Category Archives: Environment

Humboldt discovered man-made climate change

When Alexander von Humboldt traveled in Venezuela in 1800, he was told by locals about the rapidly falling water levels of Lake Valencia. He established a theory that connected deforestation, falling water levels and change of (micro-)climate. Expanding on this, he … Continue reading

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Monkeys are Humans too

Recently there has been a renewed discussion about the nature of monkeys and apes and how we should view and treat them. I was reminded of this when I was at Machía Park in Villa Tunari in Bolivia, where among other … Continue reading

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Dakar Rally in Argentina and Bolivia

My timing could be better: Just as I have moved to Bolivia to find some peace and quiet, the Dakar Rally thunders and roars past. The famous desert race, which has removed Paris from its name, still calls itself the … Continue reading

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Christmas Video: Treevenge

I don’t believe in Christmas myself, but I nevertheless want to bless you all with this lovely Christmas video: Have a happy season and don’t kill too many trees! Here is a suggestion for an alternative Christmas tree:

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“Magia Salvaje” makes me look forward to Colombia

In a few months, I will hopefully be in Colombia. This documentary makes me more than excited. It makes me dreamy.

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Venice is decomposing

Go to Venice soon! Because if the current trend will hold, the city will be decomposed rather soon. Looking at the costs and the corruption of large projects like the flood protection system MOSE, it might be better to let Venice … Continue reading

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“How can you afford to travel so much?”

I get this question so often that I could launch into a speech explaining that traveling doesn’t need to cost much. In my case, I actually save money by traveling because I can live more cheaply in most countries than I could if … Continue reading

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