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Isn’t it incredible?

Isn’t it incredible? How every sunset could be the last one? The most beautiful one? The saddest or the best one?

Isn’t it incredible? How every sunset could be the beginning or the end of a new story? A new life or a new book?

Isn’t it incredible?How we can capture a moment that means more than it’s said and done?

Isn’t it incredible? How a ray of sun can change our mood, our thoughts and all our day?

Isn’t it incredible? How we deeply live these moments? In tune with the world and the sounds around us?

Oh nature! Isn’t it an incredible woman?

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-Stefania

Small pieces

What am I

If not a small piece of humanity

A breath

A smile

A drop

A tear

What am I

If not a bird

Who flies in the open sky

And sings to the trees

What am I

If not a working ant,

A free horse

Or a sleeping cat

What am I

If not part of this beautiful

Dark

World

-Stefania

Movies you should watch in August

Do you want to take a break and eat some popcorns?

Here there’s a list of movies I really loved.

Enjoy!

Cowspiracy

Release date: June 26, 2014 (Los Angeles);

Running time: 91 minutes;

Genre: documentary;

Director: Kip Andersen, Keegan Kuhn.

The World’s largest environmental organizations are failing to address the single most destructive force facing the planet today. Follow the shocking, yet humorous, journey of an aspiring environmentalist, as he daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability.

(Source IMDb)

Frida

Based on “Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo” by Hayden Herrera;

Running time: 123 minutes;

Genre: biography, drama;

Director: Julie Tamor.

“Frida” chronicles the life Frida Kahlo shared unflinchingly and openly with Diego Rivera, as the young couple took the art world by storm. From her complex and enduring relationship with her mentor and husband to her illicit and controversial affair with Leon Trotsky, to her provocative and romantic entanglements with women, Frida Kahlo lived a bold and uncompromising life as a political, artistic, and sexual revolutionary.

(Source IMDb)

Battle of sexes

Release date: September 2, 2017 (Telluride); September 22, 2017 (United States)

Running time: 121 minutes;

Genre: biography, comedy;

Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris.

In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.

(Source IMDb)

Loving Vincent

Release date: June 12, 2017 (Annecy);

September 22, 2017 (United States);

October 6, 2017 (Poland);

October 13, 2017 (United Kingdom);

Running time: 95 minutes;

Genre: animation, biography;

Directors: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman.

In the summer of 1891 in France, nearly twelve months after the master painter Vincent van Gogh’s mysterious death, Armand Roulin, the local postman’s young son, is reluctantly tasked with delivering one of the artist’s final letters to his brother, Theo, in Paris. However, when Armand discovers that Theo, too, met his own demise, he embarks on a mission to investigate Vincent’s untimely death, starting off from scenic Auvers-sur-Oise. Has Van Gogh committed suicide or was he murdered? As Armand’s search for evidence continues, there’s more to this enigma than meets the eye.

(Source IMDb)

Love, Simon

Release date: February 27, 2018 (Mardi Gras Festival)

March 16,2018 (United States);

Running time: 110 minutes;

Genre: comedy, drama, romance;

Director: Greg Berlanti.

Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he’s gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.

(Source IMDb)

Otherlife

Release date: 16 June 2017 (Sydney Film Festival);

Running time: 96 minutes;

Genre: crime, mystery, sci-fi;

Director: Ben C.Lucas

The help

Release date: August 9, 2011 (Beverly Hills);

August 10, 2011 (United States);

Running time: 146 minutes;

Genre: drama;

Director: Tate Taylor.

An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids’ point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

(Source IMDb)

A street cat named Bob

Release date: 3 November 2016 (London, premiere);4 November 2016 (United Kingdom);

Running time: 103 minutes

Genre: biography;

Director: Roger Spottiswoode.

Based on the international best selling book. The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.

