The Guardian

In Colombia Coffee Industry Waste Produces Electricity

A team led by the University of Sussex, in collaboration with Colombian researchers, has created a process that produces electricity using coffee industry waste. Researchers have developed a fuel that can generate a small amount of energy thanks to microbes that can eat the waste matter in the liquid waste of the coffee industry. The process is similar to that of a fuel cell in a hydrogen car, researchers say.

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The Atlantic

Trees Could Change The Climate More Than Scientists Thought

After years of study, researchers at the University of Washington have discovered that vegetation can consistently control weather patterns across huge distances. Plants are able to modify the cycle of water and nutrients and therefore influence also other natural cycles. The destruction or expansion of forests on one continent might boost rainfall or cause a drought halfway around the world. 

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Global Capital

Three European Banks Fund A Project To Remove Plastic From Oceans

Three large financial institutions, the European Investment Bank, KfW and Agence Francaise de Developpement, have pledged to give €2 billion to Clean Ocean Initiative (COI), launched on October 12 this year. The five-year project includes financing a number of projects that aim to clean the oceans of plastic. 

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Voice of America – allAfrica

Climate Change To Accelerate World Hunger

The World Food Program warns that climate changes will have a devastating effect on agriculture and the ability of people to feed themselves. If global warming is not stopped, the number of people with no access to food will grow by 189 million. And the trend is expected to grow.

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The Telegraph

Brits Struggle To Understand Food Labelling

A recent research has shown that a quarter of vegetarians and coeliacs have unknowingly eaten meat and gluten due to poor labelling. The survey conducted by Opinium for Ubamarket revealed that 40% of Brits don’t understand what they eat when they read food labels and 30% struggle to manage their diet as a result.

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Morning Star

California Invests Over $100 Million In Agricultural Conservation

In 2018, California invested $100 million through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). EQIP is a partnership between private landowners and the Federal Agency that includes planning a range of actions to build resiliency into their operations through sound conservation plans and strategic investments. The objective is to adapt to environmental changes and reduce the use of resources such as water and land.

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Banned Plastics: European Parliament’s List Grows Longer

The environment committee is extending the ban to single-use plastics, including take away packaging, bottles and cigarette packets. 

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European Council

Emissions Reduction Target Confirmed

The Council of the European Union has confirmed the objective of reducing gas emission by 40%, in view of the UNFCCC meeting in Katowice (2-14 December 2018).

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UNEP Report Urges Latin America And The Caribbean To Implement Waste Management

One third of all waste produced by cities in Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) is not adequately disposed of or managed, threatening the health of the region's population and polluting air, soil and water.

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