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Long life to batteries!

Long life to batteries!

From the smartphone we carry every day, the tablet or the computer, till any other portable electric tool we use in our everyday have implicit the use of an electric energy accumulation system, or what is commonly known as batteries, in this case rechargable...

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Our wonderful guardians and neighbours!

Our wonderful guardians and neighbours!

People hear a lot about the decline of bees, about the lack of pollinators, but what are pollinators? more importantly, what do they do for us and what do we do for them? The group of pollinators is very wide, not only honey bees, which belong to one specific family....

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Education is more than content

Education is more than content

The education that people receive during all his life it´ s been influenced by the environment in which we live. When we are young and we start to be conscious about the world, the society usually provide us with the models and with the level of knowledge that it is...

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Nature returns to Valladolid!

Nature returns to Valladolid!

During the confinement, we have witnessed how nature quickly returned to the cities in our absence. Wild flora took over the corner of our cities, growing in every available crevice and gradually recovering lost space. It became visible that the streets also belong to...

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Is sustainable mining possible?

Is sustainable mining possible?

Mining activity has defined civilization since its inception and in approximately 90% of our daily activities we use chemical and mineral elements extracted from the interior of the earth. Currently, mining contributes to sustainable processes, such as the European...

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Is there natural radioactivity in drinking water?

Is there natural radioactivity in drinking water?

In our daily life, we are surrounded by radioactivity, from natural or artificial origin. Most of the radioactivity in the environment results from natural elements. In fact, there are radioactive elements in many foods and drinking water. But… How do these elements...

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Creating more liveable cities using nature

Creating more liveable cities using nature

More than a year ago, we invited you to think green and it has been almost two years since we presented the concept "re-naturing cities”. Time waits for no man and it is a great achievement for us to ascertain how these concepts, which we study theoretically, become...

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A pilot experience with a constructed wetland

A pilot experience with a constructed wetland

Aquamundam project was briefly introduced in the previous chapter of this constructed wetland series. CARTIF is currently participating in the pilot setting and analysis within Aquamundam project. One of the main approved actions in this cross-border project is the...

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About recycling, celebrations and children

About recycling, celebrations and children

Last June 15 was a double celebration day in CARTIF. On the one hand, we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the LIFE Programme, the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. It has passed 12 years for us since the first time we applied our first...

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Think green

Think green

We are opening this post providing a written record of we are not sponsored by a well-known beer brand. We dare to make you a direct request because we would like to urge you to do exactly what the title says: think green. At the end of last year, Pantone® company (an...

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Tag me!

Tag me!

The Cambridge dictionary defines the noun “label” as "a piece of paper or other material that gives you information about the object it is attached to." An active social network user would explain us tags are one of the most famous ways people use to find content on...

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How to recover the forest biomass?

How to recover the forest biomass?

It is likely that many of us have taken advantage of weekends to take a walk in the forest or the mountain. When we return home, impressed by the beauty of the landscape, we may have reflected with sadness on the enormous damage that forest fires cause in these...

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The re-naturing of our cities

The re-naturing of our cities

Currently, the 54% of world population lives im cities, and it is foreseen this figure rises by 70% in the middle of this century. Cities have been converted in denatured places in which is difficult to find interconnected nartural surroundings. Current urbanistic...

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Is our food security at risk?

Is our food security at risk?

Food security of two-thirds of the world s’ population depends on the availability and use of fertilizers. In the transition from a fossil reserve-based to a bio-based economy, it has become a critical challenge to close nutrient cycles and move to a more effective...

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Put in clear terms

Put in clear terms

We could read some time ago, as a headline in a national newspaper, that the Chairman of Repsol, Antonio Brufau, literally stated that "It is false that the electric car has zero emissions" and "(...) emissions must take into account not only CO2 emitted by the...

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Fumes! (II)

Fumes! (II)

In the first part of this post, we talked about the conclusions we heard in an interesting conference about air quality. After that, we decided two to do two things. On the one hand, to share the figures and conclusions there exposed and on the other hand, to work at...

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Fumes! (I)

Fumes! (I)

We are not angry, of course, what really happens is that air quality issue concerns us greatly in CARTIF. A few weeks ago, we attended a workshop entitled "Technical solutions for reducing emissions from mobility", held in MAGRAMA (Spanish Ministry). The panel of...

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Once upon a time… the Climate Change

Once upon a time… the Climate Change

"What is the weather like this weekend?". We ask every week when Friday comes. "Sunny, but we can’t trust on weather" answers our colleague. "You’re right! It’s the climate change fault" both conclude. In our previous posts, you have been able to know how CARTIF is...

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Changing the air. And winds of change

Changing the air. And winds of change

At this moment you are visiting our blog and after reading the title of this post, you are thinking about finding a text based on the current social context, where the word "change" appears again and again. Not this time. Here, we want to present our skills and it is...

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