Environment


Tension and defiance in trenches of Karabakh

Scorched grass, some trees on the horizon and coils of barbed wire are visible from a small slit in the wall protecting a trench on the frontline of Nagorno-Karabakh. Here Armenian soldiers seeking to keep control of the disputed region of Azerbaijan take turns to watch the activities of their foe in the Azerbaijan-held territory, located just 100 metres (328 feet) away. The afternoon has been comparatively calm on this part of the Karabakh frontline. But in other places fighting had resumed between Armenia and Azerbaijan, each blaming the other for violating a new ceasefire hours after it came into force. As the servicemen are standing outside in the sun, the humming of a military drone forces them to swiftly take cover. "It finds...

SpaceX to launch first Starship rocket to Mars in this year, reveals CEO Elon Musk

Billionaire business and SpaceX owner Elon Musk has announced that his company will launch its first uncrewed mission to Mars in 2024. "I think we have a fighting chance of making that second Mars transfer window," Space.com quoted Elon Musk as saying. Musk made the statement during a discussion at the International Mars Society Convention. It is to be noted that China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched missions to Mars in July 2020 and the next "window" to launch a mission to Red Planet will open in 2022. Musk also said that SpaceX "would maybe have a shot of sending or trying to send something to Mars in three years," if the mission timings didn't depend on the "orbital mechanics that call fo...

Donation of textbooks to two Monegasque associations as part of the operation "Monaco is committed against waste"

The health crisis will not stop generosity or the fight against waste! Despite the temporary suspension of collections organized by the Monaco City Hall and the Monaco Développement Durable (MC2D) association as part of the operation “Monaco is committed against waste” (MEG), a donation of textbooks has nevertheless could be organized this Wednesday, September 30. Indeed, several establishments spontaneously contacted the Town Hall during the summer so that hundreds of unused textbooks or unsold books from the Book Exchange could be recovered. At the beginning of the summer, the Town Hall had already communicated on the generous donation of nearly 1,400 textbooks given by the Lycée Albert Ier. It was the Monaco-Tunisia association that b...

Prince Albert II of Monaco joined the #LeadersPlegde4Nature

As the United Nations Summit on Biodiversity takes place virtually this Wednesday, September 30, 2020 under the theme ′′ Urgent action on biodiversity for sustainable development ", H.S. Prince Albert II of Monaco joined the #LeadersPlegde4Nature alongside 60 + leaders pledging to place nature and climate at the heart of post-covid economic stimulus plans. A 10-point commitment to counter biodiversity loss, fight pollution, adopt sustainable economic systems and restore the ecosystems that underpin human health and well-being. In His message the Sovereign Prince stressed the urgent threat that loss of biodiversity poses to global health, food security and livelihoods, inviting collective action to achieve a regeneration of the Nature b...

Key to butterfly climate survival may be colour coded

A butterfly's ability to absorb or reflect heat from the sun with its wings could be a matter of life and death in a warming world, according to British research published Thursday calling for gardens, parks and farms to host shady, cooling-off spots. While all butterflies are ectotherms -- they cannot generate their own body heat -- the ability to regulate temperature varies significantly, researchers said. The study found that species that struggle to moderate their body temperatures often rely on being able to escape the full heat of the sun in shaded "microclimates" to survive. These butterflies are "likely to suffer the most from climate change and habitat loss," said lead author Andrew Bladon, of the University ...

HYDROGEN, A CREDIBLE ALTERNATIVE TO DIESEL

Monaco, September 22, 2020 In the presence of HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II, President of the YCM, five speakers presented the different opportunities of hydrogen solutions to provide shipowners with an alternative to the use of diesel, in order to propel their units and / or provide the necessary energy. to life on board, without emissions and without noise. Jérémie Lagarrigue, CEO of EODev, began the conference with a few explanations on the current environmental situation, the level of greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, in order to understand the importance and the urgency of the energy transition. After recalling the operation of a fuel cell and unveiling its installation on board Energy Observer in collaboration w...

