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Arctic: record temperatures in 2018 too

The year 2018 has been the second warmest year ever recorded in the Arctic and there is reason to believe that this trend towards warming will continue, disrupting the terrestrial weather models. This is what NOAA (the National Oceanographic and…

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Ocean Cleanup launch

On 8 September (at 9 pm Italian time) the official launch of one of the most ambitious projects for cleaning up plastic from oceans took place: the project is called Ocean Cleanup, the largest clean-up operation ever devised. A young Dutch…

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World Oceans Day

8 June is World Oceans Day, established on 8 June 1992 during the environmental summit in Rio de Janeiro – and recognised by the United Nations too in 2008 – to underline the importance of this inestimable common heritage, covering…

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Aerial views of the state of water resources

NASA has recently published a survey in the scientific journal Nature on the state of fresh water reserves on our planet; it reveals that the wet areas of the Earth are becoming increasingly wetter, while the dry areas are becoming…

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Pesticides in Italian water

Each year over 130,000 tons of pesticides are used in Italy in agriculture alone and, after eliminating the organisms considered to be harmful for crops, these chemicals unavoidably end up in surface water and groundwater, thus posing a risk for…

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Atlantic currents are slowing down: how will this influence the climate?

The system of ocean currents known as the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) that regulates the climate in Europe and North America seems to be slowing down, partly due to a number of phenomena linked to global warming. This alarm has…

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World Water Day

Each year on 22 March, the World Water Day is held to celebrate water, a resource that is essential for life. It is a day instituted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1992, following the Rio Conference…

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Winter Olympics at risk due to global warming

Due to global warming, it will be increasingly difficult to organise the Winter Olympic Games. The rise in global temperatures, decreased snowfall and shrinkage of glaciers, in fact, will make it more difficult to hold the winter games without problems,…

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Rainfall and snowfall do not make up for the water deficit

The snow and rain that has recently fallen, while to some extent "quenching the thirst" of areas suffering from a drought that has dragged on since last summer, have not made up for the water deficit, generated by one of…

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