Category Archives: Environment

Lines in the Sand

Human beings feel the urge to leave signs of their presence in nature. When I was a child, it was common to carve one’s name (or a heart and a girl’s name) into the bark of a tree. Now people use … Continue reading

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Did you notice the Irony? (18) Leonardo DiCaprio

The guy who died because his ship hit an iceberg resurfaces 17 years later to urge the UN General Assembly to adopt policies that would stop the melting of icebergs. (auf Deutsch)

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“1493” by Charles C. Mann

1493 refers to the year after Christopher Columbus “discovered” America and as the second part of the title suggests, the book describes how Europe’s discovery of the Americas revolutionized trade, ecology and life on earth. That sounds like an enormous … Continue reading

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Photography before Photoshop

While cycling on La Maddalena, an island off the coast of Sardinia, I came across this beautiful bay: This ugly plant in the center of the picture did however disturb my aesthetic feelings. “No problem, I’ll remove that with Photoshop,” … Continue reading

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Man and Nature

Man can erect the most beautiful buildings, which last for 2,500 years and still impress with their shape and size, but the surrounding nature is the true source of beauty. The photos show the temple of Segesta, one of the … Continue reading

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Did you notice the Irony? (11) Climate Refugees

Did you ever notice the irony that lies in us flying to the Maldives, the Seychelles, to Easter Island and everywhere else, thus destroying the world climate with our CO2 emissions, but when climate refugees try to come to Europe … Continue reading

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Utility Outage

This week, I was without electricity (and thus without internet) for half a day after a thunderstorm, I ran out of gas in the kitchen, and I haven’t had water all weekend after the pipe leading to my neighborhood burst. After this experience, … Continue reading

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