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Arctic Summit

A conference in Venice on global warming

The effects of global warming on ecosystems, the defence of natural environments and the role of international politics in mitigating the risks of climate change were the key themes of the “Arctic Summit” conference which was held in Venice at the University Ca’ Foscari. The event brought together a range of scientists and prominent figures focused on sustainability in the broadest sense of the term, including Andrea Tilche (European Commission, DG Research & Innovation), Konrad Steffen (Professor at ETH Zurich, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL), Angelika Humbert (Glaciology, University of Bremen), Carlo Barbante (Ca’ Foscari and Idpa-Cnr), Jane da Mosto (Director of We are here Venice) and Simone Molteni (Scientific Director of LifeGate). The meeting was also attended by Alfonso Saibene Canepa, Supply Chain and Sustainability Director at Canepa, and Mauro Rossetti, Director of the Associazione Tessile e Salute, who spoke of their experience and specific commitment to sustainability in the textile, clothing and fashion sector, since the textile industry is the second most polluting industry in the world after the oil and petrol sector. To combat the impact of this sector on the environment, Canepa, along with its own patents which form the innovative SAVEtheWATER-Kitotex system, also became the first textile company in the world to sign the Greenpeace Detox Protocol with the objective of eliminating the harmful substances used in the normal textile production processes. Meanwhile, the Associazione Tessile e Salute brings together all those companies which design, produce and sell safe and sustainable textiles, shoes and accessories. The side event at the conference was the photography exhibition “The Arctic: the final frontier”. Curated by Denis Curti, it is a collection of 120 black and white photos taken in Greenland, Iceland and Siberia by Paolo Solari Bozzi, Ragnar Axelsson and Carsten Egevang. The three photographers explore the lives of those people who live on the ice and spend each day fighting to preserve their little corner of the world. The exhibition is open until 2 April 2017, at la Casa dei Tre Oci in Venice.

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Published on 10 March 2017

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