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global energy 2018 7The Global Energy Association summed up the results of the IV All-Russian contest of implemented innovative projects in the field of energy, The Energy of Breakthrough. This year’s winner is a young scientist from St Petersburg Alexey Trinchenko.

ice1The oldest and thickest sea ice in the Arctic has started to break up, opening waters north of Greenland that are normally frozen, even in summer. This phenomenon – which has never been recorded before – has occurred twice this year due to warm winds and a climate-change driven heatwave in the northern hemisphere.

forest2Forests in tropical regions could soon become a source of greenhouse gases, contributing to global warming rather than helping to counteract it, according to research. Loss of trees to agriculture or livestock in tropical regions and the impact of climate change is limiting the forests' ability to absorb carbon dioxide, a study shows.

climate change10E-governance plays a critical role in building inclusive, resilient societies both before and in response to disasters, according to a United Nations report issued this week. The 2018 E-Government Survey highlights the complex challenges and varied opportunities of deploying e-government services.

chadClimate change ­– and the shortages of water and food that come from it – is becoming increasingly linked to conflict, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council on Wednesday, warning that countries most vulnerable to drought and crop failure are also most vulnerable to conflict and fragility.

plastic2From carrying your own water bottle, to volunteering for a local clean-up, everybody needs to do something to stop plastic pollution from getting into the world’s oceans, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his message for World Oceans Day.

global energy 2018 5The names of the Global Energy Prize laureates were announced during the official press conference in Moscow on June 6. In 2018, the prestigious award goes to scientists from Russia and Australia. Russian academician Sergey Alekseenko will be awarded for developments in the field of heat power engineering  while Professor Martin Green will be recognized for technologies in photovoltaics.

world environment dayThe world must unite to “beat plastic pollution” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for World Environment Day on Tuesday, noting that microplastic particles in the ocean, “now outnumber stars in our galaxy”.