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Global warming is one of the most discussed topics of our time. According to the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) estimates, if we don’t take any action now the average temperature around the globe will rise by 3,7–4,8°С. Production of harmful substances used in the refrigeration industry contributes to the existing environmental problems. ITMO University has recently hosted Global Warming: The Main Challenge for Refrigeration Industry, a conference where experts in the field got to discuss the prospects of the industry, the ways to solve the issue of ozone layer depletion and transition to more eco-friendly technologies. ITMO.NEWS asked the participants about the main trends in the industry and the key projects currently in development.
Onis Charles Emem is an ITMO Master’s student in Industrial Ecology and Cleaner Production and the former president of the Get Local international student club. He’s currently on an exchange program in Denmark.
Spanish Environmental Biotechnologists on the Environmental Situation, Greta Thunberg and Two-Phase Air Filters
Two environmental biotechnologists from Valladolid University, Spain came to St. Petersburg to give a course at ITMO University. Right before their departure we got a chance to meet them to talk about ways to improve the environmental situation and how these are different in Russia and Spain, as well as discuss the academic exchange opportunities for Master’s students.
Egor Zadereev, a PhD in biological sciences and member of Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ research center, has recently visited St. Petersburg with a lecture “10 Rules of Eco-Friendly Behavior” as part of the Energy of Science project. In his presentation, Egor spoke about the myths existing around the eco-friendly movement and shared simple actions that have the power to help the planet. ITMO.NEWS reports with the keynotes from the event.
On August 3-17, the Yagodnoe sports and recreation center hosted the annual camp Ecological Raids, which attracted volunteers from Germany, Italy, Spain, Palestine and other countries. Together, they cleaned rubbish off the center’s territory, beautified the space and learned more about each other’s homelands. This has been the fifth time that Ecological Raids is organized, by efforts of ITMO University’s students. Here is more on the international volunteers’ expressions and this year’s camp.
Lake Baikal is the world’s deepest lake and the largest natural freshwater reservoir. In 1996, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, like many other large bodies of water, is suffering from pollution. Today, a Greenpeace research team is preparing to carry out an evaluation of the lake’s water pollution levels. Continue reading to learn how the environmental organization has kept watch on Baikal for the past 24 years, which factors threaten the lake today, and what scientists know about this unique natural wonder.
Jaana Sorvari, a professor at Aalto University (Finland) and researcher at the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), has come to ITMO University to deliver the intensive course “Environmental Risk Assessment in Waste Management.” During the course, Master’s students from the program Industrial Ecology and Cleaner Production learned about Europe and Finland’s experience of sustainable waste management. ITMO.NEWS spoke with Prof. Sorvari about the challenges currently faced by Europe in terms of waste management and learned why excessive consumption is an issue not only in Russia, but even in eco-friendly Scandinavian states.
Two-Minute Beach Cleans and Plastic-Identifying AI: How Citizen Science Combats Plastic Waste in Oceans
Plastic waste has become a global environmental threat. The production of plastic has seen exponential growth, increasing from 1.7 million tons in the 1950s to 335 million tons in 2016 (PlasticsEurope 2017). Incorrect disposal of this material leads to a stark upsurge of its presence in natural environments. Information about the rapidly escalating situation with marine waste is crucial for finding a solution to this global crisis and saving thousands of animal species. That’s why today a range of citizen science projects have emerged that aim to gather data about marine pollution and step up volunteer effort to clean away the rubbish where it is possible. This article presents some of the local projects by participating in which you can contribute to the solution of the global issue in question.
Festivals all over the world regularly bring together thousands of people; few of them, however, are anywhere near as environmentally conscious as the Burning Man in Nevada, US, which leaves its desert venue even cleaner than it was before. Jürgen Forkel-Schubert, a senior expert on sustainable development at the Ministry for Urban Development and Environment of the City of Hamburg, explains how festivals can go green using Hamburg’s experience as an example.
Every year, the world’s major nations invest hundreds of millions into the green economy. In recent years, some of the biggest trends in that area have been energy-saving measures and the use of renewable energy sources. But what should one learn and which skills are necessary to work in this field? In 2019, ITMO University is launching the new Master’s program ‘Bioeconomics and Resource Management’ to train specialists in energy and resource preservation, petroleum chemistry, and biotechnologies. More about the program and its features below.