life in the anthropocene

  • Anthropocene: We have real global progress but also life diminishing quality for hundreds of million of people. Official UNICEF study.

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    Global progress.
    And diminishing lives.
    Life in the Anthropocene.



    In a world of global progress in a lot of important aspects, we can never close our eyes to the simple fact that hundreds of millions of people around this beautiful world are witnessing how their lives are becoming increasingly worse.
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    “In a time of rapid technological change leading to huge gains in living standards, it is perverse that hundreds of millions are seeing living standards actually decline, creating a sense of injustice among them and failure among those entrusted with their care,” “No wonder they feel their voices are unheard and their futures uncertain.”
    - Laurence Chandy, UNICEF Director of Data, Research, and Policy.

  • 'At the bridge to Asgard, sprouts and roots grow the ever tree'. Here we live in the age of the Anthropocene.

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    sprouts and roots
    A healthy you, is a healthy world.
    Life in the Anthropocene.



    'At the bridge to Asgard, sprouts and roots grow the ever tree' through the gates of life and death, and the turning of the Midgard snake.
    We walk beneath a starry sky, weaved by light and dark and obscured shades our eyes can not see.

    We melt and turn the tides of time, as we spill the soil between our fingers.
    It drips back down to where it came from, all while the ants and worms grow unseen layers of brand new soil.

  • Anthropocene & the annual 'good country index' is back for its worldwide summary with the year 2017. And Scandinavia once again dominates.

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    Anthropocene
    the good country index 2017
    Life beyond 2028.



    Sweden once again dominates the good country index, sort of making it an annual business as usual reveal in other words.
    Sweden is followed closely by another Scandinavian country, namely Denmark, which, is no real surprise, the Nordic nations can be found at the top of the world, year after year, after year in a long range of beneficial, quality of life metrics and studies.

  • 9 million annual deaths due to worldwide pollution in air, soil, water. Life in the Anthropocene.

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    9 million
    annual deaths due to worldwide pollution
    The art of living.



    Every year the number of people that die prematurely due to worldwide pollution keep on increasing. And right now that pollution in water, soil, air, chemical or work-related pollution is already taking the life of 9 million people around the world.

    Let us think about that for one more second, every single year 9 million people end up dying prematurely due to the modern day pollution we all contribute to.

  • Anthropocene & the human health. Plastic litter in our salt, tap water, honey, fish & food. Land and soil and blood system.

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    Plastic Litter
    Tap water, Sea salt & Food.
    Life in the Anthropocene.



    In Europe, 72% of all tap water contains 1.9 fibers of plastic litter per 500ml of water.
    That number increases to 94% of all tap water in the USA which contains 4.8 plastic litter fibers per 500ml of water. And worldwide 83% of all tap water contains plastic litter.
    But the issue of plastic contamination in our water is not just about tap water, nor is it, as we have previously talked about, only a concern with sea food. This is a growing man-made health issue which has been going on for a very long time and by now it is part of every aspect of society and our natural world.
    For instance, scientists found plastics in products in studies on Chinese Sea salt in 2015.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 15, Do you eat plastic litter when you add salt to your food?.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 15 in our School of Fitness.
    I like to say that 'Individual health is planetary health & planetary health is individual health'. So today's question will focus a bit on that simple fact.
    Here goes. Can something as trivial as adding salt to your food expose you to unhealthy plastic litter ( on top of the many well established unhealthy aspects of consuming too much salt )?

  • Anthropocene: A long form article called Indonesia

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    Indonesia
    17,000 islands & almost 260 million people
    Life in the Anthropocene.



    Indonesia is by all accounts one of the world's most populated nations with its soon to be 260 million strong population scattered across an astounding 17 000 islands. Another fascinating aspect of life in Indonesia is that in total its population is made up of over 300 different ethnic and linguistic groups that combined speak over 700 different languages.

  • Book: 'Wings of a Raven, 2028AD'. The first book from the near future book universe 2028AD created by Mike Koontz. Mature and at times naughty storytelling and explicit events hide behind each page of this sci-fi tale. Less than 40 000 words.




