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  1. Folks, Green Blog has just received a major update! And with this update comes a couple of new features, such as better posting options and a brand new calendar. Green Blog now also has a new website design. It's blue (Now green-ish!) and just temporary. I promise! A new design that will fit Green Blog better will be unveiled in a very near future. Some important things you need to know: Friends have been replaced with followers: In this version of Green Blog, members can no longer add other members as friends. However members can follow other members and receive notifications when the members they are following post. Old friends have been removed and you will need to re-add your old friends as followers. You cannot login with your username: Members will now login using their display names or email. If you are trying to login using your old username you won't be able to sign in. If you're having problems just send us a message at hello@green-blog.org and we will help you sort it out.Please let me know here in this topic if you see something that doesn't work or if you stumble upon something that seems broken. And if you have any questions about this major update and/or how things work just post here. A longer list of new features will be posted in this topic later.
  2. Green Blog's tree-planting program

    Help us plant trees!   In celebration of International Forest Day we will re-launch our popular tree-planting program.   As we all know planting trees can help fight climate change and poverty, among many other things. And now you can help us plant trees, simply by visiting and using Green Blog! It's simple: we will plant one tree for every thousand forum posts, blog entries and members we reach on Green Blog.    We currently have a little over 1000 registered members. Green Blog will plant one tree when we reach 2000 members. Our members have made over 6000 posts in our forums. When we reach 7000 forum posts Green Blog will plant one tree. When we reach 1000 community blog posts another tree will be planted. And this will continue for every new milestone we reach!   You can see our progress here: http://green-blog.org/tree-planting   Why are trees so important?   Forests are vital for us, we cannot sustain life without healthy and thriving forests.   Forests provide us with clean air and water, but also with vital medicine. According to the US National Cancer Institute, 70% of all plants identified as having anti-cancer characteristics are found in our tropical rainforests. About 25% of drugs used in conventional medicines are derived from rainforest plants.   Forest also plays a direct role for 300 million people in their day-to-day lives by offering food, shelter and employment. If we fail to protect our forests we will essentially threaten our own homes and livelihoods.   Forests help safeguard biodiversity by being home to more than 50% of all plant and animal species. But all plant and animal species today face a real threat of extinction, which goes hand in hand with increasing deforestation. Extinction rates have increased by up to a thousand times in the last few hundred years - a rate which will increase further if we do not protect our forests.   Forests absorb nearly 30% of our CO2 emissions and effectively acts as a buffer against global warming. But our forests do not only absorb carbon, they also store nearly 300 billion tonnes of carbon. It's estimated that deforestation is responsible for 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions.   Here are 10 more forests facts!   Who will plant our trees?   Green Blog will plant trees with the help from Vi Agroforestry (Vi-skogen), which is a Swedish development cooperation organization that works with support to farmers in the Lake Victoria Basin in Eastern Africa.   Vi Agroforestry works in four countries in Africa: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. They have regional office is based in Nairobi, Kenya. They also have offices in Kisumu and Kitale, Kenya, Masaka in Uganda, Kagera and Musoma in Tanzania and Kigali in Rwanda.   They were founded in 1983 and since then they've reached more than one million people through education, advisory and services. You can learn more over at: http://www.viagroforestry.org
