Simon Leufstedt

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  1. We just have to keep the movement alive, keep telling people the risk of climate change is high, keep acting for a greener world. This website is the demonstration of how a green community is beautiful and rich of people from every part of the world.


    Agreed, but it's not enough just to push the green message. We need to make sure that the environmental movement doesn't get hijacked by special interests, as well as making sure that the solutions won't get watered down to greenwashing business-friendly PR.

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  2. Those are good points and, in my humble opinion, sane reasoning. I might have to evaluate how the reputation system works once more.


    I think it is a good idea.  Being a new member, I am not worried about it too much.  It makes me think about my posts and makes sure my points of conversations are valid.  Plus, most forums have this system.  Like you said earlier, it keeps those (I believe you called them) trolls away.  I am here to learn, not cause issues.


    I like the reputation system as it gives a person feedback on what they right.  I really like getting a "like" when I post something good, because the person had to physically show that they liked my work.  It is also good because there are some people who will post things and comments that are rude and obnoxious just to get a rise out of people, and I would like to be able to dislike a comment if I choose.

  3. Today is international tiger day! But did you know that there are only about 3000 tigers left in the wild? And their numbers are declining as their homes are being destroyed by human development - from human settlements to industrial activities such as palm oil in Indonesia, coal in India and timber production in Sibeira.

    In fact, the population numbers of wild tigers are so low that the largest populations of tigers are actually the ones living in captivity in the U.S. It's estimated that around 5000 tigers are in captivity in the U.S., a number which greatly exceeds the 3000 wild tigers around the world.

    The majority of these captive tigers has private owners. WWF estimates that only six percent of the captive tiger population in the U.S. resides in zoos and other facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. This means that there is no regulation to make sure that the tigers are treated with the respect and care these majestic, but dangerous, animals deserves.


    According to WWF, in some U.S. states it's sometimes easier to buy a tiger than to adopt a dog from a local animal shelter.

    As one can imagine, the lack of regulation of captive tigers is a major threat to public safety, as well as the health and well-being of the tigers. But the lack of regulation could also fuel the black market which illegally sells body parts from tigers and many other endangered animals.

    WWF says this: "When tiger ownership and breeding aren’t monitored, captive tigers become easy targets for black market sales, and those sales end up threatening wild populations too. The illegal trade in products derived from captive tigers stimulates demand, especially for tigers in the wild. The greater the demand, the more wild tigers will be poached."

    TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, and WWF are therefore calling for a ban on private possession of big cats like tigers and lions. They are also demanding that those who currently require big cats be required to register these animals.

    What do you think is the best way to protect the world's tiger population?

  4. And I've read the Time magazine article about how yellow fin tuna (or is it blue fin tuna?) are practically an endangered species--I think this was also covered in the "Deep Trouble" documentary I mentioned above.


    There are so many different species of Tuna it's hard to say if the canned Tuna you bought in the supermarket contained meat from an endangered source of fish. Wikipedia says this about Tuna:


    "In 2010, Greenpeace International has added the albacore, bigeye tuna, Pacific bluefin tuna, Atlantic bluefin tuna, southern bluefin tuna and the yellowfin tuna to its seafood red list. "The Greenpeace International seafood red list is a list of fish that are commonly sold in supermarkets around the world, and which have a very high risk of being sourced from unsustainable fisheries."


    It is widely accepted that bluefin tuna have been severely overfished, with some stocks at risk of collapse. According to the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (a global, non-profit partnership between the tuna industry, scientists, and the World Wide Fund for Nature), Indian Ocean yellowfin tuna, Pacific Ocean (eastern & western) bigeye tuna, and North Atlantic albacore tuna are all overfished."


    So I guess it call comes down to what sort of Tuna you buy.


  5. I just activated the new design!


    It's not 100% finished, but I didn't want to wait any longer. So I consider this to be a BETA test of the new green blog look. For example, the article pages will be updated some more the coming days. The biggest update yet to come is to make the new design fully responsive so that it'll work on all kinds of devices - such as mobile phones and tablets.


    But please, tell me what you all think about it. Should something be changed? Is something missing? Too much of something? Don't worry, I can handle criticism - just keep it constructive. ;)


    I will make an official announcement once I feel the new design is finished. 


    Now I'm off to bed, it's been a long day...

  6. Check out these amazing photos of coal mining and its devastating effects on the landscape in Germany. And people say windmills look ugly!



    The photographer is Bernhard Lang. The photo gallery shows aerial photographs of the largest opencast coal mining pit of Germany.

    Photographed May 2014.

  7. The six richiest and most powerful comapanies in the world are oil companies such as Exxon Mobil, Shell, British Petroleum... To find a renewable energy company you have to go down the ranking. Non-renewable sources market has existed for a century and it's more profitable than renewable one. Fossil fuels are the main cause of global warming and renewable energy is the best solution. This shift from fossil fuels to renewables implies a great loss of money for companies that run the world (the first six oil companies have nearly $2400 billion, higher than France GDP).


