From Red Clover to Orchids

Do you know the name of the flower above? Purple, pink, white, blue, yellow. . . wildflowers are brimming with colours and buzzing pollinators love them. Wildflowers help to improve the air quality, they help to filter water and they are a food source for many animals. Sadly, many of these beautiful and important flowers... Continue Reading →

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How to pick a hero like an environmental pro? Sweden’s recycling schemes

Headlines like "Sweden has run of recycling material and now need to import it" and "Sweden is an expert on sorting and recycling its waste" of course makes your eyes pop a little bit extra. And admittedly, my Swedish heart beat a little bit extra. Yet, what criteria should we use when we pick an... Continue Reading →

Are you suffering from Climidia?

Climidia, yes, I am suffering from climidia. Cold, sluggish and wrapped up in sorrowful thoughts. Spring, the most wonderful of season should be filled with. . . Birds singing and chirping in the spring garden. Spring flowers opening their petals to greet the shy spring sun. Yet, the effects of climidia have postponed the arrival... Continue Reading →

Spiraling Economy

This post contains adlinks. It is easy to view the economy as something that is directed by politicians and big companies. But the economy also a reflection on who and where we are as people. Economy tells as about our inner workings and values. The concept cirucular economy has been evoling for years but there... Continue Reading →

Fluorescence in chameleons

Chameleons glow-in-the-dark! Chameleons' shift the colours and patterns of their skin to hide from predators or to communicate with other chameleons. Apart from their colourful display their bones also fluoresce through their skin. A glow-in-the-dark pattern is created particularly on their heads and faces. Chameleons are among the first known scaled repiles that display and... Continue Reading →

Teeming by Tamsin Woolley-Barker

"If you and I swap a dollar, we each have a dollar. If we swap an idea, we both have two." Peter Gloor What if we could build organisations so that they become thriving interconnected networks of collaboration? What if our political leaders looked at ants and they way they work together instead of speading... Continue Reading →

Envisioning Eco-Topia

What is your vision of the future? What actions are necessary to fulfil the vision? What approach is necessary to guide and motivate the action? The idea with envisioning the future is not to create a fixed vision and spend time working towards manifesting that particular vision. Although this approach can sometimes be used by... Continue Reading →

The Role of Key Species

What roles do certain key species play in shaping their environment? Traditionally, the focus for conservationists have been on what species that are present in an ecosystem. But ecology is moving on from counting species to accounting for species. Some species play a very powerful role in the ecosystem. The function that a certain species... Continue Reading →

Superfood of the Future – The Algae Dome

Is it possible to sustinable produce food while solving environmental problems? Algae Dome is a four-meter-tall  food-producing building. The dome is powered by solar energy and it pumps out oxygen in a closed-loop system. A major source of greenhouse gas emissions come from industrial agriculture but now wonderful new ideas are emerging that will help... Continue Reading →

Mossworld

Imagine a world filled with tall mosses.  Mosses is part of the autumn. A cloud of mist and fog transport you to an ancient world of simplicity, a mossworld of mystery and possibilities. The miniature mossworld invites you to slow down and bend down. To breath slowly and to escape into the wilderness. Marvel at... Continue Reading →

"Turn your face toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.” Māori Proverb As we turn our backs on nature, we lose our natural source of happiness. The last couple of months, I have spent little time walking in nature. Lots of reason. Therefore it was wonderful to return and to walk into... Continue Reading →

Bird feathers are evolutionary wonders. “As the saying goes in architecture, ‘form follows function,’ but when it comes to feathers I would say if form follows function, then beauty follows form." The book Feathers: Displays of Brilliant Plumage by Robert Clark  is brimming with exquisite photos and facts to tempt the curious mind to embark... Continue Reading →

Isaac Asimov, the science fiction novelists, reportedly once said that *The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the once that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" but "That's funny!" The theme in this blogpost is "That's beautiful!" Beauty can be a great inspiration and a powerful motivator.  In the last years several articles have... Continue Reading →

Fill your eyes with all the stunning colours and natural splendour. Take deep breathe and smell the white sand and crystalline water. Then think about how far you would go to save this. A visit to the  Great Barrier Reef is a life-changing experience. One of the natural wonders of the world. Photo By Ciambue... Continue Reading →

What does it feel like to have no voice? How can we improve Animal Laws? Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes is never easy. When the other mind belongs to an animal, it requires more than compassion for the animal to help. Imagination and different ways to trick your mind to breaking old thinking patterns... Continue Reading →

Does the understanding that we have helped to cause previous mass extinctions help us to become less nonchalant about our role in the present wave of mass extinction? During the last million of years, our planet has experienced several cycles of cooling and warming. Unlike the relatively stable conditions the Earth has experienced the last... Continue Reading →

”When I gaze at a sunset sky and spend hours contemplating its marvellous ever-changing beauty, an extraordinary emotion overwhelms me. Nature in all its vastness is truthfully reflected in my sincere though feeble soul. Around me are the trees stretching up their branches to the skies, the perfumed flowers gladdening the meadow, the gentle grass-carpetted... Continue Reading →

Searching for bright spots in the woods where the pale winter lights dance through the trees and kiss our cheeks not only brings comfort it also gives us strength to face challenges. The smell of frost, the sounds of a stream, and the scenery of a frosty winter forest provides relaxation. Natural stimulation brings comfort... Continue Reading →

Ice circles are a rare and beautiful looking as well as sounding phenomenon. The ice circles in the photos are from Sävar in the northern part of Sweden.  The circles look perfect as if they have been made by a ceramist. If you listen you can hear the sound of the river or the sea... Continue Reading →

A giant iceberg, with an area equivalent to Trinidad and Tobago, is ready to break off from the Antarctic shelf. Why should I care? Photo:  Iceberg Arctic By AWeith The ice shelf, known as Larsen C, is predicted to be one of the largest break-offs ever recorded.  If the sheet collapses it will marginally cause... Continue Reading →

The October air is raw and filled with goodbyes. Goodbye green leaves and warm summer evenings. Reluctantly I say welcome to spicy scent of colourful leaves and the shy October light. The forest is coming to a standstill and animals are preparing for the colder weather. Autumn is a busy time for many animals as... Continue Reading →

" We must stop ignoring their gaze and closing our heart to their pleas. We can easily do what they ask - to stop causing them unnecessary pain, suffering, loneliness, sadness, and death, even extinction. " Mark Bekoff Imagine that you are suggesting at a dinner party that bees have feelings and that you are... Continue Reading →

Shape Matters! What if we could transform our thinking and use less material and more clever shapes? What if we could build things of whatever flies around like a spider ? Photo Greenstone Girl All spiders produce silk but not all spiders use it to produce webs. Different spices of web-building spiders spin different patterns.... Continue Reading →

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