North Korea in the age of Donald Trump
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Here’s a way to help the planet at your next canapés-and-cocktails party: eat the food. At least, that’s the message of 30.10 (san-maru-ichi-maru), a new Japanese Environment Ministry campaign designed to help cut down the 6.3 million tonnes of food that the country throws away every year. Beginning in April, the government will urge people attending social events where food is served to sit and eat for the first 30 minutes and the final 10 minutes. The city of Matsumoto in Nagano prefecture came up with the idea six years ago and dozens of municipalities and prefectures around the country have followed suit. It’s unclear how effective the effort will be but given that a third of the food produced globally is wasted or lost – amounting to 1.3 billion tonnes – every bite counts.
Warsaw is to hold a referendum to decide whether or not the Polish capital should expand its borders and gobble up neighbourhoods currently outside its limits. If a majority votes “yes” Warsaw will gain more than 2,000 sq km of land and more than a million additional residents. The governing right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party proposed the idea, ostensibly as a way to improve access to the likes of schools, public transit and health centres for those outside the city. However, critics of the proposal – including mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, who has called for the referendum – fear that expanding the city’s borders is simply an attempt by the government to gain control of Warsaw, which is currently ruled by the left-wing Civic Platform, as many PiS supporters live in the suburbs.
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