Articles Posted in the " Envi " Category

  • Greening processed food production

    The food processing industry’s biggest impact on the environment comes from cleaning and disinfection. While this is vital for food hygiene and safety, it consumes vast amounts of water, energy and chemicals. Cleaning and sanitisation also releases undesirable chemicals into the environment, and generates wastewater and greenhouse gases. Powered by WPeMatico

  • Training fishermen to save sea turtles

    Commercial fishing has unintended negative consequences for sea turtles. An estimated 200 000 turtles die every year in the Mediterranean after being accidentally caught in fishing nets. The Italian Marine Science Institute led a project called TARTALIFE to tackle unnecessary turtle deaths, focusing on the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) in particular. Powered by WPeMatico

  • In with the old, out with the new in Kleine Nete

    The Kleine Nete is a lowland river situated in the Flemish Campine region. The river valley consists of heathland and moors in higher areas and valley ecosystems along the stream. “One of the unique things about the Kleine Nete is that there is still freshwater tidal influence, which means the river is affected by tides,” […]

  • Beer project gives fizz to the circular economy – cheers!

    International Beer Day is a celebration of all things to do with brewing. This year we can invite the Spanish project LIFE-Brewery to the party. It is re-using beer waste streams to reduce the environmental impact of brewing, an after effect of beer that is perhaps less widely considered. Powered by WPeMatico

  • Reusing seagrass for ‘hyper-local’ homes on Formentera

    The Balearic island of Formentera has successfully tested ‘hyper-local’ architecture and the use of local Neptune grass (Posidonia oceanica), as part of a bid to revolutionise architecture and foreground environmental considerations in the building industry. The award-winning initiative to build 14 dwellings was developed under the LIFE-funded Reusing Posidonia project. Powered by WPeMatico

  • LIFE’s marine explorers protect more Maltese waters

    Malta has increased the size of its protected marine areas by more than 650 km2, reaching over a third of its waters, thanks to the project LIFE BaĦAR for Natura 2000. These areas are home to important seabed habitats in both coastal and deep waters. Powered by WPeMatico

  • Restoring a natural haven in the city

    Led by Łódź University, the LIFE project cleaned up the reservoirs by reducing nutrients feeding the algae bloom and removing bottom sediment. It also planted species that recycle nutrients. Thanks to its efforts, nearly half of the visitors to the site believe that the water quality is good, compared to barely anyone at the start […]

  • New life for the bears of the Pyrenees

    Six brown bear cubs were born in the Catalan Pyrenees in 2017, thanks in part to the actions of the PirosLIFE project. This took the total brown bear (Ursus arctos) in the Pyrenees to around 45 individuals – offering a real lifeline to Europe’s largest surviving large carnivore in this area of Spain and France. […]