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Italy is known for its delicious Prosecco – a sparkling wine from Italy that is similar to champagne. As its popularity expands, so does the “footprint” of this wine — and a new study says it is unsustainable at its current rate of growth.The Washington Post reports that increasing demand for the prosecco seems to be sapping northeastern Italy’s vineyards of precious soil — 400 million kilograms of it per year — according to the study.According to The Post, if too much earth washes away with rain and irrigation in northern Italy, it could jeopardize the future of the region’s vineyards, which produce 90 million bottles of high-quality prosecco every year. The study’s authors found that the industry was responsible for 74 percent of the region’s total soil erosion, and then calculated the annual soil footprint per bottle: about 4.4 kilograms. Bummer! I (Monica) am doing some “field” reporting for ODP in Italy this week. I was just about to try a glass. Chianti perhaps instead?
by Julia Fine Last month, we wrote about the outbreak of locust swarms traveling from East Africa to the Indian subcontinent. Now, as the New York Times reported yesterday, the locusts have made their way to New Delhi. The capital region’s fields, metro stations, suburbs, and more are now teeming with swarms. We previously noted […]
Our nation is in the midst of a moment where statues and monuments celebrating our racist past are being reevaluated and taken down. However, some on the political right have begun calling into question the validity of this conversation. Conservative media personality Meghan McCain wrote in a tweet that we’re “one week removed from entire […]
The House was set to vote to pass the Great American Outdoors Act, which will provide nearly $1B annually for parks and other conservation, but a group of Western Republicans has raised procedural hurdles that will delay final passage until late July, The Hillreported yesterday. And, a new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) urges the United States to launch a major effort—a “Race for Nature” — to help the nation’s agricultural producers, who are facing a bleak economic future, by increasing opportunities to pay them for their conservation efforts.
Why This Matters: As the CAP Report explains, “Family farmers and ranchers need lifelines…Bold and swift investment in nature conservation can provide one.”
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