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The weather has a permanent influence on our lives. The sky is often the first thing we look when we wake up in the morning. Pressure and humidity affect our body and mood; who has never said “today I am depressed: I should probably blame it on the rain?”. At least once a day most of us want to see or hear a weather forecast and ever since we were born we are used to season cycles that regulate the biologic cycles of all living beings. Popular sayings have been invented about the weather that often sound silly; but the sentence “seasons no longer are the way they used to be”, no matter how old a complaint, because Virgil said it 2000 years ago, has never seemed so a propos as in the past years. In the last years, in fact, we have had springs that seemed like summers, winters that seemed like autumns and meanwhile the media keep telling us about greenhouse gasses and global warming, environmentalists give catastrophic forecasts for the future, while scientists and politicians are obviously trying to calm the alarmism. In all this great confusion it is always us “normal people”, to be left without any clear ideas and so it is our duty to at least try to understand a little bit better the way how things actually stand.

subjects dealt with in Climate change

Climate

The word climate derives from the Greek word κλιμα, or inclination. Climate, in fact, is partly determined by the inclination…

Greenhouse effect

As already mentioned in the previous paragraphs, the greenhouse effect is a natural phenomenon, provoked by a mixture of gases…

Climate through the ages

Since the Earth’s origin, about 5 billion years ago, there have been alternating cold periods which culminated in numerous glacial…

Studying the climate

Core boring is a sampling technique used to research mineral resources in the subsoil by boring wells in order to…

Future scenarios

In the past 20 years scientists have researched calculation models which try to foresee climate variations. These models are known…

Some clarifications about the climate

The example of Greenland is often mentioned, to show the climate changes caused by man. About one thousand years ago…

special reports

  • 29 April 2014 / Air

    What will the climate be like?

    Fiction vs reality In a famous scene of The day after tomorrow1, the paleoclimatologist Jack Hall presents the results of…

    30 May 2014 / Air

    Latest news regarding the climate

    Polar temperatures in the USA, days in March that are almost like summer, extremely violent typhoons ... global climate seems…

    23 October 2013 / Air

    Carbon Footprint

    CO2 emissions and lifestyles If your parents decide to buy a new car, they might be attracted by a car…

  • 27 March 2012 / Air

    Rio and the Conventions

    The history of climate negotiations In the past years we have heard  and read a lot about climate change. The…

    10 February 2014 / Ecosystems

    Coral turns pale!

    The delicate balance of the coral reef “When looking at a coral reef, we are fascinated by the enormous variety…

    13 May 2013 / Earth

    Small steps, great footprints

    Which one takes up more space, an apple or a steak? Have you ever wondered how much space is taken…

  • 20 January 2012 / Air

    From Rio to Rio+20

    20 years after Rio In June this year, in Rio de Janeiro, the world conference on sustainable development will be…

    29 January 2013 / Air

    Rio+20: The future we want?

    Rio+20: expectations and disappointment The appointment that we were so looking forward to, of the international conference on sustainable development,…

    5 May 2012 / Air

    Rio and the battle against desertification

    The Rio Conventions: focus on UNCCD In Rio, two other great challenges for sustainable development, which are closely connected with…

  • 24 February 2016 / Energy

    Renewable energy in Italy

    Renewable energy sources in Italy The GSE, Energy Services Operator, periodically publishes data and statistics on the renewable sources used…

    10 May 2008 / Air

    Bioindicators

    Monitoring the environment Ecologic research is more and more oriented towards an assessment of the quality of the environment and…

    4 May 2010 / Life

    To make a tree...

    To make a tree you need... What does the word tree make you think of? Surely Christmas, but have you…

  • 29 April 2014 / Air

    What will the climate be like?

    Fiction vs reality In a famous scene of The day after tomorrow1, the paleoclimatologist Jack Hall presents the results of…

    30 May 2014 / Air

    Latest news regarding the climate

    Polar temperatures in the USA, days in March that are almost like summer, extremely violent typhoons ... global climate seems…

  • 23 October 2013 / Air

    Carbon Footprint

    CO2 emissions and lifestyles If your parents decide to buy a new car, they might be attracted by a car…

    27 March 2012 / Air

    Rio and the Conventions

    The history of climate negotiations In the past years we have heard  and read a lot about climate change. The…

  • 10 February 2014 / Ecosystems

    Coral turns pale!

    The delicate balance of the coral reef “When looking at a coral reef, we are fascinated by the enormous variety…

    13 May 2013 / Earth

    Small steps, great footprints

    Which one takes up more space, an apple or a steak? Have you ever wondered how much space is taken…

  • 20 January 2012 / Air

    From Rio to Rio+20

    20 years after Rio In June this year, in Rio de Janeiro, the world conference on sustainable development will be…

    29 January 2013 / Air

    Rio+20: The future we want?

    Rio+20: expectations and disappointment The appointment that we were so looking forward to, of the international conference on sustainable development,…

  • 5 May 2012 / Air

    Rio and the battle against desertification

    The Rio Conventions: focus on UNCCD In Rio, two other great challenges for sustainable development, which are closely connected with…

  • 29 April 2014 / Air

    What will the climate be like?

    Fiction vs reality In a famous scene of The day after tomorrow1, the paleoclimatologist Jack Hall presents the results of…

  • 30 May 2014 / Air

    Latest news regarding the climate

    Polar temperatures in the USA, days in March that are almost like summer, extremely violent typhoons ... global climate seems…

  • 23 October 2013 / Air

    Carbon Footprint

    CO2 emissions and lifestyles If your parents decide to buy a new car, they might be attracted by a car…

  • 27 March 2012 / Air

    Rio and the Conventions

    The history of climate negotiations In the past years we have heard  and read a lot about climate change. The…

  • 10 February 2014 / Ecosystems

    Coral turns pale!

    The delicate balance of the coral reef “When looking at a coral reef, we are fascinated by the enormous variety…

  • 13 May 2013 / Earth

    Small steps, great footprints

    Which one takes up more space, an apple or a steak? Have you ever wondered how much space is taken…

  • 20 January 2012 / Air

    From Rio to Rio+20

    20 years after Rio In June this year, in Rio de Janeiro, the world conference on sustainable development will be…

  • 29 January 2013 / Air

    Rio+20: The future we want?

    Rio+20: expectations and disappointment The appointment that we were so looking forward to, of the international conference on sustainable development,…

  • 5 May 2012 / Air

    Rio and the battle against desertification

    The Rio Conventions: focus on UNCCD In Rio, two other great challenges for sustainable development, which are closely connected with…

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