    Yes, I think this plays a big role in hampering global action on climate change. These corporations are huge, and their power reaches all corners of the world. And they would be directly affected if we, some day, decided to take meaningful action. No wonder they pay so much to lobby politicians. 

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  8. Check out this video which shows the life of a polar bear as she kills a seal, swim and meet another polar bear, all from the point of view (POV) of the actual polar bear.

    This video was edited and compiled from raw footage recorded by a camera equipped radio collar that was put on a female polar bear in the Beaufort Sea during April 2014 by the US Geological Survey. The video, which is the first ever from a free-ranging polar bear on Arctic sea ice, shows an interaction with a potential mate, playing with food, and swimming at the water's surface and under the sea ice. These videos will be used by the US Geological Survey in research to understand polar bear behavior and energetics in an Arctic with declining sea ice.

  9. Those are indeed promising numbers! That same poll also shows that people are willing to support politicians that push for tough action against the climate crisis - which can hopefully make these politicians more confident. 


    But it's sad to see that "43 percent of the respondents believe that climate scientists “manipulate their findings for political reasons” – with only 48 percent saying that they “trust” the warnings from scientists." [Source]

  10. Wow, bing is my favourite search engine

    I also use Bing because I don't like the new changes Google has made to their search engine. There also need to be a second big search engine, Google can't have a monopoly on it! It's just too bad that the international version (be it the Canadian, Swedish or Italian) of Bing is severely lacking in features. The US version gets all the love from MS. :(


    I'm devoted to Microsoft


    Then I guess you also have a Windows phone!?  :lol:

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  12. 1) The concept of global warming is rather complex and does not fit into a 30 second sound-bite. Trying to address all the contributing factors can be difficult. 


    Yes, I unfortunately believe there's a lot of truth in this. The mainstream media has completely failed to adequately cover the climate crisis in a proper way. Climate change is a complex problem that requires time and focus to explain, it cant be covered with the standard climate debates and 2-sides-to-a-story mentality. 


    4) The economic impacts. Addressing global warming could potentially be expensive. (However, I think we have reached the point that continuing to ignore it and pretend that it doesn't exist is more costly)


    Yes, fixing the climate crisis will cost us, a lot. There is no doubt about that. But we also have a lot to gain from moving towards a more sustainable society. IEA estimates that cutting carbon emissions from power generation now through 2050 requires investments of up to $44 trillion. But the cost of power decarbonization will only increase the longer we wait. But the IEA also says that spending $44 trillion to transform our energy systems would yield more than $115 trillion in fuel savings. So there are clearly benefits in going green!


    And according to the latest IPCC report, a global roll-out of clean and renewable energy is remarkably cheap – but again, only if we act now:


    "The investment required to green our global energy system would only result in a 0.06% reduction of off expected annual economic growth rates of 1.3%-3%, the IPCC report concludes. Read that again. It would only cost us 0.06% of annual economic growth to save the climate and make sure there will be a livable planet for future generations as well."


    We can also reduce the massive subsidies to fossil fuels and re-direct those funds to renewable energy instead:



  13. In my house holds, its a common occurrence to reuse our plastic bags. Some shops in the UK charge you for their plastic bags, and even though the cost is low it definitely adds up at the end of the day. This certainly helps motivate people to bring reuse the ones they have. It's a great incentive in my opinion.


    Yes, I also think this would make the biggest impact in getting people to refrain from the use of plastic bags. And charging fees for plastic bags in shops might become much more common in the EU soon: 


    EU is now one step closer to reduce the massive use of plastic bags in Europe. "This reduction could be achieved by imposing taxes or fees on plastic bags, issuing advertising rules or even banning the use of plastic bags in certain shops."

  14. One interesting thing with the recent EU election is that the Social Democrats actually won. Yes, you read that right. You probably won't read it in the news, but overall, the Social Democrats received the most votes. But because the election isn't happening inside a union the results get skewed. The Dutch newspaper Volkskrant did the counting, and according to them the Social Democrats would have won the election and received the most seats in the parliament. The greens would also be much bigger. The bad thing is that so would some far-right parties too.


    The election result look this different because smaller countries have more votes than larger countries. And right-wing parties tend to do better in smaller European countries - and thus we now get a conservative EU President. 


    Maybe it should be better, and more democratic, if the EU started to count all the votes in the Union into a single result? One vote per EU citizen!


    P.S. Greens in Italy are not the best we can have and they didn’t have any chance to enter the European Parliament but in the Democratic Party there’s a strong ecologic component.


    Yeah, and that's a shame. The greens lack a political presence in several European countries. Maybe it should be better if only the major political groups in the EU participated in the elections? So that everyone could vote for the greens, the social democrats, the left/green socialist, the EPP/conservatives, the liberals and so on?