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Unchecked global warming’will double

extreme El Niño weather events’

Research shows world’s most devastating global weather

phenomenon will occur once a decade under current

emissions scenario


The world’s most devastating global weather phenomenon

– the weather events associated with “El Niño”– will double

in frequency to once a decade if global warming remains

unchecked, according to what scientists believe is a major

step forward in the understanding of such events.

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Honey, I’m just popping out for some pollen.

I may bee some time… Insect forced to travel

more than a mile to find food, study finds

Ben Kendall The Independent Thursday 22 August 2013

Hungry bumblebees are being forced to travel more than a mile to find food, a study has found. Ecologists took samples from more than 3,000 bees from five different species and mapped how far they roamed from their nests.

The study, led by the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, found that while on average the insects would travel between 880ft to 1,800ft, bees nesting in areas where there were fewer flowers had to fly more than 1.2 miles. It is hoped the findings could help improve conditions for the vital pollinators.

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China and India ‘water grab’ dams put ecology of Himalayas in danger

More than 400 hydroelectric schemes are planned in the mountain region, which could be a disaster for the environment

The Observer,

The future of the world’s most famous mountain range could be endangered by a vast dam-building project, as a risky regional race for water resources takes place in Asia.

New academic research shows that India, Nepal, Bhutan and Pakistan are engaged in a huge “water grab” in the Himalayas, as they seek new sources of electricity to power their economies. Taken together, the countries have plans for more than 400 hydro dams which, if built, could together provide more than 160,000MW of electricity – three times more than the UK uses.

In addition, China has plans for around 100 dams to generate a similar amount of power from major rivers rising in Tibet. A further 60 or more dams are being planned for the Mekong river which also rises in Tibet and flows south through south-east Asia.

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The real threat to our future is peak water’

As population rises, overpumping means some nations have reached peak water, which threatens food supply, says Lester Brown

The Observer,

Peak oil has generated headlines in recent years, but the real threat to our future is peak water. There are substitutes for oil, but not for water. We can produce food without oil, but not without water.

We drink on average four litres of water per day, in one form or another, but the food we eat each day requires 2,000 litres of water to produce, or 500 times as much. Getting enough water to drink is relatively easy, but finding enough to produce the ever-growing quantities of grain the world consumes is another matter.

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A right antenna for social behaviour in honeybees

  • Scientific Reports 3, Article number:2045 doi: 10.1038/srep02045;
  • Received
  • Accepted
  • Published

Sophisticated cognitive abilities have been documented in honeybees, possibly an aspect of their complex sociality. In vertebrates brain asymmetry enhances cognition and directional biases of brain function are a putative adaptation to social behaviour. Here we show that honeybees display a strong lateral preference to use their right antenna in social interactions. Dyads of bees tested using only their right antennae (RA) contacted after shorter latency and were significantly more likely to interact positively (proboscis extension) than were dyads of bees using only their left antennae (LA). The latter were more likely to interact negatively (C-responses) even though they were from the same hive. In dyads from different hives C-responses were higher in RA than LA dyads. Hence, RA controls social behaviour appropriate to context. Therefore, in invertebrates, as well as vertebrates, lateral biases in behaviour appear to be associated with requirements of social life.

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Ethical studies

This year’s People & Planet Green League shows that most universities are making a real effort to become more sustainable. But the worrying exception is in the area of investment policies. Anna Bawden reports The firsts and the ‘fails’ in the 2013 Green League of universities
Green League – the data

The Guardian,

A door off the glass corridor inside the main science building at Manchester Metropolitan University leads visitors into a courtyard that has become an unlikely symbol of the university’s efforts to become more sustainable. This previously empty space and eyesore was transformed last summer into an interactive garden for staff and students by members of the university’s Urban Gardening Society. Now, benches are dotted around and a path winds past raised wooden beds. Three beds are wheelchair-accessible and all the plants are labelled.

