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Mark Piazzalunga

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  1. From the album: Earth's beauty

    A beatiful landscape on the sea with a blurred (involuntary but still beatiful) effect with a tree on the right (as you can clearly see).
  2. "Global warming is melting Artctic ices? Who cares? It doesn't affect me directly and it doesn't change my life." Well, ignorant person, here's a nasty consequence of climate change that will revolutionize your life (especially in Summer): humidity. A nightmare for young people, a risk for old people, a good thing for a little minority of lucky ones. Will people finally believe in climate change when humidity will conquer the world? I think so. Humidity can be nasty for some one but it can be dangerous for business especially if it's rising. That
  3. If you rip a sheet into two equal parts, overlay them and then rip and overlay them again you’ll get a pile of sheets high four times than the initial sheet. If you repeat this action for 50 times you’ll get a pile which height can reach the moon. This is an example of exponential growth, the same behavior human population has. Quote from “Inferno” of Dan Brown. There are 7.08 billion people on Earth and the number rises every day exponentially. The number of people rises, so the number of cars, CO2 emissions, water demand, energy demand, temperature and many other factors. The attempts made
  4. Finally I see a strong opposition not just to Keystone but to all fossil fuels lobby from the US Government. If Keystone won't work Canadian government will see in US a country with a disinterest to oil market and will direct its oil from the State of Alberta to Vancouver and then shipped to China. A victory for US but what about China? To finally end oil lobby all countries must participate, even Canada.
  5. Shocking. This shows unfortunately how countries like Germany that invests a lot in renewable energy are still depending on fossil fuels. Germany produces 45% of electricity from coal (worse than the worldwide data, 41%). The photo perfectly explains the duel between fossil fuels and renewable power.
  6. The ranking is based on the data of Blacksmith Institute (an organization working against pollution and its damages) and Green Cross Switzerland. It's a sad chart and it shows how profit and personal interests can destroy the lives of many. AGBOGBLOSHIE, GHANA Agbogbloshie, in Accra, Ghana, is the second largest e-waste processing area in West Africa. E-waste, or electronic waste, is a broad term referring to a range of electronics. Heavy metals released in the burning process easily migrate into homes, food markets and other public areas. Samples taken around the perimeter of Agbogbloshie
  7. Fossil fuels, the main cuase of climate change, belong to an energy system that can't power the world for centuries. At the beginning of XX century oil was an energy source full of opportunities and now we depend on something that is destroying our planet (I don't care about the opinions of the Republicans that still see oil as job opportunities). When oil will run out (according to different sources approximately in 2050) there must be a new energy system, preferably based on renewable energy, to take place. In 2050 there won't be a single drop of oil, that doesn't mean humans will stop using
  8. Really? Same model! I wanted to buy a Lumia 1080 but 520 conquered me :)
  9. If Democrats are lucky they could regain the House after so many years of a Republican majority. A Senate and a House with a Democrats majority means faster reforms. I can't understand why people believe in a secret lobby of scientists. These are just horrible rumors the Republicans spread. Someone really believes that all the scientists are Democrats but it's time to understand that Republicans are conservatives and look backward. Science looks forward and so the Democrats.
  10. The war against climate change is intensifing and President Barack Obama clearly defined his strategy: acting. Here's what he said to the graduates of the University of California at Irvine: “rising temperatures and sea levels and intensifying storm patterns define one of the most significant long-term challenges that our country and our planet face.” President Barack Obama called on Americans coming of age to demand that politicians respond more aggressively to climate change, comparing those skeptical about man-caused alterations to the environment to a belief that the moon is “made of chees
  11. The six richiest and most powerful comapanies in the world are oil companies such as Exxon Mobil, Shell, British Petroleum... To find a renewable energy company you have to go down the ranking. Non-renewable sources market has existed for a century and it's more profitable than renewable one. Fossil fuels are the main cause of global warming and renewable energy is the best solution. This shift from fossil fuels to renewables implies a great loss of money for companies that run the world (the first six oil companies have nearly $2400 billion, higher than France GDP).
