The United Nations decided to dedicate the decade 2021-2030 to the ‘restoration of ecosystems on every continent and every ocean’. Indeed, damaged ecosystems’ rehabilitation could actually play an essential role in the fight against poverty and climate change.
Artisanal salinas across the Mediterranean today face critical times. Confronted with salt-production industrialisation, urbanisation-imposed pressure, and stressful competition from cheaper in-land producers, shoreline salinas are struggling to remain economically viable.
Two years ago, Nicola Bayless was taking her evening walk in Happisburgh, a tiny village on the eastern coast of England, when a big chunk of the cliff fell down. “It sounded like thunder. Like a click of fingers and it’s gone. You had no chances if you stood under that,” she recalls while sitting on the front step of her home overlooking the sea.
Two weeks into Mauritius’ declaration of the state of environmental emergency, the situation is still dreadful. At least 1,000 tons of fuel were spilt into the Indian Ocean following a massive leak from the Japanese ship MV Wakashio which run aground on July 25th.
Industrial production of animal products is a source of diseases and the next pandemic might spark from poultry, say the world’s leading authorities in emerging zoonotic diseases.
Under the coronavirus outbreak, Yemen is facing an enormous tragedy. As a consequence of a six-year civil war, a global pandemic, and a mounting famine, around 80 percent of the Yemeni population now relies on aid to survive.
Big times for tree lovers. From reforestation apps aiming to become the ‘Tinder for trees’, to Trump’s commitment to join the One Trillion Trees Initiative, this year has seen a real boost in governments and start-ups’ efforts to repopulate forests.
The lights of San Antonio, the English quarter of Ibiza, are down. Its tiny streets, normally packed with British tourists partying at the many bars and nightclubs, are empty. This year, Europe’s most famous party island in the Balearic Islands of Spain is experiencing a summer season unlike any other.
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By March 18th, less than two weeks into the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy, all 80 intensive care units at Bergamo’s Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital were operating at full capacity. At least twice as much were needed.
Before the lockdown, 25-year-old Elena Buzzo liked to smoke a few cigarettes while having a beer with her university friends in Dublin. But when Italy closed its borders in early March, she moved back to her parents’ flat and stopped smoking. Since then, she has only smoked three cigarettes in over two months.