Al Jazeera

Forests are fundamental for containing climate change

A recent study published in the scientific journal PNAS suggests that protecting and restoring forests, together with other nature-based solutions, could provide more than a third of the climate mitigation effects required between now and 2030. Increasing and restoring forest cover could make a significant contribution to reducing atmospheric CO2 concentrations.

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The Spectator

Why red meat should be taxed

The debate on the reduction of meat consumption is given fresh impetus by the publication in scientific journal PloS One of a study which calculates the public health benefits of taxing red and processed meat. Every year, more than 2 million people suffer meat-related heart disease and stroke, generating costs of 285 billion dollars for the global health system.

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Bioirrigation increases millet yields by 900%

Researchers from Ohio State University have demonstrated that "bioirrigation" is able to increase millet yields in desert areas of the Sahel by 900 percent compared to traditional growing methods. In this system, the crops are grown alongside shrubs capable of drawing up water from deeper down in the ground, increasing the water available in more superficial layers. This technique also improves soil fertility.

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The New Times - AllAfrica

In Rwanda farm improvement will help 70,000 households

At least 70,000 households will increase their food security thanks to a new project which aims to upgrade more than 100,000 hectares of land in Africa. This re-greening project will involve the planting of new trees to increase forestry and agriculture. As well as Rwanda, the project will also involve Mali, Senegal, Niger, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, with funding from the European Union.

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Germany declares war on glyphosate

German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze has declared that her ministry will use all legal options available to put a stop to the use of glyphosate herbicides in Germany, adding that the Government is considering changes to the entire approval process for all pesticides used. 

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Nazioni Unite

Too much urbanization generates problems

The migration of 1.4 million people per week to cities may contribute to causing "disasters". According to United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, this type of migration “can strain local capacities, contributing to increased risk from natural and human made disasters”.

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World Cities Day: unique nutritional challenges

The growth in impoverished urban populations also creates problems with regard to nutrition. For the first time in history, more than half the world's population lives in cities. This figure is forecast to increase to 68 percent by 2050, creating a series of new challenges and opportunities, including cities' ability to adapt to fast-changing technological, environmental and economic scenarios. 

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