Backlashes or Bridges? Beverages!

Protesters in the Tuscan village of Certaldo, Italy, have put up this sign to protest against plans to mine CO2. Image: Silvia Giannelli.

Protesters in the Tuscan village of Certaldo, Italy, have put up this sign to protest against plans to mine CO2. Image: Silvia Giannelli.

Have a drink, with natural Tuscan CO2

Did you know that while countries all around the globe struggle to curb their CO2 emissions, some companies actually extract the gas right from the ground? In Italy, the residents of Certaldo, a small Tuscan village are protesting a company that plans to dig into their land to mine CO2. There is a chance that if extracted it might end up in your beverage, as carbon dioxide is what makes our drinks all bubbly and sparkly.  Continue reading


Enjoying the silence?


Unpacking Romanian media’s lethargy on climate change

For a journalist trying to find their way through the field of environmental reporting, a search through the Romanian press for climate change coverage can leave you rather despondent.

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Water wanted

Consequences of water scarcity threaten Italy and the whole Mediterranean region :: Costa Rica attempts to regulate water distribution putting human needs before the economy

While the findings of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were presented from different perspectives, water comes out as the protagonist of this week’s news in both Italy and Costa Rica.

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Biofortified food: Building climate smart agriculture

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Kigali, Rwanda – There is increasing scientific evidence that food production and nutrition security are at risk from climate change, especially highlighted by the report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) at the end of last month.

According to the report, climate change may cause losses of up to 25 percent in crop production such as corn, rice and wheat by 2050 when global population is projected to reach 9 billion people.

And African countries could be the most vulnerable ones with profound and irreversible changes.

The World Bank is now promoting a new approach called biofortification. This method uses conventional plant breeding techniques to enhance the concentration of micro-nutrients in staple crops through a combination of laboratory and agricultural knowledge.

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Home and dry?

Residents along streams in Mali’s capital city could be evacuated for fear of floods   ::   Israel’s health minister joins opposition to controversial mining plan

This week our environmental news roundup looks to Mali and Israel. Media in the two countries reported on cases where local residents’ wellbeing is threatened by what is eventually human activities – be it planned phosphate mining in southern Israel or climate change-induced floods in the Malian capita – and the way governments respond to that.

It’s also a good opportunity to recall two special reports  we published last week, looking into what the latest climate assessments mean for the world’s poor and  how Filipino authorities prepare for extreme weather yet to come.

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Poor suffer most due to climate inaction

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Climate change is a present reality for many of the world’s poorest people.

The latest United Nations’ report on climate change released early this week contains overwhelming warning on the adverse impact of the changing climate, especially on the world’s poor people living in low-lying nations.

For vulnerable countries like the Philippines that have experienced extreme climate disasters like the recent super typhoon Yolanda, where more than 6,000 people died and millions of people left homeless, climate change is happening now.

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Hot off the press

700,000 Italians received polluted water, a study concludes   ::   UK marks Earth Hour shortly before the release of global climate report   ::   Most Romanians believe they have no responsibility to act on climate change, survey finds   ::   Welcome to the Climate News Mosaic’s new blog!

Our weekly blog posts offer a glimpse into the latest climate change environmental issues to make it to the media in our countries – and sometimes, those that escape journalists’ attention but emerge in blogs and social media.

We are excited to embark on this journey and hope you join us – please share with us your thoughts in the comments (or via email or Twitter), tell others about this unique project, and consider supporting it.

In our first blog post our contributors recap last week’s environmental news in the UK, in Italy, and in Romania.

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