A lot going to waste..


Do you feed the garbage monster?

”Imagine that you have been shopping. You have gone through the shop and seen offers of extra prizes like ‘take three – pay for two”. You arrive at your home with three bags loaded with food. Imagine then that all the food in one of these bags will end up in the dustbin.”

That is how an article in the Swedish magazine ”Fria Tidningen” starts. (unfortunately the article is in Swedish.)

A study at Lunds University shows that generally that is how it looks in Sweden. Around 30 percent of the food we buy, that is, nearly one in three grocery bags, we never eat up. It goes to waste.

But there are also enormous consequences for the climate. If you compare the food thrown by Swedish households each year with other environmentally harmful phenomena, it would correspond to emissions from 700,000 cars and 460,000 oil-fired villas. Also, the production of crops in many cases to over fertilization and pollution by pesticides. Food waste is also a problem for the Earth’s water supply when the production of certain foods, such as rice and meat, are extremely water-intensive.

But the Swedes are not alone, about a third of all food produced for human consumption in the world is wasted, says SIK – Institutet för Livsmedel och Bioteknik AB. Their report also shows that we in the West throw away far more food than they do in the world’s poorest countries.

Year 2014 has been designated the ”European year against food waste” and the beginning of this year, the European Parliament adopted a resolution which is to halve food wastage in the EU by 2025.

Let’s hope it is an success!

Carpooling!

In the municipality of Jokkmokk discussions about carpooling has been vivid.
But the discussions have always stuck because its difficult to organize.

Now we can read in the papers that another small municipality, Storuman, in the region Västerbotten has developed a web-based reservation system for carpooling.

HERE you can read more – unfortunately in Swedish only.

Finally!

The author of this entry do not have the technical skill for such a task, but has been convinced that it must be possible to arrange.

But maybe not quite like this:

Climate negotiations are not succesfull – why?

Maybe this is the answer:
According to the researchers Astrid Danneberg and Scott Barret, the UN climate-negotiations that only reacts to the ”dangerous thresholds” are bound to fail. They introduced their finds in the scientific magazine PNAS – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

They state: ”Climate negotiations usually are depicted as a prisoners’ dilemma game; collectively, countries are better off reducing their emissions, but self-interest impels them to keep on emitting.”

Instead, they mean, that the negotiations should focus on the solutions and collective strategies to be successful.

You can also find more information, in Swedish, in the magazine ”Miljöaktuellt”

Climate scepticism..

According to researchers at University of Oxford and London it shows ”that news coverage of scepticism is mostly limited to the USA and the UK; that there is a strong correspondence between the political leaning of a newspaper and its willingness to quote or use uncontested sceptical voices in opinion pieces; and that the type of sceptics who question whether global temperatures are warming are almost exclusively found in the US and UK newspapers.”

Here you can read the report ”Cross-national comparison of the presence of climate scepticism in the print media in six countries, 2007–10”

We have seen this picture before, but maybe it´s accurate in some countries at least:

World Future Council!

Let us proudly present our participation in World Future Council and their ”Parliamentary Hearing on 100% Renewable Energy in European Regions.

On Friday the 5th October Wolfgang will be part in a round table discussion on the subject:
1. Does your municipality/ region/ country has a political target for RE?
a. If yes: Is there also a roadmap/ action plan? What was the driving force?
b. If not: Why not? What are the main challenges/ barriers? What are potential enablers?
2. What are the rate limiting factors for the target setting?

The whole conference takes place in Denmark 4th to 7th October, with guests from all of Europe.
In a small municipality like Jokkmokk, we should be proud of making that kind of progress so others want to listen and learn from us.
Together with others, of course, without for example Nenet (Norrbottens Energikontor) we would not has come this far.