Simon Leufstedt

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  1. Check out this photo album which shows various wildlife overpasses from around the world that lets animals safely cross roads and highways.

     

     

    I've never really heard about these structures before, but they are super clever! I wished we had these in Sweden too. It's always so sad to see all the dead animals alongside the roads during spring and summer.

     

    Do you know about any other green bridges and ecoducts for wildlife? Do you have one in your area?

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  2. Ever wondered which European country is the best at recycling? The graph below shows the recycling rates in each country in the European Union, and the result might surprise some.

     

     
    Austria, Germany and Belgium has the higest recycling rates in EU, this means they have recycled the largest proportion of municipal waste in Europe. Sweden - my own country - which is known for its good recycling efforts is far behind. 
     
    Overall 39 percent of municipal waste is recycled in Europe, a significant improvement on 23 percent in 2001 and 35 percent in 2010. By looking at the graph, it's hard to see how the majority of the countries will be able to meet EU-mandated targets to recycle 50 percent of household and similar waste by 2020. Each person in the EU-28 generates 92 kg of municipal waste every year - with the majority of the waste going into landfills.
     
    How well is your country performing?

  3. Apple today released a new video ad, narrated by Apple CEO Tim Cook, that has a big focus on how the company uses green power, such as photovoltaic solar panels, to power their servers and business. '>Watch the video here. Apple has also updated a section of their website which highlight the company's various environmental initiatives.

     

     

    "Now more than ever we will work to leave the world better than we found it," Cook says while the video shows photos of their manufacturing process and a field with solar panels.

     

    The video has some truths to it. Under Cook's leadership, Apple has moved away from dirty energy (among other things), which they have been heavily criticized for in the past. Now Apple is being >praised by Greenpeace for their use of renewable energy.

     

    It's encouraging to see corporations embracing renewable energy to power their businesses. But in my opinion, this is just brand advertising that ignores the negative environmental effects that comes from mass consumption of technology devices and gadgets - something which Apple is heavily promoting.

     

    What do you think?


  4. I can imagine that, just like me, you read a lot of news and reports regarding our climate and environment. And lets not kid ourself. For the most part, the news are bad. To be honest, sometimes I just have enough of all the doom and gloom. So I try to repress it, because what's the point? We're never going to reach a global climate consensus and get our asses moving in the right direction... 

     

    That's my thinking sometimes. I am sure you have felt the same thing at least once. 

     

    So how can we refrain from getting depressed? How can we manage to stay positive in light of all the never-ending bad news about our climate, the increasing deterioration of our environment and the destruction of our precious and unique wildlife and ecosystems? 

     

    Or maybe you have already given up?


  5. Bloomberg has some more information about Japan's decision to embrace coal: Post-Fukushima Japan Chooses Coal Over Renewable Energy

     

    "A new energy plan approved by Japan’s cabinet on April 11 designates coal an important long-term electricity source while falling short of setting specific targets for cleaner energy from wind, solar and geothermal. The policy also gives nuclear power the same prominence as coal in Japan’s energy strategy."

     

    Greenpeace has issued several reports on potential energy scenarios for various regions and countries over the years. Check out this website if you are interested in learning more about the energy scenario for Japan.
     
    Here are two reports from 2011 respectively 2012:

    The potential for renewable energy production, such as offshore wind farms, in Japan is huge. But Japan unfortunately has a conservative government and we all know conservative's dinosaur-like attitude towards renewables...

     

    Did you know that the Japanese wind farms were left unscathed by the massive Japanese earthquake disaster in 2011? That's pretty amazing, and it says a lot about the advantages of renewables over dangerous energy sources such as nuclear or climate-killing coal.


  6. While out fishing in Norway, this man caught a codfish with a dildo inside its stomach (Source: Expressen).

     

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    Seabirds and other animals often mistake plastics with food. These plastic objects slowly fills their stomachs over time until they are unable to ingest any real food. A slow death by starvation then follows for these poor seabirds.

     

    It's amazingly sad how much trash we throw out in nature which animals mistake for food. Here are some photos on birds with their guts filled with different plastic objects.


  7. As you can see, we have yet another new website design. Due to some severe bugs in the previous design I had to do some drastic changes. The old design might come back once these site-breaking bugs have been fixed.

     

    But this design isn't so bad if I may say so myself. ;) Besides the new looks, we also got two new article layouts. For example: Here is the standard article layout and here is an article layout for longer articles or articles with amazing photos.

