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Amazon rainforest day

Posted by Maria Beatrice Barberis on

The Amazon rainforest is the largest tropical forest on Earth, with the highest density of plant and animal species anywhere. This impressive region provides essential ecological services, stabilizing the world’s rainfall patterns and storing massive amounts of carbon that mitigate climate change.  Spanning nine South American countries and 2.5 million square miles, the Amazon represents over half of the world’s remaining rainforest. Its moist, tropical vegetation stretches from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Andes Mountains in the west, a reflection of the high rainfall, high humidity and high temperatures that prevail in the region year-round. Running through...

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This summer's wildfires killed millions of bees

Posted by Maria Beatrice Barberis on

This summer's devastating fires are also resulting in very serious losses of bees, both wild and bred. The numbers of losses are enormous and threaten to undermine the work of beekeepers.  Agronomists and environmentalists believe it will take at least 15 years to rebuild forested areas destroyed by the fires. Some hives that survived the fires have already resumed producing honey, and farmers who suffered damage have no plans to stop.  The reconstruction after the fires passes through the welfare of the fauna, represented until recently also by millions of bees, which have become innocent victims of the recent fires....

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World Humanitarian Day 19 August

Posted by Maria Beatrice Barberis on

A global challenge for climate action in solidarity with the people who need it most. 

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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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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Posted by Maria Beatrice Barberis on

There are over millions of indigenous peoples living in countries across the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated many existing inequalities, disproportionately affecting populations all over the world that were already suffering from poverty, illness, discrimination, institutional instability or financial insecurity. From the perspective of indigenous peoples, the contrast is even starker.   On the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples this year, the United Nations demands indigenous peoples’ inclusion, participation and approval in the constitution of a system with social and economic benefits for all. The theme of this year is “Leaving no one behind: Indigenous peoples and the call for a new social contract”.  (source: un.org) The best way to respect human...

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