  12. Well, there are few of us who use Bing. I don't like Google monopoly but it's true that Bing international version still has some lacks. I have a Lumia, which has Windows Phone 8 :)
  13. Electoral laws change and if in Italy a party which had 500,000 votes can't enter the European Parliament, a party that in Germany had 200,000 votes can have a seat. That's because the different elction thresholds and I find it wrong and undemocratic. You're totally right when you say one vote per EU Citizen andit would be much better if the big european parties participated in the elections. I sincerely hope we won't have a conservative president, it's 10 years we have a president from EPP and 15 we don't have a president from a center-left party. EPP and S&D were thinking to Enrico Lett
  14. In 2016 we'll see if America thinks Republicans still deserve the presidency. From the straw poll the Republicans made the winner was Rand Paul (Senator for Kentucky) but in a challenge between him and Hillary Clinton he has no chance to win.
  15. Wow, bing is my favourite search engine (I'm devoted to Microsoft) and this is one of the reasons.
  16. What is ISIL? It stands for Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, also called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. It's an unrecognized state established in 2004 by different Islamist religious groups, including Al-Qaeda in Iraq, professing Sunni Islam. It's still operative, actually more than ever, and they are intentioned to occupy the entire territory of Levant arriving to Lebanon. The military group of this state is composed by some tens of thousands of men and on 6 June attacked Mosul from the northwest and quickly entered the western part of the city. On the night of 9 June, Iraqi Army soldi
  17. Americans are willing to bear the costs of combating climate change, and most are more likely to support a candidate seeking to address the issue in these midterm elections. By an almost two-to-one margin, 62 percent to 33 percent, Americans say they would pay more for energy if it would mean a reduction in pollution from carbon emissions, according to the Bloomberg National Poll. While Republicans were split, with 46 percent willing to pay more and 49 percent opposed to it, 82 percent of Democrats and 60 percent of independents say they’d accept higher bills. These great news point thre
  18. Not all companies are green but I support those that invest in renewable energy. First Solar, Plug Power and Abengoa are companies but are making the world cleaner and greener. They are the only ones, except governments, that have enough money to change this energy system.
  19. Ahah, really amazing! I really hope that not all the Republicans are so blind not to see the danger behind climate change. He called climate science a "contrived phony mess" and later stated that he thinks there are "a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling in to their projects". How could someone just think this? Because $15 million to promote Keystone XL are well spent instead.
  20. Until the day of the birth a baby is part of the mother, part of her body and so the mother should decide what to do with her own body. Abortion is not a good thing to do, but it can save the lives of many mothers.
  21. Life is a complex succession of long chemical reactions. A little bit reductive and materialist but that's what it is. When we die cellular respiration ends and so all the others reactions. I think that when someone dies there's nothing. Pure nothing, since I believe that there's no soul with an own weight. Regarding the existence of heaven and hell I think in history there have been so many inventions and so many denails. People thought heaven was over the sky and hell under the ground. When the first man went in Space he have seen nothing and we now that the only thing under the ground tha
  22. Yesterday Obama administration decided to cut 30% of carbon emissions from power plants by 2030 through an ambitious and brilliant plan. Wonderful news for the workers in renewable power plants, less for who works in a carbon plant. But which is the state that has to cut the emissions most of all? At the top there’s Lone Star State. The nation’s top emitter of greenhouse gases, Texas would account for more than a quarter of the total cuts in greenhouse gases that would be required, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. At the top positions we can find Florida, Pennsylvania and Arizona. Ri
  23. This is what parties should do now. In this electoral campaign a lot of parties all over the countries of EU claimed an instituion decided by the people. This is the occasion for them to change things. Right now I see EPP and Conservatives in a difficult situation for the choice of the President of the Commission.
  24. Sahara desert climate is hot and arid, everybody knows it. So how can this simple and well-known fact become the idea to power a continent like Europe? Let’s start from the principle: renewable energy is the future of energy; we assume that this sentence is true since all facts gets to this point. Second principle: European territory is restricted and allows the construction of a few plants that could use renewable energy. Paradoxically, countries like Africa have renewable sources, particularly solar, in abundance but scarce funds to make the best of these resources. Now find the connection.
  25. 2014 EU Elections; The Duel Between Anger and Hope A few weeks ago the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said that these elections would have been a duel between anger, the refuse of European Union and the hate for Euro, and hope, improving all the aspects of European Union. There was a big and significant wave of euroscepticism but it haven’t drowned the European Union as everyone believed. There were defeats for Europeanism: - UK, where the Eurosceptic party (UKIP) arrived first with 27.5% and 23 seats. - France, where the Front Nationale took 25% of the votes and 24 seats. There
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