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Fipronil named as fourth insecticide to pose risk to honeybees

European Food Safety Authority says insecticide poses ‘high acute risk’ when used as a seed treatment for maize.,

A widely used insect nerve agent has been labelled a “high acute risk” to honeybees by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). A similar assessment by the EFSA on three other insecticides preceded the suspension of their use in the European Union.

“The insecticide fipronil poses a high acute risk to honeybees when used as a seed treatment for maize,” the EFSA said in a statement. “EFSA was asked to perform a risk assessment of fipronil [by the European commission], paying particular regard to the acute and chronic effects on colony survival and development and the effects of sub-lethal doses on bee mortality and behaviour.”

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Monsanto gives up fight for GM plants in Europe

Deutsche well

The world’s largest producer of seeds, Monsanto, has apparently given up on attempts to spread its genetically modified plant varieties in Europe. A German media report said the firm would end all lobbying for approval.

The world’s largest producer of seeds, Monsanto, has apparently given up on attempts to spread its genetically modified plant varieties in Europe. A German media report said the firm would end all lobbying for approval.

The German newspaper “taz” reported Friday that US agriculture behemoth Monsanto had dropped any plans to have farmers grow its genetically modified (GM) plant varieties in Europe.

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Thousands of ancient trees at risk, Woodland Trust warns

Pests and diseases such as ash dieback could threaten the majority of the 115,000 veteran and notable trees listed by the charity

Press Association,

Thousands of “precious” ancient trees could be at risk from pests and diseases such as ash dieback and acute oak decline, experts have warned. Described as the natural equivalent of listed buildings, ancient trees have stood for hundreds of years, watching over historic events and playing a role in folklore and culture.

But the majority of the 115,000 ancient, veteran or notable trees registered on the Woodland Trust’s Ancient Tree Hunt website could be facing the threat of diseases and pests, a loss that would be “devastating”, the conservation charity said.

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The Courage to Fight Climate Change

James Hansen bravely told the truth even when the Bush administration tried to silence and penalize him.

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Cornwall’s oaks to last a millennium face the axe after just 13 years

The town association planted 100 oaks and 120,000 daffodils in the year 2000

KUNAL DUTTA The independent 28th May 2013

An avenue of 100 English oak trees planted in Cornwall to mark the start of the millennium with the expectation they would last 1,000 years, is under threat from a supermarket and hotel development.

The plans, under examination by Cornwall council, mean that Millennium Avenue, that was intended to be still standing in the year 3000, could be threatened by the building of a new supermarket, pub, hotel and scores of homes just 13 years after it was planted.

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Running shoes leave large carbon footprint, study shows

A typical pair of synthetic trainers generates 30lbs of emissions, equivalent to leaving a 100-watt bulb burning for a week,

Runners tread more heavily on the earth than they may have ever imagined, especially it seems if they are wearing a pair of Chinese-made men’s size nine Asics gel Kayanos, according to a team of MIT scientists.

A new pair of synthetic running shoes typically generates 30lbs of carbon dioxide emissions, the researchers found.

That’s an unusually high carbon footprint for a product that does not use electricity, or require sophisticated components. The researchers said it was equivalent to leaving a 100-watt bulb burning for an entire week.

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Science proves what we all know: Nature is Good for your Health! (The Ecologist)

Richard Dolesh reports on a recently published study, the findings of which support what most of us know intuitively – that nature is good for us.

A walk in the park can calm and restore you. This is something we take for granted in parks and recreation, because we have known it to be true ever since we started spending time in nature.


Global warming predictions prove accurate

Analysis of climate change modelling for past 15 years reveal accurate forecasts of rising global temperature,

Forecasts of global temperature rises over the past 15 years have proved remarkably accurate, new analysis of scientists’ modelling of climate change shows.

The debate around the accuracy of climate modelling and forecasting has been especially intense recently, due to suggestions that forecasts have exaggerated the warming observed so far – and therefore also the level warming that can be expected in the future. But the new research casts serious doubts on these claims, and should give a boost to confidence in scientific predictions of climate change.

