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Earth Overshoot Day 29 July 2021

Posted by Maria Beatrice Barberis on

Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. In 2021, it falls on July 29. We know it can be overwhelming to think about the various impacts of global ecological overshoot such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and extreme weather events (to name a few). However, thriving lives within the means of our planet are not out of reach. 100 Days of Possibility is designed to unveil an existing, effective, and scalable solution each day leading up to the COP26–largely perceived as a last...

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World Nature Conservation Day

Posted by Maria Beatrice Barberis on

Conservation means the wise use of the earth and its resources for the lasting good of mankind.  Celebrated on July 28 annually, World Nature Conservation Day recognizes that a healthy environment is the foundation for a stable and productive society and to ensure the well-being of the present and future generations, we all must participate to protect, conserve, and sustainably manage our natural resources.Conservation is the care and protection of Earth’s natural resources including air, minerals, plants, soil, water, and wildlife so that they can be preserved for future generations. It includes maintaining diversity of species and ecosystems, as well...

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In this extremely hot summer help yourself to stay hydrated

Posted by Maria Beatrice Barberis on

Water is absolutely necessary for survival. It makes up approximately 60% of the human body, with every system depending on water to function properly. Water is constantly leaving your body, mostly through sweat, urine and stools. An adequate amount of water must be consumed to make up for this loss. Dehydration occurs when more water is leaving the body than coming in. It can be caused by either a lack of fluid intake or excessive fluid loss, such as: vigorous exercise, exposure to heat, vomiting and diarrhea, nausea, diabetes, fever.  Thirst is the body's first indicator of dehydration. For most people, responding to...

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Men's consumerism creates 16% more carbon emissions than women's!

Posted by Maria Beatrice Barberis on

A new study found that men's consumerism, particularly related to cars and meat-eating, creates 16% more carbon emissions than women's. The study, published on July 19 in the Journal for Industrial Ecology, found that despite the sum of money spent on goods between men and women being similar, men contribute more emissions.  The study focused on single men and single women in Sweden and found that men spend 70% more on carbon-emitting products than women who spend more on low-emitting items and services like healthcare, furnishings and clothing.  The way they spend is very stereotypical – women spend more money on home...

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Ecosystems rewilding can combat climate change.

Posted by Maria Beatrice Barberis on

Ecosystem rewilding and restoration are among the most effective weapons for combating climate change. Restoring peatlands, marine, lake and riverine habitats, and adopting the principles of regenerative agriculture would significantly reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The draft for the 15th Conference of the Parties on Biodiversity CoP, scheduled for next October, calls for protecting at least 30% of the world's land and 30% of the oceans by 2030; slowing the rate of extinction by 90%; halving the introduction of invasive species into the wild; promote the integrity of all ecosystems and enhance the role of indigenous peoples...

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