NASA: the Aurora borealis seen from the International Space Station

Image of an aurora borealis was taken by the ISS, the International Space Station.

The spectacular image is the work of NASA astronaut Christina Koch, on board the ISS. The astronaut said that a few years ago he was at the South Pole, and had observed the aurora borealis, “as inspiration during the 6 months winter night”. Orbiting on the International Space Station, she was able to observe it in a way that was uncommon, and more spectacular, and that gave her more emotions. Credits: Nasa, source: SRM.

Health and wellness are connected to the time we spend in nature

The connection between health and well being and the time spent in the natural environment has been known for years. Further evidence comes from a study carried out in Great Britain.

Research on the relationship between nature, health and well being was published on 13 June 2019 in Scientific Reports under the title Spending at least 120 minutes a week in nature is associated with good health and wellbeing. Scientific Reports 9, Article number: 7730, 2019. DOI: 10.1038 / s41598-019-44097-3. The authors of this new study are Mathew P. White, Ian Alcock, James Grellier, Benedict W. Wheeler, Terry Hartig, Sara L. Warber, Angie Bone, Michael H. Depledge and Lora E. Fleming.

The researchers asked about 20,000 adults how much time they had spent in nature in the previous week. Considering fields and woods, and excluding any vegetable garden. By asking respondents also information on their health and well being after that week. The study would show that those who had spent at least 120 minutes in nature were more likely to have good health and well being.

For Mathew P. White – University of Exeter, Great Britain – and colleagues, these are certainly not definitive results. However, they are “an important starting point” for subsequent scientific and social evaluations on the importance of time spent in natural environments, and on the relative connection with an increase health and well being. Therefore, social and cultural initiatives would be more appropriate to encourage citizens to spend more time in the countryside and in natural environments.

The study also shows that this connection between time spent in nature and health is not related to the green areas available in their own areas of residence. It would also not be related to the age and global health status of people. People who are ill or with chronic pathologies would equally benefit from some time spent in nature. Original source: Fede e Ragione.

We need to tackle and combat climate change:

An interview by Paolo Centofanti, director of Project SRM – Science and Religion in Media. This interview – courtesy SRM – has been made some years ago, during a restricted meeting on climate change in the Vatican City, Rome.

Climate Change. Sir Brian Heap: we need to face it now

There are some people who say that global warming is the weapon of mass distruction. And there are some people who feel that the estimates of the impact of global warming have been underestimated and overestimated. The most valuable and important contribution has been from the intergovernment panel on climate change, which consists of over one thousand climate scientists, the best scientists in the world, who came up with a consensus opinion that GW is a serious problem, and that is due to man later activities.

Therefore i think we have to take it seriously. The big question is how we going to invest now and the hypothesis that are proposed by some of the leading economists is that every use 1 to 2 per cent of our gdp now, and we’ll save ten to twenty per cent costs later all. However there are some economists who say we should not spend immediately, we should wait to see until is developed, and we spend our money later, when we’re richer, and we have the money available to do something about GW. But i think the emphasis is much more only important, so, getting on with the problem, and dealing starting to do with the problem now, rather then delay in the future; because it’s maybe too late in the future.

https://www.srmedia.info/2008/10/18/climate-change-sir-brian-heap-we-need-to-face-it-now/

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Faith and Reason, an English version of Fede e Ragione

Fede e Ragione is an online newspaper registered in the Press Register of the Court of Lodi – Tribunale di Lodi n.5 / 2014, 5 May 2014
Director: Paolo Centofanti

Explaining Fede e Ragione – Faith and Reason

Faith and Reason starts today, Friday 21 June 2019, on the summer solstice. It’s the english version of the online journal and project Fede e Ragione.

Paolo Centofanti, as part of his socio-cultural interests, as a freelance journalist and manager, is currently director of Fede e Ragione – Faith and Reason, as well as of SRM – Science and Religion in Media.

It is therefore appropriate to specify that, although Paolo Centofanti is working for Sky Italia, the Fede e Ragione – Faith and Reason Project and the SRM Project – Science and Religion in Media have no connection either with the company or with its employees, managers or internal or external collaborators; neither more so with the Fox and related companies, nor obviously with the no longer existing company Stream: they are the result only of the cultural activity and the passion of Paolo Centofanti and of those who collaborate there for free or with partnership – as socio-cultural and no profit activities. SRM partners are visible as references on the newspaper’s website, www.srmedia.info, or in the newsletter; other partners will soon be visible as references on the site of the newspaper Fede e Ragione – Faith and Reason.

We also specify that Fede e Ragione – Faith and Reason, has no links or connections with the Science and Faith Institute of the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University, nor with the Faculty of Bioethics.

Because of some erroneous information circulated by some, we must also specify that the project and online journal Fede e Ragione – Faith and Reason – as well as SRM – Science and Religion in Media – does not involve any person belonging to the family – and, more, to extended family / “in-laws” – of director Paul Centofanti.

In the event that you find on the web or elsewhere articles, pages, information or anything else that might make you think otherwise, please report it to pcentofanti@gmail.com or to director@srmedia.info.