environment

Feb. 17, 2021

Italy Pledges Nearly €70M for Olive Oil and Table Olive Sector

The money will be used to improve quality, protect the environment and promote traceability in the sector until the Common Agricultural Policy takes effect in 2023.

Jan. 11, 2021

2020 Tied for Hottest Year on Record, Capping Off the World’s Warmest Decade

Annual average temperatures across the Northern Hemisphere reached record highs, with the largest deviations in the Arctic and Europe.

Oct. 15, 2020

Bans on Night Harvesting Have Alleviated Threat to Migratory Birds

The head of conservation for BirdLife Europe applauded prohibitions on nighttime intensive olive harvesting in Spain and Portugal.

Jul. 29, 2020

Local Production and Sustainability Highlight Terra Madre 2020

Over the course of six months, farmers, scientists and other stakeholders in the global agri-food business will propose and debate solutions to some of the sector’s most pressing issues surrounding sustainability and climate change.

Jul. 29, 2020

Applying Crushed Rock to Croplands Reduces Atmospheric CO2, Study Finds

Up to two billion tons of CO2 could be absorbed each year by adding crushed rocks to farmlands. The technique could be employed by countries to help them meet their climate targets.

Jul. 20, 2020

Organic Olive Cultivation Continues to Grow in Spain

The land area dedicated to organic olive farming in Spain rose to 209,288 hectares in 2019.

Apr. 17, 2020

A New Strategy Against a Dreaded Pest in Italy

The samurai wasp will be deployed to contain the brown marmorated stink bug which has been devastating Italian agriculture productivity.

Feb. 21, 2020

Under Fire, Bayer Seeks to Demonstrate Transparency

Bayer says it will open laboratory studies of new pesticides to outside observers amid mounting legal challenges.

Feb. 3, 2020

Conference to Focus on Role of Religion in Combating Climate Change

Hosted by the Lutheran World Federation, the meeting will focus on managing religious differences in the interests of supporting sustainability and climate change.

Jan. 29, 2020

Olive Oil Waste Fuels Spanish Power Plant and Palestinian Startup

A new plant will work to counteract the negative impacts of olive by-products in the region while developing a reliable substitute for fossil fuel.

Jan. 26, 2020

TAP 'Confidant' as Trial Looms, Prepares to Replant Uprooted Trees

The Trans Adriatic Pipeline said the company is confident ahead of the upcoming trial. Replanting of the olive trees at issue in the trial is scheduled to begin in February.

Jan. 20, 2020

2019 Second Hottest Year Since Records Began, NOAA Says

Land and ocean temperatures have been above average for the past 43 years and nine of the 10 warmest years on record have come since 2005.

Jan. 16, 2020

Trans Adriatic Pipeline on Trial for Uprooting Olive Trees in Puglia

TAP executives have been summoned to appear in court on May 8 and will face charges of committing environmental damage including the unlawful removal of olive trees.

Jun. 14, 2019

Sea Levels Rising Faster Than Expected

Scientists warn global sea levels could rise by as much as 6.5 feet by 2100, displacing nearly 200 million people and damaging agricultural land.

Jun. 12, 2019

Study Predicts Europe, North America Will Experience More Droughts

By studying climate models and tree rings, scientists at Columbia University’s Earth Institute predict a period of unprecedented drying in many parts of the world, particularly in areas of North American and Eurasia.

May. 22, 2019

Millions of Birds Killed by Nighttime Harvesting in Mediterranean

Upwards of 2.5 million birds are killed each harvest season in Spain, Italy, France and Portugal.

Feb. 27, 2019

Environmentally Friendly Bioplastics Created From Olive Seeds

The idea to create olive-based plastics was sparked when Duygu Yilmaz decided to research whether her father's habit of eating olive seeds was detrimental to his health.

Dec. 3, 2018

Greenhouse Gases at Record Levels, WMO Reports

Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere continue to climb and are not showing signs of slowing, according to a report by the World Meteorological Organization.

Feb. 6, 2018

Quarter of Earth's Land Threatened by Aridity, Drought, Wildfires

A new study warns that aridification, drought and wildfires could affect a quarter of the earth's land if average world temperatures continue to rise.

Oct. 26, 2017

The 'Greening' of Olive Oil Chemistry

Concerns about safety and the environment drive current efforts to switch to new methods that require either fewer chemicals, or that use chemicals that are less dangerous to handle and store.

Oct. 12, 2017

Researchers Convert Olive Mill Wastewater for Practical Uses

Research has discovered how to reduce the detrimental effect of olive oil mill wastewater on the environment.

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