Tagged: environment

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On speed-skating, climate change and that huge Heineken beer…

Perhaps unnoticed to the rest of the world’s Twitter community the Dutch had some fun this weekend about our international reputation for speed-skating. NBC’s Katie Couric covered the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics and informed the waiting world why the Dutch win so many medals at speed-skating. Her explanation: skating is an important mode of transportation in the Netherlands...

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All children should spend time in nature

I stopped for a moment during my hike in Tyresta National Park to enjoy the magnificent view of the shadows of the pine trees on the lake. But even more so I enjoyed the absolute silence. At that moment I felt at one with nature. Just outside of the largest Scandinavian City, I wondered why so few were there. Perhaps...

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Second Planetary Security Conference in the Peace Palace

If you follow my tweets on @alex_verbeek you may have noticed that the familiar green frame of the photos is sometimes alternated with the red frames from the other, much smaller, Twitter account that I use: @planetary_sec. Those tweets with the red frames are about planetary security issues. It is about those issues where the planetary change that we are...

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A letter to Santa in these troubled times

On 24 December the South China Morning Post published the following article that I wrote about the challenges Santa Claus is facing in the Arctic in times of climate change. A letter to Santa in these troubled times You will probably remember the excitement of writing a letter to Santa, specifying your wish list for Christmas presents. Nowadays he is...