Climate change denial hits unprecedented levels

Climate change skeptics, also called “deniers” or “negationists”, are the people who put in doubt the reality of global warming and related climate change. These days, climate change deniers from all over the world and from all sectors and walks of life — religious, academic, business, political, activist, social justice and citizenry – are gaining strength after the election of US President Donald Trump, the Great Denier.

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Volcanoes and Herzog

Werner Herzog, the legendary German director, has always been fascinated by Nature and Death. What more intriguing for him than volcanoes, that embody both the dersupting forces that shaped the Earth, as well as the destiny that awaits all those who choose to defy them?

This gigantic, unnamed Chilean volcano is an iconic representation of the mighty forces that shape Earth. Photograph by Fabio Luca Bonali.
This gigantic, unnamed Chilean volcano is an iconic representation of the mighty forces that shape the Earth. Photograph by Fabio Luca Bonali.

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Italy: A History of Earthquakes

 Italy braces itself once again in the wake of a M 6.6 jolt that shattered the town of Norcia, in the Southeast of Umbria, causing major damage to the Monastery of St. Benedict, one of many Italian architectural jewels that are prone to seismic activity in the central part of the peninsula. Continue reading Italy: A History of Earthquakes

Italy: on shaky grounds

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Satellite image of the Italian peninsula, a seismically-hyperactive land.

The recent, catastrophic quake in Central Italy is the lastest of a series of seismic jolts that have rattled the country since 1908. This alarming seismic pattern can be understood in terms of the dynamics of the Italian peninsula, undoubtedly one of the most geologically-active regions on Earth. Continue reading Italy: on shaky grounds

Italy: Earthquakes don’t kill people, buildings do

Italy has once again been struck by a deadly temblor that, to date, caused 290 deaths and thousands of injured. This is the seventh deadly quake in Italy in the last 40 years, with most of the tremors concentrated in central-southern Italy.

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Giant helium reserve found in the East African Rift Valley

Underneath the iconic, East African terrain, lay huge volumes of helium.   Photograph by A. Tibaldi
Huge volumes of helium are trapped underneath the iconic, East African Rift terrain.
Photograph by A. Tibaldi

Reseachers uncovered a mammoth helium gas field, in the Tanzanian East African Rift, which they say could help address the increasingly critical shortage of this vital element.

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