Aerial view of the Amazon rainforest, Brazil


Amazon: drought blocks CO2 absorption capacity

The great drought of 2010 that affected the Amazon forest has lowered the capacity of our green 'lung' to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2). In fact, the lack of water, in an ecosystem inhabited by tree species accustomed to high levels…

Forest Road in Early Fall


New method to estimate infrastructure impact

50% of Europe's territory is 1.5 kilometres away from a road and the percentage rises to approx. 95% within 8 kilometres: this according to a new study conducted by researchers at the National Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) in Madrid,…

Kelp forest sunshine


Australian kelp forests decimated by climate change

In Australia, ocean warming is decimating the kelp forests, a marine ecosystem populated by different species of algae, some of which able to grow vertically up to tens of centimetres per day. Saying so is a study conducted by the…



World Day to Combat Desertification

In 1994, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared June 17 "World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought" in order to focus public opinion on the problem of drought and to promote the implementation of the United Nations Convention…



Hyperions, futuristic and sustainable urban kitchen garden

The futuristic urban kitchen garden project designed by the Vincent Callebaut architecture firm consists of six gigantic garden towers made of wood, each with 36 storeys. It's called Hyperions, like the tallest tree in the world, a 115 metre tall…



Combating climate change, help from space

Sometimes looking at the sky brings inspiration... and that's precisely what an international team of biologists did when they had the idea of studying climate change by mapping the areas of the Earth more sensitive to climate variability, starting from…



National Geographic on show in Milan

From 30 October 2015 to 14 February 2016, the National Geographic is on show in Milan at the Natural History Museum. An exhibition of 150 images traces the history of National Geographic, from its founding to the present day, through…



The environment in Europe – Status and prospects in 2015

On 27 November next, in the Auditorium of the Ministry of the Environment in the presence of Minister Gian Luca Galletti, “The environment in Europe – Status and prospects in 2015″ will be presented, the report that the European Environment…



World Habitat Day

The World Habitat Day, established by the United Nations for the first Monday of October of each year, will this year be celebrated on 5 October. The World Habitat Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly with resolution…

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