Italy has many volcanoes - some still active. Now, satellite imagery can help pre-empt volcanic eruptions from outer space.
The latest European Sentinel satellite went into orbit after taking off from Russia. It will provide data to help emergency services manage their response to natural disasters.
The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched the newest addition to its multi-billion-euro Copernicus program. The monitoring network aims to track pollution, deforestation, weather, and other changes on Earth's surface.
At the rate the Americans send satellites into space, you'd be right to ask, is it special anymore? Not very. But the Sentinel-2B satellite launch next week is. It's a "breakthrough" in European technology.
The first pictures of earth from space, the first bicycles on earth, trash problems in the Mediterranean Sea, waterways changing color and controversial logging laws - a look back at the week in environmental news.
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