This month’s press review highlights striking news from the beginning of May 2021.
Exxon Mobil, Dow, Sinpoec, PetroChina, Saudi Aramco, Total, just to name a few… Twenty companies are responsible for producing more than half of all the single-use plastic waste in the world, new research reveals.
“ Just 20 companies are responsible for over half of ‘throwaway’ plastic waste, study says ” , CNBC, May 18, 2021
Mexico’s energy strategy is firmly committed to new hydrocarbon projects and the generation of dirty energy, to the detriment of renewable sources. This is despite the country’s commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 22 per cent by 2100.
“ Mexico clings on to fossil fuels ” , Equal Times, May 25, 2021
The Indian government is demanding that social media companies remove all references to the “Indian variant” of Covid-19. It argues that it is not only a false statement on a scientifical standpoint but that it also hurts the country’s image.
Half-made buildings often shape the landscapes of African cities, to the point that governments decide to take over some of them when the construction lasts too long. What are the reasons for it? Weak banks, poor land titling and grabby relatives all seem to play a role.
“ Why are there so many unfinished buildings in Africa? ” , The Economist, May 1, 2021
Agriculture is both villain and victim in the midst of a global climate and biodiversity crisis. Transforming how we produce food is becoming more than urgent if we want to preserve soils and to still be able to produce food 50 years from now.
“ Opinion: How agroecology can help food systems be more climate-resilient ” , Devex, May 22, 2021