Klaus

A Photographic Investigation

 Mon, 25 Jun 2018 22:46:00 +0200 
#^Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation
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Mathieu Asselin's webpage. Work, workshops, events, news, contact, bio. Asselin's work mainly consists out of long-term investigative documentary projects.

The Work
Monsanto®'s dozens of Superfund sites ( large contaminated sites of high priority for the us Environmental Protection Agency ) across the United States alone are affecting hundreds of communities and their environment with terrifying health and ecological consequences. Monsanto® maintains strong ties with the us government, and especially with the FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration). It is a bedfellow with many other economical and political power houses around the world. The company engages in campaigns of misinformation, the persecution of institutions and individuals, including scientists, farmers and activists that dare to disclose its crimes. Monsanto® is spreading new technologies and products, while scientists, ecological institutions and human rights organizations are putting out alerts about issues like public health, food safety and ecological sustainability issues on which our future on this planet depends. This is all particularly troublesome since Monsanto® is entering a new chapter of disregard for our planet through the creation and commercialization of gmos. Looking at the company’s past and present, this project aims to picture what Monsanto® ’s near future will look like.
Klaus

Kaffeeform

 Sat, 23 Jun 2018 23:25:12 +0200 
This is a really nice idea. These cups looks really nice and unique.

#^Kaffeeform - Coffee cups made from recycled coffee grounds
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What happens to all the coffee grounds after we have enjoyed our Espresso, Cappuccino or Americano? Is there no way to re-use this good and natural resource? And if, what does it take to preserve it and for good? These were the thoughts that kept the product designer Julian Lechner awake at nights during his studies in Italy – these questions and an intense coffee consumption – and he did not let go of the thought of creating something completely new.

After 3 years of experimenting with this fascinating raw material, discussions with experts and scientists and endless attempts it finally paid off: out of recycled coffee grounds and renewable raw materials the new material Kaffeeform was born, a new formula that allows him to create complete new products out of old coffee.
Klaus
 Thu, 14 Jun 2018 23:20:05 +0200 
#^Indonesia combines Islam with environmental activism | DW | 14.06.2018
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The Indonesian government and Greenpeace have partnered with Islamic organizations to promote plastic waste reduction. Can including religion make environmental campaigns more effective?

#PantangPlastik
Klaus

sustainability targets

 Tue, 05 Jun 2018 00:01:11 +0200 
:facepalm

#^Germany's Bayer to drop Monsanto name in takeover | DW | 04.06.2018
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Bayer's takeover of US seed giant Monsanto will be completed on Thursday, the company has said. Although Bayer will acquire all of the weed-killer and seedmaker's products, the Monsanto name will be left behind.
Klaus
 Wed, 23 May 2018 22:38:54 +0200 
#^Major grocery supplier to Germany accused of environmental crimes in Spain, report says | DW | 23.05.2018
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One of Aldi's fruit and vegetable suppliers has been accused of helping ruin an important lagoon, a media report has said. Germany's demand for cheap vegetables has been blamed for encouraging farmers to cut corners.
Klaus

Weiternutzen statt wegwerfen

 Thu, 03 May 2018 21:39:34 +0200 
#^Die Reparatur-Revolution
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Lieber kaufen statt reparieren? Elektrogeräte sind reine Wegwerfartikel geworden. Gegen diesen Trend stemmen sich immer mehr Menschen. Sie fordern das Recht auf Reparatur.
Klaus

Ab jetzt auf Pump

 Tue, 01 May 2018 23:46:42 +0200 
#^Deutschland lebt auf Pump - Ressourcen für 2018 sind aufgebraucht | DW | 01.05.2018
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Jahr für Jahr verbrauchen die Menschen mehr natürliche Ressourcen als der Planet zur Verfügung hat. Auch Deutschland überlastet die Erde. Das Land lebt von Mittwoch an wieder auf "Kredit", die Substanz ist aufgebraucht.
Klaus

