Elena Roda

Freelance Journalist

Como, Italy

Elena Roda

Environmental reporting, data visualization, investigative journalism, collaborative journalism, fixer in Italy, communication & press office



360° report: Unprecedented retreat of glacier in Italian alps

In this 360-degree video, you get the chance to join glacier researchers as they do their annual measurements on the Ventina glacier. “This is an unprecedented retreat,” Mattia Gussoni tells Euronews' Elena Roda as he glances up from his measurements at the Ventina glacier in the Italian Alps. Gussoni is a researcher at the Glaciological Service of Lombardy.

From ice to rocks: A tale of glacier retreat in the Italian Alps

With global warming, glaciers around the world are melting at an alarming rate. Discover in this 360° video how the Ventina glacier in the Italian Alps has receded by roughly one kilometre in less than a century, reducing rivers’ volumes across the Lombardy region. In Valmalenco in the Italian Alps, the Ventina glacier is receding about 30 metres each year due to climate change and human activities.

Syrians in occupied Golan Heights can't join Arab Spring

MAJDAL SHAMS, Israel, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- (Editor's Note: Elena Roda is a graduate student studying journalism, media and globalization at the Danish School of Journalism, the University of Aarhus and the University of Hamburg. She was the winner of a UPIU contest to finance a special reporting project.)

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Estrazione di CO2 in Valdelsa, la Regione dice no

La Regione ha detto no. Il progetto di estrazione della CO2 dal sottosuolo della Valdelsa fiorentina sembra essere arrivato al capolinea. Una decisione che fa felici Comitato e amministrazione comunale ma che potrebbe essere messa in discussione dal ricorso al Tar promesso dalla Lifenergy, pronta a chiedere 500mila euro di danni alla Regione, e che non si farà attendere molto.
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Aquiris, la superfogna che produce anche bioplastica

Produrre plastica bio dalle acque sporche cittadine. Sembra fantascienza ma a Bruxelles è realtà, o quasi. Si trova a nord della città la più grande piattaforma di recupero delle acque reflue della capitale belga che ogni giorno raccoglie 275 milioni di litri di liquame residenziale prodotto da 1,4 milioni di abitanti.
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L'inattività delle donne: intervista a A. Simonazzi economista della Sapienza di Roma

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The energy bridge: How EU countries justify fossil fuels

In Germany and Italy, for different reasons, governments are pushing dirty sources of energy as “transition fuels”. When the bulldozers are gone, not much is left. “Over there was the village of Kausche, around 800 people lived there,” former school teacher Reinhard Kapelle points north over the vast, scarred landscape towards an indefinite point in the cloudy sky.
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COP19 Warsaw Live Blog, Day 3

On Day 3 of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, super typhoon Haiyan raises American concerns over loss and damage payouts. CNM contributor Stephen Leahy reports in depth in the Guardian, and quotes an official US briefing document revealing the U.S. worries on poor nations demanding liability from developed countries.

I won’t vote for you – The fate of the environment in the 2013 elections in Italy

Even though many people in Italy care deeply about the environment, other topics overshadow this year’s elections in the country, write EMAJ authors Elena Roda and Silvia Giannelli. In November 2012, the initiative of the Italian government that approved the so-called “National Strategic Plan for the Energy Sector“, seemed a good opportunity to enhance a political reflection on environmental issues.

Backlashes or Bridges? Beverages!

Did you know that while countries all around the globe struggle to curb their CO2 emissions, some companies actually extract the gas right from the ground? In Italy, the residents of Certaldo, a small Tuscan village are protesting a company that plans to dig into their land to mine CO2. There is a chance that if extracted it might end up in your beverage, as carbon dioxide is what makes our drinks all bubbly and sparkly.

The Golan Heights: The Status Quo is Good for Everybody (or Almost)

Syria and Israel clash over the region but the status quo seems to work for both. Meanwhile, a new generation of activists are struggling to reaffirm their rights. Qunaytra checkpoint. About 500 meters divide Israel and Syria. Or better, about 500 meters divide Golan Heights, a Syrian territory occupied by Israel in 1967, and Syria.


Elena Roda

Journalist and fixer freelance based in Italy. Focused on environmental reporting and international issues. Milan University, Aarhus University, Hamburg University Graduate. Climate News Mosaic founder. Contributor at La Stampa, BBC, La Provincia.