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Minos, greenhouse gases, Neruda and Munch: bad news for our health!

As we endure the fatigue of a few days of intense heat we have been given some very reassuring news.

The Anticyclone of the Azores, which guaranteed us a hot summer, tempered by winds coming from the ocean, no longer exists. The heat waves that follow come from Africa accompanied by names such as Charon, Minos or Lucifer do not contribute to our good humour. On the arrival of a warm wind coming from the Carpathians, we will call it Dracula just to keep us happy.
But the most alarming news is provided by scientists and climatologists from all areas. They all agree on one thing: our climate is destabilized by the production of “greenhouse gases”, the result of the continued growth in emissions produced by oil, coal and methane. China, the USA, the EU and India are, respectively, the main culprits.
As we watch indifferently, but unfortunately also powerless to systematic desertification of the planet and the pollution of the air and the oceans; the main sources of oxygen and essential to our existence, we learn that, for the growth of human population, energy consumption will be doubled by 2030. If our current dependence remained unchanged on fossil fuels, emission levels of carbon dioxide could increase by 50%, resulting in air pollution well beyond the threshold of tolerability to human health. The gravity of this news seems tempered by a group of scientists, however, seems to work in the favour of oil companies.
In a beautiful poem entitled “Ode to Life” Pablo Neruda concludes by saying: “being alive requires an effort far greater than the simple act of breathing.” I would like to hope that the simple act of breathing does not become more difficult than being alive.
Recently the famous painting called “The Scream” or “Scream” by Edvard Munch was sold to an American tycoon for $ 120 million. It is strikes us the head clasped in his hands, the person who screams in anguish and that is nothing but the self-portrait of the artist who best represented the existential uneasiness but also affects the surrounding landscape, made with violent and improbable colour combinations, broad strokes of red and yellow like tongues of fire streaking across the sky to signify the helplessness of man before the supremacy of nature, that nature takes revenge. I think that the picture was painted between 1893 and 1900, there are 4 versions and I do not know which one we are talking about, but you cannot deny that the extraordinary sensitivity of the painter, makes it very valid.



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