Wild seeds that can withstand extreme climates

A team of researchers is collecting wild seeds that can withstand extreme weather conditions. This project, managed by the Crop Trust in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens and Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) in England, involves collecting wild seeds from widely grown crops which, over the years, have evolved to survive harsh conditions such as drought, flooding, extreme temperatures and nutrient-poor soils. The purpose of this project is to obtain a seed bank that can ensure the greatest possible biological diversity in case of natural disasters. 

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Kenya turns ocean water into drinkable water

Thanks to a project by the NGO GivePower, a solar-powered plant that transforms ocean water into drinking water has been installed. The plant is able to provide drinking water for about 25,000 people every day. Up to now, the association has supplied clinics, villages and schools in 17 countries with more than 2,650 solar-powered energy systems. 

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Exceptional temperature increase since 2010

The last decade has been marked by exceptional heat. This was stated by the World Meteorological Organization, which points out that the average temperatures recorded for the five-year (2015-2019) and 10-year (2010-2019) periods are the highest on record. The year 2019 is also about to become the second or third hottest year since temperatures have been recorded. The global average temperature has risen by about 1.1°C since pre-industrial levels, not far off of the Paris Agreement’s limit. 

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Indonesian fires are worse than those in the Amazon

According to a report published by the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), the forest fires that raged through Indonesia in September released at least 708 million tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. This is nearly double the 366 million tons of emissions released by the forest fires in the Amazon this year. 

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Pork production is under threat

A sharp drop in Chinese pork production has sparked concern in the German industry about a possible domestic shortage, which would cause price increases across the country. The Federal Meat Industry Association has raised an alarm over the outbreak of African swine fever, which has led to the slaughter of half of China’s pigs. 

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