San Rafael Falls. The Largest Waterfall in Ecuador


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…

Lemur family sitting together in tree trunk


Primates: new species discovered in India

A group of "fossil hunters" has found a piece of a jaw of a primate which lived between 11 and 14 million years ago in Kashmir, northern India. Scientists have named this new species, a distant relative of lemurs and…

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Nano-particles: as small as they are complex

A recent study by Carnegie Mellon University has shown that nanoparticles can reach the same levels of structural complexity, organisation and accuracy as biomolecules. Typically, nanoparticles have a size of between 1 and 100 nanometres. The larger ones, while remaining…

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…

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