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World Food Day

Today, 16 October is the World Food Day, organised by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to commemorate the anniversary of its founding on 16 October 1945. The first edition of World Food Day, which is celebrated today…

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“Atlas of Life” completed

Only one piece, represented by reptiles, was missing for completion of the “Atlas of Life”, the first map of all the land vertebrates existing in the world. A team of 39 researchers from thirty or so institutions coordinated by the…

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Does ocean acidification benefit box jellyfish?

Carbon dioxide that we release into the atmosphere with our activities is in part absorbed by the oceans, where it becomes carbonic acid, making the seas more acid. Scientists all over the world are studying the phenomenon of ocean acidification seeking…

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In the Amazon rainforest, a new species is discovered every two days

During 2014 and 2015 no less than 381 new species were discovered in the Amazon rainforest: these new species included 216 plants, 93 fish, 32 amphibians, 20 mammals (two of which were fossils), 19 reptiles and one bird. The figures are…

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Loggerhead sea turtles have begun to hatch on the Island of Linosa

During the night, the eggs laid by a loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) on the Pozzolana di Ponente beach on the island of Linosa, in the Pelagian archipelago, began to hatch.  At present about 30 tiny turtles have been born,…

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Sea turtle rescued in the Adriatic

Last Sunday, in the waters off the coast of Pescara, a Caretta caretta sea turtle, imprisoned by plastic packaging that had seriously wounded it on a front fin and threatened strangling it, was saved. The turtle was spotted by the…

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World Biodiversity Day

22 May is the World Biodiversity Day, established by the United Nations in 1993. Since several decades now, experts have shown that biological diversity is an indispensable resource for the planet and an immeasurable wealth for local economies. Precisely for…

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Apennine chamois: six baby chamois born

At the beginning of May, 6 baby Apennine chamois were born. The Apennine chamois (Rupicapra pyrenaica ornata) – a species of ungulates which until recently inhabited all the Central Apennines, from Marche to Calabria – risked extinction on several occasions…

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Mediterranean: corals in danger

The corals of the Mediterranean are in danger. Saying so is the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), according to which, 13% of the corals in the sea that washes our coasts are threatened with extinction. Anthozoans in…

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