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How are you celebrating World Environment Day?

Each day of the year is devoted to something special and the on 5th June it is World Environment Day initiated by UNEP. This year 2011 is the International Year of Forests and hence our forests and all the benefits they provide us with are in focus for the celebration. The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (Naturskyddsföreningen) uses the long, bright summer night between 5-6 June to celebrate nature with lots of activities. Check out here (pdf in Swe).
If you are occupied with other things – celebrate by just noticing a tree close to where you live and work, minimize your print outs that particular day or contemplate how trees and forests support your life.

UNEP World Environment Day
2011 International Year for Forests

An old oak tree at the Stockholm Royal City Park

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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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Mushroom day – September 5th

Monday, August 30th, 2010 | Environment Update, Explore Everyday Nature | No Comments

The first Sunday in September, Sweden, Norway and Denmark have devoted to celebrating mushrooms. If you want to know more about these strange creatures that are neither animals nor plants, this is the time of the year to start. There are plenty of seminars and exhibitions to visit in order to learn more about mushrooms, mostly about those that are visible to us. A central activity is of course to share knowledge about how to find and prepare edible mushrooms. Some are delicious, while others are deadly poisonous – no wonder they are surrounded by mysticism, witchcraft and folklore.

Did you know that:

  • Mold and yeast are fungi.
  • The root system of fungi are essential to many plants’ ability to absorb water and nutrients, therefore you’ll often find certain mushrooms near certain tree species.
  • It is nearly impossible to clean air from fungal spores.
  • The majority of mushrooms are found below ground and their extensive root systems can become more than 100 years old.
  • Lichen are a symbiosis of fungi and algae.
  • There are more than 1.5 million species of fungi in the world.
  • The study of fungi is called mycology.

More about mushroom day in Sweden!

Not to eat, but a joy for the eye. image courtesy Sara Borgström

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The first Swedish marine national park inaugurated

Friday, October 16th, 2009 | Environment Update | No Comments

The brand new Kosterhavets National Park consists almost entirely of ocean and here you’ll find more than 6000 species of which 300 only occur at this site alone in Sweden. The core consists of a 200 meter (565 feet) deep sea trench with high salinity and low water temperature. Where these oceanic conditions meet the coastal waters one of the most species-rich sites in Sweden is found. Usually corals are associated with the tropics but in Kosterhavet one can find cold water corals.

Welcome to Kosterhavet National Park

Check out other marine protected areas

Kosterhavet archipelago

Kosterhavet archipelago, image courtesy Länsstyrelsen Västra Götaland

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