PRESS REVIEW - SEPTEMBER 01/07, 2018

PRI

The teenagers' bakery riding high in Minneapolis

In one of the city's poorest districts, the Green Garden Bakery is going from strength to strength. The young people who run it grow the vegetables used in the biscuits and other confectionery, and buy the rest of the ingredients at local farmers' markets. A third of earnings are donated to local NGOs to help young students and the disadvantaged.

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UN News

Water and toilets for children

The lack of access to clean water and toilet facilities is putting children's education at risk. According to the United Nations, millions of children go to school without basic toilet facilities. The aim of providing universal access to water and washing and toilet facilities continues to present a huge challenge. 

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FAO

Water resources in the Arab world

The effective management of water resources in the Arab world is the key to growth and stability. A new report highlights the risks related to regional policies. 

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World Economic Forum

More trees, but it's not all good news

There are more trees on Earth than 35 years ago but this figure conceals a problem.

Although the growth in farming in the tropics has destroyed vast areas of rainforest, climate change has enabled more trees to grow in areas which would formerly have been too cold. 

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UN News

There has been progress on Lake Chad, but the crisis is not over

Mark Lowcock, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, is requesting more support to deal with the humanitarian crisis linked to war and famine.

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Gov.uk

No energy drinks for children

The British Government has launched a public consultation concerning a ban on the sale of energy drinks to children. The consultation is part of the Government's plan to reduce child obesity and other children's health problems.

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Think Progress

California is already paying the price of climate change

The fourth report on California's climate risk has a warning about the consequences the American State is facing, and will continue to face in coming years. Two thirds of southern Californian beaches could be lost due to erosion and the size of wildfires could almost double by 2100, while the amount of snow on the Sierra Nevada range could fall by two thirds by 2050.

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The Guardian

The organic produce market in the United Kingdom is growing

The market for organic produce in the United Kingdom has grown for the seventh consecutive year. Last year, it expanded by 4 percent compared to 2016. A market that is now worth 2.2 billion pounds sterling. Last year, on average British consumers spent 1.5 billion pounds on organic food and beverages, including baby foods. 

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Huffington Post

The current economic model is not suitable for combating climate change

This is the finding of a recent report commissioned by the United Nations: at present, no economic models suitable for the age we are living in have been developed. Higher and higher temperatures, extreme events and rising emissions are in conflict with the assumption that plentiful resources and energy will always be available to us.

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UN Environment Program - AllAfrica

In Africa, a project to reduce land use emissions

A project co-funded by the Global Environment Facility (Gef) and implemented by the UN Environment Program aims to reduce emissions due to intensive land use in Africa. Farming and forestry are responsible for a large proportion of greenhouse gas emissions. The project will develop tools to help those responsible for land management to find out how their activities influence the climate, and whether the effect has been positive or negative. 

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The Guardian

The young girl fighting climate change

Greta Thumberg, a 15-year-old girl from Sweden, has decided to take time off school to protest outside her country's Parliament. She wants real action on climate change. She has been protesting for two weeks and will continue until 9 September, the date of the national elections, in the hope of increasing awareness amongst the future members of Parliament. Her protest has attracted worldwide attention.

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The Australian

Pope Francis calls for action to reduce plastic pollution

After focusing attention on the link between climate change and migration, Pope Francis expressed his concerns about the environmental problem of plastic during the world day of prayer. The head of the Catholic Church issued an "environmentalist" alert in a footnote to a speech discussing the importance of water in the lives of billions of people. 

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EURACTIV

European farmers are hostages to unstable policies and technology gaps

The report published on 4 September by market analysts AgbioInvestor paints a dark picture for the future of European agriculture.

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