Congo: Inside the Mafia of Ores Smugglers

We are in Congo, on the border with Rwanda, in the Kivu province, battered by guerilla and US embargo on “bloody minerals”. Here, militias piloted by the infamous General Bosco Ntaganda recruited hordes of miners and merchants left without work to widen the network of illicit traffic of precious metals, but arriving on international markets through the legal circuit

War in the EU on Water Privatization

It is the privatization of water to be now in the EU viewfinder. This happened especially in Greece where attempts have been made to leverage the precarious economic situation to impose the liberalization of municipal water services in exchange for the anti-crisis aid package. Yet the same Community legislation on services sanctions the principle of non-interference in national water management modes. Italy still resists

Zimbabwe: All Africa’s Colors

The image of an anti-Western nation and the international embargo linked to the political affairs of the last decade have made Zimbabwe a little-visited destination. But it will suffice to land on it and to ride around to realize that everyday life is very different from what transpires from media sensationalism. Here natural beauties combine with unparalleled modernity and civic sense in Africa

EU Greenhouse Gas Scammers

Among the longest greenhouse gases we find fluorinated. Paints, air conditioners, refrigerants: these are the consumer goods whose production emits the notorious gas, so damaging to the health of the climate. Italy is in the EU viewfinder for failing to comply with the Community rules on fluorinated emissions

Cold case: EU spending in Kosovo

It is still unclear what happened to the European funds allocated for post-conflict reconstruction of Kosovo. It is the funds that the European Commission gave to UNMIK, the special UN mission that politically and economically administered Kosovo from 2000 to 2008 until the independence from Serbia. This is a story where no one takes responsibility but where, on the other hand, the UN and the EU continue to laugh behind a rubber wall

The Dirty Business of Carbon Credits

A carbon credit system, the one designed by the European community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but which would actually even raise them. The scheme was so controversial that the European Union banned it in 2013. However, the prohibition has not been taken into account by some large multinationals, as long as it does not actually come into force

Africa: Biofuels Promise for a Green (and Bad) Economy

An investigation to find out the price of EU green policies in favor of low-grade CO₂ blends. Imagine Switzerland entirely covered with plantations to fuel cars and power plants: it is the correspondent of the land today exploited by Westerners in Africa to produce biofuels. Are we sure that this ambitious sustainable energy project is equally sustainable for African rural communities?

Africa: Italians Join the Rush to Biofuels

Against climate warming and oil prices, the Kyoto Protocol bets on biofuels. And if the announced green revolution assumed the size of a new colonization? The Italian company Tozzi Renewable Energy (TRE Spa) is positioned on the African chess board, pending a new climate change agreement that could multiply cash flows to the green gold sector

Congo: the killing king of North Kivu

Power almost never does the right thing, but certainly always does the story. And that is the brutal story of Kivu, east of Congo. Here, a scum of rotten forces is devastating the territory with kidnapping, destruction of natural reserves and illicit trafficking of raw materials. The armed arm is Bosco Ntaganda, at the expense of Congolese President Kabila and Rwandan President Kagame. Many Congolese people wonder whether the international community has now resigned to Ntaganda’s laws

Checking Glaciers Meltdown with Your Phone

Over the past 150 years the most dramatic glacial retreat. Three-quarters of Swiss glaciers will disappear over the next decades. No more excuses for tourists who love Grindelwald. From today, the “Jungfrau Climate Guide”, a pocketbook available also in the form of Iphone application, invites tourists to travel by train rather than by car and helps them see with their own eyes the tangible effects of climate change, capable of compromising the sustainability and attractiveness of the mountain