Category Archives: Environment

Tretti år med tvilskremmere og klimapropaganda

«Global Climate Coalition». Det kan høres ut som en miljøorganisasjon, ikke sant? Med dobbeltsidige fargeannonser presenterte de seg i ukeblader over hele verden i mange år. Global Climate Coalition,  GCC, ble opprettet i 1989, året etter FNs klimapanel. Oppgaven til … Continue reading

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Thirty years with Merchants of Doubt and Climate Propaganda

Global Climate Coalition. It may sound like an environmental organization, right? With double-sided color ads, they featured in weekly magazines all over the world for many years. The Global Climate Coalition, GCC, was established in 1989, the year after the … Continue reading

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Joining hands to save our world

  The climate crisis is here. The latest report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is frightening reading. It is easy to feel paralysis and apathy. It does not seem to matter what the individual does … The … Continue reading

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Kan klimadugnad redde verden?

Klimakrisen er her, den siste rapporten fra FNs klimapanel er skremmende lesning. Det er lett å føle handlingslammelse og apati, det nytter ikke hva den enkelte gjør… Verden må kutte 50 prosent i utslippene fram til 2030 dersom vi skal … Continue reading

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Leap into the future! Detrump!

By Sven Åke Bjørke 26 January 2018                                                        What is neo-liberalism, trumpism, and how do … Continue reading

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Do not be fooled! Follow the money trail!

by Sven A. Bjorke, Feb 2017 The sail ship era did not end because of a lack of wind, but because better alternatives were found. The fossil fuel era will end when better alternatives are available. It is happening now. … Continue reading

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A Greener Future – an interactive e-book

The e-book “A greener future”  introduces the reader or course participants to the main relevant aspects of global warming, climate change,  green economy and sustainable development. The e-book can be read as an interactive course-book for an individual. It can be … Continue reading

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Mythmakers, climate and reality orientation

Norsk Scientific skepticism is healthy. Researchers should always challenge themselves to improve their understanding. But climate deniers are not there. With weak roots in scientific facts they throw out allegations, speculations and unfounded criticism of evidence supporting anthropogenic global warming. … Continue reading

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Make 2015 a climate year – on our way to Paris

We cannot continue the irresponsible habits we have now. Our house is on fire, and our leaders – the politicians – respond by squabbling about who shall pay for using the fire extinguisher . The more we delay, the more we … Continue reading

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Conflict on the Nile

The sources of the Nile remained a mystery for thousands of years. The Ancient Egyptians regarded the river as holy and as their lifeline. The British colonialist empire regarded finding the source of the Nile as crucial for their power over … Continue reading

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How green is your tech?

by Jordan Jacobs Climate change is on nearly everybody’s mind, in one way or another. Becoming more aware of the effects of emissions on the environment, people are looking for “greener” ways to live, from buying local (and sustainable) food … Continue reading

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Over to renewables – now!

Norsk Who benefits from a continuation of the oil age? Who is willing to risk our children’s and grandchildren’s future for short-term profit? Who opposes a rapid transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy? Is anthropogenic global warming and war … Continue reading

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Climate change has happened before. So why worry?

Norsk Yes, climate has varied before – many times.  And all were caused by natural forces. Hundreds of millions of years ago, enormous, non-eruptive volcanoes emitted greenhouse gases for thousands of years. Super-volcanic eruptions caused rapid cooling and at times … Continue reading

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The Climate-gate story – the real scandal

Norsk “In November 2009, the servers at the University of East Anglia in Britain were illegally hacked and emails were stolen. When a selection of emails between climate scientists were published on the internet, a few suggestive quotes were seized upon by … Continue reading

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Solar Energy for Low-Income Households

by Bruce Cameron, Kenya The switch from kerosene to solar lighting could sweep across Africa as rapidly as the mobile phone has, perhaps with equally transformative results. These notes summarise my impressions of the evolving situation in Kenya as regards … Continue reading

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Make this year a climate year!

Norsk The fossil fuel era can be dismantled within less than two decades. Three measures: All subsidies and special tax deals for the fossil fuel industry are removed globally.  The International Monetary Fund  (IMF) should get full support on this point. The IMF … Continue reading

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What if Norwegian oil economy is a bubble?

