Cutting down rainforests is 100 times more expensive than protecting them

Cutting down rainforests is 100 times more expensive than protecting them

Between 2009 and 2012 Brazil and Indonesia were given 346 million dollars by the U.N. – mostly from Norway and Germany – to preserve rainforests. But this good piece of news is completely omitted in the report written by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), according to which in the same period those countries have spent

Forests absorb more CO2 but emissions rise faster

Forests absorb more CO2 but emissions rise faster

In order to curb CO2 emissions and global warming, the vegetation on the Earth is doing its best. Over the last decade, trees and plants all over the world have stored 4 billion tonnes more of greenhouse gases, thanks to reforestation projects in China, to an increase of forests in some countries of the former

Cherry trees are blossoming, Japan celebrates hanami

Cherry trees are blossoming, Japan celebrates hanami

Sakura means cherry tree in Japanese. Hanami is a yearly tradition celebrated in the capital, Tokyo, and other cities where these plants decorate the streets, and takes place between the end of March and the beginning of April. The object of everyone’s attention is the thousand-year-old recurrence of cherry trees blossoming, which captivates the entire

Antarctic ice shelves are falling apart. Ice is melting too fast

Antarctic ice shelves are falling apart. Ice is melting too fast

Antarctica, otherwise known as the sixth continent, recorded an increase of 70% in the rate of shrinking over the last decade (1994-2003). The thickness of ice shelves in the South Pole is thinner and thinner, and it could even halve within 200 years.     The research containing the data was published by Science magazine,

Palm oil: what you need to know about health and environment

Palm oil: what you need to know about health and environment

Palm oil is an edible oil plant that is a common ingredient in many consumer products, and it has become the most widely produced vegetable oil worldwide. Palm oil global consumption increased sharply: in 2014 it amounted to 56.63 million metric tonnes, and it is expected to exceed 60 million in 2015, according to studies by The