13 Milligramm NOx/km auf Basis der bewährten Technik

 Sat, 28 Apr 2018 01:01:25 +0200 
#^Bosch verbessert Diesel-Abgaswerte dramatisch
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Was so logisch wie utopisch klingt, scheint Bosch nun gelungen zu sein: Ein Sprung in den Diesel-Abgaswerten um eine Größenordnung – einzig durch eine bodenständig-vernünftige Weiterentwicklung der bereits bewährten Technik-Komponenten


Da drängt sich eine weitere Perspektive auf: Wird der Gesetzgeber nachziehen und die Emissionsvorschriften den neuen technischen Möglichkeiten anpassen? Oder wird die wie immer laut jammernde Lobby der Autoindustrie in ihrer unstillbar scheinenden Profitgier es erneut schaffen, die Regeln aufzuweichen, Fristen hinauszuschieben?
Klaus

Over evolutionary time

 Sat, 28 Apr 2018 00:32:54 +0200 
#^Nuclear accidents make mutant bugs and birds | DW | 26.04.2018
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Biologist Timothy Mousseau has spent years collecting mutant bugs, birds and mice around Chernobyl and Fukushima. In a DW interview, he shares some surprising insights into the effects of nuclear accidents on wildlife.
Klaus

Heimakku

 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 11:33:05 +0200 
#^Erneuerbare Energien: Der Heimakku als Baustein in der Energiewende - Golem.de
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Solarstrom an Netzbetreiber zu verkaufen, lohnt sich nicht mehr. Ein Heimakku zum Eigenverbrauch ist die bessere Alternative. Diese Speicher könnten helfen, Schwankungen im
Klaus
 Thu, 15 Mar 2018 23:49:12 +0100 
#^Artist against Indonesia deforestation | All media content | DW | 15.03.2018
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In the past few years, the destruction of rainforests in Indonesia has reached an alarming level. The main reason behind this increasing deforestation is the plantation of oil palm trees. Ernest Zacharevic, an artist from Lithuania, has a unique way to raise awareness about it.
Klaus

Greenwashing

 Wed, 28 Feb 2018 23:14:57 +0100 
#^Kathrin Hartmann - Die grüne Lüge | Blessing Verlag
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Grüne Lügen - je absurder sie sind, desto bereitwilliger werden sie geglaubt

Aus der Zusammenarbeit mit Werner Boote, mit dem zusammen sie das Drehbuch für seinen Film "The Green Lie" (ab März 2018 in den Kinos) verfasste, in dem sie auch selbst mitwirkt, entstand dieses aufrüttelnde Buch.

Greenwashing, also das Bemühen der Konzerne, ihr schmutziges Kerngeschäft hinter schönen Öko- und Sozialversprechen zu verstecken, ist erfolgreicher denn je. Aber jenseits der grünen Scheinwelt schreitet die Zerstörung rapide fort. Laut dem Global Foodprint Network lebt die Weltbevölkerung derzeit so, als hätte sie 1,6 Erden zur Verfügung. Würden alle auf der Welt so konsumieren, wie es Menschen in reichen Ländern wie Deutschland tun, bräuchte es 3,1 Erden, um den "Bedarf" zu decken. Der Verbrauch pflanzlicher, mineralischer und fossiler Rohstoffe hat sich zwischen 1980 und 2010 von 40 auf 80 Milliarden Tonnen verdoppelt. Die Artenvielfalt nimmt ab, Wälder schwinden, Böden degradieren, Emission steigen und der Hunger wächst.

Alle wissen das. Trotzdem hält Greenwashing jedweder Aufklärung stand. Je gebildeter die Zielgruppe, je schädlicher das Produkt ist und je absurder das daran geknüpfte Öko-Versprechen, je offensichtlicher also die grüne Lüge ist, desto eher wird sie geglaubt.
Klaus

Abgas-Stress

 Sun, 25 Feb 2018 21:31:33 +0100 
Sehr interessante Dokumentation, welche auch die anderen Probleme gut darstellt.

