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Are we doing enough to stop global warming?- A report

May 28, 2007
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By Lucía Suárez Fernández 5ºF

Global warming, as we know it, is the gradual increase in the earth’s surface temperature produced by Natural climate variability which is caused by solar activity, volcanic emissions and variations in the earth’s orbit, and the increasing greenhouse effect due to human activity.

The predicted effects are numerous, especially reductions in the ozone layer, species extinction, sea level rise, spread of diseases and extreme weather events such as floods, droughts, hurricanes or tsunamis. Trying to prevent it, most Governments have signed the Kyoto Protocol in order to combat greenhouse gas emissions, except for the United States, because of possible negative effects on the economy.

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Carnival vs Noise in Tenerife - Report

May 28, 2007
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by Marta Arias Cuervo  5ºD

Neighbours from Tenerife reported the noise that the carnival produces during this public holiday.The Carnival’s programme, which was 25 days long, included lots of musical festivals after ten o’clock in the evening most of the days and bring together thousands people from everywhere in Spain and from other countries. Neighbours alleged that the noise went beyond 55 decibels (the legal highest point of noise), and consequently, they couldn’t stay in their homes during the holiday. The mayor of Tenerife, who was absolutely angry, said that the neighbours´ request had mutilated the 200 years-old party, a party that is part of Canaries identity.

That topic has made different an opposite reactions between my classmates.

In the first place, some of them alleged that Carnival is an ancestral tradition so it shouldn’t be banned. Secondly, the money that the carnival provides to Tenerife is an important point to consider. Carnival is the celebration that reaches the most important amount of tourist to Tenerife. In those days hotels have no vacancies, bars and restaurants are full of people who waste money and money there. Last but not least, banning Carnival could set a dangerous precedent for neighbours from others cities who suffer the noise from Fallas, San Fermin or other traditional parties. Leer más »

Motion for debate: Bullfights, tradition or bloody spectacle?

May 28, 2007
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By Juan Carlos Fernández Conde

The motion for debate proposed by Lucía was clear and controversial: should the government ban bullfights? It seems there are different opinions about this topic, as well as, of course, arguments for and against the hypothetical law. First of all, the author remarks the fact that several political authorities are asking to forbid bullfighting in Catalonia because of the cruelty of the show, and how people enjoy watching an animal suffer the way they do. They propose to imitate the Portuguese style, which doesn’t kill the bull during the show. On the other side, there are associations that counter these opinions by saying the bull doesn’t suffer, as a recent research from the Complutense University in Madrid has confirmed.

            Since we live in Spain, which is worldwide known because of bullfighting, it was expected to read different opinions or, at least, some supporters. But the unanimity of the comments demonstrates that this is a barbaric, “out of fashion” tradition. Rebeca made an interesting point when she wrote about the research done which said bulls didn’t suffer thanks to their hormonal system. She compared the situation to a similar one where, instead of the bull, it was your dog the one who was about to die, while being humiliated in front of thousands of people. Javier Villallana agreed with her, exposing it was an outdated and bloody show. In addition, Lucía and Alberto argued their discord with bullfighting, as well as mentioned other traditions which are also deplorable (from their point of view), as the “running of the bulls”(”Encierros”).      

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