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Sir David Attenborough: “Our Planet Is Headed for Disaster!”…

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The author of the BBC series "Life", as well as "Planet Earth", "The Blue Planet", and many more, Sir David Attenborough, warns us: "Our planet Is headed for disaster!"…

The world-famous broadcaster and naturalist started traveling around the world to explore and film the beauty of nature when he was 28 years old. And he hasn't stopped doing this - for almost 70 years now!

The ambassador of World Wildlife Fund, awarded for his work with countless prizes, has made a new film - "A Life on Our Planet." He talked about it during his appearance on the CBS show "60 minutes" a few days ago. Back in 2002, Attenborough had his first interview on the program and he stated that in his documentaries he just wanted to show the natural world as is. That was the reason he stayed away from talking about climate change and natural catastrophe. Yet, less than two decades later, the 94-years old broadcaster, who studied geology and zoology before entering the sphere of film production, felt the urge to made the contrary statement. Loud and clear. 

"A crime against the planet has been committed... The living world is a unique and spectacular marvel. The way we, humans, live on Earth, is sending it into a decline. Human beings have overrun the world. We're replacing the wild with the tame... Our planet is headed for disaster." 

Despite this hard prognosis, Attenborough is positive that there is still time to turn the course around and save the Earth. The key to this lies in the total shift to renewable energy and the allover rejection of fossil fuel consumption. The key lies in our hands. The hands of all of us. Politicians, and ordinary people. Businesses and consumers. Everywhere on Earth. "The time has come to put aside national ambitions and look for an international ambition of survival… After all, this planet is all we have," reminds us Attenborough. And he is right…  

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Good2Know: There Are More Trees on Earth than Stars in Our Galaxy. But...

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A Study Shows the Influence of Man on Trees' Abundance


There are more than 3 trillion trees on Earth a study lead* by Yale University found. That means about 422 trees per person. Yet, since man inhabited the planet he managed to destroy almost 46 percent of the total number of the trees! And the process doesn't stop. Almost 15 billion trees diminish each year because of our actions... 

"Trees are among the most prominent and critical organisms on Earth, yet we are only recently beginning to comprehend their global extent and distribution," said Thomas Crowther, lead author of the study and a Yale Climate & Energy Institute post-doctoral fellow at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. "We have nearly halved the number of trees on the planet, and we've seen the impacts on climate and human health as a result…"

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11 Quotes by Sir David Attenborough that Will Give You Chills

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Time to Listen. Time to Understand. Time to Act!

We live in unprecedent times. Times that call for our awareness – as individuals and as a society. Times that will determine how our children and their children will live. How the whole planet will live. So, it is time… time to listen to those who want to help us see. To those who want to make us believe. To those who call us for action.

In a series of publications, we will share with you the inspiring, thrilling, eye-opening and sometimes hard to handle words by people who have dedicated their lives to natural world and its well-being. For it is determinative for the well-being of all of us...

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An Extended Deadline for SGEM Vienna GREEN Conference 2020!

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The international scientific conference "Green Sciences for Green Life", that will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 8th to 11th of December 2020, has extended the deadline for abstract submission and early bird registration until 31st of October.

The event is one a kind platform for presenting ideas, studies and innovations in the sphere of green technologies and the way they can be used in solving the biggest challenges that our planet and all of her inhabitants face today. It is a great opportunity to be up to date with the latest trends, meet your colleagues and future collaborators, and last, but not least – visit one of the most beautiful European cities just a few days before Christmas!

More about the main topics of the conference and the different ways to participate can be found here: sgemviennagreen.org


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A New Super Enzyme Breaks Down Plastic 6 Times Faster!

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Scientists from the University of Portsmouth have created a new super enzyme that breaks down plastic bottles. The process is 6 times faster than before.

So far, PET plastic (recycling polyethylene terephthalate), used for the production of single-use drink bottles, carpets, and clothing, has been broken down by the PETase enzyme, engineered by the same team. Now the researchers have added another enzyme, MHETase, to the process and managed to significantly speed it up. Both enzymes were found in a plastic-eating bug discovered in 2016 at a Japanese waste site. 

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