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Net zero refers to reaching an equilibrium between emitting greenhouse gases and absorbing them. The European Union wants to reach net zero (climate neutrality) by 2050. This website publishes new scientific discoveries, local and foreign initiatives, and public policies meant to bring us closer to net zero. It was created combining Artificial Intelligence and human input from our volunteers. It is accessible in both Romanian and in English.You can send us articles you want to see published on this site or suggestions here. Enjoy!

Nature's Influence on Heart Health

Jan 7, 202402 min citire
Influența naturii asupra sănătății inimii

In the realm of healthy living, a surprising discovery has emerged—one that links the greenery in our neighborhoods to the health of our hearts. Recent research from the European Society of Cardiology has highlighted an interesting association between living in a greener environment and a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke over a relatively short period of 5 years. The study focused on investigating how the amount of vegetation in neighborhoods impacts cardiovascular health. Their analysis of nearly a quarter-million seniors in Miami involved using satellite images to categorize different city blocks based on their greenness—low, medium, or high. They found people living...

Air Pollution. The Silent Killer

Dec 8, 202302 min citire
Poluarea aerului. Ucigașul tăcut

The latest report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) serves as a stark reminder of the deadly consequences of air pollution. More than 500,000 lives were claimed by toxic air in the EU in 2021 alone, with approximately half of these fatalities preventable, had pollution levels adhered to recommended limits. The culprits behind these alarming figures are fine particulates (PM2.5), nitrogen dioxide, and excessive exposure to ozone, contributing to diseases like lung cancer, heart conditions, asthma,diabetes and other chronic illnesses. While there was a decline in deaths from PM2.5 by 41% between 2005 and 2021 and this is absolutely commendable, Virginijus Sinkevičius, the EU’s environment commissioner, highlighted that air pollution remains the top environmental health threat in the EU...

The Battle to Save the Salmon of River Wye

Dec 8, 202302 min citire
Bătălia pentru salvarea somonului din Râul Wye

The alarm sounded by the Wye Salmon Association paints a dire picture for the Atlantic salmon, as pollution threatens their very existence in the River Wye within a perilously short span of six years. With record-low catch numbers since their records began in 1956, the decline of this protected species has sparked urgent calls for drastic scientific intervention. Poignant warning that the salmon may face total extinction within half a decade based on current trends serves as a wake-up call, propelling pleas for gene banking, captive breeding, and cryogenic preservation to salvage these iconic creatures from imminent peril. The root cause, linked to pollution-induced algal blooms attributed to intensive farming and sewage contamination, has triggered...

Climate Inequality. A Call for Progressive Policies

Nov 26, 202302 min citire
Inegalitatea climatică. Un apel pentru politici progresive

The staggering disparity in carbon emissions between the wealthiest elite and the majority of the world's population has thrust the debate on climate responsibility into the spotlight. Oxfam International's latest analysis, "Climate Equality: A Planet for the 99%," presents a stark reality: the top one percent, a mere 77 million individuals, generate 16% of global emissions, just as much as 5.11 billion people with lower incomes. This inequality isn't just about consumption; it delves into investment choices that magnify the carbon footprint exponentially. The disparities are glaring, with individuals like Bernard Arnault, the founder of Louis Vouitton and the richest man in France, exhibiting a carbon footprint 1,270 times...

Making the Food System More Sustainable with AI

Nov 26, 202302 min citire
Facem sistemul alimentar mai sustenabil cu ajutorul IA

AI can spearhead a transformative shift in our food system, reshaping productivity and sustainability paradigms. Professor Riccardo Valentini champions AI's role in revolutionizing food systems for greater sustainability and efficiency. Valentini's work embraces extensive datasets, paving the way for technology's democratization. AI's prowess in data analytics empowers us to comprehend and address the food industry's substantial environmental impact, responsible for 37% of global emissions, which is the same level of emissions as the energy generating sector. The AI-driven approach extends beyond policymaking, translating into practical tools accessible to individuals. Start-ups utilize AI to craft personalized dietary recommendations based on metabolic avatars, while portable devices....