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EU proposes to ban insecticides linked to bee decline

Three neonicotinoids, the world’s most widely used insecticides would be forbidden across the continent for two years,

Insecticides linked to serious harm in bees could be banned from use on flowering crops in Europe as early as July, under proposals set out by the European commission on Thursday, branded “hugely significant” by environmentalists. The move marks remarkably rapid action after evidence has mounted in recent months that the pesticides are contributing to the decline in insects that pollinate a third of all food.

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Cocoa – and your chocolate fix – is under threat

Africa is getting too hot for its cocoa crop. The west has to take some responsibility both for the demand and for climate change

 for This Ain’t Livin’, part of the Guardian Comment Network

 The effects of climate change can be seen all around us; all except the most staunch deniers have to admit that it is happening whether they like it or not. Glaciers are shrinkingwater levels are changing and regional climates are also shifting. The rapid escalation of change paired with very convincing scientific evidence suggests that the change is anthropogenic in nature, which, in a way, is a good thing. If we’re causing it, it means we might have a chance at arresting or reversing it, instead of being forced to accept it as a natural variation that will resist intervention.

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US researchers map carbon emissions at street level

By Matt McGrath Science reporter, BBC World Service

 US scientists have developed new software that can accurately measure greenhouse gas emissions down to individual buildings and streets.

 The system combines information from public databases with traffic simulations and energy consumption models.

 Researchers believe it could help identify the most effective places to cut emissions.

They say it could aid international efforts to verify reductions in carbon.

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Maybe this could be a different way to think the agricultural


Trees breathing new life into French agriculture

Agroforestry, the traditional practice of growing crops around

trees, is regaining popularity in parts of France

Guardian Weekly,

The tips of young walnut trees are just visible above the ready-to-harvest wheat. There are rows of them and they should produce fine wood for cabinetmakers in 30 years or so. Further away, oaks, ashes and cherry trees are growing in fields of sunflowers and broad beans, all signs of the return to agroforestry in La Bergerie de Villarceaux, an organic experimental farm in the Vexin region of north-west France.

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The dark side of Chocolate

Everytime we buy chocolate we should think that often,  most of its production, hides child labor and exploitation of farmer.

“The dark side of Chocolate is a documentary that tells the story of the chocolate that we find every day in all the main shops.


Moria delle api: una ricerca americana accusa ancora una volta i pesticidi neonicotinoidi

da il fatto alimentare

Uno studio americano conferma l’effetto disastroso dei pesticidi neonicotinoidi nella moria delle api. È dal 2007 che si discute a livello mondiale, dello spopolamento degli alveari indicando, di volta in volta, le più svariate cause: dai telefonini utilizzati ogni giorno fino a nuovi patogeni emergenti come alcune forme di virus.

Le cause erano così complesse ed intrinseche che, per descrivere il fenomeno, si parlava di una sorta di “tempesta perfetta”: una serie di eventi aveva creato uno stress alla popolazione mondiale di api causandone una spaventosa diminuzione. Solo recentemente, grazie all’attività delle associazioni di categoria e di numerosi ricercatori anche italiani, l’attenzione si è spostata sempre di più sui pesticidi neonicotinoidi.

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Ants in 3D: project begins to image every known species

By Victoria Gill and Ben Aviss BBC Nature

Scientists are embarking on a mission to capture a 3D image of every ant species known to science.

The US team is visiting museums around the world to photograph all of the ant specimens in their collections.

They are using a technique that, for the first time, allows microscopic anatomical detail of the insects’ bodies to be photographed.

The aim is to make an online catalogue called Antweb, providing a unique tool for scientists who study the insects.

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 Bluefin tuna record Fukushima radioactivity

By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News

Pacific Bluefin tuna caught off the coast of California have been found to have radioactive contamination from last year’s Fukushima nuclear accident.

The fish would have picked up the pollution while swimming in Japanese waters, before then moving to the far side of the ocean.

Scientists stress that the fish are still perfectly safe to eat.

However, the case does illustrate how migratory species can carry pollution over vast distances, they say.

“It’s a lesson to us in how interconnected eco-regions can be, even when they may be separated by thousands of miles,” Nicholas Fisher, a professor of marine sciences at Stony Brook University, New York, told BBC News.

