PRESS REVIEW - NOVEMBER 20/26, 2020

International Business Times

First global bee distribution map created

A study published in the journal Current Biology reveals how scientists created the first map showing the distribution of bees around the globe, allowing them to ascertain where the pollinators live in order to implement conservation policies. The scientists found that xeric zones (where plants that can withstand drought take root) and temperate zones are home to more bees than tropical areas. 

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Evening Standard

Air pollution affects lung development

A recent study published by the School of Public Health at Imperial College, shows that when young children are exposed to air pollution their lungs do not grow as fast as they should. It is as yet unclear whether they can recover their lost lung capacity if air quality is improved. The researchers found that reducing air pollution leads to improved respiratory function in children aged 11 to 15, a critical period of lung development. 

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All Africa

FAO warns Kenya of a second wave of locust invasion

The international organization has warned the African country that many swarms could have laid eggs on the border with Somalia, endangering the sandy areas of north-eastern Kenya where recent rains have fallen. Hatching and the formation of new swarms are expected in December and the government is urged to take measures to control the locusts, which are harmful to crops and reduce Kenya’s food security. 

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The Independent

Food companies attack the ban on junk food

Some of the leading food companies in the UK have criticized the British government over a plan that could see online junk food advertising banned in a bid to tackle childhood obesity. In a letter published by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and signed by at least 800 food and drink manufacturers and 3,000 British brands, the companies urged Boris Johnson’s government to reconsider the proposal. 

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International Business Times

Vitamin D supplements may lower cancer risk

A study entitled “Effect of Vitamin D3 Supplements on Development of Advanced Cancer” published in JAMA Network Open found that taking vitamin D supplements could reduce the overall risk of individuals from suffering an advanced cancer stage by 17 percent. According to the research, people who benefited the most were those who maintained a healthy body mass index (BMI), i.e. between 18.5 and 24.9. 

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This is Money

G-20 summit ends with support for COVID-19 vaccines for all

Leaders of the world's most powerful nations concluded the G20 summit on Sunday vowing to guarantee affordable access to COVID-19 vaccines for everyone. UN Secretary-General Antoni Guterres said that 28 billion dollars in additional investment are needed for mass manufacturing, procurement and delivery of the new vaccines around the world. 

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