  3. Here I will list all the articles that have been updated to work with the new publishing system that Green Blog currently uses. The articles are listed per category.    Agriculture Population or Environmental Food Crisis, Part 7: Reaching food security today and tomorrow Population or Environmental Food Crisis, Part 6: Alternative agriculture Population or Environmental Food Crisis, Part 5: Conventional agriculture Population or Environmental Food Crisis, Part 4: The end of cheap food Population or Environmental Food Crisis, Part 3: Population levels for today and tomorrow Population or Environmental Food Crisis, Part 2: Popular overpopulation theories Population or Environmental Food Crisis? The Global Land Rush The EEA's Scientific Committee wants to suspend Europe's 10% biofuels target UN official says biofuels are a "crime against humanity" Eroding Soils Darkening Our Future Farmed Fish Production Overtakes Beef Biodiversity Photo: is this the first polar bear to die because of climate change? US to cut funding for experiments on chimps, hundreds of chimps to be moved from labs to sanctuary Business & Politics Greenpeace dismisses Russian allegations of piracy Greenpeace activists could face terrorism or piracy charges, Russian official say Greenpeace activists arrested at gunpoint in the Russian Arctic Crikey! Australia elects climate change skeptic Tony Abbott The global food crisis Secret documents expose new ALEC scheme to kill clean energy Kumi Naidoo, International Executive Director of Greenpeace, answered questions on Reddit Just How Much Effort Is Europe Making To Reduce Waste Plastic? Ecosocialist Conference shows potential for a united green left in North America Obama climate change speech important, but just a step New app helps you avoid unethical brands and companies Jill Stein: Why capitalism is killing the planet A plague of David Attenborough Karl Marx and the Metabolic Rift Theory Cars & Transportation U.S. Bike-Sharing Fleet More than Doubles in 2013 Dozens of U.S. Cities Board the Bike-Sharing Bandwagon Tesla unveils their new Model S electric car The BlueCar electric car by Pininfarina and Bolloré Energy U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions Down 11 Percent Since 2007 U.S. Nuclear Power in Decline David Cameron calls on the British public to accept fracking for the good of the country Debunking the myth of shale gas Never gamble with George Monbiot Fossil Fuel Use Pushes Carbon Dioxide Emissions into Dangerous Territory Full Planet, Empty Plates: Chapter 4. Food or Fuel? As US Nuclear Reactors decay Mad Science: The Nuclear Power Experiment Renewable Energy The sun keeps shining bright: World solar power topped 100,000 megawatts in 2012 Food & Health Will we eat laboratory-grown meat in the future? First lab-grown hamburger served, could make the meat-industry more ethical and environmentally friendly China's Growing Hunger for Meat Shown by Move to Buy Smithfield, World's Leading Pork Producer Get Gardening for Good Health! Penn & Teller claims organic food is "bullshit", fails to mention that their expert is paid by Monsanto Cut back on the meat and help save the climate Green Quote of the Week: Rajendra Pachauri The cruel life inside a factory farm Global Warming Quick IPCC Summary: Human-caused warming is "unequivocal" World scientists' report will sound new climate alarm American Geophysical Union deals another blow to climate "skeptics" The Arctic melts at an unprecedented pace while greenhouse gas emissions, temperatures and sea levels all hit record highs Greenpeace activists scale Europe's tallest building to protest Shell's dangerous Arctic drilling Al Gore and UN panel win Nobel Peace Prize Greenhouse gas emissions hit danger mark Nature & Travel Tourism can be Earth-friendly too Photo Gallery Meet the six brave women who scaled Europe's tallest building to save the Arctic
  4. Did you enjoy a special article posted here on Green Blog? Or would you just like a convenient way to support Green Blog and our authors? Well then I got good news for you! You can now use Flattr to support our website and authors.    There is a Flattr-button located next to all news articles here on Green Blog which allows you to give Green Blog or our authors micro-donations, simply by clicking on a button - similar to Facebook's Like-button and Google's +1-button.   Example article: http://grenblg.in/1f5cVM3   Support us and other content creators with Flattr. Create your free account at: https://flattr.com   Thank you!   Learn more How Flattr works? Where can I flattr? Why use Flattr? Disclaimer: If an author hasn't added Flattr to their Green Blog post all funds donated on that article page will go towards our tree-planting program and/or our server costs.
  5. Check out this new online community for leftists! https://redly.social

