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The Mediterranean Basin, the second largest biodiversity hotspot of the world, is under severe threats due to climate change. Water scarcity, a long-known and widespread challenge in many Mediterranean countries, is increasing as a consequence of rising temperatures and reduced rainfall. Despite greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by countries in the...
In 2019, the church of Notre Dame burnt down. Citizens of Hong Kong took the streets to protest for a better democracy. Students protested against inequality in Chile. The Amazon burned (and the hashtag #PrayforAmazonas went viral). Theresa May resigned as prime minister of the UK, and Simone Biles...
As concern for the environment grows, composting has become a popular way to reduce waste and create nutrient-rich soil for gardens. Yet citizens in my country, Lebanon, are not always aware of the multiple benefits of this rewarding practice. Realizing this, we started a locally-driven initiative to organize a...
When a house, a garden, or private land burns down, it is not just property that burns. What goes away are the daily lives of entire families and communities, which subsequently have to try to get back on their feet with great difficulty and after a long time. All...
As a result of climate change, droughts are on the rise in Europe and local and national governments are preparing for increasingly dry years. The Southern Alps and Mediterranean regions are all particularly affected. How are these regions coping with these issues? Thirsty Europe is a cross border project, funded...
Thirsty Europe is a cross border project that has searched for solutions to the problems generated by drought in the southern Alps and Mediterranean regions. This fascinating investigative story explores South Tyrol (Italy), Sicily (Italy), Andalusia/Algarve (Spain/Portugal) and Catalonia (Spain), through funding from the EU Cross Border Investigative Journalism...
Ideological thinking involves following certain norms that someone else has developed, or worse, some group of people. Beliefs held by groups tend to become ideologies, and they are not necessarily rational or scientifically validated. About 300 years ago, when people started planting trees to replace the ones they felled, it...
Every time we open social media or turn on the television, we are bombarded by news of environmental disasters and the many other impacts climate change is having on all aspects of life on Earth. Just focusing on forests, we increasingly read about them being menaced by wildfires, drought,...
Lightning is the most important ignition source of natural wildfires worldwide. Lightning-ignited wildfires are an important component of the fire regime in remote and mountainous regions along the globe, such as the boreal forests of Alaska, Canada and Siberia. Despite lightning fires are much less frequent than human-caused fires...
Forests contribute to people’s quality of life in different ways. They provide materials such as timber, fibres, and non-wood forest products, which are sources of subsistence and income generation. They also regulate the environment, surrounding ecosystems, and the climate, cleaning the air, filtering water supplies, controlling erosion, and supporting...