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July 2011

Facts About Global Food Waste

Fri 8th July 2011 (0 comments)
Rice Fields



It is estimated that by 2050 there could be up to 9 billion people on the planet and one of the biggest concerns to us now, is how we are going to provide enough food to sustain such a rapidly growing population. However, with nearly a billion people thought to be hungry around the world today, a solution is becoming even more critical.

According to a report released by the FAO in May, around one third of the food produced for consumption is either lost or wasted from field to fork every year. Out of the roughly 1.3 billion tonnes of food wasted annually, the majority is on a consumer level in rich countries, but in poorer places, it is down to inefficiencies within the supply chain.

Living In The Freezer

Tue 5th July 2011 (0 comments)
Pomarine Skua

Pomarine Skua

The polar regions are the coldest places on Earth and differ the most from every other habitat on the planet. During the summer months, the days receive 24 hours of pure sunshine but during the winter, the sun is barely seen at all. Animals that inhabit nature's freezers have to be well adapted to living in the cold, and often have a thick layer of fat or blubber to help to keep them warm.

Numerous species of animal can be found inhabiting these hostile conditions successfully and from various groups within the animal kingdom. Many however, are being severely threatened by habitat loss to both growing Human settlements and the decreasing amount of flat ice thanks to global warming, with the spring melt happening earlier and faster year after year.

The Biggest Land Animal On Earth

Fri 1st July 2011 (0 comments)
Adult

Adult

The African Elephant is the largest land animal on Earth with some adult males capable of reaching 3.5m in height and weighing more than 5,000kg. Their historical range would have once extended throughout much of central and southern Africa, although today they are confined to much smaller areas.

Found in forests, savannah and on flood plains these nomadic animals spend the majority of their time migrating across the African wilderness in search of food and water, in small family groups that contain around 10 individuals and consist of mothers and their calves. Here are just a handful of their most fascinating facts: