locusts have eaten over 2,000 tons of food in Kenya

Farmers in Tharaka-Nithi county have lost at least 2,400 tons of food crops due to desert locusts. Over 120,000 acres have apparently been invaded by the insects in Tharaka North county, according to Governor Muthomi Njuki. Wheat, millet, sorghum and peas were starting to ripen for the harvest when insects invaded the area, eating most of them. 

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Cardiovascular Research

Air pollution shortens life by 2.9 years

Published in Cardiovascular Research, the “Loss of life expectancy from air pollution compared to other risk factors: a worldwide perspective” study, concluded based on data collected in 2015 that fine particulate matter and ozone at ground level shorten the average life by 2.9 years and cause over 8 million deaths a year. This harm outweighs that caused by smoking, HIV, and other diseases such as malaria. 

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Tech Radar

A $30 portable desalinator

A start-up based in the United Arab Emirates, Hydro Wind Energy, is working to solve water scarcity problems globally, especially in the Middle East, by 2025. The company has developed a device called Quench Sea to desalinate sea water through the reverse osmosis method at a relatively low cost. 

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