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‘Extinct’ short-haired bumblebee returns to UK

By Rebecca Morelle Science reporter, BBC News

A species of bee not seen in the UK for a quarter of a century is being reintroduced to the countryside.

The short-haired bumblebee was once widespread across the south of England but it vanished in 1988.

However, after a healthy stock of the bees was found in Sweden, conservationists were able to collect some to seed a new UK colony.

About 50 queen bumblebees are being released at the RSPB’s Dungeness reserve in Kent.

Nikki Gammans, from the Short-haired Bumblebee Project, said: “Normally, extinction means a species is gone forever.

“But it is magnificent that we can bring back this bee species and give it a second chance here in the UK.”

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Scientists find a way to bring down cost of producing ‘artificial leaf’

Use of cheaper materials overcomes major obstacle for technology heralded as fuel cells of the future

The most efficient way to turn sunlight into energy has existed for around 400m years: photosynthesis. Scientists have been attempting to replicate this in artificial leaves for some time and have now taken a step forward by replacing expensive materials with cheaper ones.

This is significant, because while artificial leaves could be the fuel cells of the future, production costs remain a major issue. One of the biggest obstacles to artificial photosynthesis has been that scientists could only replicate it with a costly platinum catalyst. Now Danial Norcera at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) says his team has found a way to replace it with a cheap nickel-molybdenum-zinc compound. This puts him one step closer to his goal of finding an inexpensive, portable source of renewable energy for developing countries.

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How to reduce water consumption in your home

As a hosepipe ban is slapped on the drought-hit south-east of the UK, TV presenter and eco design expert Oliver Heath offers his advice on stopping those precious litres leaking away

I don’t know why I’m quite so obsessed with water use. Perhaps it’s because I grew up in Brighton, and swam in the sea from an early age. Or possibly because I was a windsurfing instructor for a few years – which certainly teaches you to respect water and the sea. If you’ve got a water meter, you can dramatically reduce your consumption of this precious resource without much impact on your quality of life at home.

Numerous counties across the south and east of the UK are have now been hit with a hosepipe ban. We’re going to need to learn how to reduce our water use over the next few months, maybe the next few years – and perhaps over our entire lives.

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Austria: per la Quaresima la Chiesa promuove il “digiuno dall’auto”
2012-02-29 Radio Vaticana

Lasciare l’automobile in garage ed utilizzare mezzi di trasporto più ecologici, come la bicicletta e il treno, oppure andare a piedi. L’iniziativa, denominata “Autofasten”, va avanti da molti anni ed è promossa durante il tempo di Quaresima dalla Chiesa austriaca. A carattere ecumenico, poiché coinvolge sia cattolici che evangelici, la “Quaresima dell’auto” vuole invitare i partecipanti a modificare il proprio stile di vita in senso più sano, limitando al contempo il riscaldamento globale. Numerose le adesioni anche tra i fedeli di Germania, Lussemburgo e Belgio: secondo quanto riportato dal vescovo ausiliare di Vienna, mons. Franz Scharl, fino ad ora si sono registrati decine di migliaia di riscontri positivi.

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Water wars between countries could be just around the corner, Davey warns

Energy secretary tells conference that growing pressure on water resources could worsen existing war and lead to new ones

, environment correspondent,

Water wars could be a real prospect in coming years as states struggle with the effects of climate change, growing demand for water and declining resources, the secretary of state for energy and climate change warned on Thursday.

Ed Davey told a conference of high-ranking politicians and diplomats from around the world that although water had not been a direct cause of wars in the past, growing pressure on the resource if climate change is allowed to take hold, together with the pressure on food and other resources, could lead to new sources of conflict and the worsening of existing conflicts.

“Countries have not tended to go to war over water, but I have a fear for the world that climate instability drives political instability,” he said. “The pressure of that makes conflict more likely.”

