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Sunscreens harmful to coral reefs

When we plunge into a coral-rich sea, we must pay attention to what we apply to our skin to protect ourselves from sunburn. Some sunscreens contain oxybenzone, a molecule that is very active against the sun's harmful rays but toxic…

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International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem

Today, 26 July, marks the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem, approved by the UNESCO General Conference in 2015 with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of mangroves as a "unique, special and vulnerable ecosystem"…

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World day to combat desertification and drought 2022

Drought is one of the natural disasters that most challenges the survival of living beings. Exacerbated by deterioration of land and climate change, the frequency and severity of droughts is escalating every year, with a 29 percent increase since 2000…

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World Fish Migration Day

World Fish Migration Day, a global celebration, first held in 2014, to raise awareness of the need to safeguard rivers and streams and migratory fish is held on 21 April. Indeed, this is an as-yet little-known issue but one of…

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6.6 million trees against urban pollution

By 2024, 6.6 million trees will be planted in Italy's 14 metropolitan cities to combat air pollution, climate change and the loss of biodiversity: this is the objective of the "Protection and enhancement of urban and suburban green areas" measure…

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World Wetlands Day 2022

2 February is World Wetlands Day, set up in 1997 to commemorate the anniversary of the "Convention on Wetlands of International Importance", signed in Ramsar (Iran) in 1971. The Convention was set up by the UN with the aim of…

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The relentless deforestation of the Cerrado

In Brazil, deforestation is advancing relentlessly, not only in the Amazon forest. Even the Cerrado, the great tropical savannah that crosses Brazil, has for years been subject to intense deforestation to make room for single-crop farming, livestock breeding and coal…

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Endangered dragonflies and threatened wetlands

Dragonflies have inhabited planet Earth for 300 million years and there are currently 6,016 known species. According to the latest version of the International Union for Conservation of Nature‚Äôs (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, 16% of known dragonfly and…

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Coral reefs, 14% of corals lost

Coral reefs are home to around 25% of all marine species, protect and ensure the well-being of the coastline and provide food and economic support to hundreds of thousands of people. Unfortunately, the health of this very important ecosystem is…

 
 
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