Negative impact of universities on the climate emergency

Here, I would like to present some short reflections on negative impact of universities on the climate emergency, as pointed out by Prof Kevin Anderson [1]: international scientific collaboration most often by air travel international personal/romantic relationships locking people in high-carbon futures providing high-level education, leading to high salaries, and high consumption Ad 1) Personally,…

Covid-19 pandemic – A history of ignored warnings

After the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in December 2019, attention has been shifted to previous research and publications on risks of pandemics to global health. Although critics argue that the pandemic was unpredictable and anyone saying so suffers from hindsight bias, I would like to argue that the risks of this “low risk-high impact”…

Interview with Bill Gates on the ARD/Tagesthemen on 2020-04-12 – Philanthrop or investor?

DE Multi-Milliardär Bill Gates gab am 2020-04-12 in der öffentlich-rechtlichen Nachrichtensendung “Tagesthemen” ein 9-minütiges (!)  Interview [1], in dem er seine Sicht auf die Covid-19 Pandemie und die Verfügbarkeit von Impfstoffen darlegte. Bill Gates hat durch seine langjährige Tätigkeit im Bereich Globale Gesundheit und seinen engen Austausch mit Experten wahrscheinlich eine informierte Meinung, welche von…

Home-made face shield to protect from SARS-COV-2 infection

Disclaimer: I am not a professional manufacturer of face shields to protect from virus infections. No warranties! Use at your own risk! In the following blog, I describe how to make a face shield (visor) to protect from droplet infections from COVID-19/SARS-COV-2 using house-hold materials. Although building a face shield comes pretty close to making…

Climate Activism in the age of social distancing (due to Covid-19 disease) – A letter from 350.org

I am sharing a letter from 350.org which describes how to continue climate activism while applying social distancing to contain the spread of the Covid-19 disease. I have applied minor changes to the letter for readability and privacy. Gesendet: Donnerstag, 19. März 2020 um 13:35 Uhr Von: “Matilda Borgstrom – 350.org” <350@350.org> An: “Wilmar Igl” <xxx.xxxl[AT]xxx.xx> Betreff: This…

How to use a diesel car in a climate-friendly way

I still own a internal combustion engine (ICE) car (Skoda Octavia TDI 1.6 Diesel Greenline), which I hardly use anymore, but I want to keep. In addition, buying a new (electric) car is expensive and production creates new emissions, ie 13 tons CO2e [10, see also 9 for ICE cars]. Therefore, I have investigated how…

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