With a third of the world (or maybe more by the time this post comes out) under ‘lockdown’ rules, and a very high mortality, it comes as an easy thought that this is really a pandemic.
What is the difference from an epidemic? A disease can be declared an epidemic when it spreads over a wide area and many individuals are taken ill at the same time. If the spread escalates further, an epidemic can become a pandemic, which affects an even wider geographical area and a significant portion of the population becomes affected.
Pandemics are extreme events, but they are also cyclical events , recurring in time.
Do you know what else displays cyclical behaviour?
population numbers (or better, it should)
Let’s look at this in more details
It is still unclear what the origin of this coronavirus are. Perhaps a bat (known vectors of this kind of virus) maybe a pangolin . Surely an animal. And it is still unclear how it spread around - but it was inevitable , people move around so much these days!
In these days it’s hard to talk about anything else but this situation with the virus we find ourselves in. One can see this situation from many prospectives. One can feel panic, feel annoyance, feel sorry for oneself stuck in the house.. or can see it as an opportunity!
As I am based in Italy, and worse in one of what is now considered a ‘red region’, I can’t help but keep thinking about this. So, if you are tired of news on this topic.. I apologise, but hope you will read through. I would like to twist the narrative and dig deeper into it with some considerations..
The coronavirus is spreading more and more, and as I am in my ‘isolation’ spot (an idillyc one if i can say that), more out of prevention, civic sense and preference for ‘staying out of trouble’ than out of fear, I have began to think.
This week I have been to an exhibition-event all about the current status of aquaculture. Exhibitors both from industries and academic backgrounds were present for two full on days of exchanges about the future of our food.
Have you woken up recently to go for a walk around the neighbourhood park just to find all (or at least most) of the trees cut down?
Well, it turns out you are not alone!
Last week I spoke about the wonderful world of intertidal habitats like wetlands and their functioning in terms of ecosystem services and in particular carbon storage,
But what are we really talking about when we talk about carbon storage to mitigate emissions ?
As I explained last week, plants play huge role in trapping carbon from the atmosphere - and so a supposedly ‘easy way’ to offset emission is to plant some greens..
but how does this work in practice ?
Tomorrow is world wetlands day (marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea) and for the occasion I decided to dedicate this week's post to the wonderful world that lies between the sea and the land - those transitional ecosystems that are partly exposed to water and partly exposed to air..
Well, wetlands are an even more particular version of a ‘transitional ecosystem’
Today I want to try and shift some of the stigma usually associated with Italy, and other Mediterranean countries with a similar culture (like Spain and Greece). These countries are often associated with laziness, holidays (great places to visit in the summer), where you can eat good food and bathe in beautiful crystal waters. They are rarely considered places where to set up business because of corruption, inefficiencies and long siesta times ( which by the way are not much of a reality anymore). We are not seen at the forefront of innovation or technology (is well known that you should opt for a German car rather than an Italian or even worse a french one) and are often not even considered in the race when it comes to sustainability...
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