#^Deutschland im Abgas-Stress
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Schon seit 2010 schreibt eine EU-Richtlinie saubere Luft in unseren Städten zwingend vor. Doch die Luft ist schlecht. Der Diesel soll daran die Hauptschuld tragen. Kann das stimmen?
Klaus

Clubsorten?

 Sat, 10 Feb 2018 23:54:34 +0100 
Eine sehr interessante Reportage. Das mit den alten Sorten war mir bekannt, aber dieses Konzept der Clubsorten kannte ich so noch nicht.

#^Der wahre Preis für den perfekten Apfel
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Der Apfel ist das Lieblingsobst der Deutschen. 19 Kilo isst jeder im Jahr. Obwohl es 2000 Sorten gibt, landen nur wenige im Supermarkt. Der neueste Trend: der Apfel als Lifestyle-Produkt.
Klaus

Aeroleaf

 Sun, 04 Feb 2018 23:43:03 +0100 
I think this concept is really interesting, but there are quite a few discrepancies in their statements and private customers seems not a desired audience unfortunately.

Aeroleaf - New World Wind
A breakthrough technology that potentiates diffuse energies
A proprietary technology that makes the ingenious bet to capitalize Watts to make kiloWatts. The Aeroleafs take the wind at 360° and because they are light and almost without inertia (direct drive), they can stick to the highly unstable wind curve in urban areas.

Proprietary Technology
The current is generated by a set of magnets (rotor) driven in rotation by the light which pass in front of a power circuit (stator). A fine regulation of the current produced in this way gives the system its full efficiency. Each Aeroleaf contains a microprocessor that calculates the voltage/current every 10 milliseconds to determine the optimal rotation speed for each sheet, which will be able to extract the maximum wind energy.
Klaus

fact of nature?

 Sun, 28 Jan 2018 14:27:11 +0100 
:facepalm

#^Walnuts allowed to fall off tree, German court rules | News | DW | 27.01.2018
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A Frankfurt court determined a woman who sued her neighbor for over €3,000 in damages to her car must reckon with nuts falling off trees. The neighbor's tree extended over her property due to a "statistical mistake."

A district court in Frankfurt ruled on Friday that walnuts were allowed to fall off trees, concluding that the annual autumnal occurrence could be traced back to "a fact of nature."
fake facts!!!
Klaus

St. Lambertus church

 Bonn, GermanyFri, 12 Jan 2018 02:05:06 +0100 
#^Unused church torn down in Germany to make way for open-pit coal mine | News | DW | 10.01.2018
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The church in the western German town of Immerath was one of the last major structures to remain standing. Residents have been resettled and the town will be devoured by a massive open-pit coal mine.

#endcoal
Klaus

Too hot to be a guy

 Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:59:56 +0100 
#^Boiled bats and iced iguanas: How extreme weather affects wildlife | Environment| All topics from climate change to conservation | DW | 10.01.2018
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Heat waves in one part of the world, freezing blizzards in another — such weather extremes have a profound impact on wildlife as well. Here are some of the more surreal examples.
Klaus

At least they're honest?

 Tue, 09 Jan 2018 23:15:26 +0100 
honest? WTF!?! :facepalm

#^Opinion: German coalition hopefuls drop climate goals | Opinion | DW | 09.01.2018
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Preliminary grand coalition talks have just restarted, but already, the parties involved have given up the 2020 climate goals. It's a disaster for climate protection policy but also an opportunity, says DW's Jens Thurau.
Klaus
 Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:40:11 +0100 
#^Bitcoin energy boom stamps down colossal carbon footprint | DW Environment | DW | 13.12.2017
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Few people use bitcoin to buy anything — but everyone pays for its environmental impact. Does mining the cryptocurrency actually consume more electricity than Ireland?