    Suitable for a mature audience. 17+ and up. Adult storytelling and explicit events.
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    'Wings of a Raven' By Mike Koontz is the first book in a shared contemporary book universe called 2028AD. Mature and at times even naughty storytelling and explicit events lurk behind each page as we traverse the known familiarities of planet Earth and the uncharted vastness of the universe.
    And if at any point and turn, you feel that you need more from this charming sci-fi universe, reach for the abyss of the dark world wide web and the home of every book and short story that relates to 2028AD right here at anorseview.com.
    The first book in this sci-fi universe, is delivered with a touch of abstract horror, and the pleasure and kink of sensual and sultry naughty love. Mixed with moments of life and death, science, and space exploration, pollution, sex, war, poverty, famine. The man made horror and climate change.
    In the 2028AD universe Earth is a world wrought in chaos. And it is a place where hope and despair tumble and take turn with the trembling steps of colonizing other planets while the oceans on planet Earth keeps rising.
    Photography, and writing by Mike Koontz
    2018, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Short story: 'Interlude. Words & Breakfast, 2028AD'. a short stand alone sci-fi story from the near future book universe 2028AD created by Mike Koontz.

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    Interlude 'Words & Breakfast'
    A 2028AD stand alone sci-fi short story.



    Another day begins
    - yup.
    You know, this place, I love it. The silent morning, the sleep and the tranquil way it greets you with visuals from Earth, gorgeous, lush Scandinavian birch trees and lush burning auburn colors that intermingle with our A.I garden and throughout the ship, it´s like walking inside a contemporary Scandinavian minimalist designers dream world.
    - I love this place too man.

  • Moments from the wilderness, quality of life, offline vacation and book releases by Mike Koontz.

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    Moments from the wilderness
    Summer equals offline vacation



    Just a quick hello from my pristine offline vacation.
    I am still enjoying a wonderful and productive offline vacation, but life is this endless waterfall of unbridled inspiration in any given day's endless little things.
    It comes fully packed ( inspiration ) within the beings that inhabit those days, the separate and connected individual moments and all the everyday stuff.

    So I had to pop in for a quick long read post because life inspired me to try and capture the gorgeous real life art which is on full display right in our very own wildlife place, our garden of trees :).

  • Anthropocene: Volvo heralds the global end of the combustion engine-powered car.

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    the end of the combustion engine-powered car.
    Anthropocene is the science & footprint of you and me on Planet Earth



    This marks the end of the combustion engine-powered car.
    Volvo going all in on Electric engines in their car offerings.
    Starting 2019, every Volvo will make use of an electric motor.
    To top it off, Volvo will also make use of a completely climate neutral manufacturing operation by 2025.

    And while this is just one good ol car manufacturer crossing over to the better side of car manufacturing, Volvo will of course not be alone in this transition.
    Just as we see energy producers working their ass off to transition to a cleaner world without fossil fuel in their portfolios, car manufacturers are now all in on making safer ( autonomous cars ) and cleaner ( fully electric cars ) vehicles.

  • Anthropocene: a single strand of atoms, a prescient story about plastic litter, our warming oceans and individual health.

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    Plastic litter, a prescient story.
    Anthropocene is the science & art of life on Planet Earth



    At some point in life, you might discover yourself having walked far enough outside the map that plots the discourse of the common life that society expects all to follow beyond their birth, and at this point of discovery, this is where you might realize that you can cut out all the distractions of the buzzy bees, and the perceived connotations of what people stubbornly claims to be "just how it is", all while they seemingly refuse to see how things actually are.

    And once you do, the void of white noise and people without words of meaning to express, all the colors and moving shapes from all the non-essential patches that weaves together to raise a banner of hollowness will start to dissipate.

  • Planet Earth: open letter for our planet, health & mutual future to Merkel and our G20 leaders before their meeting with Trump.

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    Dear Chancellor Merkel.
    contemporary life is the science & art of Planet Earth



    Dear Chancellor Merkel, I am writing you in your role as one of the more public representatives of Europe ( and the prosperity of the entire world ).
    Billions of people reject Trump’s attempts to divide the world on climate change and our mutual health and wellbeing. His disregard for science and public progress, education, and health.
    And as such, we call on you to lead the G20 meeting towards a healthier and more sustainable future, with or without the involvement of the USA or any other country and leader that is willfully turning its back on the future of humanity, our planet, science, health, and equality.

  • Equality is a healthier life: Hell on earth can be found inside the hollow neglect that is life on GB road in Delhi, India.

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    The weight of the world is just a fleeting moment
    contemporary life is the science & art of Planet Earth



    India is a wonderful nation of immense potential and filled with fascinating heritage and culture, but it can also be quite a sad and horrible place for women and children.
    We have the ever present and immense pollution and poverty. The inequality that seems almost steeped in the seams of its old and rich history.
    And almost always guided and directed towards the poor, and more than anything females.
    You also have something even worse, related but different. And this sordid face of the underbelly of the rapidly changing but still traditional Indian society is best represented by a road that could be described as the road to hell on Earth.