Norsk Two hundred and fifty thousand Norwegian jobs depend on oil [1]. These jobs are expensive; require high skills and pressure salary levels in general. For small countries like Norway this many oil jobs might be a recipe for financial disaster. … Continue reading

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Dismantle the oil age

Norsk For more than a hundred years, industrial and modern development has been dependent on fossil fuels. The oil age was given extra momentum after the oil crisis in 1972, and has given a country like Norway an economy people … Continue reading

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Two or three degrees more – does it really matter?

Norsk For the first time in human history, in 2013, the air that surrounds us on average contained 400 ppm (parts per million) CO2, and 475 ppm greenhouse gases. If we add the increased amount of water vapor due to … Continue reading

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Out of fossil fuels now!

Norsk For the last two hundred years fossil fuels have been the basis for industrialization and development of our modern civilization. Fossil energy has been absolutely necessary to get us where we are today. However, our civilization must grow up. … Continue reading

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Cocksure statements on climate change?

Norsk Now and then you might hear that the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) only gives cocksure statements and therefore is unscientific. The IPCC issues statements on a plethora of issues, so it is often difficult to know what … Continue reading

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Climate change in facts and figures

Norsk 90 – 100 million barrels of oil every day In addition roughly the same amount in coal and gas. We humans burn between 95 and 100 million barrels of oil every day. One barrel of oil equals 159 litres, … Continue reading

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Winter is cold. Global warming canceled?

Norsk One of the myths media keep repeating is that  global warming entails a warmer and nicer weather. We should soon be able to grow grapes in Northern Siberia. In fact, the IPCC says weather will be more unpredictable, with … Continue reading

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In doubt?

(Norsk) In doubt about global warming and human-induced climate change? Please ask yourself some questions: 1. Do you think smoke from the burning of coal, diesel or gasoline pollutes the air? Yes …… No. ….. (If “No”, you can stop … Continue reading

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It’s just natural variation – isn’t it?

Norsk What happens now, is no climate variation, it is a real climate change.  The solar forcing – the insolation – has not increased the last forty years. There is no special warming Milankovich effect like we had in the … Continue reading

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The sustainable society of 2040

Norsk Visitors are surprised that our cities and towns of 2040 are so compact, charming, clean, safe and esthetically appealing. The surrounding forests and fields are lush, healthy and teaming with different species.   The towns and cities lucky enough to … Continue reading

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Et bærekraftig samfunn år 2040

English Besøkende blir gjerne overrasket over at våre byer og tettsteder av 2040 er så kompakte, sjarmerende, rene, trygge og estetisk tiltalende.  Omkringliggende skog og mark er frodig, sunn og vrimler av ulike arter. De byene som er så heldige … Continue reading

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It’s the volcanoes – or is it?

Norsk One of the myths that the fossil fuel industry tries to maintain is that volcanic activity contributes to the greenhouse effect. The facts are that there is very little carbon present in magma. (Look up magma in any encyclopedia!) … Continue reading

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The “Climate change deceit” conspiracy theory

During the last forty years the Arab- American carbon barons; Western multibillionaires, Russian and Middle East petro tyrants and extreme islamists have lived high on oil profits. They invest massively in propaganda to delay political action and mislead the public. You … Continue reading

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Natural disasters – Acts of God or human culpability?

by Sven Åke Bjørke, Nov 2017   Natural Disasters – Acts of God or Human Culpability? Can politicians – our custodians –  and leaders of big fossil fuel companies – become personally responsible for damages that occur due to their negligence? … Continue reading

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Eco-economy

A green eco economy needed    Global warming and climate change are symptoms of the depletion of the Earth’s natural resources and ecosystems. We might be able to solve the problems of global warming in time – if we are … Continue reading

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Indignez-vous – get outraged!

The grand old diplomat Stephan Hessel tells us to get outraged. See interview Here is the original text:  Indignez-vous – Stephan Hessel Yes – we should be outraged. Unethical, superbig multinational capital based on the neoliberal philosophy attacks democracy, environment, … Continue reading

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The carbon mafia and climate “sceptics”

“Every year we pump more than six billion tonnes of carbon emissions (corresponding to over 35 billion tonnes CO2)  into the air from burning fossil fuel, despite a general consensus that this pollutes the air and contributes directly to climate … Continue reading

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Lake Chilwa

Lake Chilwa – can it disappear? Lake Chilwa is a Ramsar lake in Malawi. Beautiful, with plenty of different birds, migratory species included. Lake Chilwa is in danger. Global warming, deforestation with siltation and pollution from agriculture are parts of a … Continue reading

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