Better algorithms for batteries

Nov 26, 202302 min citire
Algoritmi mai buni pentru baterii

In the world of electric cars, battery management systems (BMS) use algorithms to monitor the condition and performance of the battery. These algorithms are designed in ideal, laboratory conditions, that do not reflect real world circumstances. Stanford researchers led by Assistant Professor of Energy Science and Engineering, Simona Onori worked with Volkswagen to reduce the gap between lab tests and real world conditions. The goal is to enhance the life span of EV batteries by developing algorithms based on real driving data. The study uses one year of data from real vehicles to establish EV state and performance indicators by observing the driving style, recharging habits and seasonal temperature variations. Volkswagen supplied Stanford with 3,750 hours...

Satellite Surveillance for Romanian Forests

Nov 26, 202301 min citire
Supraveghere din satelit pentru pădurile românești

Forest safety and conservation is a burning point on Romania's agenda. Recently, the Ministry of the Environment announced the winners of the 7 million euro auction (a consortium of 4 companies), which will implement a satellite surveillance system, intended to monitor the country's forests. This initiative aims to combat illegal tree cutting. The system will use satellite images to identify areas where illegal deforestation takes place, generating alerts for the intervention of competent authorities, such as the Environmental Guard. In addition, teams equipped with advanced technology will be formed and they will be equipped with all-terrain vehicles, drones with optical and thermal cameras and laser sensors. The data will be analyzed using 15 high-performance workstations. These initiatives come in the context of an increase....

The 7th Copernicus Ocean State Report

Nov 19, 202302 min citire
Cel de-al șaptelea raport Copernicus privind starea oceanului

The recent release of the seventh edition of the EU Copernicus Ocean State Report (OSR) marks a significant milestone in our understanding of the intricate dynamics shaping the global ocean. Funded by the European Union and coordinated by Mercator Ocean International, the OSR 7 serves as a flagship report of the EU Copernicus Marine Service, providing a comprehensive overview of the state, variability, and changes in the world's oceans. The report highlights several unprecedented patterns, from alterations in ocean circulation currents to intensifying marine heat waves and unexpected biological production events. What makes OSR 7 particularly valuable is its incorporation of state-of-the-art scientific findings, drawing from diverse sources such as satellite and in situ observations and advanced...

Building Green

Nov 19, 202302 min citire
Să construim verde

The International Finance Corporation's recent report on sustainable construction in emerging markets presents a call to action. With construction value chains contributing significantly to global CO2 emissions, the urgency to adopt greener technologies and climate-friendly capital markets becomes evident. The report underscores the potential to reduce the construction sector's carbon footprint by 23 percent by 2035, emphasizing the importance of transitioning to energy-efficient designs, smarter operational practices, and the adoption of sustainable materials. Not only do these changes combat climate change, but they also open doors for substantial investments in emerging markets, showcasing a dual benefit that balances environmental impact and economic growth. The pathway to greener buildings involves multifaceted strategies...

EU’s Ambitious 'Net-Zero Industry Act'

Nov 19, 202302 min citire
Ambițioasa lege UE a industriei net-zero

In a significant move towards reinforcing Europe's commitment to decarbonization, the Industry Committee has backed the "Net-Zero Industry Act," aiming to bolster the continent's manufacturing capabilities in crucial technologies required for achieving decarbonization objectives. The legislation sets ambitious targets for Europe, including producing 40% of net-zero technologies based on National Energy and Climate Plans and capturing 25% of the global market value for these technologies. Amendments proposed by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) expand the legislation's scope to encompass the entire supply chain, covering components, materials, and machinery for net-zero technologies. The Act introduces innovative measures such as "Net-Zero Industry Valleys" initiatives to expedite permitting processes and an annual competitiveness review, fostering industry participation in shaping research agendas. Lead MEP Christian Ehler...