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Chernobyl: wildlife is back after radioactive disaster

Chernobyl: wildlife is back after radioactive disaster

An explosion during a technical test in the number four reactor at the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl (former Soviet Union, currently Ukraine, bordering with Belarus) was the genesis of the [...]

Design: A simple detail can make a product 80% more sustainable

Design: A simple detail can make a product 80% more sustainable

‘To turn design into something socially and ecologically responsible, it must be radical and revolutionary.’ The quote comes from one of the pioneers, theorists and activists of smart [...]

What is creative economy? See 5 examples already part of your life

What is creative economy? See 5 examples already part of your life

A day in your life without being impacted by creative economy is unlikely. It’s most likely that, on your way to work or school, your mobile is on and you listen to music while driving or playing [...]

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Step by step: how to prepare your waste for recycling?

Step by step: how to prepare your waste for recycling?

Accurate and efficient selective collection is the first step towards a balanced recycling chain. In this video, produced with the technical support of Julia Luchesi, environmental manager for [...]

Around the world of clean energy

Around the world of clean energy

The Nordic countries are among the most successful in the aspect of clean and renewable energy: Iceland already has almost 100% of its electricity produced by clean sources; Denmark can already [...]

The environmental price of international commerce

The environmental price of international commerce

Between 1980 and 2010, according to the “International Trade in Resources: A biophysical assessment” report, produced by the International Resources Panel, the value moved by the international [...]

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3D printers will soon have standardized emissions

3D printers will soon have standardized emissions

3D printers can make almost everything nowadays: from toys to artificial limbs, houses, cars and tools. Such applicability has opened up conversations among scientists who follow the market [...]

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Human activity is making animals more nocturnal

Human activity is making animals more nocturnal

A meta-analysis was conducted with 62 mammalian species that changed their routine by 68% due to human disturbance. In São Paulo, mockingbirds start singing at dawn to avoid traffic noise

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Brazilian organic industry accounts for BRL 4 billion in one year

Brazilian organic industry accounts for BRL 4 billion in one year

The organic food industry is booming in Brazil. In 2018 alone, industry sales reached BRL 4 billion, a result 20% higher than the previous year, according to the Brazilian Council for Organic and [...]

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Brazilian organic industry accounts for BRL 4 billion in one year

Brazilian organic industry accounts for BRL 4 billion in one year

The organic food industry is booming in Brazil. In 2018 alone, industry sales reached BRL 4 billion, a result 20% higher than the previous year, according to the Brazilian Council for Organic and [...]

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In this century, the Amazon lost the territorial equivalent to Ecuador

In this century, the Amazon lost the territorial equivalent to Ecuador

MapBiomas monitors changes in the use of soil in the Amazon, and follows pressures on the rainforest. The tool published its first report and presented alarming data. The Project – entitled [...]

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WWF: Wildlife populations down 60% in 44 years

WWF: Wildlife populations down 60% in 44 years

Populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles had a decline of 60% around the world. The tropics show an 89% loss. Environmentally damaging choices may cost US$125 trillion a year

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Global warming transforms coral reefs, but there’s a way to save them

Global warming transforms coral reefs, but there’s a way to save them

Overheated seawater caused bleaching to the corals structure; however fighting global warming can change damages

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Are you unwittingly practicing circular economy?

Are you unwittingly practicing circular economy?

Ordinary daily actions help to return to materials that can be reconditioned to the chain and become new products. In addition to generating jobs and income, circular economy saves the [...]

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Do you know how much the Guanabara Bay pollution costs?

Do you know how much the Guanabara Bay pollution costs?

The billionaire sum relates to possible impacts on tourism, transport, health, and life quality of the citizens; here's what happened to the Rio-16 decontamination system for the Olympic games

Brazil performs well in plastic waste collection, but poor recycling

Brazil performs well in plastic collection, but poor recycling

International NPO WWF published the report Solving Plastic Pollution: Transparency and Accountability, which states the “urgency of a global treaty to hold back plastic pollution.” According to [...]

Brazilian organic industry accounts for BRL 4 billion in one year

Brazilian organic industry accounts for BRL 4 billion in one year

The organic food industry is booming in Brazil. In 2018 alone, industry sales reached BRL 4 billion, a result 20% higher than the previous year, according to the Brazilian Council for Organic and [...]

Gil Anderi: “the beginning and the end of a product are the same: nature”

Gil Anderi: “the beginning and the end of a product are the same: nature”

In recent decades, sustainability issues have achieved space, something unknown until then in society. Environmental impact concern has grown and the problems to be taken into consideration [...]

In this century, the Amazon lost the territorial equivalent to Ecuador

In this century, the Amazon lost the territorial equivalent to Ecuador

MapBiomas monitors changes in the use of soil in the Amazon, and follows pressures on the rainforest. The tool published its first report and presented alarming data. The Project – entitled [...]

Reforestation project brings rain back to dry region in Asia

Reforestation project brings rain back to dry region in Asia

In less than five years, a reforestation project transformed the arid region of Kulen mountain, in Cambodia. The UN Environment program, a partnership with the local government, sowed 100 [...]

Forest Economics: how carbon credits work

How carbon credits work

People other than just environmental and traditional activists got involved with forest economy for a while now. At least since the beginning of this century, it’s a growing market – [...]

Davi Bomtempo: “circular economy will affect business worldwide”

Davi Bomtempo: “circular economy will affect business worldwide”

In Brazil, the weight of the industry in the GDP (2017) was 11.8%.  This sector bears around 22% of the Brazilian workforce. Considering how crucial the industry is for the development of the [...]

Planet to be bluer as Earth warms

Planet to be bluer as Earth warms

Global warming may cause another change on the Earth’s features: the blue planet may become bluer due to a rise in global temperature in the next decades. That’s what a study recently published [...]

Manu Buffara: “We need to know what we eat, where it comes from and who makes it”

Manu Buffara: “We need to know what we eat, where it comes from and who makes it”

Manoella Buffara is a top chef of the new generation of Brazilian High Gastronomy. Her restaurant o Manu won the One to Watch Award for Latin America’s 50 best restaurants 2018, promoted by The [...]

Do you know how much the Guanabara Bay pollution costs?

Do you know how much the Guanabara Bay pollution costs?

The billionaire sum relates to possible impacts on tourism, transport, health, and life quality of the citizens; here's what happened to the Rio-16 decontamination system for the Olympic games

Why is the circular economy good for businesses?

Why is the circular economy good for businesses?

On the medium and long-term, adhering to circular economy practices ensures natural and energetic resources perform efficiently; therefore, the industry is primarily responsible for promoting a [...]

Daylight savings time: how it came to be and why it may end

Daylight savings time: how it came to be and why it may end

Daylight savings time has been around in Brazil since 1931 aiming to save electric power; however, since 2017, technical studies believe this measure is no longer efficient. Find out what may [...]