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Climate change and human rights: the role of justice

Climate change and human rights: the role of justice
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Over the last years, the number of lawsuits related to climate change has dramatically increased. The Climate Change Litigation Database currently counts more than 1000 cases around the world against the fossil fuel industry and governments. While the former usually are aimed at obtaining compensation regarding companies’ pollution, the latter have somehow higher ambitions: they […]

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The Italian olive trees syndrome: facts, opinions and responsibilities

The Italian olive trees syndrome: facts, opinions and responsibilities
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On April 27th, the EU agreed a total ban on neonicotinoids, the world’s most widely used insecticides, on the ground that they contaminate water and soil and pose a serious threat to bees and other pollinators. Italy was among the Member States that supported the measure. In February however Mr. Martina, the then Italian Minister […]

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Warm Arctic, cold Europe: warnings from last February

Warm Arctic, cold Europe: warnings from last February
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Arctic temperatures are rising and polar ice is melting, but starved polar bears aren’t the only implication. Oil and gas fields, metals and minerals, new trade routes, fisheries: the world’s northernmost region is home to a pool of resources that are just opening up to exploitation. But at what cost? A not-so-frozen world The Arctic […]

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Oil extraction in Italy and “collateral” damage

Oil extraction in Italy and “collateral” damage
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The production of fossil fuels is still considered of strategic interest in Italy. As of the end of 2015, 114 exploration and 202 exploitation licenses were in force on national territory. Such activities pose a huge threat to the preservation of the environment and the health of local communities. The recently uncovered Val d’Agri affaire […]

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