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North Pole increasingly ice-free

In the annals of the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), a new negative record has been achieved for the North Pole sea ice. October has just ended and the Arctic ice is late in forming, so much so…

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After 13 months drifting through Arctic ice, Polarstern has returned to harbour

The largest-scale expedition ever conducted in the Arctic Circle has returned after 13 months of work. After departing on 20 September 2019 from the port of the Norwegian city of Tromsø, Polarstern, the laboratory vessel of the MOSAiC Expedition (Multidisciplinary…

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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 –…

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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…

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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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Interceptor will free rivers from plastic

Most plastic arrives in seas and oceans from rivers, which transport this waste from the land to the sea. Starting from this premise, Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch NGO founded by Boyan Slat that is already involved in cleaning up the…

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A plastic Po, a river of microplastic

Every second, the River Po carries 11,107 fragments of plastic down to the Adriatic Sea; the fragments have an average size of about 5 mm per 11 mg, equivalent to 11 tons of microplastics dumped into the sea each day*.…

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Ocean Cleanup: after the failure, operations to clean plastic from the oceans have begun again

Ocean Cleanup has not given up and has gone back to sea after the failure. Boyan Slat, the young founder of the project has announced this. The floating barrier is now on its way towards the huge island of plastic…

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Fishermen fish for plastic in the Adriatic Sea

Fishermen from San Benedetto del Tronto have become authentic sea sweepers. For 6 weeks, 40 fishing boats, after going back to port, unloaded not only their catches, ready for sale, but also large amounts of waste, especially plastic waste. The…

 
 
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