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News from the Earth — CO2

Magic corals spawning off the coast of Cairns, Queensland

Posted by Maria Beatrice Barberis on

Coral spawning is one way in which corals reproduce. During most of the year, the jellyfish-like animals reproduce asexually. But, once every year, they send tiny balls containing sperm and eggs up into the water. These balls break apart, the sperm and eggs bump into each other and new coral babies are born.  This year, billions of babies were born.  The millions of new coral babies are good news for the reef after a difficult few years. The climate crisis has had a severe impact on the 2,600 kilometers (approximately 1,616 miles) of coral as warmer than usual ocean temperatures encourage coral bleaching, when the coral expel...

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Regenerative agriculture to promote natural carbon capture system

Posted by Maria Beatrice Barberis on

The intensification of photosynthesis, the protection of biodiversity, organic production: these are, according to the Indian activist Vandana Shiva, president of Navdanya International, the ways to follow to combat climate change. Only ecological and cultural regeneration based on biodiversity can build climate resilience for the future; not lab-grown foods, not biofuels, not carbon credits, because these solutions completely ignore nature and its regenerative capacities by attempting to technologically replace the natural processes they destroyed and creating new opportunities for the fossil fuel industry to continue polluting. Soil is the largest store of carbon after the ocean, yet we can't just...

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COP26 final considerations

Posted by Maria Beatrice Barberis on

Glasgow was meant to deliver on firmly closing the gap to 1.5C and that didn’t happen, but in 2022 nations will now have to come back with stronger targets. The only reason we got what we did is that young people, Indigenous leaders, activists and countries on the climate frontline forced concessions that were grudgingly given. Without them, these climate talks would have flopped completely. Our once stable climate is now breaking down around us, you see it every day in wildfires, hurricanes, droughts and melting ice. Time’s up, we’ve run out of road, and as a matter of self-survival...

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Cop26, steps forward and problems to be solved in the first draft of the agreement

Posted by Maria Beatrice Barberis on

November 10: the first draft of the final declaration at Cop26 was published.  For the first time, a reference appears to the need to abandon coal and stop fossil fuel subsidies.The decision to adopt a work plan to revise the short-term commitments and not to lose the possibility of meeting the 1.5 degree target has been included. The Parties state that they "welcome" the first part of the new report of the IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, according to which many effects of global warming caused by human activities are now irreversible. And expressly ask the heads of...

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Ecofeminism and inclusive love revolution

Posted by Maria Beatrice Barberis on

Ecofeminism is rooted in the awareness that women and nature are subject to the same forces of oppression: the capitalist economic system through the colonization of land and resource extraction on the one hand, and patriarchy on the other, has established a system of domination, exploitation and violation of the land and women's bodies and rights. This current economic model of development not only directly affects the environment, through the deterioration of land and over-exploitation of resources aimed at enrichment and capital gain, but is also responsible for climate change that we are experiencing in recent decades. Industrial growth has...

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