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Rio+20: Successes and Failures

“A strong contribution from all stakeholders should make the UN’s Rio+20 conference a defining moment that sparks global innovation to move us towards a sustainable future. We urge the world to grasp this moment and make history”, was the heartfeltplea of the scientific world on the eve of the meeting. The moment was obviously not…

Droughts in Northern Italy: Taken by Surprise, Again

Imagine that you live in a fertile valley encircled by high mountains, where the climate is temperate, abundant freshwater resources satisfy all humans needs, whilst leaving enough for a healthy environment. A network of medium-to-large sized cities boost economic development and agriculture counts on thousands year-long irrigation traditions. In many respects what you imagine holds…

No facts without values

Climate change is still not widely recognized as a burning issue. Despite illusions, climate skepticism is not dead yet but only evolving, shaped in different forms, each with different underlying reasons and meanings. Ottmar Edenhofer, co-chair of IPCC Working Group III, identifies* five types of climate skepticisms and one possible pathway to tackle them. 1)…