  6. Coca-Cola will "reverse" global warming

    Coca-Cola will "reverse" global warming, at least according to this short-film Just take a look for yourself:
  7. Check out this infographic that shows the impact of climate change on public health. Click here to see a larger version!
  8. Hello from London!

    Hello and welcome to the forums Rebecca!
  9. The state of the Great Barrier reef.

    It's probably too late to save the great barrier reef, it's most likely already doomed. It's sad to see such a great natural wonder like the great barrier reef destroyed. But that doesn't mean we should stop trying to save it. We must continue to pressure our governments to actually act on climate change. And in this case the Australian government must stop its addiction to coal that is killing the great barrier reef.
  10. Hi from Toronto

    Hello greenfogg and welcome to the forums!
  11. A new scientific study shows that Monsanto's highly popular weed-killer Roundup cause severe liver damage. It will also increase the risk of other illnesses including diabetes, heart attacks and strokes. AJE reports: Study linking Roundup to serious disease fuels debate While Monsanto continue to claim the product is safe for humans, this new research will surely spark further debate over the potential dangers and health hazards to people and animals from exposure to Roundup, as well as other weed-killers. What do you think?
  12. Thoughts on 2016 being the hottest year on record?

    There is not much to say really, it's all so depressing. There is no way we can stop climate change from wrecking havoc on our little blue planet. Hopefully we'll be able to mitigate the worst effects (natural and man-made/political) before our civilization crumbles into barbarism.
  13. This is just horrible. An environmental activist who had been marching across the US barefoot to raise awareness about climate change was apparently killed by an SUV this past weekend. NBC News reports: Hopefully this can help increase awareness for his cause so his death won't go to waste. You can check out his donation page where he was raising money against natural gas, and if you feel so inclined, please donate.
  14. The Dakota Access Pipeline must be stopped. It is immoral and unethical. I stand with Standing Rock.

  15. Hello from London!

    Hello and welcome to the forums Harry!
  16. I'm on the hunt for spammers. If you see any, please report them. :ph34r:

  17. The effectiveness of the Swedish recycling and garbage system has been making the news recently. Here's one story about it: Sweden imports waste from European neighbors to fuel waste-to-energy program I am not sure what to think of this really, an effective garbage system is good but... The 96% recycle rate that this blog post talks about sounds amazing (the official number is actually 98,6%!). But it's not a completely honest number. All the waste that is sent to one of these incinerators to be burned is also counted as recycled waste in the statistics. So plastic that could have been recycled and reused is instead being burned up to create heat or electricity. I wouldn't call that recycling, but maybe that's just me. And just like the above mentioned blog post says, these incinerators creates a highly toxic environmental waste. But the more serious problem with Sweden's focus on garbage incinerators is that we are making us dependent on waste by overbuilding and thinking that this is a long-term energy source. There is a real risk that these incinerators will do more harm than good for the environment as they will make us more prone to just burn the waste instead of reusing and recycling the waste. They can also take away important investments for better and more effective renewable energy sources. We can already see this happening right now with Sweden having to import garbage's from other countries in Europe to keep their incinerators running. And then we have this problem with consumption. The Swedish waste system has made it possible for us to continue increasing our consumption levels without having to see the immediate negative effects of them. But as our consumption levels increase so does the strain we put on the environment and climate. So instead of building more incinerators we should focus on the three R's instead: reduce, reuse, and recycle. We need to reduce our consumption levels so that we produce less waste. So no, I don't really think we have it figured out. In 2010 we had 30 incinerators that burned waste to create heat and electricity in Sweden. I don't have the exact number of incinerators in Sweden today, but every self-respecting municipality is building one these days. I live in a rather small municipality, with only around 60000 citizens, but this summer we started building a second and much larger incinerator for 750 million SEK. It's worth noting though that this incinerator will mostly burn waste products from the forest industry in the region.
  18. petition Help save Norway's wolves!

    We need your help to save Norway's wolves! Already two wolves have been killed and Norway still plans to kill 41 more of the 68 remaining wolves in the country. Learn more here and be sure to sign the petition demanding an end to the hunt. Sign the petition here!
  19. Help save Norway's wolves! Already two wolves have been killed and Norway still plans to kill 41 more of the 68 remaining wolves in the country. Learn more here and sign the petition to stop the hunt!

  20. what is the most difficult sustainable act for you?

    This might sound silly because it's such an easy thing to do. I live in a household where composting is possible, but often I am too lazy to sort and compost my garbage. I know I know, it's really bad because it's such an easy thing to do right. But I am planning on doing a bigger overhaul, like buying some new waste sorting bins, maybe even one of those waste sorting systems from IKEA. Hopefully that will make it easier to sort my garbage.
  21. Green Web Hosting

    Green web hosts are companies that power their servers with renewable energy such as wind and solar power. Some of these green web hosts generate their own energy from various renewable energy sources. Others only offer "green web hosting" from carbon offsetting.
  22. How I got my husband to eat at least less meat

