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Africa’s fishing war, sustainable tourism in Costa Rica, robots providing care in Japan

Africa’s fishing war, sustainable tourism in Costa Rica, robots providing care in Japan

Migingo Island: Africa’s ‘smallest war’ – Al Jazeera

The tiny island is less than 2000 square metres, has a population of 500 and is home to a small fishing industry. Yet this rocky outcrop in Lake Victoria is the front line in a diplomatic war between Uganda and Kenya. Could the Nile perch, a delicacy in Asia, have anything to do with it?

Source: Migingo Island: Africa’s ‘smallest war’ – Al Jazeera

Ancient technology gets an update in sustainable cooling solution – Archpaper.com

In India terracotta has long been used to cool water. Usually restricted to single uses, Ant Studios of Delhi has created a proof-of-concept that uses terracotta pipes to cool buildings. Far greener than traditional air-conditioning, the approach may be more art installation than practical solution at the moment, but that doesn't mean the architects aren't trying to refine and commercialise their idea.

Source: Ancient technology gets an update in sustainable cooling solution – Archpaper.com

How Costa Rica Is Paving the Way for Sustainable Tourism – Adventure Sports Network

There are big plans in the Central American country to tackle climate change. Single use plastics are to be banned by 2021, at the same time it intends on becoming the world's first carbon neutral country. With a heavy dependence on tourism in its economy, it could become the blueprint for eco-friendly tourism.

Source: How Costa Rica Is Paving the Way for Sustainable Tourism – Adventure Sports Network

Commission of farming experts needed to uphold standards, NFU says – Farming UK News

As Britain rushes towards a "no-deal" Brexit and fears of the consequences of US food imports grows, NFU President Minette Batters has called for a commission to protect food and farming standards. Speaking at a conference, the head of the UK's Farming Union demanded the UK Government protected environmental standards, animal welfare and food safety in any future trade discussions. Whether Environment Secretary Michael Gove will commit to such a commission is not yet known.

Source: Commission of farming experts needed to uphold standards, NFU says – Farming UK News

IRENA chief: Renewable energy is ‘defence policy of the future’ – EURACTIV.com

Adnan Z. Amin, the Director General of IRENA, has some harsh words for politicians: if you're not "truly frightened" by climate change, you're in the wrong job.

Source: IRENA chief: Renewable energy is ‘defence policy of the future’ – EURACTIV.com

Government must act now to realise renewable energy dividend for SA’s economy – IOL Business Report

South Africa's monopolistic energy generator is in crisis. Issues with supply, high costs and restrictions on adopting renewable energy are widely acknowledged as hampering efforts to clean up and stabilise the power grid. Brenda Martin and Tebogo Movundlela of SAWEA argue the Government must take action now if renewables are to flourish and break the coal-powered domination of Eskom.

Source: Government must act now to realise renewable energy dividend for SA’s economy – IOL Business Report

Over 80% of Japanese Would Welcome Robot Caregivers – Nippon.com

The chronic ageing of the Japanese population will create problems for care in old age. While increasing immigration may help in the short term, Japan has turned to technology to find solutions. As their robotics industry explores new and innovative way to provide care, a survey shows they'll be pushing against an open door.

Source: Over 80% of Japanese Would Welcome Robot Caregivers – Nippon.com

New recycling scheme could fail to capture billions of plastic bottles – Surfers Against Sewage

The UK Government is consulting on a "Deposit Return Scheme" to encourage recycling of plastic drinks bottles. However, the drinks industry is lobbying to limit the scope and exclude larger bottles and containers. Opposition has come from an unlikely source - the UK's surfers, who are often exposed to the pollution dumped in our seas.

Source: New recycling scheme could fail to capture billions of plastic bottles – Surfers Against Sewage

Climate change an ‘imminent’ security threat, risk experts - Thomson Reuters

The Chad Basin is drying out, triggering widespread unemployment, disillusionment and sending people into the arms of Boko Haram. Iraq is facing water shortages as upstream neighbours dam rivers. Climate change is fuelling conflict and the world is not prepared for it.

Source: Climate change an ‘imminent’ security threat, risk experts - Thomson Reuters

Japan to recognise Indigenous Ainu people for first time – SBS News

After suffering decades of discrimination and forced assimilation, the indigenous people of Hokkaido are to receive official recognition from the Japanese Government. But as so often happens, their language and customs have declined substantially. Can Abe's new policy of protection towards them trigger a rebirth in Ainu culture?

Source: Japan to recognise Indigenous Ainu people for first time – SBS News

Residents forced to pay to withdraw their OWN MONEY in this town centre – Stoke Sentinel

The UK is undergoing a transition in banking that's leaving some people behind. One town - Burslem - has seen all of its free-to-use ATMs vanish, along with the three high street banks that serviced local people and business. The effect is felt greatest by those on low incomes, who tend to use cash more and now face the prospect of paying fees to withdraw it.

Source: Residents forced to pay to withdraw their OWN MONEY in this town centre – Stoke Sentinel

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