• Another chance for Earth
    The beginnings of world conferences for environmental protection date back to 1972. It was then that the first UN conference on environmental protection was organized in Stockholm. The slogan accompanying this event was: "We only have one earth." The conference itself resulted in many important publications, although from a political point of view it was unsuccessful. The world was not prepared for the revolution that was yet to come.
  • Youth Climate Conference
    A few days before the official opening of the United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP 27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, over a thousand young people from over 140 countries completed the three-day session - COY 17 Youth Climate Change Conference.
  • Europe a new force in the field of innovation
    The effective and rapid digital transformation of industry and socio-economic infrastructure, the European Green Deal and the key role of science and technology in this respect were the main topics of the Central European Technology Forum (CETEF'22) held at the Wrocław University of Science and Technology. It was one of the most important events organized under the auspices of the European Commission by the Polish Chamber of Commerce for High Technologies (IZTECH), the Wrocław University of Technology and the Federation of Scientific and Technical Associations NOT.
  • Necessary expansion and modernization of the network
    The challenges related to the decarbonisation of industry and the transformation towards zero-emission mobility go beyond the automotive sector. Ensuring adequate quantitative and qualitative infrastructure poses enormous challenges for electricity producers and distributors. In this situation, it is necessary to help the government in the systemic transformation. These issues were discussed by the participants of the European Forum for New Ideas, which took place last month in Sopot.
  • European emissions trading
    European emissions trading was triggered by the Kyoto Protocol. It started modestly as a mechanism to help meet the requirements of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. But over time it has become an important component of European environmental policy. Despite numerous stumbles and mistakes, he paved the way for the decarbonisation of European economies. It has also provided European governments with a stream of budget revenues from the sale of permits.
  • The biocidal potential of plants as an alternative to sustainable agriculture
    The wide use of synthetic pesticides in modern agriculture, their toxicity and negative impact on the natural environment make their natural, less harmful substitutes sought after. Substances of plant origin are characterized by a very broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity. Extensive scientific research conducted in this area on alternative methods of crop protection is promising and constitutes environmentally friendly solutions for increasing crop production.
  • Reclamation of post-mining areas on the example of Spain: vegetation and geomorphology (1)
    Reclamation of post-mining areas is currently one of the greatest challenges facing people in the context of environmental protection. All stages of this process should be adapted to the climatic, geomorphological and socio-economic conditions prevailing in a given place. Before introducing the desired vegetation, the area should be properly shaped and fertilized properly. The successful course of reclamation therefore depends on the cooperation of specialists from various fields. In July 2022, a training session on new challenges in the reclamation of post-mining areas related to the combination of geomorphology with soil and vegetation management was held in Spain, during which scientists interested in this subject could exchange their experiences.
  • The forest is a wealth of humanity and a masterpiece of nature
    Since the dawn of time, people have sought refuge in the forest, they have obtained food and clothing in it, drawing from it in a greedy, ill-considered way, giving it little in return. For some time, this approach has changed and the benefits of forests have begun to be appreciated, which has translated into caring for their preservation.
  • Beskids
    The Beskids are a group of mountain ranges in the chain of the young Carpathians, starting on the Beczwa River in the west and stretching up to the Czeremosz River: it is about 600 km long. The Beskids, like the entire Carpathians, are young folded mountains originating from the Alpine orogeny. The Beskids are built of flysch.
  • Can climate turbulence sweep away forests?
    Rooted in the soil, the plant does not move. But the whole species, yes. The distribution ranges of plant and fungus species are shaped, among others, by the phenomenon of anemochory, i.e. the transfer of seeds, pollen or spores by the wind. Without the wind, many species couldn't reproduce, wouldn't spread... wouldn't exist. So how do climate changes, causing disturbances in the strength and frequency of winds on Earth, affect species so inextricably linked to the movement of air masses?
  • Is it possible to preserve biodiversity without many tree species?
    Biodiversity is the foundation of life, which is necessary for man, not only as part of broadly understood environmental protection, but above all health protection and sustainable economy. Biodiversity should be particularly taken care of, because its essential components are rapidly disappearing as a result of broadly understood anthropogenic activity. The European Union puts special emphasis on these issues in the assumptions of the "European Green Deal" strategy, the priority of which is, among other things, to preserve natural habitats for many species of animals and to create clusters of various plants in agricultural areas. Such communities should also include tree species that are not only valuable for the landscape, but also a source of food for pollinators and provide shelter and nesting places for birds.
  • Watch out for the Japanese knotweed
    Japanese knotweed (Reynoutria japonica), also known as Japanese knotweed or Japanese knotweed, is a naturally occurring weed. The plant belongs to the knotweed family (Polygonaceae) growing mainly in the temperate climate zone.
  • What if we lose wild species of plants and animals?
    The source of chemical compounds from which we obtain invaluable medicines are species of wild plants, animals, bacteria and fungi. Meanwhile, today we are seeing the loss of more wild species. Vertebrate populations have experienced a catastrophic 69% decline since 1970. The search for natural medicines today is a race against time. Epibatidine is an alkaloid secreted by the skin glands of the Ecuadorian tree frog, it is an alternative to morphine. The discovery of this substance may not have happened because the habitat of this species of frog is constantly shrinking under the influence of human activity, and the discoverers of this substance during their first visit to Ecuador took too little of this substance. Kalanolide A is effective in treating one of the strains of HIV. It was isolated from the leaves of the bintangor tree. When a new expedition was sent to the area of ​​its occurrence, it turned out that the trees had been cut down by the natives for wood or building material.
  • Bird neighbors in winter
    Winter is an extremely difficult time for birds living in our climate. The days are getting shorter and the sun is moving low over the horizon, giving a negligible amount of heat. The water freezes, the ground is frozen and snow often falls, which then lingers for a long time. On an endless winter night, the temperature regularly drops below zero.
  • Electricity consumption at home
    Not only is every home different, but so is every family. In some homes, electricity is used only for the fridge and washing machine, while in others, electricity is also used for heating, washing dishes, cooking or heating water. Electricity consumption depends primarily on the number and time of use of devices that are powered by electricity.
  • Savings in every way
    During the fuel crisis, the rational use of heating becomes a necessity. Poles are encouraged not to waste heat and save money in the "20 degrees" educational campaign by the Polish Heating Chamber of Commerce and the system heat suppliers supporting it. In the autumn and winter, the average temperature in most Polish homes is 22°C or more. Lowering it even by one degree will help save money and reduce heating costs.

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