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'Day zero' water crises: Spain, Morocco, India and Iraq at risk as reservoirs shrink
Wed,18 April 2018|Food Security|  Views:: : 24 |


  Cape Town recently grabbed global headlines by launching a countdown to the day when taps would be cut off to millions of residents as a result of a three-year drought. Drastic conservation measures have forestalled that moment in South Africa, but dozens of other countries face similar risks from rising demand, mismanagement and climate change...


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Moss capable of removing arsenic from drinking water discovered
Tuesday 17 April 2018|Food Security|  Views:: : 22 |


  A moss capable of removing arsenic from contaminated water has been discovered by researchers from Stockholm University. And it happens quickly -- in just one hour, the arsenic level is so low that the water is no longer harmful for people to drink. The study has been published in the journal Environmental Pollution.


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Weather phenomena such as El NiƱo affect up to two-thirds of the world's harvests
Mon,05 April 2018|Food Security|  Views:: : 24 |


  Large-scale weather cycles, such as the one related to the El NiƱo phenomenon, affect two-thirds of the world's cropland. In these so called climate oscillations, air pressure, sea level temperature or other similar factors fluctuate regularly in areas far apart in a way that causes rain and temperature patterns to shift significantly.


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Asia could run out of fish by 2048, UN reports
Tuesday 27 March 2018|Food Security|  Views:: : 34 |


  Earth is losing plants, animals and clean water at a dramatic rate, according to four new United Nations scientific reports on biodiversity. Scientists meeting in Colombia issued four regional reports Friday on how well animal and plants are doing in the Americas; Europe and Central Asia; Africa; and the Asia-Pacific area.


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Mystery 'disease X' warnings from WHO
Wed,14 March 2018|Food Security|  Views:: : 42 |


  The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned about a mysterious disease X that is caused by a virus and can cause a worldwide pandemic in the near future. WHO has come up with a list of diseases that can cause an outbreak or epidemic among the general population, mainly because of the lack of resources for fighting them.


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How common is food insecurity among older adults?
Tuesday 13 March 2018|Food Security|  Views:: : 46 |


  Food insecurity occurs when people lack access to food or go hungry due to poverty or other challenges. It remains a serious problem for many older adults. Recently, a research team from the Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente, Colorado, designed a study to learn more about food insecurity and older adults. Their study was published...


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USAID and FAO working together to pre-empt the next global pandemic
Mon,12 March 2018|Food Security|  Views:: : 48 |


  A United States-FAO partnership working to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to manage outbreaks of diseases in farm animals has in just 12 months succeeded in training over 4,700 veterinary health professionals in 25 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.


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