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Today is the International Plastic Bag Free Day

Only a very few countries in the world prohibit its production, marketing and use. Who are these advanced countries? Who are the pioneers and world leaders in banning plastic bags? Finland, Norway, Switzerland, maybe Denmark …?

The dismantling of electronic devices

An International study recently published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, in which Ethel Eljarrat, a scientific researcher at the Institute of Environmental Diagnosis and Water Studies of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), has participated, has shown that disassembling appliances with electronic waste can expose the people who do it to dangerous pollutants.

Crisis or change?

We suddenly realized how important it is to go for a stroll (a simple stroll), how wonderful it is to walk and breathe, how healthy it is to chat while looking at the sky, how comforting it is to run for a while and stretch the muscles or how essential it is to hug and be hugged. Is now the time for change?

From plastic straws to paper straws

Neither one nor two plastic straws can be considered a problem for the environment.
But what about 1 million straws? And 100 million? And 1,000 million? and…?

23 years and almost 400,000 yellow containers later…

In 1997 the first yellow container was placed in the street. Today there are nearly 400.000 containers of this type that take up the streets of our cities and towns, but users still have doubts about what to deposit in this container. For this reason, a “review” that reminds us how to use the container does not hurt at all.

Are we alone?

While you are trying to recycle, not waste water, reduce the consumption of single-use plastics… there are many other people doing the same thing, and there are also people working, exploring or researching new solutions.

INTERVIEW WITH METHUSELAH, THE OLDEST LIVING BEING IN THE WORLD

Methuselah, climate change expert (because with ages comes wisdom), answers without any hurry a series of questions about environmental news made by our special envoy to the White Mountains (United States), where Methuselah lives protected and incognito among other trees of the same species.

Global warming: are there reasons to be optimistic?

On environmental issues, there are times when being pessimistic (very pessimistic) seems the most reasonable personal option.
However, there is news (data related to the environment) that optimists can use to argue that it is perfectly possible to change the direction of the most catastrophic predictions.

The preservation of the environment is not a magic thing

Harry Potter could not make the monstrous amount of plastic containers that we throw away daily worldwide disappear by magic. Instead, we (without magic) can actually do something, and very remarkable. Do you want to know how?

Wet wipes, can they be thrown in the toilet?

At home, when it is with you, it is delicate, soft, light… But, as soon as you turn your back and lose sight of it, it meets in the underworld with others just like it and grows up to become a beast of enormous proportions that ends up devastating and destroying everything in its path.

Grennwashing? What’s that?

Greenwashing is an activity closely related to the deceiving advertising that some companies, governments or entities carry out with the objective of “cleaning” their image.

The reason? To sell more (or not lose sales) because every day there are more consumers who buy products or hire services considering the environmental commitment of the companies.

Who pours microplastics in the seas?

Who are the unscrupulous people who pour microplastics in the seas?

Let’s find out: go home, go to your bedroom, open the closet, take out a pullover, some underwear, a blouse, socks, some pants… and leave it all on the bed.

Now, read the labels of each of the garments: polyester, nylon, lycra, saran…?

HISTORICAL JUDGMENT: AN ENVIRONMENTAL VICTORY

The Dutch Supreme court has ordered the Government to reduce greenhouse gases from January 1, 2020, because it considers that “it must protect the citizen from the deterioration of the environment and that the fight against climate change is a matter of general interest.”

BIODEGRADABLE BAGS? A FALSE SOLUTION

Did you know? Disposable bags always, to a greater or lesser degree, “pollute”, tarnish and harm the environment, the natural world and, by extension, human beings, even though these bags are labeled as “biodegradable” or “compostable”.

IS THE ELECTRIC CAR AN ECOLOGICAL SOLUTION? YES OR NO?

The “official” speech on electric cars maintains that it actually is a perfect private transport option: it would be a clean, green, easy and even “cheap” way from the point of view of its impact in the environment. But, is the official speech true or is there another version?

UNTIL RECENTLY…

Until recently, we threw organic waste, cardboard, plastic or aluminum containers and even batteries or medicines in the same garbage bag, and we threw the bag in the first container we found.

A privileged planetary minority

More than a half of the Planet’s population (about 5000 million people) don’t have in their homes (or wherever they live) a system that removes feces safely. Meaning, those of us who obtain water from a tap whenever we want and those of us who “pull the chain” because we have an optimal sanitation system are a privileged planetary minority.

WHILE YOU SLEEP, THE ENERGY VAMPIRES DON’T REST

During the night, while you sleep, the energy vampires get up and go across your home, they dig their canines into the electric current and “suck” the energy, silently, without attracting attention, drop by drop, kilowatt to kilowatt.

INTERVIEW WITH A SMARTPHONE

I win both man and woman’s hearts. I’m universal and essential, I create an addiction. Without me, the 21st Century wouldn’t be what it is. Guess… Who am I?   Currently, in this country, there […]

Global calendar of ecology and the environment

Quina finalitat té que es declari i s’institucionalitzi un dia en concret com a Dia Mundial sense Cotxes (22 de setembre)?
I com a Dia Internacional contra el Canvi Climàtic (24 d’octubre)? o Dia Internacional del Reciclatge (17 de maig)?
Vegem un exemple.

Interview with an anonymous battery

I live and work in Europe. I am not married and do not have children but, phew! my family is very large.   Religion? I believe in you: I believe in people     You […]