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Un fungo che mangia la plastica per il bene dell’ambiente

Esiste un fungo che mangia la plastica, meglio esiste un fungo ghiotto di poliuretano, una plastica molto diffusa in grado di decomporsi naturalmente in qualche centinaia di anni. La scoperta della cosa, finora sconosciuta alla scienza, è avvenuta durante una spedizione dell’Università di Yale nella foresta pluviale amazzonica ed è stata pubblicata sulla rivista Applied and Environmental Microbiology, aprendo numerose porte al bio risanamento. La plastica potrebbe essere mangiata senza provocare danni all’ more…

Cnr: da ‘”intelligenza” di una muffa nuove strade per Internet

12:11 22 FEB 2012 (Fonte

(AGI) – Roma, 22 feb. – Alcuni studi sperimentali hanno dimostrato che la Physarum Polycephalum, una muffa mucillaginosa di colore giallastro che si nutre di spore e batteri, e’ in grado di compiere attivita’ sorprendenti per un organismo cosi’ semplice, come trovare il cammino piu’ corto in un labirinto. Da questi esperimenti e dal modello matematico da essi ricavato, Vincenzo Bonifaci, dell’Istituto di analisi dei sistemi ed informatica ‘Antonio Ruberti’ del Consiglio nazionale delle ricerche di Roma (Iasi-Cnr) ha sviluppato un’analisi matematica che conferma come il ‘ragionamento’ della Physarum Polycephalum sia un ‘algoritmo naturale’, frutto di un’evoluzione di milioni di anni.

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Bioplastica dalle bucce di pomodoro. Uno studio del Cnr rivaluta gli scarti vegetali e gli da una seconda vita

Trasformare le bucce di pomodoro in ecoplastica, è l’obbiettivo raggiunto da un gruppo di ricerca del Consiglio nazionale delle ricerche guidato da Barbara Nicolaus dell’Istituto di chimica biomolecolare (Icb) con la collaborazione di Mario Malinconico dell’Istituto di chimica e tecnologia dei polimeri (Ictp).


Lo studio assume una certa rilevanza perché si è riusciti ad inserire nel contesto produttivo delle bioplastiche nuovi materiali di scarto, come le bucce residue della lavorazione del pomodoro, altrimenti destinate alla discarica. È bene ricordare che sino ad ora sono stati utilizzati i polisaccaridi di origine vegetale ricavati direttamente da mais o patate (es. Mater-Bi, Bioplastic…) per produrre shopper e sacchetti di plastica biodegradabili destinati alla raccolta dei rifiuti domestici organici.

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Nuove regole per i sacchetti della spesa

Vietati i sacchetti non compostabili con gli additivi.


È legge dopo la pubblicazione sulla Gazzetta Ufficiale. Ha vinto la linea ambientalista, non si potranno vendere i finti eco-shopper con l’aggiunta degli additivi chimici ma solo quelli che si degradano in poche settimane nel compost domestico.

 “I vecchi shopper restano, ma più spessi e non saranno usa e getta”

Plastica addio – Dopo diversi mesi di tira e molla è entrata in vigore la nuova legge sugli “shopperini”, i sacchetti in plastica usa e getta che utilizziamo tutti i giorni per portare a casa la spesa. Le buste dovranno adesso seguire la normativa europea EN13432 che dice chiaramente che le buste della spesa devono essere in plastica completamente biodegradabile e compostabile. Deve essere possibile, quindi, gettare il sacchetto nel contenitore dell’umido della raccolta differenziata. I negozianti che non si adeguano, e continuano a vendere sacchetti non conformi alla nuova legge, rischiano una multa da 2.500 a 25.000 euro.

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Galline ovaiole, Bruxelles mette fuorilegge gli

allevamenti intensivi. Italia non a norma

da Il Fatto Quotidiano

di Alessio Pisanò

Dal 1 gennaio 2012 è entrato in vigore il divieto in tutta Europa di allevare le galline ovaiole nelle cosiddette “batterie”, le gabbiette singole grandi circa come un foglio di carta A4. Esultano gli animalisti che vedono la fine della “vita sotto tortura” per i volatili. Ma 11 Paesi Ue, Italia compresa, si devono ancora adeguare alla nuova normativa.