     

    Let me know what you think! Good? Bad? Awful?


  8. We might get a sequel to the highly successful documentary An Inconvenient Truth with Al Gore from 2006.

     

    "We have had conversations," producer Lawrence Bender tells THR. "We've met; we've discussed. If we are going to make a movie, we want it to have an impact."

     

    "God, do we need one," environmental activist Laurie David said. "Everything in that movie has come to pass. At the time we did the movie, there was Hurricane Katrina; now we have extreme weather events every other week. The update has to be incredible and shocking."

     

    What do you think, would you watch An Inconvenient Truth 2?

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  9. Have you ever thought about how much and what kind of energy your favourite websites consume?

     

    Greenpeace has released a report that takes a closer look on various IT-companies, their environment policies and energy sources. Apple is praised by Greenpeace for their commitment to renewable energy. Google and Facebook also receive high scores with Amazon, Ebay and Twitter scoring the least points. 

     
    Twitter gets a low score because a lack of energy transparency, disclosing no information about its energy footprint.
     
    Amazon - which serves many well-known brands such as Netflix, Pinterest, Spotify, and Vine - "has dropped further and further behind its competitors in building an internet that runs on renewable sources of energy," Greenpeace states.
     
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  10. Thank you Mark! There are still some inconsistencies here and there which I'm working on to fix. At the moment the design works best on bigger screens, but I am planning on making the website more responsive so that all users will be able to adequately browse green blog. But one step at the time. If you are on a tablet, a phone or any other small device you can use our special mobile theme for the moment - just change your theme options in settings.


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    As you can see, Green Blog has a new website design! :)

     

    It just went live and will most likely have a couple of errors. So if you find any bugs (or really anything that doesn't look OK) please let me know in this topic.

     

    Bugs found:

    • The tag system (both in forum topics and regular tag pages). Fixed!
    • Search results pages. Fixed!
    • Archive pages. Fixed!
    • Blog dashboard. Fixed!
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  12. And Exxon hasn't learned a thing, now they want to drill for oil in the Arctic. On the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez disaster, Greenpeace protested Exxon Mobil's plans to start drilling in the Arctic: 

     

     

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  13. 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.
     
     
    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

  14. This is sad to hear, but not really that of a surprise to be honest. I recognize many of these ideas, that going green is stupid and so on, from here in the developed world as well. It's not uncommon to hear comments about filthy hippies, that eating organic is only an option for rich people, or that renewable energy is just a dream. I'd say it doesn't matter where in the world you are, this ignorance and lack of knowledge exist everywhere and the only way to combat it is through education. We must continue to spread awareness about our environment and climate, and how we affect the planet's ecosystems and how it in turn affect us all.


  15. Two recently released videos ('>video 1 and '>video 2) seems to be showing a cruise ship employee throwing bags of garbage into the ocean. The videos were apparently filmed covertly by a former crewman aboard the Magnifica, a cruise ship owned by the Geneva-based company MSC Cruises. The dumping took place in Brazilian waters near a marine sanctuary. Besides the obvious environmental damage, the dumping is also a violation of international law. According to Jim Walker, blogger and maritime lawyer, the dumping of garbage bags is a common practice by cruise ships like this one.

     

     


  16. I am collecting images of crazy-looking bicycle designs to a photo gallery. I've already uploaded a bunch a photos but I am looking for more. Do you know about any other designs that should be included in the photo gallery?

     

     


  17. I think carbon taxes is a good idea. With a carbon tax on things that that damage our environment and climate, such as gasoline, we can reduce demand while at the same time get an influx of well-needed money to fund various green programs.

     

    Tem Darrell Steinberg is the man behind this proposal which will directly tax motorists 15 cents a gallon, rising to 24 cents in 2020 (Source: Businessweek). “Under either a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade applied to fuel, consumers will undoubtedly pay more at the pump,” Steinberg told the Sacramento Press Club on Feb. 20. “Higher prices discourage demand. If carbon pricing doesn’t sting, we won’t change our habits.”

     

    The money raised from this carbon tax, estimated at $3.6 billion during the first year, would help pay for public transit and a social help for poor families. 

     

    But, if I've understood his proposal correctly , he wants to shift responsibility for the emissions - from oil companies to consumers. And that doesn't seem right. With that said, I do think consumers should have to pay a higher gas price at the pump. But oil companies need to bear a large® part of the responsibility, they can't get rich on business that is killing the climate. 

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