    Thank you for sharing your story. This is 100% true. I'm a vegetarian and have been happily for 6+ years now and when I began I didn't stop eating meat altogether at once. That's not possible and will only make it harder for you - and your husband - to become vegetarians. Changing diet is a long process that never really ends. In the beginning you will have temporary setbacks where you go back to eating meat again. This is especially true if you immediately try to eliminate meat from your life. Because no matter how strong your willpower is, and lets be honest here, it's really easy to fall back into bad habits (eating meat) on a day when you're tired and doesn't feel like coming up with a "complicated" vegetarian dish. We are all lazy, and it's okay. A better way is to slowly cut meat from your diet. I first started with only buying organic and/or locally produced meat. Such products tend to be more expensive than non-organic meat so you basically end up buying and eating less meat. After that, I completely eliminated beef from my diet. Why? Because beef is the one meat that has the biggest negative effect on our environment and climate. So cutting down on beef will make a huge impact on your climate footprint. Slowly after that I also cut meat from pigs from my menu (after beef, meat from pigs have the biggest impact on our climate). At this time the only meat I ate was fish and chicken - all organic and/or locally produced, of course. This was a process that for each step took several months. Finally, I also stopped buying and eating meat from chicken and other birds. Fish was also eliminated from the menu shortly after. Because I slowly started to change my diet I had started to grow accustomed to vegetarian dishes and I knew a bunch of tasty and easy-to-make recipes. This made the last steps, cutting chicken and fish from my diet, so much easier and faster than it took me to eliminate beef and pig from my menu. Now I don't have any urges for meat and I no longer think that meat taste or smell good. Another good way to make sure you don't have any setbacks is to educate yourself and your family. You can easily do this by sharing news articles, documentaries and other stories on the hugely negative effect the meat industry has on our climate and environment. Another point to bring up here is how much the animals in the meat industry suffer. Eating meat is not a crime - but people who do should the very least have a bad conscience for doing it. Again, thanks for sharing your story - and good luck!
  23. Check out these beautiful and sustainable lamp designs made from Swedish pine! You can find even more designs here, these are just a few of my favourites: Nock - by Markus Barvestig Nock is a family of luminaires that create good working light in different environments, but at the same time in a natural material that can soften and create contrast in a room. The inspiration for Nock is located in the manufacturing process. What happens if one translates regular production of extruded aluminum to wood? I wanted to produce a profile which, in a simple way, can be cut to varying lengths to get to different products in a family of luminaires. By sandblasting the surface, I want to enhance the pine properties, its beautiful grain and structure. The wood is always softer in the spring wood than the autumn wood, as it has grown faster. By sandblast the pine the spring wood wears down faster than autumn wood and creates a structure with peaks and valleys in the surface of the material. Nock is an honest product, honest to the functions and its materials. The adjustable suspension becomes a visible, decorative detail in the product together with the sandblasted surface that accentuates the pine. Take Away - by Åsa Persson Take Away is a portable light fixture that is based on the idea that people should be free to bring light where they need it. Take Away works well in the home as a desk lamp and in a public place where it can fit as decorative lighting in a corridor. Being able to move a light source without changing an entire interior is a great need, especially since in many homes have dark places that lack space for a lamp. I also wanted to create a luminaire that can be hung on the wall where the empty spaces are available. This will easily be able to move the fixture without making a bigger impact on the surrounding décor. The result is a fixture with associated hooks. A single light source that can be used in various situations where it hung on a hook or placed on a surface. The hooks are placed where light is usually needed, and the fixture can be hung up in the right place. The hook with its solid and sculptural form is to be decorative itself when the fixture is elsewhere. I have chosen to work in Swedish pine wood, aluminum and LED. The materials are raw to give an honest feeling while the contrasts nicely with each other. With the luminaire Take away creates an interplay between man and furnishings. December - by Anna Klara Gleisner The inspiration for the luminaire December is taken from the barren natural landscape in the norden parts of Sweden. Like ice cubes facets sparkles with angular shapes and light bleeds through the screens gaps. As we in the Nordic countries need more light in the winter, the pine shrinks and allows light to pass between the facets. Likewise the pine swells when the heat, humidity and light comes to spring and summer. December is made of Swedish pine and metal with the LED light source. Knall - by Linnéa Werm In the process of producing a light fixture in the pine I turned my gaze to the pristine pine forest and the yellowed varnished pine. From there I created a luminaire that allows expression of the material both sides. Knall is a pendulum, with inspiration taken from the traditional chopping block translated in stylized form. I have chosen to highlight the pine softness, that makes it is easily damaged, and make it its strength. The split and brushed surface reminiscent of its cracks and unevenness of the texture and shape stubs get when for years they stand outside in all weathers. The name Knall comes from the sound of the ax blade meets the log and it splits.
  24. France has been on high alert following the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, but now the country is stepping up its security measures even more as UN's COP21 climate summit in Paris opens. Around 150 world leaders are expected to visit the climate summit which will take place between 30 November and 11 December. 2800 police will be on duty at the summit itself while 8000 police will help customs officers to guard France's air, sea and land borders. The security measures are unprecedented and in total over 120 000 police and military troops will be deployed across all of France during the climate summit. The French government writes: Are you worried that a terrorist attack could take place during the Paris climate summit?
  25. Jan Björklunds haveri

