PRESS REVIEW - MAY 04/10, 2019

Washington Post

1 million species risk extinction

This is the alarming finding of a report released by the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which shows that almost 1 million animal and plant species are on the verge of extinction. The report emphasizes that there is a link with human activities and that the loss of biodiversity will not only hit natural ecosystems, but will also have profound implications for human society. 

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Seychelles News Agency

15,000 trees a year are being planted in the Seychelles

This is happening thanks to the work of the Terrestrial Restoration Action Society of the Seychelles (TRASS), which this year celebrates its tenth year of activity, and which is actively involved in redeveloping areas degraded or affected by forest fires in the archipelago. The NGO is cultivating trees and mangroves and restoring lost habitats at a rate of 15,000 trees a year. 

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The European Commission asks for the use of E171 to be banned

E171 is titanium dioxide, mainly used in desserts, chewing gum and other baked goods to give an opaque white effect. It is also used in masonry paint and sun creams because it reflects UV rays. However, the United Nations International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified it as a possible carcinogen. Hence the letter from 30 international organizations requesting a ban on the additive based on the principle of precaution. 

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Fast Company

The circular economy can give a strong boost to the creation of new jobs

The global economy reuses only 9 percent of the billions of tons of materials used every year. According to United Nations estimates, moving from a linear economy to an economic system that favors circularity could create over $ 2 billion of value by 2050. In Europe alone it would mean creating over 18 million new jobs by 2030. 

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Tanzania Daily News

Tanzania supports organic farming for Zanzibar

The agriculture minister says the government will support organic farming on the island of Zanzibar in order to achieve sustainable agricultural production that will improve soil fertility. The government is convinced that this kind of agriculture can be an ally in the fight against malnutrition. 

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Morning Star

How to combat drought with technology

The "Accelerating Drought Resilience Through Innovative Technologies" report, produced by Water Energy Innovations in collaboration with Southern California Edison, identifies technologies that can compensate for drought and save energy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The report is the result of over two years’ work done to gather information and data on the use of water, waste water and energy services. 

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