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Global investments in coal-fired power plants collapse

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Annual investments in coal production are about halved globally, compared to the average of 2011 – 2015, forecasting the creation of new power plants for about 40 GW. The biggest reduction occured in China, that still remains, hower, the world’s leader in the industry. Even in India, country where coal still plays a central role, there has been a reduction in investment in the construction of new coal-fired power plants, although much smaller than in China.

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USA: The “Pledges of America” in support of the Paris Agreement

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The political battle continues in the US to counter Trump’s decision to discard the Paris Agreement. The main characters are the Governor of California Jerry Brown, recently nominated by States and regions as special advisor for COP 23, and former New York Mayor Micheal Bloomberg. Both very active at international level to demonstrate the existance of a US reality  on climate change different from the one showed by Trump, as proved by their prompt meetings with the Chinese and French presidents after Trump’s weel-known announcement in June 1st. The “Pledges of America” will collect and analyze data on climate change from States, cities and companies in the US, which are still aligned with the Paris Agreement. And the challenge against…

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Guiness World Record and Paris Agreement: 66 million of plants in 12 hours.

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The Paris Agreement begins to make room also in the pages of the Guinness World Record. In the state of Madhya Pradesh, 1.5 million volunteers managed to plant nearly 66 million plants from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The record for the previous year is then exceeded, when 50 million plants were planted in India in one day in the state of Itar-Pradesh. The interventions fall within the context of the country’s commitment within the Paris Agreement to replanish the 12% of their lands. Other countries have also made concrete commitments in this direction. 10 African countries have pledged to reforest 31.7 million hectares. In Australia, however, a team of engineers is developing a system that can even use drones…

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Trump administration: a threat or an opportunity for Earth’s climate?

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Trump’s announcement on June 1st has discouraged political analysts of climate change and a multitude of citizens on the planet, fearing that this could undermine the Paris Agreement, built with great difficulty and considered as much important as being fragile. After the end of the G20 in Hamburg, just over a month after that announcement, it seems that the American President’s decision was a sort of a cure-all for the agreement itself, having injected an unexpected dose of energy. An interesting analysis of the “Time” even consider that “U.S. withdrawal would be the best path forward to avoid America undermining its implementation”. It seems in fact that Trump’s announcement has awakened from a deadly state a country that with Obama had…

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G20: do subsidies to renewables drug the energy market? The opposite is true

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The claim that energy production from renewable sources is not economically viable without public financing is to be relegated among urban legends. Also because the opposite is true: fossil sources are not economically competitive without public subsidies! This is what emerges from a recent study published in occasion of the G20 meeting that opens tomorrow in Hamburg. In the G20 countries, fossil fuels receive 4 times more public financing compared to renewables, an economic aid that counteract the real economic competitiveness of energy production with different CO2 content. In the G20 countries, the public sector supports fossil fuels with $71.8 billions, against $18.7 billions reserved for renewable energy. The biggest supporters of fossil sources are the Japanese, who reserve $16.5…

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A hot G20 for Trump in Hamburg

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A very combative Angela Markel, in view of the upcoming G20, which will open next Friday in Hamburg. The landlord has announced that she is unwilling to take a step back on climate change, no matter how Trump will since, as it is known, he announced about a month ago the intention to abandon the Paris Agreement. There seem to be all the necessary assumptions for the meeting to become a true siege to the US President by the leading heads of state and government of the entire world. And while Trump is thinking of re-launching the use of coal for energy production in the US, India is doing exactly the opposite, with Coal India, the world’s leading coal mining…

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DANI Leather has achieved the EPD Process Certification

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The verification and validation process by SGS ended successfully for the Environmental Product Declarations Process of DANI Leather, with the support of Aequilibria. The “EPD® International” program allows, in fact, the possibility to develop and certify the EPD Process, in accordance with an articulated system of rules and binding and addressing documents, called EPD Process. In this case, the object of the certification is not the single Environmental Product Declaration, but the  process of elaboration of EPDs within the organisation, allowing the company to record the EPDs of each of its products with greater flexibility and speed.

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Change in the leadership of ISO/TC 207

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The Plenary Meeting of ISO/TC 207, the ISO technical committee dedicated to environmental management, ended last friday in Halifax, Canada. Hundreds of experts, representing developed and developing countries, have formed dozens of working groups dedicated to the development of standards for environmental management, auditing, environmental communication, environmental indicators, life cycle assessment of products and mitigation and adaptation to climate change. The meeting was the occasion of an handover in the ISO/TC 207 guidance, even if the formal change will only take place by the end of 2017. Chair Bob Page (Canada) and vice-chair Haroldo Mattos de Lemos (Brazil), for nine years heads of the technical committee, passed the baton on the occasion of the final plenary meeting respectively to Sheila…

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2017 is prospected to be very critical for the Arctic… but not even from Antarctic and Greenland good news

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This interesting animation from the American National Snow and Ice Data Center highlights that in the first 5 months of 2017, the lowest extension of the Arctic ices have been recorded. The situation is even worse than in 2012, when the ever-historically minimum Arctic extension was recorded. The animation is performed in an interactive way, allowing comparison with the extension of the ice on a monthly basis of the other years. The state of the ice in Greenland and Antarctic is also worrying. Two wonderful NASA animations highlight the worrying massive loss of ice from Greenland and Antarctic: [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]      

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