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New record reached for CO2 in the atmosphere

Saturday 11 May, the Mauna Loa observatory, in Hawaii, recorded a new record level for the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, that is 415.26 ppm (parts per million). This level, explain the experts at the observatory run by the…

CO2 turns into rock in Iceland

In Iceland, there are veritable “21st century alchemists” able to turn carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into rock. The alchemists are part of a research team within CarbFix, a project that has developed a safe, economically advantageous and environmentally friendly…

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UN alarm: one million species risk extinction

Around one million animal and plant species of the approximately 8 million estimated to be present on the Earth risks extinction. This is the alarm raised by the United Nations in the “Global Assessment”, a report presented in Paris by…

water

Blue Flag 2019

Liguria, ahead of Tuscany and Campania, is top of the list of 385 Italian beaches that have been assigned “Blue Flag 2019” awards, assigned by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) for the excellence of their bathing water. In order…

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The Ross Ice Shelf is melting 10 times faster than forecast

The Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica is melting faster than previously forecast. This has been revealed by an international study conducted by researchers at Cambridge University and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), which analysed the melt…

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World Penguin Day

Today, April 25th is World Penguin Day, an occasion to raise awareness on and promote the protection of the Earth’s 18 penguin species. April 25th is also the date that the Adélie penguins (the species most widespread in Antarctica) begin…

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Earth Day 2019

April 22nd is Earth Day, one of the biggest events dedicated to environmental protection. Each year, events and initiatives aimed at raising awareness on environmental issues are held worldwide. Instituted by the United Nations, Earth Day serves as a reminder…

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Fridays for Future Rome

Thousands (3,500 according to the police; 10,000 according to organizers) of mostly young people turned out today in Rome for the “Fridays for Future” protest against climate change. The guest of honor was Greta Thunberg, the sixteen-year-old Swedish activist who…

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Methane lakes found on Titan

Thanks to the data collected by the Cassini probe, a number of methane lakes have been discovered on Titan, Saturn’s largest satellite. The lakes are located in the northern hemisphere of the satellite and are surprisingly deep, perched on the…

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