The Guardian

A warning from Antonio Guterres on climate change

The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that we need to prevent climate change as soon as possible, and that the world is facing a direct threat to the existence of mankind on Earth. Guterres defined it an urgent crisis and criticized the lack of global leadership to contrast global warning.

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The Australian

Japan wants to end the ban on whale hunting

Japan proposed to end the ban on commercial whale hunting, claiming that there is no longer any scientific reason behind what was supposed to be a temporary measure. The proposal was presented before the International Whaling Commission during a meeting in Brazil. Japanese representatives claim that some whale species are healthy and could be hunted sustainably. The country will face stiff opposition from several nations that claim that many whale populations are still vulnerable, or that killing whales remains unacceptable.

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The Straits Times

Singapore's supermarket and food waste

Food waste in Singapore increased by 40 per cent in the last 10 years. Several supermarket chains launched policies to reduce the amount of food going to the waste bins. For example, they offer discounts and special offers on fruits and vegetables that are riper or close to their sell by dates, enabling 675 thousand kilos of food to be saved. Or they donate the food they cannot sell to Food from the heart (Ffth), which distributed over 25 thousand dollars worth of items to 41 charities.

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Ghana's future inventors

Charles Ofori Antipem is 25 years old. He founded a small start up near Accra, offering students cheap kits to build electrical circuit and electronic boards. A new way to train young students in the electronic industry and provide novel tools for the younger generations. To date, Charles has sold over 5 thousand kits in Ghana's public and private schools.

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The Guardian

Women in Spain, France and Italy live longer than the rest of Europe

Medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and tumors impact the rankings published by Eurostat on women's life expectancy in Europe. Spain, France and Italy come out on top, with an average age in excess of 85 years. Below the European average (around 83) are countries like Germany, The Netherlands, Ireland and United Kingdom. The causes include growing obesity, and habits like eating sugary foods and smoking.

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China Dialogue

Ladybugs instead of pesticides to increase farmers' revenues

According to a study on cotton farming in China, each ladybug in a cotton field in the plains in Northern China provides farmers with no less than 0.05 yuan (0.01 US dollars). This means that they could increase producers' revenues by at least 300 million dollars a year. It is estimated that a single ladybug can kill up to 50 aphids a day, and nearly 5 thousands in the course of its life.

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The FAO report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World

On 11 September, the FAO presented its report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World. For the third year running, world hunger was on the increase. The absolute number of undernourished people, those who suffer chronic food shortages, increased to 821 million in 2017, from nearly 804 million in 2016. These were the levels recorded nearly a decade ago.

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United Nations

Sustainable laziness

A guide to saving the world even if you are lazy: not without some irony, the United Nations wrote a guidebook for achieving the sustainable development goals that can involve anyone - even those who do not want to leave the couch.

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Recycled plastic for foodstuff

Is recycled plastic safe for food packaging? The EU appears to think so. According to the Euractive website, the European Commission is preparing to accelerate its approval of 140 recycling processes for food and drink packaging, despite some concerns that second-hand plastics could contain substances that harm human health.

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Women in charge of water

The IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) demands an expanded role for women in water governance. The report claims that the existing role of women in water governance, even at the local and sub-basin level, are little understood and women are often excluded from water governance at the cross-border and national level.

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