    Det kan inte ha varit en rolig dag för Folkpartiets partiledare Jan Björklund idag. Det är sent och redan långt in på natten. Jag är trött men känner att jag ändå bara måste skriva om Björklunds haveri dag. För efter dagens föreställning så är detta nog Björklunds sista stora utspel som partiledare för Folkpartiet. Dagen började med att Folkpartiet och Björklund gjorde ett populistiskt utspel om en strängare migrationspolitik och en försämring av arbetsrätten i Sverige. De så kallade liberalerna i Folkpartiet, med Björklund i spetsen, presenterade sina tidigare urgamla förslag om exempelvis försörjningskrav vid anhöriginvandring, krav på språktest för medborgarskap och en "modernisering" (läs: försämring) av arbetsrätten. De handlar alltså om rent icke-liberala förslag som kommer att resultera i en försämrad integration. Jag tänker inte själv ägna så mycket tid här åt att förklara varför jag anser dessa förslag vara urbota dumheter (de var dumheter redan 2002 och är det än idag) utan länkar istället till Skiftet.org, som jag tycker ha sammanfattat det ganska så bra: FP hoppas på opinionslyft med 2002 års förslag. Det som är fascinerande här är att Folkpartiet, som ju ska vara ett parti för liberaler, vill förändra Sveriges någorlunda liberala migrationspolitik så att den blir mindre liberal... Jag antar att Folkpartiets dåliga valresultat förra året och de senaste katastrofsiffrorna i diverse opinionsmätningar - där Folkpartiet i den senaste faktiskt hamnar under fyra procentspärren - gör så att den högsta ledningen i partiet, i ren panik, gräver fram gamla, populistiska och ogenomtänkta förslag. Förutom väljarna, så verkar det också som att de riktiga liberalerna inom Folkpartiet har fått nog av både Björklund och hans mörkblåa politik. Så sent som i fredags skrev Expressen att Björklund kan tvingas att avgå redan innan sommaren. Anonyma toppar inom Folkpartiet sa till Expressen att Björklunds "dagar är räknade". FP-toppnamnet Birgitta Olhsson (som många tror kommer att ersätta Björklund) var kritisk mot förslaget om språktest redan 2002. Jag har inte sett någon kommentar från henne idag om Björklunds utspel. Vore intressant att få höra hennes reaktioner. Nåväl. Förutom att presentera sina förslag på DN Debatt bjöd Björklund in till presskonferens. Men den gick inte så bra. Flera menade att Björklund verkade vara oförberedd på frågorna från journalisterna på plats och att han bara hade vacklande svar att ge. Oisín Cantwell menade att Björklund "lät osedvanligt osäker" och undrade ifall han "innerst inne" kanske faktiskt håller med de experter som dömer ut hans förslag. Och det blev inte bättre senare under dagen när Vetenskapsrådet presenterade sin studie om tidiga betyg i skolan. Vetenskapsrådets studie menade att det inte finns något stöd inom forskningen för att tidiga betyg skulle ge bättre resultat i skolan. Men i sin iver att försvara förslaget om tidiga betyg i skolan så valde Björklund att helt enkelt vifta bort Vetenskapsrådets studie om just detta. "Det har de [Vetenskapsrådet] inga belägg för. […] Var och en som har en tonåring hemma vet att de anstränger sig mer när det finns betyg," sa Björklund till SVT Nyheter. Björklund tror sig alltså veta bäst själv och ignorerar den starka kritik som kommer från bland annat skolinspektionen, lärarnas riksförbund, Kungliga Vetenskapsakademin och nu också Vetenskapsrådet. Ofattbart! Men tydligen fullt möjligt om man heter Jan Björklund. Lärarförbundet reagerade såklart negativt och menade att Björklunds agerande var "fruktansvärt nonchalant". Minst sagt! "Han avfärdar vetenskap och beprövad erfarenhet," sa förbundsordföranden Johanna Jaara Åstrand till SVT Nyheter. Förutom kritiken mot de tidiga betygen så blev sprickan som finns inom Folkpartiet glasklar när Bjöklund möttes av hård intern kritik mot utspelet om en hårdare migrationspolitik. "Det här är inte förslag som kommer underlätta integrationen," sa Frida Johansson Metso, som sitter i FP:s partistyrelse, till SVT Nyheter. Om ni inte tycker att det var tillräckligt pinsamt med allt detta så oroa er inte. Det blev ännu värre framåt kvällen när Björklund deltog i Aktuellt. Var god tag fram skämskudden! Det var tänkt att Björklund skulle debattera mot just sin partikollega Frida Johansson Metso. Men han ville inte ta debatten i studion. Han vågade inte debattera. Vilket antiklimax. Och strax efteråt brann twitter-Sverige upp av gliringar och retsamma tweets om Björklunds feghet i Aktuellt-studion. Ett så oerhört pinsamt avslut på dagen - och kanske Björklunds roll som partiledare för Folkpartiet.