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Antarctica: giant iceberg detaches from Larsen C

As expected, one of the largest icebergs in the history of the Antarctic continent has detached itself from Larsen C, in Antarctica. A68, as the iceberg has been called, has an area of approx. 6,000 square kilometres and an average…

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Cryospheric microbial communities to decontaminate the Arctic

The vast ice expanses of Greenland, so far away from cities, traffic and industrial activities, might appear to us as uncontaminated and unpolluted places. Contrary to what is commonly thought, the Arctic and its ice have become a reservoir of…

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Imminent detachment of an iceberg as big as Liguria from the Antarctic

It has had the eyes of the scientific community and satellites focussed on it for several years, but never as in recent days. We are talking about Larsen C, a glacial platform located in the north-western part of the Weddell…

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Heat and drought put significant strain on Italian Agriculture

Above-average seasonal temperatures and low rainfall this last spring, that continues to be missing this summer just started, are putting significant strain on Italian agriculture. In the provinces of Parma and Piacenza a state of emergency has already been declared:…

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World Oceans Day 2017

8 June is World Oceans Day - established on 8 June 1992 during the environmental summit in Rio de Janeiro and recognized in 2008 by the United Nations - to underline the importance of this inestimable common heritage, covering 71%…

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Nanotechnology to clean water

A molecule able to remove hydrocarbons from the sea has been identified. The news comes from Egypt and Saudi Arabia, where a group of researchers has tested one of the polymers considered to be most environmentally friendly for purifying water.…

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“Memory of Ice”project ready to get underway

A team of glaciologists and engineers from France, Italy, Russia and the United States is ready to go up to 4,300 metres above sea level for the international “memory of ice” protection project. On 15 August the researchers will go…

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Microfibres: small size, big pollution

Who would have thought that one of the most common pollutants in water comes from our washing machines! We are speaking of microfibres, synthetic fibres less than 5 mm in length, which detach from our clothes in each wash, becoming…

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The relentless reduction of Arctic ice

The effects of global warming on the polar cap are increasingly evident. The average coverage of Arctic ice in the month of May, in fact, marked a new negative record. This according to the US National Snow and Ice Data…

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