Repost from September 2015. Since then, climate change has continued unabated. The situation has worsened drastically. On the poles, the year-round ice covering like nougat melts in the sun, Link: Scientific Report Climate change Antarctic ice-free habitat
Kerstin Langenberger in Spitsbergen: “At first glance, everything is, as it has always been in one of the most easily accessible polar bear populations of the world, strongly protected and doing good, so some people say. But are they really doing good, the bears up here? I am a critically minded person, and I observe. I see the summers being so pleasant (and warm) as never before. I see the glaciers calving, retreating dozens to hundreds of metres every year. I see the pack ice disappearing in record speed. Yes, I have seen bears in good shape – but I have also seen dead and starving polar bears. Bears walking on the shores, looking for food, bears trying to hunt reindeer, eating bird’s eggs, moss and seaweed. And I realized that the fat bears are nearly exclusively males which stay on the pack ice all year long. The females, on the other hand, which stay on land to give birth to their babies, are often slim. With the pack ice retreating further and further north every year, they tend to be stuck on land where there’s not much food to be found. In the first year, they lose their first cub. In the second year, they lose their second (and last) cub. Only once I have seen a mother with a nearly independent cub. Only few times I have seen beautifully fat mothers with beautifully fat young sons or daughters. Many times I have seen horribly thin bears, and those were exclusively females – like this one here. A mere skeleton, hurt on her front leg, possibly by a desperate attempt to hunt a walrus while she was stuck on land…”
The story is dated from August this year, and could be continued to read on Kerstin Langenbergers page by following this link: www.arctic-dreams.com
photos/text ⓒ Kerstin Langenberger – I could not have found a better description!
Kerstin Langenberger is an environmental scientist and photographer. Immediately after graduation, on her first trip to Iceland, she fell in love with the rough nature, fjords, glaciers and the beasts of the Far North. She has six years of living in Iceland and observed for seven years the nature in Spitsbergen, and it is clear to her: “There is no more important natural and human protection as climate protection. Every little action for climate protection makes sense, important and extremely necessary, I am convinced of that!”
So is the british Designer Vivienne Westwood, she just turned her actual show into a political catwalk to attract public attention for a change:
Now we need political decisions: How Exterminating of plastic bags; Ceilings on agricultural products – our market is already oversaturated; knitted bans oversized energy shredders, such as Snow Skiing in Dubai, which is skiing in the desert and other kind of nonsense, like the worlds biggest Diary Farm with 50 000 cows in the desert.
G 20 please make political decisions: change technologies, Degrowth! Ceilings for agricultural productions, slaughter figures, ceilings for animals per holding, 1000 animals on little land, Stop of oversized energy destroyers like the largest dairy in Saudi Arabia with 50,000 cows in the desert, who have to be sprinkled day and night with water,G 20 bitte politische Entscheidungen:
because otherwise they go to heat and others are planned, skiing in the desert …
When looking at the environmental statistics, the small state Qatar, with its approximately 1.8 million inhabitantsis, is the State with the worst pollution balance. The emirate, which is about half the size of Hessen*, with around 40 tonnes per capita, throws the highest carbon dioxide emissions at the world. The reason is primarily the gas industry. Because Qatar is the largest producer of liquefied natural gas, a technology with high CO2 emissions worldwide.Some further Information about the climate conferences, political decissions and so on you can find behind that link: Germanwatch
*Hessen is a little country in the middle of germany