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Environmentalist and humanist. I regularly blog about environmental and political issues on Green Blog. Some of my posts are in Swedish.

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Richard Dawkins on the opposition to same-sex marriage

Richard Dawkins sarcastically puts the opposition to same-sex marriage into perspective in this tweet. "Forget global warming, forget war, poverty, disease. What REALLY matters is whether other people, in private, sleep with their own sex." People sure has strange priorities...

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Hugo Chavez on climate change and capitalism

This is the full text of Hugo Chavez’s speech at the December 2009 Copenhagen climate conference. In the speech Chavez linked climate change and capitalism, saying if the climate were a bank, they [the rich governments] would already have saved it. Translation by Kiraz Janicke. - - - - Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, Excellencies, friends, I promise that I will not talk more than most have spoken this afternoon. Allow me an initial comment which I would have liked to make as part of th

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EDF suing climate activists for £5 million

The environmental activists who last year protested against government plans to build 20 new climate killing gas-fired power stations in the UK are now being sued for £5 million by the French state-owned energy company EDF. If EDF wins these activists face bankruptcy and the very possibility of losing their homes. Besides this personal tragedy, a win for EDF could also have far-reaching consequences for the whole environmental movement in the UK as it would deter other organizations from tak

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Photos: Five years after São Paulo's ban on visual pollution

São Paulo, one of the world’s largest metropolis, issued a ban on outdoor advertising in 2007. Despite heavy criticism from corporations and ad-agencies Brazil’s largest city remains ad-free to this day. This is how São Paulo looks like five years after the ban on visual pollution. "The law is a rare victory of the public interest over private, of order over disorder, aesthetics over ugliness, of cleanliness over trash... For once in life, all that is accustomed to coming out on top in Brazil

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Sweden's recycling system is so effective the country has to import garbage

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 incinera

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Högerextrema våldtäktsmyter faller på eget grepp

Martin Fredriksson spräcker hål på Sverigedemokraternas högerextrema våldtäktsmyter: "Inför valet 2010 tog Sverigedemokraterna fram en rapport om ”våldtäktsvågen” i Sverige, och pekade ut invandrare som skyldiga. Men majoriteten av dem som förekommer i våldtäktsmål har ”svenska” namn som Mikael eller Andreas. Sexuella övergrepp är inte ett integrationsproblem – ändå har de konspiratoriska fördomarna fått fäste hos långt fler än redan frälsta högerextremister," skriver Martin Fredriksson från

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Uppmana Naturvårdsverkets generaldirektör att stoppa vargjakten

Uppmana Naturvårdsverkets generaldirektör Maria Ågren om att omedelbart stoppa licensjakten på varg! Naturvårdsverket trotsar EU och den svenska folkopinionen genom sitt beslut om en genetisk rensningsjakt på varg. Beslutet om att skjuta 16 vargar innebär en oförsvarlig och oetisk vargjakt i åtta revir i vinter. Jakten är planerad på ett sätt som lär göra många valpar föräldralösa och de riskerar att svälta ihjäl. Ta en sista chans att påverka Naturvårdsverket och protestera mot vargjakten

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Greenpeace's cookie warning

Since a while back website owners are required by EU law to offer clear information about the use of cookies on the website to its users. It's a stupid and pointless law. But Greenpeace has found a fun way to notify their visitors about all this: "This site uses cookies -- tiny bits of code that help us keep track of your interests and auto-fill petitions. We also use cookies to improve site performance and find better ways to make it easier for you to take action and make change. The Europea

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Current TV has been sold to Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera acquires Al Gore's Current TV cable network, reports Forbes and the New York Times. Al Jazeera is apparently planning to scrap the programming lineup and replace the Current brand with a new network called Al Jazeera America which will have a focus on international news. Forbes has also published Current CEO Joel Hyatt's memo about the purchase, in which the CEO touts Al Jazeera's journalistic work: "We were impressed with all that we learned about Al Jazeera and its journalist

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