climate change

The Stockholm Memorandum

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 | Environment Update | No Comments

In mid May brilliant people met in Stockholm during the 3rd Nobel Laureate Symposium on Global Sustainability. More than twenty Nobel Laureates, a number of leading policy makers and some of the world’s most renowned thinkers and experts on global sustainability concluded that we have entered a new era – the Anthropocene. Humanity is completely dominating the planet and pressing its ultimate boundaries. The Stockholm Memorandum is a new vision for global sustainability and also include means of how to achieve it. It has been handed to the UN High Level Panel on global sustainability that is arranging the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro (Rio +20).

The Stockholm Memorandum (pdf)
The Symposium website
The Economist on “The Anthropocene”
The concept “Planetary boundaries”

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Gröna Gaffeln – eat for the climate

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 | Environment Update | 1 Comment

It takes 7000 liters (1849 gallons) of water to produce 100 g (3.5 ounces) meat, and 550 liters (145 gallons) for growing wheat to produce one loaf of bread. Nearly 20 per cent of green house gas emissions come from meat production. Meanwhile the consumption of meat is increasing steadily, in Sweden by 50 per cent during the last 20 years. Therefore the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation has launched the campaign “Gröna gaffeln” (green fork) this October. Everybody can join the initiative by choosing to eat vegetarian one day a week and thereby contribute to easing the pressure on the climate. Restaurants can also become use the Gröna gaffeln logo if they promote vegetarian dishes. You do not have to change everything at the same time, just start with a small step and at the same time explore new tastes when decreasing your ecological footprint. Why not ask your lunch restaurant to surprise you with a new green dish next week?

More info about Gröna Gaffeln

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Why care about a meeting in Copenhagen?

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009 | Environment Update | No Comments

The highest level of carbon dioxide ever in the atmosphere has just been recorded. Still, we do not know how this will affect us and our livelihoods. There are many signs of climate change such as melting glaciers, altered weather conditions and changed plant distributions. From individual to global level, our task is to decrease our emissions of green house gases and to find strategies to cope with the changes ahead.

In the beginning of December, the UN gathers the world community (15,000 delegates from 192 countries) to decide on reductions in carbon dioxide emissions and other green house gases. This discussion is a continuation of the Kyoto-protocol that ends 2012. The Kyoto-protocol is ratified by 187 countries in the world. One of the weaknesses of this protocol is that the world’s greatest emitter of carbon dioxide, the United States, has not ratified the agreement. One of the key issues in Copenhagen is therefore to create a truly global protocol. Key challenges are how to deal with the developed countries historical responsibility for today’s situation and how to support developing countries in their future transition into energy saving technology. The decisions reached in Copenhagen will determine the future of the planet as well as having an impact on almost all aspects of our daily life.

UN site on the Climate Convention

UN campaign for political will and public support for a comprehensive agreement

Recommended reading: High Tide by Mark Lynas (2004)

February sun over Istanbul, image courtesy Sara Borgström

February sun over Istanbul, image courtesy Sara Borgström

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