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Mark Piazzalunga

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  1. I am M.P.’s mother. He would have turned 16 in December. On Sept. 15, the first day of school, he went to the fourth floor of the school building and jumped. He died on Sept. 25. We have lost an intelligent boy who was full of ideas, poetry and love. This inexplicable act leaves us stunned and silent. In my infinite sorrow I find a little consolation in reading his thoughts here ... thanks to those who have shared them with him.

    1. Simon

      Simon

      I am so sorry for your loss, you have my deepest and sincerest sympathy. I will always be grateful that your son wanted to share his thoughts and ideas here with us in this community.

  2. Renewable energy companies have been in a tough situation for more than twenty years (since the beginning of renewables' sector). Two fires, two enemies to fight, the first is the entire fossil fuels' sector, the second is the internal competition in its own sector. The first is a strong, old and rich institution, with thousands of billion of dollars and has exponents like Shell, BP, Total, Exxon and Chevron. The second is also strong and in a long-term can monopolize the entire energy market, it's the internal competition in renewable energy sector, where companies double their profits in les
  3. Debates are good, healthy, and after a debate there’s always a winner. Believe me, in climate change debate action will win, action against the worst environmental crisis of human history, action against a deadly enemy which kills 7 million people a year. Climate change debate landed in Japan after the tragic facts of Fukushima in 2011. After three years Japan is ready to move on (at least the government is). In fact, the Nuclear Regulation Authority vouched last month for the safety of two reactors in Sendai. Still, the proposal of the government depends more and more from the public opinion
  4. This is the worst drought Califronia has ever seen and it's lasting more than three years! California's agriculture is destroyed and the drought is turning the Golden State into a desert. Govern Brown would build an aqueduct from Nevada to California but it's expensive and it takes too much time. Republicans said it's normal,the normal weather of California but there are no precedents of this situation. If this isn't global warming... also California needs to do the ice bucket challenge.
  5. And what a noble act is yours. Apparently bees are attracted by blue, white, yellow or purple flowers, some examples: fuchsia, daisy, sunflower, cosmos, gaillardia, asters. Plant them in a sunny spot where bees will come. Pesticides are out of business, if you have to use them start with the less toxic. Also fruit trees attract them. Regarding the herbs I suggest basil, mint, rosemary, thyme, borage and balm. So, flowers must be well spotted, different colors, different shapes. Good lcuk with the new house and the new garden!
  6. Wonderful project! The idea is very illuminating, to condensate and unite the energies to be competitive in a global scenario. I'm sure they'll complete it in a few years. But that's the North of Europe, another reality, much more efficient than the South. Think to the bridge of Øresund is a massive project. Here in Italy we have many unfinished projects, especially we have a 500 km highway started fifty years ago and it's not finished yet. Returning to high-speed rails we have Turin-Lyon, started a few years ago but on the French side there are no problems, on ours there's the police 24 ho
  7. Today a U.S. reporter was killed by ISIS fighters. Let's hope this madness will finish.

