World Water Day – what is it all about?

World Water Day

Water and energy are closely interlinked and interdependent. Energy generation and transmission requires utilization of water resources, particularly for hydroelectric, nuclear, and thermal energy sources. Conversely, about 8% of the global energy generation is used for pumping, treating and transporting water to various consumers. Continue reading

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International Day of Forests

International Day of ForestsThe United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/67/200 on 21 December 2012, which declared that 21 March of each year is to be observed as the International Day of Forests. The resolution encourages all Member States to organize activities relating to all types of forests. Activities expected to take place on the International Day include tree-planting and other community-level events, and national celebrations including art, photo and film as well as social media outreach. Continue reading

Biogas: lights and shadows of a promising technology

By Mario A. Rosato

Biogas Plant in SwedenLike any other technology, anaerobic digestion is good in itself but unfortunately EU policies and some local lobbies have in many cases created a fertile soil for speculation to grow about its potential. Beyond this political polemic and ideological dogma, experience has proven that only biogas plants designed and managed with rational criteria can help the environment, the community and the economy at the same time. The following decalogue (ten commandments) may be of help to anybody wishing to invest in a biogas plant and obtain a sustainable return on the investment:

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