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Biodiversity, MEPs validate EU objectives

The European Union is preparing, ahead of a world summit for the preservation of biodiversity next October. On the model of the Climate Law against global warming, MEPs validated the principle of a binding law with objectives for the preservation of living organisms by 2050, and an intermediate objective by 2030.Within ten years, 30% of land and sea areas will have to be preserved, of which a third will have to benefit from "Stricter protection and remain essentially intact". The 27 gave a favorable opinion to this objective pushed by the European Commission. It is up to them to break down the global objective into national plans, according to the "Geographic size" and the "Share of natural areas" of each country. To achieve this target, the European Commission estimat...
World Environment Day: a decade to “restore ecosystems”
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World Environment Day: a decade to “restore ecosystems”

« The environmental consequences are unimaginable. It's a disaster ”Says Mudith Katuwala, Coordinator of the Sri Lankan Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Pearls Protectors, specializing in the defense of the seabed.→ ANALYSIS. Cargo fire: in Sri Lanka, the prospect of an environmental disasterOff the capital Colombo, the container ship MV X-Press Pearl partially sank on Wednesday, June 3. Tons of plastic granules have already been spilled on a huge strip of the coast, in the southwest of the island. The ship was carrying a heavy cargo of chemicals as well as nearly 350 tonnes of oil in its tanks, which could spill into the Indian Ocean.An environmental disaster aggravated by the pandemicAlready weakened by the health crisis, Sri Lanka finds itself very isolated. " ...
Ecology, the shock of the generations?  Conference debate to follow with La Croix on June 17
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Ecology, the shock of the generations? Conference debate to follow with La Croix on June 17

On the one hand, young people, aware of the ecological disaster; on the other, the older ones, at the same time still carefree, and yet responsible for the situation. It is in this form of a generational conflict that the media and politicians generally comment on the climate movement, and the growing concern for ecology. They want as proof these young people, who walked for the climate throughout the year 2019-2020 in the cities. And also the popularity of a figure like Greta Thunberg. Or even the aspiration of these generations to occupy meaningful jobs, their desire for consistency between their life and their thinking.This rhetoric is effective in media terms. But does it correspond to reality? What do we know about this “ecological generation”? Is it self-cont...
Competitiveness and environmental sustainability, by Elsa Galarza, Joanna Kámiche and José Luis Ruiz
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Competitiveness and environmental sustainability, by Elsa Galarza, Joanna Kámiche and José Luis Ruiz

According to the criteria ofKnow moreThe year of the Bicentennial of the Independence of Peru finds us with some advances in terms of competitiveness and environmental performance. On the one hand, the Global Competitiveness Index of the World Economic Forum ranked Peru in 65th place out of a total of 141 countries in 2019. Its strength was macroeconomic stability and its weaknesses were the capacity for innovation, the adoption of technology and the quality of institutions.On the other hand, in the Environmental Performance Index of the Yale University Center for Environmental Legislation and Policy, Peru ranked 64th out of 181 countries, having the best results in protecting the environment. biodiversity, through protected natural areas. However, many see competitiveness and environmen...
Almost 300,000 people claim to ban smoking on beaches to avoid Covid infections
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Almost 300,000 people claim to ban smoking on beaches to avoid Covid infections

Under the motto "Beaches without smoke" a citizen initiative has managed to collect more than 283,000 signatures to ban smoking on Spanish beaches. This petition aims to promote measures to avoid the ecological impact of cigarette butts on the seabed and biodiversity, but also the spread of covid-19 aerosols through tobacco smoke. That is why the association No smokers, which has launched this initiative, has delivered the petition to the fourth vice president of the Government and Minister of Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, as well as the president of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP), Abel Caballero, to take measures in this regard. In summer,...
Biodiversity: “The very rapid decline of ordinary species reveals the extent of the crisis”
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Biodiversity: “The very rapid decline of ordinary species reveals the extent of the crisis”

The cross : What struck you about the red list of species in France, published in March 2021 and which assesses the state of nearly 14,000 species of flora and fauna in France and overseas (2)?Bruno David: Of the 14,000 species assessed since 2008, this assessment tells us that 187 species have disappeared, but above all that 2,430 are threatened, in particular among birds, amphibians, freshwater crustaceans, etc. The complete extinction of a species is obviously damaging, but I am more concerned about the data on the decline, especially for ordinary species. Because it is they who reveal the extent of the crisis.→ THE FACTS. In France, around 20% of species are threatenedThe species that disappear are often endemic, initially in small numbers. But a relatively banal s...
Climate: Amazonia at the heart of concerns
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Climate: Amazonia at the heart of concerns

There have been a few articles in the newspapers. And calls here and there, from NGOs and personalities, to react for the Amazon. Far, however, from the mobilization that one would have expected, in particular from the political world, as the results of the study published at the end of April in the journal Nature Climate Change are striking. Thanks to unpublished satellite data, a team bringing together scientists from INRAE, CEA and the University of Oklahoma (1) studied the evolution of carbon stocks in the Brazilian part of the Amazon, between 2010 and 2019.→ ANALYSIS. Amazonia, a crucial basin for biodiversity and climateConclusion: over the past decade, the forest "Rejected more carbon than it absorbed", signing according to these researchers "A trend reversal" v...
Amazonia: “The preservation of the forest would benefit the Brazilian economy much more than its destruction”
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Amazonia: “The preservation of the forest would benefit the Brazilian economy much more than its destruction”

The cross : A recent study shows that the Brazilian Amazon rainforest releases more carbon than it absorbs. How do you react to this news?Robert Watson : It is a total disaster for Brazil and the entire planet. This means that the Brazilian Amazon rainforest contributes significantly to man-made global warming. However, it is supposed to help contain it! The loss of biodiversity and the climatic changes induced by this degradation will be catastrophic. The image that comes to mind is of a vast desolate land devoid of all life.→ ANALYSIS. Climate: Amazonia at the heart of concernsDoes this new finding come as a surprise to the scientific community?R. W. : Unfortunately no. The policies put in place by the current Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, are not sustainab...
The slow adoption of indigenous knowledge
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The slow adoption of indigenous knowledge

For a long time, they were embodied on the world stage by a few figures, such as that of the cacique Raoni, an Indian Kayapo from Brazil, who continues his fight for the Amazon, at more than 90 years old. Without always realizing that the "indigenous communities" (1) inhabit today "A quarter of the earth's surface surface" according to the UN Biodiversity Expert Group (IPBES). In its last evaluation, it relies moreover on their "Knowledge and practices", just like scientific data.→ REPORT. The threatened identity of "forest peoples"In fact, on the land they occupy, nature is doing better. "Their way of life does not erode natural capital, they only use interest", explains Yann Laurans, director of the biodiversity pole at WWF-France, citing the example of "Forest people...
Earth Day 2021, in pictures
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Earth Day 2021, in pictures

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