I numeri del settore sono da capogiro: 400 milioni di capi avicoli allevati in Europa, 50 dei quali in Italia, con Veneto, Lombardia ed Emilia Romagna tra i maggiori produttori. Buona parte di questi animali, secondo le associazioni, vengono allevati proprio nelle batterie con l’ausilio di ventilazione e illuminazione forzata allo scopo di aumentarne la produzione. “Una vera tortura”, secondo la Lega anti vivisezione (Lav): “Le povere bestie vengono privati dei loro bisogni elementari: muoversi, razzolare, covare, fare bagni di terra”.

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Birds Flying Faster Due to Climate Change.

Wind speeds over the Southern Ocean have been increasing — and pushing birds to faster speeds.

By Jennifer Viegas
Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:29 AM ET


  • Climate change has increased wind speeds, causing many birds to travel faster.

  • Wandering albatrosses are benefiting from the changes now, with shorter trips, improved breeding, and weight gain.

  • The benefits may be temporary, because pattern shifts could prevent birds from reaching foraging areas.

Paul Tixier

Wind speeds over the Southern Ocean have been increasing over the past three decades and those stronger winds are boosting birds in the area to faster flying speeds, according to new research.

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The contribution of trees to our lives: it is time to take stock

French botanist Francis Hallé makes a case for the defence of trees as a powerful ally in saving the Earth’s ecosystems

Frédéric Joignot – Guardian Weekly,

Give me a tree and I’ll save the world – that is the message that comes across from a book just published by the French botanist Francis Hallé, Du bon usage des arbres (Making good use of trees). The book is a defence of trees addressed to decision-makers and town planners. It is hard to know which specific tree to start with, but let’s take as our prime example the plane tree planted by the Comte de Buffon in 1785 at the entrance to the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. Visitors can see how well it has fared 226 years on, even though it has never been pruned.

Plane trees, like many others, have a long lifespan. They are even “potentially immortal”, claims Hallé. “Man is senescent, that is to say is programmed to die, but a plane tree is not,” he said. After its leaves have fallen, life begins again in the spring and the tree recovers its youthful genomes. If it is not subjected to accidents, diseases or humans, the plane tree could live for centuries. “When you talk about a 100-year-old tree, it’s just a kid in shorts,” said the botanist, who knows of a 2,000-year-old olive tree in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the Côte d’Azur.

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La mancata rivoluzione dei sacchetti biodegradabili.

In commercio si trova di tutto di più.


Un anno fa giornali e tv preannunciavano dal 1 gennaio 2011 la fine dei sacchetti di plastica in polietilene (PE), e la loro sostituzione con borse completamente biodegradabili in 180 giorni, da riutilizzare in casa per la raccolta differenziata dei rifiuti organici (cibo e altro). A distanza di 12 mesi il cambiamento è avvenuto solo in parte. La situazione è confusa perché nei supermercati si trovano i nuovi sacchetti biodegradabili, mentre in molti  negozi  tradizionali, nelle bancarelle degli ambulanti, nelle farmacie e in numerosi punti vendita ci sono ancora i vecchi sacchetti di polietilene. In questi mesi è apparsa anche una nuova generazione di finti sacchetti ecologici di bioplastica che contengono componenti non biodegradabili e sono appena arrivati sul mercato i nuovissimi contenitori di plastica riciclata.

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Imposible crystals are ‘from space’


Examples of a crystal previously thought to be impossible in nature may have come from space, a study shows.

Quasicrystals have an unusual structure – in between those of crystals and glasses.

Until two years ago, quasicrystals had only been created in the lab – then geologists found them in rocks from Russia’s Koryak mountains.

In PNAS journal, a team says the chemistry of the Russian crystals suggests they arrived in meteorites.

Quasicrystals were first described in the 1980s by Israeli researcher Daniel Schechtman, who was awarded last year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery.

Schechtman’s ideas were initially treated with doubt or scorn by some of his peers, who thought the structures were “impossible”.

