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Youth Cop Milano 28 September - 2 October, a global youth climate conference ahead of Cop 26 in Glasgow, Scotland, in November.

Posted by Maria Beatrice Barberis on

After striking for the climate on Friday, September 24, activists from the Fridays for Future movement, along with young people from all over the world, are gathered in Milan from today, September 28, until the 30th, for the Youth Cop, a global youth climate conference, ahead of Cop 26 in Glasgow, Scotland, in November.Among them was Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. "We can no longer wait for empty and useless discussions, showcasing personalities who, while dyeing their communication green, continue to stand in the way of a fair ecological transition: it's time to really listen to our voices."A group of climate...

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Gulf of Mexico, hundreds of oil spills reported after Hurricane Ida

Posted by Maria Beatrice Barberis on

Among the very heavy environmental, economic and human damage from Hurricane Ida, one must also count hundreds of oil spills. Hurricane Ida, with its winds of up to 240 kilometers per hour, struck an area dense with oil platforms at sea and refineries on land. Currently, 88% of offshore production is at a standstill and about a hundred platforms have remained deserted. All this while the U.S. Coast Guard is working on 350 separate reports of oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico. (source:lifegate.it) Leave oil in the ground, use renewables, remove plastics from your life, adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle...

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Russia to ban single-use plastics by 2024

Posted by Maria Beatrice Barberis on

Cups, straws, plates and other plastic items frequently used in everyday life will be banned on Russian territory. The production of disposable plastic items and packaging is expected to be permanently phased out in Russia in 2024, as stated by the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment. A recent poll reported that 80% of Russian citizens are ready to abandon the use of plastic plates, forks and glasses. 44% admitted to being categorically opposed to the use of disposable tableware, and another 38% are ready to give up the use of plastic. In 2019, 170 countries, including Russia, pledged to...

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Global Climate Action

Posted by Maria Beatrice Barberis on

Climate change is showing its fierce face worldwide, no country is safe: if we keep on taking no action and greenwashing, it will become much worse. Against this backdrop of extreme fires, floods and drought, governments and scientists are negotiating final wording of a major compilation of the last seven years of climate science. The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) sixth Assessment Report, released August 9, is drawing ever-clearer conclusions about the links between burning fossil fuels and weather extremes, such as heatwaves.  As forests burn, false solutions like “carbon offsets” and “net zero” become a deadly distraction from the real and rapid cut in...

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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. 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 chance for...

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