  • Healthier Living: EU is going healthy & sustainable with the important school lunch across the entire European region.

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    healthy & sustainable school lunch across the entire European region
    contemporary life is our own science & art



    In a small but important step towards a better world and healthier people EU is launching a positive step forward to promote and subsidize sustainable and locally produced food that is healthy. Such as fruits and greens in schools across all of Europe
    The new Europe-wide initiative will help fund up to three-quarters of the cost of serving fruit and greens, locally produced and sustainable food to school students.

    Organic food will receive up to 75% help, while traditionally grown fruit and greens will receive up to 65%.

  • Planet Earth: As if straight out of the cutesy book 'wind in the willows', the good ol and extremely photogenic water voles ( Arvicola amphibius ) returns from the brink of UK extinction.

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    water voles ( Arvicola amphibius ) returns from the brink of UK extinction.
    contemporary life & science is our own art



    As if straight out of the cutesy book 'wind in the willows', the good ol and extremely photogenic water voles ( Arvicola amphibius ) returns from the brink of UK extinction, with a little help from the human hands that orchestrated its near extinction in the first place.
    As such, Kielder Forest in Northumberland, England will now get to see 700 Scottish highlander water voles invade and conquer its lush and serene country setting in the summer of 2017.
    Not by accident, nor is it born in a devious water vole plot to reclaim the mainland of the United Kingdom.
    Instead, this is one of the many wonderful rewilding wildlife and sustainable projects going on in Europe right now.

  • Endangered wildlife: Malawi national park and the return of the Cheetahs.

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    fewer than 7000 adult cheetahs are estimated to survive in the wild.
    contemporary life & science is our own art



    Cheetahs have already disappeared from more than 90 percent of their natural habitat in Africa ( not to mention in other areas such as the middle east ), and the wild population continues to decline in an unsustainable way.
    Today fewer than 7000 adult cheetahs are estimated to survive in the wild.
    Making the cheetah one of the world's most endangered land living apex predators.

    But not all hope is lost and there is not just a global consensus that the situation as it is is impossible for the cheetah but plenty of hard work is also being done to rectify the near extinction that awaits the cheetah.

  • Homo Sapiens, the mutant child and our planetary surfboard on which we surf the Universe. Updated June 2017.

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    We surf across a sea of gravitational waves.
    contemporary life & science is our own art



    Planet Earth. Our bluish marble of brown and green.
    Apex species. Planet Earth is inhabited by a rapidly evolving and diverse humanoid species which as this planet's current primary apex predator is actually made up by a wide range of multiple hominid species mutually forming it's diverse genetic origin and lineage.
    Mutant name. Contemporary humans.
    Planetary trajectory, unknown.
    The entire planet, solar system and milky way galaxy dart and weave, jump and spin all over the place inside the known universe. It might feel as if it is this solid zen-like teacup of calmness, but in reality, it is constantly changing shape and form, mass, speed, and trajectory.
    The speed of planetary travel can be measured as millions of kilometer per hour. ( Not millions actually, just 828,000 kilometers per hour to be exact )

  • Why death metal speaks to my soul with the richness of the subtle and earthly beauty of the Scandinavian landscapes.

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    death metal speaks to my soul with the earthly beauty of the Scandinavian landscapes.
    contemporary life is your own art



    Life is this endless canvas of soft and hard, varied in the raw and softly spoken whispers, and inside of that endless change and variation it gladly have room for differing taste in music, and my kind of metal is absolutely not for everyone :).
    As such I have never been surprised that most of the same people that find something pleasingly calm or beautiful in my writing and photography usually consider it an absurd contradiction that I so happily mix it up with grinding death metal of various shades.
    But for me it speaks with the same voice.

  • The wildlife gardener and the way that life slowly carves the mountain into a sculpture. Water pollution and the influence of beavers and farmers.

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    This is the way that life slowly carves the mountain into a sculpture
    contemporary life is your own art



    It slowly happens over time, you know, by the hands of natural evolution and life itself, it happens through every second of every day that ticks us by. From the way the earth turns, and the soil grows, the way that water and wind erode things over the course of eternity.
    It happens through the tunnels that ants and termites build and the way that sand polish stone.
    The way we walk and swim, build and leave behind things, the water that carves its own changing path through the rocky cold mountains that run through our entire planet. It is seen in the roots of the trees that refuse to die after 10 000 years and slowly crack the ground open.