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Global hunger for plastic packaging leaves waste solution a long way off

Despite measures to increase recycling, discarded plastic packaging continues to blight Earth,

Five hundred tonnes of Christmas tree lights and at least 25m bags of plastic sweet wrappers, turkey coverings, drinks bottle broken toys will be thrown away by UK homes this Christmas and new year. But only a tiny proportion of this waste will be recycled.

Even at other times of year, only a little under a quarter of the UK’s plastic waste is recycled, but over the festive period still less escapes the tip according to a survey by home drinks maker SodaStream. Globally, recycling of plastics is even smaller.

The outcome is a belief that the Earth is being slowly strangled by a gaudy coat of impermeable plastic waste that collects in great floating islands in the world’s oceans; clogs up canals and rivers; and is swallowed by animals, birds and sea creatures.

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Environment world review of the year: ‘2011 rewrote the record books ‘The ecologically tumultuous year saw record greenhouse gas emissions, melting Arctic sea ice, natural disasters and extreme weather – and the world’s second worst nuclear disaster.

The Guardian Thursday 22 December 2011

The year 2011 was another ecologically tumultuous year with greenhouse gases rise to record levels, Arctic sea ice nearly equalling 2007’s record melt, and temperatures the 11th highest ever recorded.

It was marked on the ground by unparalleled extremes of heat and cold in the US, droughts and heatwaves in Europe and Africa and record numbers of weather-related natural disasters.

In addition, 2011 saw the world population reach 7 billion, the second worst nuclear disaster and record investments in renewable energy.

The 41 sea, land and air indicators used by the US government’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to measure sea and land temperatures showed unequivocally that the world continued to warm throughout 2011

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Finalmente è possibile trovare anche le cannucce biodegradabili.  Oggetto di larghissimo uso viene destinata per il 90% alla frazione indifferenziata. L’introduzione della cannuccia biodegradabile segna un altro passo verso la realizzazione di una società a basso impatto ambientale.

Colorate, flessibili e adatte a tutti i tipi di bibite, stanno diffondendosi sul mercato, le cannucce amiche dell’ambiente al 100% biodegradabili.

In commercio se ne trovano ormai di diversi tipi e materiali, ma tutte rigorosamente biodegradabili che ci faranno sentire meno in colpa mentre sorseggiamo il nostro cocktail o bevanda fresca. Partendo dal presupposto che l’usa e getta sarebbe da limitare al massimo nei nostri consumi, nelle occasioni in cui per forza di cose ci troviamo ad utilizzarlo, meglio che sia realizzato con materiali che non lascino il segno sul Pianeta. Per questo ben vengano prodotti di uso comune che limitano l’inquinamento e che sarebbe opportuno venissero utilizzati soprattutto dagli stessi gestori di bar, ristoranti e locali.

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La città di Roma inaugura il suo primo parco giochi per bambini alimentato grazie al fotovoltaico. Nell’area divertimenti di Largo Pettazzoni, zona Tor Pignattara, l’energia prodotta dai pannelli solari durante il giorno verrà immagazzinata in una batteria e alimenterà, una volta tramontato il sole, i lampioni a led.



Un esempio concreto di riutilizzo e riciclo: in Nigeria è stato realizzato un bungalow utilizzando bottiglie di plastica.

Una vera costruzione che permetterà di togliere dalla circolazione una notevole quantità di bottiglie di plastica che invadono ormai la maggior parte delle città e metropoli, un modo creativo per trasformare un rifiuto in risorsa

A costruirlo la Developmental Association For Renewable Energies.

