Category Archives: World

World news, etc.

Reise nach Berlin

I just returned home after a week in Berlin. It was not the best time to visit the city: Berlin can be cold and rainy in November. But it is a fantastic city, and certainly worth a visit!

Brandenburger Tor

Soaked every second day

It is a strange weather these days. Every second day the sun shines – the rest of the time the rain is pouring down in quantities I have not seen before. When the weather is like today, with solid rain, umbrella and rainwear are almost useless. If you’re not wearing a drysuit, you get soaked to the skin.

Queen 70

Her Majesty the Queen turns 70 today.
Everyone knows how she looks, so here is Andy Warhol with his interpretation.

Size of Problems

We – and the problems we are grappling with – fills a lot in our own worldview.
But if we see the Earth from outside, we are really quite small in comparison.

Earth is one of the smaller planets around the Sun.
The sun is just one out of approx. 100 billion (!) Stars in the Milky Way.

The Milky Way is just one of perhaps billions of galaxies in the universe.

Suddenly everyday problems seems rather small. 😉

Where the h… is Matt?

Do you know Matt? Matt likes to dance. Though he may not be the best dancer in the world, he quit his job to dance around the world. And what a fantastic idea this is.
I do envy him – not for his dancing ability, but for all the places he has danced.

Link: wherethehellismatt.com

CO2

If you buy the right to use a certain amount of CO2 – and you don’t use that right – you contribute to reduce the global warming. CO2Quota.org

Global warming, part 3

First a note to the people, who like to read the BaseBlog, but doesn’t have any interest in environmental matters: this might be the last writing about global warming. Also because writing about it doesn’t make the problem go away – just as ignoring the problem won’t solve it either. You can find the other parts of my global warming trilogy here: part 1, part 2.

Just a few words about global warming and ice age!
Here’s one of the problems with global warming: imagine that the nice warm weather keep on coming – with temperatures rising each year.
First we notice the warmer seawater. As most people know, hurricanes grow over the sea; and the warmer the water is, the bigger the hurricane gets.
Then the ice at Greenland and the Poles start to melt faster. The water level rises, floods a lot of land all over the World and create millions of refugees.
The cold water from the melting ice suddenly makes an end to the Gulf Stream because the difference in temperatures, that makes the stream work, has been leveled out.
After the Gulf Stream stops, it’ll only take few years – some say 10 years, others think it’ll only take 2 or 3 years – before large parts of the World once more gets an ice age!
Luckily a lot of people won’t have to go through this. I’m talking about all the people who, before that, has drowned in the floods, or died from hunger or war.

Now you might have an idea why some of us think that global warming is a bad thing. And why a lot of politicians don’t want to talk about it. And why I don’t like to keep on writing about this topic in this blog, where I prefer to write about fun stuff.

Global warming, part 2

The official USA still takes the stand, that they want to pollute all they want, and just gives a f… about environmental problems. But more and more people over there actually realize the link between global warming and the increased number of hurricanes and changes to the climate.
Yesterday I saw “An Inconvenient Truth“ with Al Gore’s crusade to halt global warming’s deadly progress by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it.
I have seen the effect the global warming has in Greenland. I have seen an American film about the problem. Now I really want to see some politicians do something about it!