  • Short story: 'The Gateway Earth Chaebol, 2028AD'. a short stand alone sci-fi story from the near future book universe 2028AD created by Mike Koontz.

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    The Gateway Earth Chaebol
    A 2028AD stand alone sci-fi short story.



    'The Musk colony' as it was informally called could right now be thought of as a real but still very challenged success simply because the fleet had actually managed to reach their destination and somewhat to his own surprise, the entire fleet was still operational, bruised but functional.
    And considering how space travel and logistics had been prone to so many errors in the decades leading up to their unparalleled launch, the fact that they were all here, it was nothing but amazing. Taken for granted by the crew, by now at least, but still nothing but amazing.

    And while it was true, that they still had not actually put any human feet on the ground. Or even landed a single ship or UAV.
    We had reached our destination.

  • Warfare by Megaponera analis. A day in the life of termites and ants and what it can tell us about the importance of Earth day, science and fact based education.

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    Warfare by Megaponera analis.
    The Science of healthy living.



    They came marching in at dawn, shoulder to shoulder they formed long winding columns of wordless but well-armed soldiers in gleaming dark armor that stretched as long as the eye could see. 500 men passed us by with the rising sun painting the light of this new day behind their backs. But this would not be a day of peaceful tranquility under the light of the rising sun, instead, the sun rose up from beneath the horizon as the herald of war and death in what we all knew would turn out be just another day in their relentless campaign.

  • Healthy living: The bad health curse of smoking, almost 7 million dead people and 150 million health related issues in one year due to smoking.

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    150 million health related issues in one year.
    The Science of healthy living.



    Almost 7 million dead people around the world in one single year ( 2015 ), due to smoking.
    Making it account for 11.5% of worldwide deaths during 2015.
    Out of the roughly 7 million dead people, 52.2% lived in four countries, China, India, the USA, and Russia.

    13 countries, Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Iceland, Kenya, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA have showed significant year-to-year rates of decline of smoking between 1990 and 2015.

    But while an increasingly lower percentage of the global population keep up with the filthy and unhealthy habit of smoking, as time goes by due to our global population increase the total number of smokers is still going up, and it is now close to 1 billion people!.

  • This is a story of salt: The female perspective, your health and the 2.5 million people that die worldwide every single year due to excessive salt consumption.

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    A story of salt, the outcome, your health & the female picture.
    The Science of healthy living.



    Let us start from the tail of the end. Because we all know that every good tale comes equipped with an end that makes the rest of the story worth reading.
    And as such, the developing story of salt is a story of the roughly 2.5 million deaths around the world which could be prevented each year if global salt consumption was to be reduced below the recommended levels.

  • Science: The Euphoric Flight of Creativity and what hides inside our mind.

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    The Essence of Creativity, Hides Inside our Minds
    The Science of a Healthy Life



    The Cerebellum inside our individual selfs will dance its very best only to its own bidding. Hidden away, inside and behind the curtain of what we consider our conscious thoughts, our "little brain" powers on with magnificent poise.

    The small, behind the scene part of what we think of as our brain, is despite its small size (The Cerebellum makes up about 10% of homo sapiens total brain volume) commandeering the majority of our brains neurons.

  • Science: Air Pollution and dementia. Global pollution and unhealth, and the link to mortality rates for children under 5.

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    Air Pollution and our health
    The factual Science of a Healthy Life, updated with WHO data, march 2017



    Science continually spits out more reasons in a never ending string as to why anyone interested in their own health and body should also be caring for a sustainable society and world.
    As if it is not already bad enough with modern day life´s annoying sidekick, air pollution, causing cancer, asthma and respiratory diseases and crazy smog in a growing number of cities. We can now add dementia to the list of unpleasant and unhealthy effects that life in any unsustainable society will cause through air pollution.


    Swedish researchers at Umeå University have uncovered compelling evidence for a direct link between air pollution and dementia. The run down is that if you happen to live in an area that leaves you exposed to air pollution you will run a 40 percent greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia compared to if you would have chosen to live in a city with healthier air and environment.

  • Space & Science: The flight across the black void and Kaguyas observations of Earth and the way we shower our lunar friend with oxygen.

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    On continuous gusts of solar wind mixed with terrestrial ions Earth shower the moon with earthborn oxygen
    The Science of Life



    Outside our blue wonders shielded atmosphere, the coldness of space is filled with the burning solar wind. The dust and speckles of stars, radiation, vacuum and alien stuff like dark matter and gigantic black holes. It is a marvel of glorious destruction and life that continuously mix and merge outside our calm home, organic chaos tearing down and building new life things across the vastness of time and our Universe.