Organization of the RAMOGEPOL exercise "SANREMO 2020"

The Ministry of the Environment and the Italian Coast Guard organized on Thursday, September 17, a pollution control exercise as part of the RAMOGEPOL intervention plan. Due to the health situation, this simulated exercise did not mobilize naval and air resources. However, its objective was to test, with maximum realism, the coordination and speed of reaction of the French, Monegasque and Italian authorities in the face of a major pollution event. The scenario of this edition, entitled "SANREMO 2020", feigned the collision between an oil tanker and a yacht off Sanremo, in the maritime border area of ​​the three countries of the Agreement, causing the spill of a large quantity of oil. hydrocarbons threatening the Ligurian, Frenc...

The Municipal Institution cancels its participation in the 25th European Heritage Day in the Principality

It is with regret that the Monaco City Hall will not participate this year in the European Heritage Day in the Principality on Sunday September 27, 2020. Consequently, the exhibition of the Regional Fund of the Media Library of Monaco, which was to be installed in the Council Room of the Town Hall, will not take place and the Superior School of Plastic Arts - Pavillon Bosio will not open its doors. doors either that day. Source: Mairie de Monaco...

Riviera Electric Challenge 2020: Monaco City Hall wins first prize for female crews

Once again this year, Monaco City Hall can be proud of the two crews that represented it at the Riviera Electric Challenge which took place from September 9 to 11 between Cagnes-sur-mer and the Italian town of Dolceacqua. For its 4th participation, the Municipal Institution won the 1st prize for female crews, the 2nd prize for municipalities and the 4th prize in the general classification thanks to its "team" made up of the two Deputy Mayor, Françoise Gamerdinger and Karyn Ardisson Salopek, on the e-Golf. The second crew, made up of Jacques Pastor, Deputy Mayor and the Mayor of Dolceacqua, Fulvio Gazzola, driving a Kia Niro, was not unworthy by winning the 3rd prize ex-aequo for the theoretical test - a questionnaire on envi...

A new teleservice to request help with the purchase of an ecological vehicle

Since 1994, the Government has promoted the use of electric or hybrid vehicles with electric-gasoline engines in the Principality, in particular by granting a purchase bonus. This allows the fleet of ecological vehicles to continue to grow steadily, which since the end of 2019 has been 18% for electric vehicles and 16% for hybrid vehicles. With 3,205 electric and hybrid vehicles registered, the Principality currently has a fleet of 6.80% ecological vehicles. In order to continue these efforts along this environmental path, the Environment Department wished, while preserving paper resources, to provide more comfort to users by setting up the teleservice. The latter allows you to request help from your home for the purchase of an electric o...

Electric vehicles: "MONACO ON" makes charging easier for you

Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, Government Counselor - Minister of Equipment, Environment and Town Planning, went to the Portier Parking to discover the electric service station and its new “MONACO ON” label . The locations dedicated to recharging electric vehicles can now be identified by their bright yellow tint. In August 2020, the number of electric or hybrid vehicles in the Monegasque fleet amounted to nearly 7% of the fleet. Charging requirements increase as does the required charging power. A conventional outlet with a ceiling set at 25 kWh, is equivalent to half the capacity of the last Zoe and nearly four times less than the capacities of high-end vehicles. The Government is gradually replacing, in public car parks and on the road, self-...

About a hundred people took part in the 2nd edition of World CleanUp Day in the Principality

On Saturday September 19, 2020, a hundred people mobilized in Monaco on the occasion of World CleanUp Day to collect waste and raise public awareness of this problem. Like last year, HSH Prince Albert II set an example by participating in the march through the alleys of Monaco-Ville with his children, LL.AA.SS. Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella. The Sovereign, very attached to the environmental cause, collected waste alongside the initiator of the project, Sébastien Uscher, Marjorie Crovetto, Deputy Mayor, in charge of the Framework of Life, the Environment and Sustainable Development and Annabelle Jaeger Seydoux, Director of the Mission for the Energy Transition. This second edition in the Principality made it possible to c...