Category Archives: Environment

Christmas Video: Treevenge

I don’t believe in Christmas myself, but nevertheless I want to bless you all with this lovely Christmas video: Have a happy season and don’t kill too many trees! Here is a suggestion for an alternative Christmas tree:

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How to measure Progress

Apart from the general criticism of the GDP expressed so eloquently here by Robert F Kennedy, I always wonder about the usefulness of international comparisons. I doubt that the GDP numbers for Nigeria are collected/calculated the same way as those for … Continue reading

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Planet Earth II

The BBC is working on Planet Earth II and judging by the trailer, it will be a breathtaking documentary. To cover the time we still have to wait, you can of course watch the original Planet Earth episodes, all of which are … Continue reading

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A good reason not to care about global warming

From Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson: If you take a “long-term view” of billions (!) of years on environmental problems, why bother about anything else then? Surely, when the sun is going to explode, it won’t ask us how … Continue reading

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Climate Change History

Of course the climate has changed before, but never as dramatically as now in a short time. (Ok, maybe that one time in 1816, but that had terrible effects too.) Anyway, I don’t understand what kind of an argument “the climate has … Continue reading

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Humboldt discovered man-made climate change

When Alexander von Humboldt traveled in Venezuela in 1800, he was told by locals about the rapidly falling water levels of Lake Valencia. He established a theory that connected deforestation, falling water levels and change of (micro-)climate. Expanding on this, he … Continue reading

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Monkeys are Humans too

Recently there has been a renewed discussion about the nature of monkeys and apes and how we should view and treat them. I was reminded of this when I was at Machía Park in Villa Tunari in Bolivia, where among other … Continue reading

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