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Environment

Storytelling, articles and news explaining climate and environmental changes, covering global problems and the ways we can deal with them.

19 September 2020

Heat, mass migration and CO2 levels

This year could be the hottest on record, although it will also be the one with the highest reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. According to scientists, there is a 75% chance that every year in the coming decade will be among the ten warmest since the measuring started. By 2035 we may observe ice-free summers […]
8 October 2018
Mexico, North America, South America

A chance to save coral reefs

During 2017’s World Ocean Conference in New York, the scientists agreed that up to 90% of coral reefs may be dead until 2050. However, by now, the greatest Australian reef is 50% destroyed and the Mexican – 65%. The extinction process is much faster than expected.
Honorata Zapaśnik
19 September 2018
Mexico, North America, South America

Cactus gas – an alternative to petrol?

I meet Miguel Avé and Rogelio Sosa López in the headquarters of a La Nopalimex company. It is located on the outskirts of Zitacuaro in the Mexican state of Michoacan. The enterprise became famous for an invention using an inconspicuous plant – cactus. Biogas extracted from one of its kinds, nopal, has a potential to […]
Honorata Zapaśnik
27 August 2018
Brazil, North America, South America

The Belo Monte dispute

The Belo Monte dam, built in the planet’s most important ecosystem, the Amazon, is world’s third largest construction of this kind. Located on the river in state of Pará (northern Brazil), the dam has contributed to the destruction of 500 square kilometers of forest and farmland. For the indigenous people it meant losing water, food, […]
Honorata Zapaśnik
9 August 2018

Clean water

About 700 million people in 43 countries suffer from water scarcity today. Even big modern cities such as Barcelona and London have problems with water supply. This story is about places where the struggle for access to clean water is the cause of social unrest and an element of international conflicts.
Rafał Hetman
23 July 2018
Mexico, North America, South America

The largest aquarium in the world

The Sea of Cortéz formed about 5 million years ago and it is one of the most diverse seas on the planet. “There are over 900 species of fish and 2000 different invertebrates living here,” says Daniel Ortega, a tour operator. A lot of people want to make some money there.
Honorata Zapaśnik
16 July 2018
Colombia, North America, South America

Amazon jungle under threat

Illegal logging has already destroyed 17% of the Amazon rainforest in . Researchers believe that if deforestation is not stopped, this unique ecosystem could soon be destroyed and turn into a vast savannah.
Honorata Zapaśnik
23 May 2018

DeepBreath

11.2% of the world's population dies because of pollution. More than 90% inhale air of poor quality. "Deep Breath" is an interactive report on the global smog problem which many countries are unable or unwilling to deal with.
Honorata Zapaśnik
23 April 2018

The New York lawyer who committed suicide to protest against the use of fossil fuels was 60-year-old David Buckel who set himself on fire at Prospect Park in Brooklyn

The New York lawyer who committed suicide to protest against the use of fossil fuels was 60-year-old David Buckel who set himself on fire at Prospect Park in Brooklyn. In a farewell letter he sent to the media, including the New York Times, Buckel wrote: “Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy […]
23 April 2018
Europe

In March, Portugal generated renewable energy at a high amount that exceeded 103% of the country’s demand

In March, Portugal generated renewable energy at a high amount that exceeded 103% of the country’s demand. Portugal is developing their renewable energy network, but domestic demand for energy is still covered by fossil fuels and imported energy. In March 2017, due to a drought that reduced the efficiency of hydroelectric power plants, only 6% […]