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2 Italy and a half to support our lifestyle

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The last edition of the Global Footprint Network on the environmental footprint of the individual countries of the world was published last week. The study is updated to 2014 data, covers over 200 countries and shows relevant improvements compared to the past, also in terms of data quality. The environmental footprint is an effective representation of the impact of a person or a country, expressed in terms of space needed to support one’s lifestyle. The situation in Italy is gradually improving compared to 2010-2011, when our lifestyle required a triple space of that actually available in our country. Now we need “only” 2.5 Italy(s). Better than in the past … but still too many, since we have only one available.

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Carbon Footprint Italy…and International

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The new Carbon Footprint International platform was launched today, aiming to network the national Carbon Footprint Programme Operators existing worldwide. The agreement was born following the presentation of the Italian Carbon Footprint Italy program in Seoul, Korea, on the occasion of the international conference on the topic of last February 9th. The initial core of Carbon Footprint International is formed, in addition to Carbon Footprint Italy, by the Japanese “CFP Communication Program”, managed by JEMAI, and the Korean programme “CFP Labeling System”, managed by KEITI of the Korean Ministry of the Environment. The number of members of the platform is expected to grow rapidly, given the growing interest of the various national Carbon Footprint programmes to share their international experience….

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The new Programme Operator Carbon Footprint Italy was born

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The Italian Programme Operator of Carbon Management was launched these days, dedicated to the quantification of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of products and organisations and their reductions. Participation in the Carbon Footprint Italy (CFI) program is open to all organisations in possession of third-party certification, concerning the quantification of their GHG emissions, at the product (UNI EN ISO/TS 14067) and organisation (UNI EN ISO 14064-1) level. There is also a Carbon Reduction section, specifically dedicated to the reduction of GHG emissions gained as a result of mitigation measures. The release of the CFI label to registered companies and products thus allows to disclose their GHG emission or reduction values, thus giving the possibility to communicate in a simple, rapid and…

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China passes the US: the production of 500 car models stopped for environmental reasons

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It seemed impossible until a few years ago, but now the situation of environmental standards for cars in the two countries has reversed. A car produced in the USA according to Trump’s environmental standards may not find an end market in China due to its poor environmental performance. And that China is not joking is evident, not only for the strong incentive action for electric vehicles, but also seen the stop in the production of over 500 models of cars. The decision, communicated by the China Vehicle Technology Service Center, is  effective from 1st January and concerns national and foreign producers. BMW’s Rebecca Kiehne, who heads the BWM Brilliance joint venture, says that the company is not ready to comment…

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Norway is confirmed to be the first country in the electrification of its car fleet.

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In 2017, for the first time, the new registrations of electric and hybrid cars have exceeded those with internal combustion engines. In 2016, the electric and hybrid cars registered during the year were 40% of the total, a percentage that rose to 52% last year. The strong Norwegian leadership in the sector at international level is supported by a strong system of subsidies, which includes reduced taxation, use of parking lots, electric recharging and payment of motorways, ferries and tunnels. It is interesting to observe how the strong system of incentives, difficult to replicate in terms of volumes by other countries, was fueled by the revenues generated by oil and gas production at the national level. The 2017 figure is…

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2017 was the second hottest year ever recorded and the first without an El Niño

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As is well known El Niño is a cyclic phenomenon that originates from the interaction between a circulation of warmer waters in the Pacific Ocean and the atmosphere. Its influence is so significant on a planetary level that it causes an increase in average annual temperatures. La Niña, the phenomenon cyclically opposed to El Niño, tends to cause a reduction in average global temperatures. For this reason, when analyzing the trends of annual variation of world average temperatures, it is important to take into account the occurrence or not of these phenomena, a bit like, when analyzing the world swimming records, the different styles with which they were achieved are taken into account. The 2017 was a "neutral" year in...
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Northern Alaska is warming so fast, it’s faking out computers

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Northern Alaska is warming so fast, it’s faking out computers. The loss of near-shore sea ice near Utqiaġvik (Barrow) has been so abrupt, it’s transformed the local climate. Open water in the Arctic causes a compounding warming effect and rapidly elevates temperatures — water is darker than ice and absorbs heat quicker. The effect is particularly strong between October and December, the time of the year that used to have sea ice, but often doesn’t anymore. Octobers in Utqiaġvik are now nearly 8 degrees warmer than Octobers in the 1980s and ’90s. Apparently, the computers tracking temperatures there have finally had enough. Deke Arndt, chief of NOAA’s Climate Monitoring Branch, explains: “In an ironic exclamation point to swift regional climate…

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USA increasingly isolated: signed the Canada-China bilateral agreement on climate

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At the time of Obama, China found in the USA a privileged partner in North America on climate change and had no doubts with whom to sign their bilateral agreements. With the advent of Trump, the situation has changed and there seems to be an act of significant political isolation of the US by the Asian giant. The China-Canada bilateral agreement signed on December 4 in Bejing seems to have been read in this perspective. It is no coincidence that it has been repeated that “the Paris Agreement is irreversible and will not be renegotiated”, a recurring mantra at COP23 in Bonn, but which assumes an even greater value when it is reiterated at the northern borders of the USA….

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