In the Solar Decathlon, the Olympics of sustainable architecture, the all-Italian ecological house Med in Italy wins third place, preceded by projects from France and Spain. In the world competition held in Spain from 13 to 30 September, MED in Italy was the first entirely Italian project to be admitted to the Solar Decathlon.
Drinking water, the common "tap water" struggles to get rid of clichés, so consumers relegate it to the last places in the ranking of the most consumed waters in favor of mineral waters, yet, sector experts say that it is precisely the tap water the safest!
The public imagination points to hunters as disrespectful of nature, enemies of the environment and especially of biodiversity. There is nothing more false. The main enemies for the loss of biodiversity are identified in urbanization. Before attacking the hunting category, which lives in close symbiosis with the territory, let us worry about all those choices that, instead of the reclamation of existing buildings, aim to build structures from scratch cause the consumption of precious soil.
Until recently, groups of scientists were on the hunt for methanogenic bacteria, not for their ability but to prove that there is life on Mars. It all began when methane doses were recorded on the Red Planet and Titan. Scientists and onlookers around the world began to assume that there could be traces of life on both Mars and Titan, microorganisms capable of producing methane.
Finding new rhythms, experimenting with new modes of movement. Starting with your body. Maybe that's what it takes to start the new year well. If the idea interests you, consider the Dance of the 5 Rhythms, a dance to rediscover emotions to the rhythm of music in which you move with every part of the body, following your own feelings, suitable for everyone without any physical or physical limit. age.
The past 11 years have been the hottest in history. It is expected that 2013 will not interrupt this trend, indeed, at the end of it we could count it among the hottest years: according to the forecasts of the Met Office, the heat of 2013 will have devastating effects in some regions and will be 0.57 degrees below above average.
2012 was a key year for climate change, just think that the highest level of carbon dioxide emissions was recorded during this year. 2012 was the ninth hottest year in history, plus there have been numerous natural disasters and disasters. The good news is the inclusion of air traffic in the United Nations emissions trading program.
In both poles, the melting of glaciers has tragically increased. Greenland and Antarctica are losing their glaciers, polar species are at risk not to mention sea levels. The loss rate of Greenland's glaciers has increased nearly five times since the mid-1990s.
In Australia, a team of scientists, conducting a mapping of the Great Barrier Reef, was able to discover corals at an unthinkable depth. The observed corals are found at a depth of 125 meters near the Torres Strait. Lovers and scholars of marine ecosystems will know very well that previously, the presence of coral reefs has only been observed at depths of 70 meters.
A recycling plant capable of processing 100 tons of organic waste every day to ensure a net cut in harmful emissions of 5,800 tons, the same produced by the circulation of 1,000 cars. The organic waste recycling plant guarantees a production of 2 million kilowatt hours of electricity and the equivalent in natural gas of 3.8 million liters of diesel.
If a more performing conductor than silicon, aluminum and pure iron could be obtained from spider silk, substantial improvements could be made to photovoltaic and energy storage devices from the teeth of a sea snail. it is not even that rare, it commonly lives along the coasts of North America, from California to Alaska; its scientific name is Stellar Cryptochitone, it is a chiton and is famous for its particularly strong teeth.
Welcoming dehors, interactive windows, shutters with artistic decorations, electronic video surveillance systems and solar panels for a more beautiful Milan. It is closer to the smart city model that the Milanese capital aims to achieve. The contribution that the Municipality of Milan has decided to grant in support of the commercial activities of some city districts for aesthetic and environmental redevelopment projects is a green idea.
If the world is serious about avoiding climate change, two-thirds of all proven fossil fuel reserves must remain underground. This is supported by the International Energy Agency, in Italy there is still talk of opening new coal plants while the old ones risk closing down!
Floating laboratories that meet their energy needs thanks to a series of solar systems. This is the plan of the Swiss energy company Viteos SA. The project is called Nolaris and involves the setting up of three floating solar-powered laboratories. The three floating laboratories will be built in Lake Neuchatel, Switzerland.
We often hear about carboon footprint and water footprint, but what are they? Any reasoning about the environmental footprint and pollution in general can only start from the clear and unambiguous definition of these two concepts. For us, the criteria that apply are those of the Ministry of the Environment: they are challenging to read and even more to understand, but here they are in full.
On 3 March 2013, the EU regulation 995/2010 Timber Regulation EUTR on trade in timber will come into force. It is referred to as an innovative law that can be summarized as follows: anyone who sells wood on the European market will be legally obliged to demonstrate due diligence and the negligible risk that the raw material comes from an illegal source.
An example of a green economy? The Province of Sassari. If the rest of Italy had done the same as here in recent years, the whole country would be better off. Did what? For example, to involve all but all the municipalities of the provincial territory, a unique fact in Europe, in the implementation of the so-called Covenant of Mayors.
Economic development passes through sustainability. Even environmental performance, however, as in other cases, must be able to be evaluated, measured, compared… in short, a metric is needed to become a reference. The calculation of the carbon footprint (there is also the water footprint) is the most used of these calculation methods, although not the only one.
OLED technology is definitely safer than LED technology due to the reduced use of heavy metals. Today, LED devices completely free of heavy metals have been created by researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the University of Toronto. The energy-efficient, heavy metal-free LEDs were produced using silicon nanocrystals.
Superconducting toroidal coil scheme Italian hi-tech companies have won over half of the first orders from the European Union (1.3 billion euros) for the construction of the ITER reactor. The latest important order worth 20 million euros concerns ASG Superconductors, a company of the Malacalza family, which in collaboration with ENEA will provide for the construction and assembly (at the Genoa Campi plant) of the superconducting toroidal coils necessary for the project.
The EU Wood Regulation (EUTR) has been operational since 3 March 2013, requiring companies that introduce forest products on the European market to implement due diligence systems to reduce the risk of importing illegally sourced wood. 'buyer to demonstrate compliance with' due diligence ', or worse still the finding of an actual entry into the European Union of illegal timber, will result in the application of very heavy penalties.