  8. Today a U.S. reporter was killed by ISIS fighters. Let's hope this madness will finish.

  9. On the old traces of TEN-T project a new high speed rail system could be built basing on the "European corridors". Some high spped rails already exists but are unfinished and non-linear. The main corridors should be five: three verticals, two horizontal. The vertical corridors: 1. Blue. Lisbon-Edimburgh. Lisbon-Madrid-Bordeaux-Paris-through Eurochannel-London-Birminghan-Manchester-Edimburgh-Glasgow. Also another line wich connects Dublin to Belfast. Let's not forget Ireland. 2. Red. Rome-Stockholm with extentions from Naples to Oslo. Naples-Rome-Florence-Bologna-Milan. - The f
  10. It would be a wonderful project, unfortunately we're still waiting the new commission. The TEN-T project failed and the most unsuccessful was Corridor 5 which should have connect Lisbon to Kiev but Portugal and Spain governments had the economical crisis to handle. Italy had no connection with Slovenia and Hungary wanted to invest money in highways. Here's the link for a complete article about that: http://www.voxeurop.eu/en/content/article/2126661-lisbon-kiev-departure-delayed It will be wonderful to restart everything from zero. The idea of Paneuropean Corridors is interesting but wi
  11. Renewable energy companies are just at the beginning but when the shift to renewables will take place would oil giants just go away? In this ranking there are just oil producers or traders. The first renewable company is 31st and is Iberdrola. 1. Exxon Mobil Corporation It's American multinational oil and gas corporation headquartered in Irving, Texas. A direct and the richest descendant of the famous Stantard Oil company. In 1999 Exxon merged with Mobil forming the biggest energy company in the world. It's the biggest company in the world and guilty of one of the worst oil spills in histo
  12. China is expanding in renewable energy market. Suntech is a Chinese company and one of the biggest in the renewable sector. It has delivered more than 13,000,000 solar panels to thousands of companies in more than 80 countries around the world including Google. It has a revenue of $3.15 billion and the competition against China lower prices is very weak right now.
  13. Here's an alternative to biofuels: Electrofuels. Current biofuel production methods are intensive and require additional resources, such as water, fertilizer, and large areas of land to grow crops. Electrofuels bypass photosynthesis altogether by utilizing microorganisms that are self-reliant and don't need solar energy to grow or produce biofuels. These microorganisms can directly use energy from electricity and chemical compounds like hydrogen to produce liquid fuels from carbon dioxide (CO2). Because these microorganisms can directly use these energy sources, the overall efficiency of th
  14. Tesla Motors has few rivals in a sector which is quite new. And their cars are very beautiful althought its CEO is a strong opponent of hydrogen cells. This expansion seems very strong, we'll see where this is going...
  15. Thanks! The day I took the picture there was a wonderful light.
  16. The first generation of biofuels isn't green and polluting (less than oil but still high) although they could be a "transition" to renewable energy. Unfortunately solar cars aren't totally advanced and improving biofuels technology (methanol is a good alternative, it is produced from CO2) could have positive effects.
  17. I don't like "generalist" social networks like Facebook and Google+ (I don't like Google) that's why I prefer Flickr or Tumblr but you're right Simon, there are few apps in the Windows Marketplace. It's a shame, Windows 8 is a good OS.
  18. Most people aren't scared from climate change because they can't see and directly feel the consequences. What are some degrees over the usual? People must understand that the consequences will be catastrophic and that the effects of climate change are unpredictable, like Polar Vortex in the USA this winter is a consequence of global warming, strange but true.
  19. I'm sure green movement won't become like Republican oil lobby. There's one thing the global green movement doesn't have: money (and some marketing to get sponsored). It's horrible that climate change is considered less important than Orlando Bloom punching Justin Bieber...
  20. Nice video, what a beatiful truth. Let's hope it becomes reality as soon as possible in the entire world.
  21. I'm a student but during this summer I'm "jobless" (I'm really enjoying it).
  22. Twenty years ago renewable energy was science fiction and climate change didn't exist, well, it did but nobody knew that. Now renewable energy sector is a market of billion dollars. Companies like Sun Power and Abengoa are quoted in the stock exchanges all over the world. From zero to a hundred billion dollars in just twenty years, with 6.5 million jobs and the constant target to fight climate change. In twenty years where will the green movement be? We just have to keep the movement alive, keep telling people the risk of climate change is high, keep acting for a greener world. This website
  23. While here in Northern Italy there are 18º and a lot of rain, storms and a Autumn climate California is a little bit hotter. Here's a news for the people who believe climate change doesn't exist: California’s three-year drought just went from bad to dreadful. In the course of the last week, the crimson expanse of “exceptional drought” grew to engulf the northern part of the state. The following chart , showing the drought's progession since 2011, speaks for itself: All of California is in "severe drought" (shown in orange), and 82 percent is rated “extreme drought” (in red). The agen
  24. A good news for innovation and environment comes from Denmark, pioneer in the sector of renewable energy. A team of British designers and artists have proposed a floating tourist attraction that would gather solar energy in Copenhagen Harbor as the Danish city works to become carbon-neutral by the year 2025. And this flosting attraction is a giant duck. That’s right! A giant sea duck could power Copenaghen with renewable energy! Human mind can do wonderful things sometimes. Built from lightweight steel and covered in solar panels, the “energy duck” would by day collect the sun’s ra
  25. When I searched the definition for “war” I found this: “War is a social or politic event which consists in an armed conflict between two or more subjects. What is happening now in the Gaza Strip can’t be named a war, it’s more like an invasion and a slaughter of innocent people. People warned to leave their houses by a SMS before a missile attack, children murdered in the schools, this is the nightmare in the Gaza Strip. The invasion of Palestine should have been a “protection operation” against the terrorist group Hamas. It’s true, children can be dangerous. Especially if they’re injected wit
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