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Urban woods

When walking along a tree-lined avenue in a crowded and traffic-congested city, wrapped up in our daily commitments, we do not usually notice the trees under whose shade we are walking, nor do we ask ourselves which benefits they bring…

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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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Easter with extinct friends

Easter Island is shaped like a triangle with three extinct volcanoes placed at the vertices, and has a total area of 163 square kilometres, therefore just a little smaller than Milan. It lies in the middle of the Pacific Ocean,…

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International Mountain Day

“(…) Mountains are an important source of water, energy and biodiversity.  Furthermore, they are a source of such key resources as minerals, forest products and agricultural products and of recreation. As a major ecosystem representing the complex and interrelated ecology…

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Adverse weather causes the destruction of whole forests

The wave of bad weather in Italy over the past days, in addition to causing huge damage to people, homes and infrastructures, has destroyed countless trees, devastating whole forests in the Trentino Alto Adige, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Veneto regions.…

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Urban Ecosystem 2018

Once again this year, Mantua has come first in the ranking drawn up by the Italian environmentalist association, Legambiente, with the scientific contribution of the Ambiente Italia Research Institute and the editorial collaboration of the newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore,…

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ICity Rate 2018: Milan is confirmed as the smartest city in Italy

For the fifth year in a row, Milan is confirmed as the smartest city in Italy, obtaining excellent results above all in the areas of economic solidity, research and innovation, employment, tourist-cultural attraction, although it still lags behind in environmental…

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Citizen science, research conducted by ordinary citizens

When we think of scientists, we often imagine people wearing white coats, shut up in a laboratory working with test tubes and sensitive instruments or engaged in complex equations, dealing with matters that are  unintelligible to ordinary folk. However, this…

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New material changes shape with light and colour

Several programmable materials, that is those that can be programmed to change their physical properties (shape, density, conductivity, optical properties…) in response to external stimuli, have been developed by the scientific community, but never before have there been materials that…

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