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The Arctic Sea Ice Volume is 2017 at it’s ever recorded low. Maybe this sounds somehow special, but what‘s going on in the Arctic now has huge consequences for the climate of the planet. In this episode I have an interview with Torstein Viddal from Norway, now living on Greenland. He is a novelist, has a master in information science and is an eco activist since decades. Torstein is following data of ice extent and volume in the Arctic very closely. Now in 2017 he has observed the lowest ice volume of millions of years. Prof. Peter Wadhams gives us an introduction, why the Arctic sea ice is so important.
During the coming weeks I want to focus my attention on the Arctic. During the summer 2017 there has not been a blue ocean event, what had meant that the Arctic Ocean is nearly ice-free. This would have an enormous influence on the world‘s climate, because the Arctic is one of the global climate motors.
Finland‘s president Niinistö has put it in a nutshell during a meeting in North Russia:
This interview with Jürgen Hornschuh about living with animals should have been part of the 19th episode “worldwide connected - Burden on other Species”, but we haven’t been able to connect technically. So we recorded it afterwards. I am sure it is worth an extra episode. Jürgen is born in Germany and living in India in the town and ecological and spiritual community Auroville. He is working as a farmer and a librarian. He talks about the language he is using to enter a relationship with animals. The Indian attitude towards animals is affected by karma. Jürgen says, they “surrender in the necessity of pain”.
co-hosted episode with Kevin from New Zealand and Wolfgang from Germany
This episode we want to dedicate to the animals and the burden inflicted on the other species by us, Homo sapiens. In times of abrupt climate change or ongoing anthropogenic climate disruption, there is no doubt, we are in the sixth mass extinction event. Billions of animals are dying and suffering. And 200 species (of animals and plants) are going extinct every day.
I will show you how to record podcast episodes with the web tool Zencastr as a host or as a guest. Zencastr is working with a current version of Firefox and Chrome. A limited version is available for free. The best feature of Zencastr is, that for each participant of the session there is a separate track recorded on her/his computer. So the sound isn’t disturbed by the connection.