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Oceans of plastic

From the soles of shoes to contact lenses, from the smartphones we carry around in our pockets to the toothpaste we use every day to clean our teeth, there is no doubt: we live in the plastic era. Everywhere around…

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Water grabbing

“Clear, sweet fresh water,” wrote Petrarch, by many considered a precursor of Italian literature. Before him, St. Francis dedicated two of the first lines of his world-famous Canticle of the Creatures to water: “Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister…

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Bottled water: is it the right choice?

Water is a precious, vital and extremely important commodity. In short, it is a resource that should be preserved and protected every day. Yet on the contrary, what we see increasingly more frequently is unsustainable management of this essential resource,…

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Arctic: a new cold war?

“You never really know your friends from your enemies until the ice breaks.” Inuit proverb When passing this proverb down from generation to generation, the Inuit probably did not realise that, one day, it would be the ice of the…

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Seafarers

The sea has always exerted a huge fascination on man: stories, legends, films, books have the blue giant as protagonist. Many remain enchanted watching the reflection of the water, then there are those who can't resist a dip; others, on…

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Road runoff and environmental pollution

What is road runoff? Rain, in falling to the ground, can be contaminated in two ways: as a result of the dissolution of compounds present in the atmosphere due to anthropogenic and/or natural events (mainly metals, chlorides and sodium), or…

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What is eutrophication? Causes, effects and control

After seeing the picture of children swimming in a sea of seaweed, you will surely wonder what strange phenomenon has hit the coast of Qingdao in eastern China. It is an abnormal growth of algae, a clear manifestation of a…

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History of detergents

Origins Detergents are frequently used and essential products in our lives, thanks to their ability to remove dirt, thus contributing to the reduction of the presence of germs and to maintaining good personal hygiene. Soap, like all objects of daily…

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Vincent Pyramid: the death of a glacier

On Sunday, 12 July 2015, while northern Italy is gasping for air and the heat seems to be overwhelming even my home town of Biella, the alarm rings at 4:30 am. A long car drive along deserted trunk roads -…

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