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How fast can secondary forests regrow? Just 20 years!

Posted by Maria Beatrice Barberis on

Secondary forests are forests that regrow on their own after a piece of land has been cleared for human use, usually to plant crops or raise cattle.  An international team of more than 90 researchers considered how 12 different forest attributes recover by looking at 77 landscapes and 2,275 forest plots in the American and West African tropics , using a process called chronosequencing.  Soil can recover to 90% of its old-growth status in less than 10 years, plant function in less than 25 years, structure and biodiversity in 25 to 60 years and biomass and species composition in little over a century. However, overall...

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International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste

Posted by Maria Beatrice Barberis on

September 29 marks the International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste called last year by the FAO. Taking action to reduce food loss is key to creating sustainable food systems and contributing to the health of the Planet, and this must translate into behavioral changes, as well as investments in technology and infrastructure in view of the 2030 Agenda's Sustainable Development Goals. We waste food because we forget we bought it, and because we buy and cook too much of it. Lost and wasted food accounts for 38% of total energy consumption in the global food system. In...

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Zero Waste Week 6th - 10th September 2021

Posted by Maria Beatrice Barberis on

Zero Waste Week was created a non-commercial grassroots campaign to demonstrate means and methods to reduce waste, foster community support and bring awareness to the increasing problem of environmental waste and pollution. The term ‘Zero Waste Week’ is now used by many organizations, groups and individuals not connected to the original campaign. Local and national events are held annually where participants and communities make a concerted effort to demonstrate that household, business and industrial waste can be eliminated or reduced.  This concept is inspired largely by the natural ecosystem that efficiently reduces nearly all organic substances to reusable components to...

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US National Honey Bee Day

Posted by Maria Beatrice Barberis on

The honey bee population decreased 40% in the winter of 2018 to 2019 alone, and the annual rate loss for the 2019 to 2020 winter was also 40%, declines that experts described as "unsustainable." 

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Create a magical atmosphere for your evenings in the garden!

Posted by Maria Beatrice Barberis on

The quality of artificial light sources in domestic environments is a very important issue, often underestimated for the well-being and also for the effects it can have on rest and health. It is crucial to study well where to place the light points, perhaps with the advice of an expert to avoid exaggerating with an excess of light points in the wrong places, a very common mistake. Today, LED technology, which has almost completely replaced the light sources in use in the past, allows us to have a quality of light similar to natural light and to guarantee significant energy...

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