It's used in cosmetics, cleaning products and foodstuffs: palm oil is one of the world's most prized raw materials. But increasing demand for the oil is having a disastrous impact on the environment. So a laboratory in Britain has found a solution.
The EU's biofuel policy was meant to help the climate. Instead it's been linked to loss of rainforest because of its reliance on palm oil. New rules aim to phase out the oil but the problem runs deeper, say experts.
Palm oil can be used in everything from cosmetics to fuel, and is cheap and efficient to produce. But this versatile crop has a dark side — its incredible popularity has caused widespread environmental destruction.
Global waste growth will outpace population growth by 2050, with most of the trash being generated in urban areas. The World Bank says urgent action is needed to prevent untreated waste from clogging the streets.
Nigeria is struggling to create jobs for its 69 million unemployed young people, while facing growing fossil fuel consumption. Analyst Sylvia Nwoko thinks focusing on meeting climate change goals could cut unemployment.
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