The air we breathe in cities is unhealthy. It is full of pollution, mainly produced by cars. How bad is this problem and what are the solutions? In Berlin I talked to Malgorzata Olesiewicz and Megi Zhamo of the start-up Green City Solutions, who told me everything about their innovative product that offers a solution,… Read More How can we clean city air?
Afgelopen week vond in Den Haag het Internationale Monsanto Tribunaal en de People’s Assembly plaats. Ik was op zondag bij de rechtszaak aanwezig, en luisterde naar de verklaringen van slachtoffers, experts en advocaten. Iedereen deed zijn verhaal ter verwezenlijking van hetzelfde gemeenschappelijke doel: bewijs tegen Monsanto verzamelen in de strijd tegen milieu- en gezondheidsschade en… Read More Euforie en saamhorigheid bij het Monsanto Tribunaal
The cold and barren Arctic, “who would ever want to go there,” you might think. Even with climate change causing global warming, it is hardly a place to go on a summer holiday. Yet, in the face of a great decrease in Arctic ice mass, an international battle for the Arctic has arisen over claims… Read More The Arctic: A No Man’s Land?
Some two months ago I stumbled upon an article of The World Economic Forum that a friend of mine shared on his Facebook wall. Proudly it was announced that there were six countries in the world that are “leading the charge” towards renewable energy: Morocco, Bangladesh, China, Mexico, Tanzania and Turkey. Additionally, Vietnam announced in January… Read More The Netherlands is one of the two least sustainable countries in the EU
In my previous article on Arctic sovereignty I already touched upon the Inuit in the Arctic, the fact that they have territorial rights and that they are in an environmentally unjust situation. Today I will add something to the stack: the Inuit are very vulnerable to climate change and lack adaptive capacity due to a number… Read More Climate change adaptation: a call for a holistic and interdisciplinary approach
Air quality in European, North American and Australian cities is relatively good compared to most of the rest of the world. That is a fact, for example backed up by the World Air Quality Index. It might for this reason also be tempting to suggest that globally the lion’s share of CO2 emissions is produced in… Read More Rich countries are the cleanest? Think again
As I write, over three thousand activists are engaged in a march towards the Vattenfall coal-mine in Proschim, East Germany. The action, entitled Ende Gelände, is part of a global movement demanding that energy companies keep their fossil fuel reserves underground and unburnt. A number of Vattenfall power stations have so far been temporarily shut… Read More Beyond a culture of carbon