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The more you know October edition

So this October here at the more you know blog, you will get to know some news and interesting facts about some places; this is the space where you can share everyone in the world some info you consider cool to others to know!


The 5th of October commemorates the Implantation of the Republic when Portugal stopped being a monarchy and became a republic. The Day of the Implantation of the Republic, October 5, it's a national holiday.



Germany underwater

Floods shook Germany and its inhabitants

The flood disaster occurred on the night of July 14 to July 15 in western Germany. Rheinland-Pfalz and North Rhein-Westfalen were particularly affected, as also the neighboring countries of the Netherlands and Belgium. Small rivers and streams turned into torrents that destroyed entire towns. My town Stolberg, which is in the district of Aachen, was also affected. July 14, 2021, in western Germany. The police drove on the streets and warned people about the flood disaster that occurred in the following. It started out harmless. First came the light rain, which gradually became heavier, accumulating on the streets and on the ground. People on the streets, confused, parked their cars elsewhere. About 2 hours after the warning, the power and electricity were turned off in cities in Germany like my city Aachen. No network. No Internet. No light. No electricity. The darker it got, the more the water rose, and people moved away from their homes. Outside, there was only the sound of the water, reminiscent of the sea, and it was dark without the light of the lanterns or the shops. Anyone who paid attention in physics class at school knows that water and electricity are not a good combination.

What were the devastating consequences of the flood?

The water flooded people with a lot of negativities. The financial damage is estimated at more than 29 billion euros by the federal government. The flood has torn apart the infrastructure, roads, bridges, houses, and much more. Of the more than 3,000 buildings damaged, at least 467 were destroyed, including nearly 200 homes. People lost their homes, shops, and possessions. Heavy flooding also leads to a lack of drinking water and an increased risk of epidemics. Yes, the worst thing was that the flood not only took things but also people's lives. 189 people died in the flood disaster. To this day, a few are still missing.

What is the cause of such disasters?

I'm sure you're wondering: How does such a tragedy come? There are natural disasters all over the world. The reason for this was the heavy rainfall, which can cause dangerous flash floods in the valleys of the low mountain ranges. Extremely high amounts of rain of up to 200 liters per square meter fell here in a very short time. The climate also plays a very important role here. Through our man-made emissions, we boost global warming, which causes higher temperatures. Warmer air holds more moisture. As we all noticed this year 2022, with each passing year our earth is getting warmer and warmer, and thus much more waterfalls on the earth today during heavy rains than a few years ago. Higher temperatures suggest that the water cycle will intensify, for example, due to greater evaporation. This basically gives the possibility of more intense precipitation and larger floods. Another cause of the flooding is sea levels rising from...yes...our emissions warming the earth. There are two main reasons why sea levels are now rising. 50 percent of sea level rise is due to warming water, increasing volume. The second reason is simply the ice and glaciers melting away under the polar bears' paws. Global sea level has risen faster in the 20th century than in any other century in the past 3000 years. Evaluations of gauge and satellite data show a sea level rise of 20 cm or an average rate of rise of 2.3 mm/year for the period 1901-2018. A research group led by Steve Nerem from the University of Colorado at Boulder found in February 2018 that sea level rise is accelerating: every year sea level is rising 0.08 millimeters faster than before. Accordingly, the increase in the year 2100 could already be ten millimeters per year. The most visible consequence is permanent flooding, which makes rural areas uninhabitable.

What to do in the event of a flood disaster?

· Keep calm and prudence

· Clear out the basement rooms that groundwater can penetrate or that can fill up

· Seal windows and doors as well as drain openings.

· Turn off electrical appliances and heaters in rooms that can become flooded because of the risk of electric shock.

To come to a conclusion, we should cut our emissions to keep sea levels from rising or warm air from holding more moisture and reduce the likelihood of more floods and catastrophic floods. We must stick together as people and prevent climate problems. It's not about everyone acting perfectly, it's about everyone acting imperfectly. So, we have a bigger and better result. Together we can build our future like those affected by the flood rebuilt their city. Together we can get up after a setback and get up stronger. A fall isn't a death sentence, it's just a chance to get back up and keep going. Get on with your life, and fight against climate change, for your descendants and for yourself. Please also remember - of course, you must keep yourself updated with news, but also sometimes spend some time away from negative news and enjoy your life in an environmentally friendly way.

Written by Sherida Amanda Kerres



Today I want to talk about Greta Thunberg. She is 19 years old and a Swedish climate activist. She has already done many good things. the most recent that I know of is that she is trying to prevent the nuclear power plants in Germany from switching to polluting coal plants. Germany has been struggling with the energy issue in the country for some time. Originally, the governing coalition of Social Democrats, Greens, and Liberals wanted to shut down its last three nuclear power plants by the end of this year. However, influenced by the energy crisis, Chancellor Olaf Scholz's government decided to keep two of the three plants open until at least spring 2023. At the same time, it was decided to keep several coal-fired power plants open until spring 2024. By 2030, the coal-fired plants would have to disappear. Scholz's liberal coalition partner FDP advocates keeping all three nuclear power plants open. Liberal Finance Minister Christian Lindner is pleased with Thunberg's statement, he said on Twitter. "In this crisis, everything that provides power capacity must remain on the grid. The reasons speak for themselves, both economically and physically." The German opposition also greeted Thunberg's statements approvingly. "When even the patron saint of the Greens speaks out in favor of extending the existing nuclear power plants, it is clear what kind of ideological mess Robert Habeck (the Green Vice Chancellor, ed.) and his party have gotten themselves into," said Florian Hahn (CSU).



Welcome to know Costa Rica My place of residence is Sarchí located in the Province of Alajuela Sarchí is a picturesque place, a small town surrounded by nature and peace, just 10 minutes away I can reach the Celeste River pools, visit waterfalls, and enjoy incredible views of mountains where I can breathe fresh air and on the way you can find with streams of pure water, also if you like fishing you can do it. On my property, we have many coffee plants where in November and December the bushes bear fruit and are taken so that their fruit is processed and from there the delicious drink, 100 percent pure Costa Rican Coffee, is born. If you want to enjoy a good coffee you have to visit Sarchí, in this little town you can find very picturesque handicrafts and the largest cart in the world. And what do we Ticos eat, because breakfast is characterized by Gallo pinto- Rice and mixed beans- ripe plantain, egg, and bread, our diet is based on rice, rice, and rice! Where I live in the mornings you can hear the rooster, many little birds can come to greet you in the mornings, there is a lot of silence, you can breathe tranquility and fresh air, butterflies of many colors, flowers of all colors and shapes, the sunsets are spectacular, it is a place really beautiful. When you want to visit Costa Rica look for me and you stay with me, here you have a second home!



Argentina is one of the largest countries in Latin America. It is characterized by being a notably agricultural livestock country, which is home to a wide variety of climates, reliefs, flora, and fauna in its extensive territory it is one of the most visited countries in Latin America, which receives a large number of tourists attracted by its landscapes, its cultural life and its gastronomy in which wine and meat stand out. Argentina is a country with deep-rooted customs and traditions. Some were inherited from the immigrants it received at the beginning of the 20th century and others from the native peoples who survived the conquest of America since Argentina was a Spanish colony until 1816, the year of its independence (July 9 independence day) many of the customs have their origin in the traditions of the native inhabitants of America, and many others were given by the multicultural fusion produced by the immigrants, the most prominent are: tango, mate, folklore soccer, carnivals, and gineteada festivals.



El Salvador is a small nation in Central America, recognized for its beautiful beaches, lakes, and sunsets; something awesome about our country is also the small towns and mountains.

-@soraartt & @saray.montes17

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