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The endangered Asian cheetah gives birth to three cubs
On Sunday (May 1), a female Asian cheetah gave birth to three cubs in Iran, for the first time in captivity of this endangered cat species, according to the official agency. “Since this is the first calving of the Asian cheetah in captivity, the cheetah population can be increased by preserving the cubs,” said Ali Salajage, head of Iran’s environment department, quoted by IRNA. In January, Iran’s deputy environment minister said that only a dozen Asian cheetahs, also known as Iranian cheetahs, lived in the country. Cheetahs once migrated from eastern India to the Atlantic coast of Senegal and beyond. They are still found in some parts of southern Africa, but have almost disappeared from North Africa and Asia.
Read: The endangered Asian cheetah gives birth to three cubs
Haute-Savoie: 300 trees cut down for ecological construction in Semnoz
Chainsaws are now roaring in the Semnoz Forest to cut down the 300 trees needed to build new chalets in the spacious center of Puiso. Construction or not, but these trees would have been cut down anyway, because the National Forestry Administration (ONF) regularly picks up the oldest to make room for the young. A place that the city of Annecy wants to be environmentally friendly.
Read: Annecy: 300 trees cut down for an environmental project in Semnoz
Geneva: micro-oases to fight the heat
We know that when the temperature is hot, it is even harder to bear in the city. Thus, it is an interesting study conducted by Hepia (Graduate School of Landscape Design, Engineering and Planning) and the City of Geneva to understand how older people can live in an environment that will soon be exposed to unprecedented heat due to global warming. Specifically, this cooperation should lead to the achievement: “Parc en Parc”. The aim of this program is to develop five micro-oases in the city of Geneva, designed as rest stops that provide a cool and shady space.
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Iser: for a whole month they lived in the rhythm of nature
Since the beginning of 2022, together with Grenoble, the green capital of Europe, the Vallée de la Gresse in transition, which includes the municipalities of Gua, Varses and Vif, organizes numerous actions aimed at sustainable development and protection of the planet. . Every month the association prepares a leaflet on the same topics as the green capital of Grenoble. In April, the challenge was on “Nature and Biodiversity”. It revolved around two ideas: daily observation of the nature around you (watching the life of a bird, flower, tree) and realizing that the life of each creature is important to us and that our way of life affects our way of life and the lives of animals. plants of our land.
Read: Green family challenge: the moon they lived in the rhythm of nature
California is investigating the petrochemical industry’s responsibility for plastic pollution
Last week, California launched a major investigation to determine the responsibility of the petrochemical industry for plastic pollution. The latter, which is widespread throughout the world, is a threat to human health and biodiversity. “That’s enough. For more than half a century, the plastics industry has been campaigning aggressively to deceive the public, perpetuating the myth that recycling can solve the plastics crisis. California Attorney General Rob Bont in the United States.
In 2019, almost 460 tons of plastic were produced worldwide. This production generated 353 million tons of waste, of which less than 10% is recycled according to the OECD. According to the organization, we can find this waste in the form of plastic microparticles in all oceans, pack ice, animal stomachs and even in the air of the tops of our mountains.
Read also: According to a Swiss study, “nanoplastic lies in the Alps”
Ain: Anxious fall of rapeseed surfaces
Here it is, rapeseed, described as a winter cereal that paints our landscapes yellow. In April, it is at the peak of flowering, waiting for July, the month of harvest. Just look at the supermarkets, which are dotted with fragrant flowers of Pays de Gex. But for the third year in a row since 2020, the rapeseed harvest has been characterized by a worrying drop in areas affected by insects and drought.
Read: Pays de Gex: alarming decline in rapeseed area
Iser: already 250 contributions of citizens to the atlas of biodiversity with the participation of participants
Raising public awareness of biodiversity is a goal set by the Grenoble Alps Biodiversity Observatory (Obiga). Two programs, an atlas and local contributors: everything is a civic observatory. It was started by François Pompanon, a professor at the University of Grenoble Alps: “We want people to understand that caring for nature begins with caring for those at home. »Using a smartphone and the programs Pl @ ntNet and iNaturalist, everyone in Grenoble or within a radius of 20 kilometers can take pictures of plants, insects and animals. In October, OBIGA will present the first report on all species collected at the Grenoble Museum as part of the Our Neighbors Alive exhibition. Since the launch of the initiative, 250 observations of citizens have been recorded.
Read: Atlas of biodiversity with participation: already 250 contributions from citizens
Climate emergency: UN calls on rich countries to “take action”
“It’s time to act.” In Dakar this Sunday, May 1, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres sent a powerful message to rich countries in the face of a climate emergency. “It is time to fulfill the promise of $ 100 billion a year made in Paris,” he said, referring to commitments made by developed countries but not yet fulfilled, to jointly provide this amount to the countries of the South from 2020. to help them finance their ecological transition and adapt to the effects of global warming.
Read: Climate emergency: UN calls on rich countries to “take action”
Savoy: hydrocarbon pollution in the Merdaret stream
This Sunday evening, May 1, at 6:50 pm in La Motte-Servolex, the Sapeurs-pompiers de la Savoie team had to intervene, with the help of the gendarmerie, to cut off a spot of fuel oil that was on the surface. the Merdaret stream at the level of the Rue de la Lace. To limit this water pollution, the origin of which is unknown, rescuers have installed an absorbing dam.
Read: La Motte-Servolex: hydrocarbon pollution in the Merdaret stream
Launch of a European citizens’ initiative to end livestock subsidies
Last week, the European Commission reaffirmed the launch of a European Citizens’ Initiative calling for an end to agricultural subsidies to breeders in favor of increasing aid for growing plant proteins, a procedure that could force Brussels to position itself. Once registered, organizers have six months to begin the process of collecting signatures. If the citizens’ initiative collects at least one million signatures in seven EU countries within one year, the Commission will have three months to respond: it can decide on further action and launch a legislative procedure, or provide detailed reasons for refusal, if applicable.