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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Dakar Rally in Argentina and Bolivia

My timing could be better: Just as I have moved to Bolivia to find some peace and quiet, the Dakar Rally thunders and roars past. The famous desert race, which has removed Paris from its name, still calls itself the … Continue reading

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“Magia Salvaje” makes me look forward to Colombia

In a few months, I will hopefully be in Colombia. This documentary makes me more than excited. It makes me dreamy.

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Venice is decomposing

Go to Venice soon! Because if the current trend will hold, the city will be decomposed rather soon. Looking at the costs and the corruption of large projects like the flood protection system MOSE, it might be better to let Venice … Continue reading

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