Continua a leggere: Riciclo creativo, bottiglie di plastica per costruire case e scuole in Africa



Una giovane designer tedesca di 28 anni, Anke Domaske, ha creato un nuovo tessuto ecologico derivato dal latte: il Qmilch.
Si confeziona utilizzando il latte di scarto, quello non adatto al consumo, e per la produzione servono solo due litri di acqua per ogni kg (molta meno di quanta ne richieda la lavorazione del cotone).
Il Qmilch è leggero, ha una consistenza simile alla seta, può essere lavato e asciugato come fosse un normale tessuto ed è adatto alle persone che soffrono di allergie o irritazioni alla pelle.
Al posto della pochette ci si può abbinare un croissant. Da CACAO ALCATRAZ nr. 231/2011 (in tedesco)

(Fonte: Repubblica)


odg sugli interventi anticementificatori per  diminuire il rischio di alluvioni, bocciato dal consiglio comunale di Genova  SEDUTA DEL 10.11.11




 Il Consiglio Comunale di Genova,

 Considerato l’impatto che l’alluvione di venerdi 4 novembre 2011 ha avuto su ampie parti del territorio genovese e, in particolare, la morte di 6 persone;

Premesso che il territorio così come la natura e la storia l’hanno consegnato a noi, è un patrimonio che va amministrato con la massima saggezza sapendo che è un bene limitato, che non è riproducibile.

La sottrazione di anche un solo metro quadrato può significare lo stavolgimento dell’assetto idraulico e l’aumento dei rischi per le persone, oltre al danneggiamento del paesaggio;

 Considerato che “costruire sul costruito” deve significare fermare il consumo di territorio, senza aumentare il carico insediativo e di urbanizzazioni primarie e secondarie, in zone già densamente popolate;

 Tenuto conto del cambiamento climatico in atto che comporta precipitazioni intense frequenti, e della necessità di affrontare la sicurezza idrogeologica in maniera completa, sia con misure strutturali che non strutturali, come:

  •  manutenzione dei corsi e dei versanti

  •  riqualificazione del patrimonio forestale

  •  vincoli urbanistici, assicurazioni, prevenzione e protezione civile

  •  la rinaturalizzazione dei rii, compresi i loro versanti, permettendo la creazione di aree golenali, aumentando la capacità di ritenzione delle acque e la dissipazione dell’energia per ridurre il rischio idrogeologico più a valle,come stanno facendo da anni sulla Loira, in Francia, sulla Drava in Austria o sul Reno in Germania

  •  aumento di territorio permeabile;

  • demolizione di strutture in argine

  •  impegna la Sindaco e la Giunta a:

  • 1 predisporre emendamenti al PUC in modo da aumentare la quantità di territorio permeabile nel Comune di Genova, non autorizzando nuovi insediamenti e parcheggi in aree naturali e inondabili;

  • 2 implementare protocolli certi e non ambigui con sistemi integrati di allarme per la gestione dell’emergenza in tutto il territorio comunale;

  • 3 non adeguarsi alla sconcertante diminuzione della distanza dai fiumi per le nuovi costruzioni, approvato recentemente dal Consiglio Regionale Ligure;

  • 4 rivendicare il proprio ruolo di governo del territorio, esprimendo la propria contrarieta’ al “silenzio – assenso” previsto in un disegno di legge depositato dalla Giunta Regionale per i permessi a costruire;

  • 5 attivarsi verso gli organismi compententi di polizia idraulica per procedere senza indugio all’abbattimento di quegli edifici situati sugli argini che riducono la sicurezza, prevedendone la ricollocazione e prevedere la rimozione di qualunque deposito/accumulo di inerti vicino ai tratti fluviali;

  • 6 intervenire prioritariamente in quei corsi con particolare emergenza idraulica, per aumentare la capacità di smaltimento dei tronchi coperti, fino a soddisfare lo smaltimento della portata 200-ennale;

  • 7 aiutare economicamente gli alluvionati per riavviare le attività, non dimenticandosi dei cittadini di Sestri Ponente alcuni dei quali ad oggi sono a rischio di fallimento per mancati finanziamenti;onio Bruno (Sinistra Europea – prc), Manuela Cappello (Gruppo Misto)

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E’ possibile scaricare l’ultimo rapporto Acque Minerali pubblicato da Legambiente e Altreconomia.  Una descreizione dettagliata sull’impatto ambientale dei consumi di acqua minerale e della immissione di plastica nei nostri ecosistemi.



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