Champion Recycling Municipalities 2019

Awards were presented yesterday in Rome to the Comuni Ricicloni 2019 (Champion Recycling Municipalities 2019), the annual event held by Legambiente since 1994 to provide recognition to municipalities most committed to separate collection and reduction of waste. This year the…


Ocean Cleanup: after the failure, operations to clean plastic from the oceans have begun again

Ocean Cleanup has not given up and has gone back to sea after the failure. Boyan Slat, the young founder of the project has announced this. The floating barrier is now on its way towards the huge island of plastic…


United Kingdom to host COP26

The next United Nations World Conference on Climate scheduled at the end of 2020 (COP26) will be held in the United Kingdom. Italy, which submitted its candidacy as the host country, has reached a partnership agreement with the United Kingdom:…


Fishermen fish for plastic in the Adriatic Sea

Fishermen from San Benedetto del Tronto have become authentic sea sweepers. For 6 weeks, 40 fishing boats, after going back to port, unloaded not only their catches, ready for sale, but also large amounts of waste, especially plastic waste. The…


World Day to Combat Desertification 2019

In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly declared the 17 June “World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought” to raise the public’s awareness on the problem of draught and promote implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in…


A floating forest to protect the coasts

The worsening and frequency of extreme weather events has stimulated the ingenuity of a team of civil engineers at the University of Queensland, in Australia, who have devised a Floating Forest to protect coasts from wind and waves. It is…


World Environment Day 2019

5 June is the day dedicated to the Environment celebrated worldwide. World Environment Day (WED) was established in 1972 by the United Nations General Assembly with the aim of raising awareness among the worldwide population on the sustainable use of…

Astronauts make history by editing yeast DNA in space

The International Space Station (ISS) was recently turned into a biotechnology laboratory where, for the first time ever, astronauts used the CRISPR-Cas9 technique to edit the DNA of brewer’s yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The purpose of the experiment was to study…


Single-use plastics banned from 2021

The European Union Council has approved the directive banning single-use plastics and, therefore, as from 2021, use of a number of single-use plastic products for which valid alternatives exist will be prohibited. More specifically, the plastic products to be banned…

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