(Source IMDb)

-Stefania

Lost fields

Qui mi ritrovo nella bellissima campagna di Enna, in Sicilia. Mi stavo dirigendo a Regalbuto, un piccolo paese dove si trova uno dei laghi più grandi in Sicilia. Il lago di Pozzillo si trova un po’ più lontano dalla città e offre dei parchi naturalistici stupendi. Avete anche la possibilità di noleggiare una canoa, fare un giro in bici o semplicemente sedervi sotto l’ombra degli alberi e godervi il venticello fresco che soffia il pomeriggio.

Vi consiglio veramente di visitare l’entroterra siciliano, non ve ne pentirete!

Climate change and global warming

 

The Earth’s climate has always changed throughout the history: just in 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat and it all has depended on the small variations of Earth’s orbit. Now, unfortunately, this climate change is caused by the human activities, so there is an expansion of the ”greenhouse effect”. The greenhouse effect is capable of trapping the heat radiating from Earth toward space.

The differences between global warming and climate change.

  • Global warming” applies to the long-term trend of rising average global temperatures.
  • Climate change” is a broader term that reflects the fact that carbon pollution does more than just warm our planet. Carbon pollution is also changing rain and snow patterns and increasing the risk of intense storms and dryness.

Evidences:

  • Global temperatures rise;
  • warming oceans;
  • shrinking ice sheets;
  • decreased snow cover;
  • sea level rise;
  • declining artic sea ice;
  • extreme events;
  • ocean acidification.

Global temperatures rise

The planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 1.1 degrees (2 fahreneheit) since the 19th century. This happened because of the increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere.

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Warming oceans

Not only are ocean surface waters getting warmer, but so is water 1,500 feet below the surface.

In fact, the ocean has absorbed so much heat—about 20 times as much as the atmosphere over the past half-century—that some models suggest that it is likely to warm the air of 0.55° Celsius (1 Fahreneheit) worldwide over the coming decades.

Shrinking ice sheets

The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets have decreased in mass. Greenland lost 150 to 250 cubic kilometers (36 to 60 cubic miles) of ice between 2002 and 2006, while Antarctica lost about 152 cubic kilometers (36 cubic miles) of ice between 2002 and 2005.

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Decreased snow cover

The amount of spring snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere has decreased over the past five decades and the snow is melting earlier.

Sea level rise

The sea level has risen by 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters). However, the annual rate of rise over the past 20 years has been 0.13 inches (3.2 millimeters) a year, roughly twice the average speed of the preceding 80 years.

 

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Declining artic sea ice

The thickness of ice in the central Arctic ocean declined by 65% between 1975 and 2012; record lows in the maximum extent of Arctic sea ice occurred in March. SWIPA estimates that the Arctic will be free of sea ice in the summer by 2040. Scientists previously suggested this would not occur until 2070.

http://www.amap.no/swipa 

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Extreme events

We could have heat waves, periods of abnormally high temperatures and heat index. Cold waves, a weather phenomenon that is distinguished by a cooling of the air. Floads and tropical cyclones.

Ocean acidification.

Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the acidity of surface ocean waters has increased by about 30 percent because of the emission of carbon dioxide.

The cause

Global warming is primarily a problem of too much carbon dioxide (CO2) in theatmosphere which atcs as a blanket, trapping heat and warming the planet. As we burn fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas for energy or cut and burn forests to create pastures and plantation, carbon accumukates and overloads our atmosphere. Certain agricultural practices make the problem worse by releasing other potent global warming gases, such as methane and nitrous oxide.

 

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September 2019 was the hottest September in 137 years according to Nasa 

What can we do to stop this?

1.Reduce, Reuse, Recycle;

2.Drive less, do you remember your bike?;

3.Save electricity and reduce global warming by turning off lights when you leave a room;

4.Encourage Others to Conserve;

5.Plant a Tree or two;

6. Replace regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs;

7.Install a programmable thermostat;

8.Eat less meat: methane is the second most significant greenhouse gas and cows are one of the greatest methane emitters;

9.Fly less: air travel produces large amounts of emissions so reducing how much you fly by even one or two trips a year can reduce your emissions significantly;

10.Make sure your voice is heard!

 

-Stefania