Nobel Prize 2020

On October 5, the week dedicated to the allocation of the Nobel Prize winners began. The committees in Sweden and Norway are currently nominating the winners in the various categories ranging from science, literature and economics to peace. So let…


Lignin becomes a resource for nylon production

Researchers at the Ames Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy have discovered how to bring lignin from the Kraft process, an industrial method of chemical extraction of cellulose from wood, back into the production cycle. This is an industrial…


Mal’aria 2020 Dossier

Air pollution emergency in Italy: 2019 was also a "code red" year for many large cities in Italy, due to the high concentrations of fine particulate matter and ozone. The "Mal'aria di città 2020" report, the annual dossier on air…


Global Biodiversity Outlook published

The fifth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO), the report drawn up by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, which summarises the most recent data on the state of biodiversity and draws conclusions relevant to the implementation of…


Biodiversity Festival 2020

From 17 to 27 September, the Parco Nord in Milan will host the 14th edition of the Biodiversity Festival, the annual event dedicated to the themes of nature and sustainability. The programme includes eleven days of initiatives that focus on…


The Glacier Caravan has come to an end

The Glacier caravan, a tour through the Alps, will end on 4 September, on the Western Glacier of Montasio in Friuli Venezia Giulia. The tour – thought up and promoted by Legambiente in collaboration with the Italian Glaciological Committee –…


Fewer tourists, more turtle nests in Thailand

With empty beaches due to the decline in tourism as a result of the pandemic, protected species such as the hawksbill turtle and the green turtle have been able to nest without being disturbed in several places in the world…


Higher than average temperatures split the Milne ice shelf

The Milne ice shelf on the north-west coast of Ellesmere Island in Nunavut, Canada, broke up into two large blocks due to temperatures 5°C higher than average. The first large split created in this 4-thousand-year-old platform was detected between 30…


Record renewable energy sources: in May they cover 50% of electricity consumption

2020 will be a memorable year for many reasons, including the significant drop in energy consumption and the contribution of renewable sources. The closures imposed in response to the pandemic have, in fact, led to a number of records, including…

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