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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

  • 23 October 2017 / Air

    Carbon Footprint

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

    10 February 2020 / 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 2018 / 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…

  • 15 November 2021 / Air

    How did Cop26 end?

    On Saturday afternoon in Glasgow, representatives of more than 200 countries attending the COP26 United Nations climate change conference reached…

    5 November 2021 / Air

    Cop26, the calendar for the climate conference

    1 November was the first day of the summit, the opening ceremony of which began with a speech by British…

    25 August 2021 / Air

    Geo-engineering: a contribution to mitigate climate change?

    Climate change is a fact. And the role of man in determining such change is scientifically established. Normally depicted by…

  • 29 April 2020 / Air

    Lightning

    Help! a storm! Man has always been afraid of lightning, in fact in the past lightning was considered a sign…

    5 August 2019 / Air

    Summer wind

    A sixteen-year-old Swedish girl is braving the wind, cold and rain to take her protest against the changing climate onto…

    17 July 2018 / Air

    Tornadoes and waterspouts: phenomena that (also) occur in Italy

    When we talk about tornadoes, our thoughts immediately go to the immense American plains and the area known as “tornado…

  • 23 October 2017 / Air

    Carbon Footprint

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

    10 February 2020 / 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 2018 / 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…

    15 November 2021 / Air

    How did Cop26 end?

    On Saturday afternoon in Glasgow, representatives of more than 200 countries attending the COP26 United Nations climate change conference reached…

  • 5 November 2021 / Air

    Cop26, the calendar for the climate conference

    1 November was the first day of the summit, the opening ceremony of which began with a speech by British…

    25 August 2021 / Air

    Geo-engineering: a contribution to mitigate climate change?

    Climate change is a fact. And the role of man in determining such change is scientifically established. Normally depicted by…

  • 29 April 2020 / Air

    Lightning

    Help! a storm! Man has always been afraid of lightning, in fact in the past lightning was considered a sign…

    5 August 2019 / Air

    Summer wind

    A sixteen-year-old Swedish girl is braving the wind, cold and rain to take her protest against the changing climate onto…

  • 17 July 2018 / Air

    Tornadoes and waterspouts: phenomena that (also) occur in Italy

    When we talk about tornadoes, our thoughts immediately go to the immense American plains and the area known as “tornado…

  • 23 October 2017 / Air

    Carbon Footprint

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

  • 10 February 2020 / 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 2018 / 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…

  • 15 November 2021 / Air

    How did Cop26 end?

    On Saturday afternoon in Glasgow, representatives of more than 200 countries attending the COP26 United Nations climate change conference reached…

  • 5 November 2021 / Air

    Cop26, the calendar for the climate conference

    1 November was the first day of the summit, the opening ceremony of which began with a speech by British…

  • 25 August 2021 / Air

    Geo-engineering: a contribution to mitigate climate change?

    Climate change is a fact. And the role of man in determining such change is scientifically established. Normally depicted by…

  • 29 April 2020 / Air

    Lightning

    Help! a storm! Man has always been afraid of lightning, in fact in the past lightning was considered a sign…

  • 5 August 2019 / Air

    Summer wind

    A sixteen-year-old Swedish girl is braving the wind, cold and rain to take her protest against the changing climate onto…

  • 17 July 2018 / Air

    Tornadoes and waterspouts: phenomena that (also) occur in Italy

    When we talk about tornadoes, our thoughts immediately go to the immense American plains and the area known as “tornado…

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