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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…

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Let’s clean up Europe!

12 May is European Clean-up Day, the European day established to raise citizen awareness on waste reduction. An important initiative: every year, millions of tons of rubbish invade the oceans, rivers, forests and any corner of the planet. To solve…

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Noise pollution: what effect on protected areas?

In the United States, the noise generated by human activities is a threat to the survival of many plant and animal species. Saying so is an article published in the journal Science published last May and prepared by Rachel Buxton…

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How many trees are there on Earth?

Worldwide, there are more than 60,000 tree species! Saying so is research by Botanical Gardens Conservation International that involved 500 botanical institutions around the globe. The data collected confirmed that Brazil is the leading country in terms of plant biodiversity…

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Antibiotics, cattle and soil alteration

Antibiotics administered to cattle can alter soil ecology. This is demonstrated by a study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society, which analysed a number of soil samples of dairy farms located in the United States. What emerged from…

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Mystery of red tides solved

For more than a century, scientists have wondered what was at the origin of so-called "red tides", the phenomenon whereby the build up of algae on the surface of the sea near the coast gives the water a reddish brown…

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25 March, Earth Hour

On 25 March, the Earth Hour, an initiative created ten years ago thanks to the WWF, is celebrated. The invitation, open to all, is to turn off the lights of buildings for an hour, and more precisely at 20:30 hours,…

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UN: pesticides report

Pesticides used in agriculture are causing 200,000 deaths each year. So say two envoys of the United Nations for the Right to Food and for Toxic Substances, in a report that was presented to the Council for Human Rights in…

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Amazon rainforest: one million hectares of forest at risk

It is known to everyone as the lungs of the Earth, but that's not enough to keep it safe from deforestation. We are talking about the Amazon rainforest, where between 2012 and 2015 tree felling increased by 75%. Despite this…

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