Press review - November 13/19, 2020

Science Times

Ireland to plant over 400 million trees by 2040

One of the country’s initiatives to contrast climate change will be to plant 22 million trees every year. A major reforestation project that plans to have almost 440 million trees planted by 2040. According to the Agriculture and Food Development Authority, the forested area has fallen from 80 percent of the land in the post-glacial era to 1 percent in recent centuries. 

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Straits Times

Europe, taxes and the climate targets

Brussels is planning a major overhaul of its internal policies, including the European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), agricultural subsidies and CO2 standards for cars. The strategy will serve to achieve climate neutrality targets by 2050 and the launch of a taxation system that aims to reduce emissions cannot be ruled out.

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The Guardian

Waste incineration increases emissions in the UK

CO2 emissions from waste disposal are increasing due to the expansion of incineration plants. By 2030, the government’s push to increase incineration will increase CO2 emissions by 10 million tons a year, mainly due to the burning of plastic. This could result in the UK failing to fulfill its climate neutrality undertakings by 2050. 

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All Africa

Locust invasion moving to southern African states

Locusts are wreaking havoc in several SADC (Southern African Development Community) countries, including Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Angola. The situation could lead to famine in a region where nearly 44,5 million people already suffer from food insecurity. 

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Washington Post

As children grow up, they eat more vegetables, but less fruit

A new report from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) shows that most children eat more vegetables but less fruit as they grow up. Between 2015 and 2018, data shows that around 75 percent of children and adolescents ate fruit on any given day compared with 90 percent who ate vegetables. While 90 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 5 ate fruit on any given day, only 64.3 percent of children between the ages of 12 and 19 did the same. 

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The Global Climate Fund will provide $160 million to fund FAO projects

The Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved three new FAO projects in Argentina, Guatemala and Sudan for a total amount of around $160 million aimed at mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening resilience to climate change, and combating deforestation. 

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