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Water found in the atmosphere of a potentially habitable exoplanet
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Water found in the atmosphere of a potentially habitable exoplanet

Water vapor has been detected for the first time in the atmosphere of a super-earth with temperatures suitable for life. A scientific team from the United Kingdom studied the planet K2-18b, which is eight times the mass of Earth and is 110 light-years away. Researchers at University College London have discovered evidence of the existence of water vapor atmospheric in K2-18b located within the habitable zone of its star.

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Fines of more than $ 250 thousand dollars for those who fell ancient trees in China

One of the Chinese provinces, Sichuan, made the commitment to take care of its ancient trees and the most “special” ones. To protect them, it established fines of up to $ 285 thousand dollars for those who harvest old trees. This measure that will take effect in 2020 was taken by the authorities of the Standing Committee of the 13th Provincial People's Congress of Sichuan with the aim of setting a precedent on the environmental issue .
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Plastic pollution trapped and killed half a million crabs

More than half a million hermit crabs died after being trapped in plastic debris on two remote island groups, prompting concerns that the deaths could be part of a global decline in the species. The pioneering study found that 508,000 crabs died in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands archipelago in the Indian Ocean, along with 61,000 on Henderson Island in the South Pacific.
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Mexico bets on a cactus-based biofuel

The Mexican company NopaliMex produces biofuel for automobiles at a lower price than fossil fuels, and without emitting polluting gases. The project began by experimenting with the root of corn, in the state of Michoacán, when a producer of tortillas, the most popular of the country, he was trying to lower the costs of his entrepreneurship matter.
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Pope Francis asked the COP 25 leaders for political will to safeguard the planet

"The climate emergency is a challenge for civilization that requires radical changes in economic systems, but political leaders have not done enough," Pope Francis said in a message to governments gathered at the annual climate summit in Madrid. "We must seriously ask ourselves if there is the political will to allocate with honesty, responsibility and courage, more human, financial and technological resources to the climate crisis," he said, in the pontifical message, which was well received by the activists.
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A man captures the beautiful phenomenon of "night pillars" in Canada

The phenomena that nature offers are surprising, they generate almost fantasy scenarios and some of them occur only once in a lifetime. This time, one of those phenomena was recorded by a photography lover with the help of his son; at just early morning, Timothy Joseph Elzinga's two-year-old son woke him up to warn him that the sky was looking different that night.
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Coldplay suspends their tours until their concerts ‘benefit the environment’

The British band Coldplay has decided not to do a tour to promote their latest album, Everyday Life, which was released this Friday, due to the environmental impact that their concerts may generate. "We are going to take some time to see how our tour can be beneficial," said the group's leader, Chris Martin, revealing to the BBC network the decision they have taken in the face of the climate crisis.
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How much time left? The UN report in 60 seconds

The Emissions Gap Report in 60 seconds. The new edition of the Emissions Gap Report urges the world to take drastic and unprecedented measures to reduce emissions starting in 2020 and throughout the rest of the decade in order to slow global warming by 1.5 ° C.
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See the 50 shorts of the Mobile Film Festival "ACT NOW on climate change"

Mobile film festival "ACT NOW on climate change" supports the European Week for Waste Reduction 15 films out of the 50 presented in the Official Selection to support waste reduction are competingFrom 16 to 24 November, the European Week for Waste Reduction It is an important moment to reduce and manage our waste, consume better and stop food waste.
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India is so polluted that "oxygen bars" became fashionable

India is one of the countries with the highest air pollution, but since last month, air quality has reached critical levels. The air pollution crisis in India has become so serious that officials in the capital declared an emergency public health and even classes in schools have been suspended.
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Lego swaps plastic for blocks made from sugar cane

LEGO is another of the great companies in the world that has also decided to think green and join sustainability by choosing a bioplastic for its products. Later this year it plans to launch its first kit with sustainable parts with the clear objective of reducing consumption made of plastic. The material used by Lego has plant origin, comes from sugar cane and is presented in a collection of bioplastic toys in the shape of trees and plants.
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New Zealand passes historic 'zero carbon' law by 2050

A landmark climate legislation, proposed by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, has been passed in New Zealand's parliament, with historic support from all parties, committing the nation to reduce its carbon emissions to zero by 2050 and meet its commitments under the Paris climate agreements.
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A town in Guatemala has not used plastic for more than 3 years

San Pedro la Laguna is an exemplary town for its ecological actions. There lives a Guatemalan community that decided to return to its origins, this community seeks to protect one of the country's natural treasures, Lake Atitlán, a resource for local fishermen and a tourist attraction that had been turned into a garbage dump.
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Food in Indonesia is being contaminated by imported plastics

A revealing report shows how in Indonesia low-quality plastics are burned for fuel, poisoning the surrounding soil and air. A harrowing report has come out of Indonesia this week. Researchers from the Sweden-based International Pollutant Elimination Network (IPEN) have found that plastic waste shipped from Western countries is contaminating Indonesia's food supply.
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Australia's first offshore wind farm begins testing

The first proposed offshore wind farm in Australia, which could provide enough power for more than 1.2 million homes, will begin scientific testing this month off the Victorian coastline near Gippsland. The test comes as the union movement launches a campaign. to pressure state and federal governments to pave the way for the project to move forward.
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At a glance and many edges: Follow insensitivity and denial in the face of climate chaos

“Reiteramos con este Vistazo nuestra postura ante los nuevos desarrollos, de cara a la COP25 en diciembre de 2019, pero sobre todo, en el perpetuo plazo de las luchas de los pueblos”. En el número 62 de Biodiversidad, sustento y culturas, en octubre de 2009, hace justo diez años, decíamos para presentar otro Vistazo muchas aristas titulado Crisis climática y remiendos engañosos, que “ni los funcionarios de las agencias internacionales multilaterales ni de los gobiernos particulares, y mucho menos las empresas privadas, están enfrentando la crisis climática que vive el planeta.
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