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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

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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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