2022 was a year characterized by extreme weather events and by an increase in the concentrations of greenhouse gases. It was the fifth warmest year globally and the second warmest year for Europe. Edoardo Vigna recalls this in the Clima e Ambiente newsletter, today at his weekly appointment with over 18 thousand readers of the Corriere and of the pages – paper and online – of Pianeta 2030, the multimedia project that the via Solferino newspaper has been dedicating for three years to sustainability and environment.
This week’s newsletter (if you haven’t already subscribed, you can do so by clicking here) opens with a summary of the salient facts that characterized the hottest summer on record in Europe, which also saw every boreal summer month report itself as at least the third hottest globally. The consequences are also evident in our country, where the heat lasted until the winter months, with unexpected blooms of the mimosa in January, and yellow meadows, without snow, in the Apennines and in the Alps at low altitudes. In this regard, writes Valeria Sforzini, a summit was held today between the Minister of Tourism Daniela Santanch and the representatives of the most affected Apennine regions: Emilia Romagna, Tuscany and Abruzzo. Damages of 50-60 million euros are assumed for ski lifts and tourist facilities . So, to deal with the difficult situation that our mountains are experiencing, the goal of the government and local authorities is to make artificial snow on the slopes, finance the ski lifts, provide social shock absorbers for seasonal workersact to de-seasonalize tourist flows, said Tourism Minister Santanch at the end of the meeting.
Switzerland’s last ski pass
In the weekly newsletter edited by Edoardo Vigna, editor-in-chief responsible for the paper edition of Pianeta 2030, technological solutions against global warming are presented at the top: from solar powered chair lifts to high-altitude trains in the Alps, writes Costanza Longhini in a detailed article (read here) illustrating the new arrivals from Switzerland, including a the Last Day Pass: a donation of 80 Swiss francs (81 euros) towards a lift ticket for the day you hope never comes: the one in which in the Alps it will no longer be possible to ski due to lack of snow. A distant day? Not even so much if one believes the forecasts of the World Meteorological Organization that would like Cortina to be without snow-covered slopes in 14 years, in 2036. And the Nevediversa 2022 report by Legambiente — subtitle: winter tourism in the era of climate change — signals a necessary reflection on future trends in the development of tourism and mountain hiking.
What unites fair trade coffee and bioplastics
Among the other topics not to be missed, in the newsletter you will find the presentation of the sixth episode of the Tech.Emotions podcast, dedicated to sustainable coffee (attentive to fair land management and correct remuneration for small farmers) and bioplastics. Made by Courier and Emotion Network with the production of Plan P, with two entrepreneurs who know the subject well — Andrea Illy and Catia Bastioli — the episode reveals that it is possible to overturn the current economic model, not only of the coffee supply chain. A theme that unites the king of coffee and Bastioli, who illustrates the idea of creating an innovative model of agriculture that collects carbon and converts it into organic matter for the soil, and explains that rich soil protects crops and increases quality and quantity of food.