    And amongst it all, somehow, each month, Earth fires up its magnetic shields as we position ourselves between the sun and the moon, and for five whole day´s we Earthlings shower our cute little friend with Earthbound oxygen and organic matter.
    In other words, we colonize and shape the very fabric of the alien entity we call the moon with Earthborn biological life and air, organic matter traveling from our blue marble all the way to the moon through the dark void on the winds of the sun.

  • The global Environment Performance Index: Scandinavia sweeps the top 4 as the worlds best.

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    Environmental Performance Index
     Scandinavia leads the world
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    2016 years Environmental Performance Index tells us in one more way, what we already know, and that is that Scandinavia is one hell of a wonderful place to live. The world's four best nations according to the index are all Scandinavians with Finland, Iceland, and Sweden being the only 3 nations in the world with an EPI score above 90.
    ( All three still have plenty of room to improve much more, and obviously do need to improve much more. )
    And just behind that trio, ranked as number four in the world is Denmark. So, just what is the Environmental Performance Index? Read on to find out.

  • The science and health of space and the human body, all the things you can also expect from your future romantic, off world date. Updated.

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    To Dine and Kiss in Space
    Making love in zero gravity
    The Science of a healthy life



    Making love, off world.
    And some of the many wondrous and perhaps flat out strange things you can expect to encounter during your future romantic, space date.
    In our rapidly approaching near future and a few fortunate souls present day reality, the perplexing realities of dating far away from planet Earth will no longer be confined to the silvery screens of yesterday.

    Soon a rapidly growing number of people will be able to prepare and plan for romantic weekend dates out and away from Earth´s atmosphere. But beyond the tantalizing, and highly romantic aspect of kissing high up above as you look down back on this blue marble. What else is there to going off the reservate and into the dark unknown?. What about the little everyday things when you kiss, hold hands and make love beneath the stars, way out in space.

  • Book: "1984'', a short sci-fi walk down totalitarian rule and alternative facts. Part 1 of 3 in this nightmarish dystopian world by author George Orwell. Long read book (days).




    Suitable for teens and up. Explicit storytelling and events.
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    Weekend read (Three Nights Bed time read)
    In the age of Donald Trumps alternative facts and war on science, perhaps George Orwell will turn out to be quite the oracle.
    Part 2.
    Enjoy this dystopian read!.

    Author, George Orwell. Photography and web adaptation: Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Moments before the snow and Sekkusu shinai shokogun. The art of human intimacy in society and individually.

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    Moments before the snow & Sekkusu shinai shokogun
    The Science of a Healthy Life

     

    Sekkusu shinai shokogun Is a Japanese term for the flight away from human intimacy.
    But it represents so much more than being a fancy sounding term for the individual flight away from sexual enjoyment and fulfilling love.
    What that phrase truly represent is not just physical sex, however, it is a loss of something fundamentally human in society at large.

    Not surprisingly almost all humans require enjoying life, love, sex, and relationships in a way that is fulfilling towards their own personal needs, emotions, and desires. And when individual life becomes reduced to being nothing more than a slave to be used and abused by endless corporations. The state, a spouse, or simply someone else's selfish and never ending demands.
    Be it monetary, sexual, emotional or otherwise, that person will grow unhappy with such an unbalanced way of life.


    Life fulfillment and enjoyment is simply not measured by the size of your paycheck.
    Nor can it ever be obtained on an endless one-sided road.
    A minority might, of course, find that kind of draining one-way trip a wonderful and fulfilling life that truly makes every cell in their being happy, working away 20 hours per day. Giving time, energy, emotions and life itself to an utterly ungrateful and never ending taker that will never give anything that is even remotely close to being enough in return.

  • The winter tree I see and 10 million Swedish Vikings, January 20, 2017.

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    20 January, 2017
    10 million Swedish Vikings



    20 Jan 2017 got to be the historic day when the raging Vikings of Sweden became a 10 million strong population.
    So let us take a look at the short historic population view of this beautiful kingdom of the North.
    Sweden has exported large numbers of Vikings across the world and the European continent on numerous occasions, like when the Swedish Goths raged across most of Europe, walking up and down, left and right for numerous decades after having migrated out of their home in Sweden. A million people or so also left Scandinavia for the USA during the wild west years, and countless of long and strange war´s on the European continent for what amounts to hundreds of years thinned our Viking population on numerous occasions.

    So it is more than likely that if we had exported fewer Vikings and embraced our current philosophy of peace earlier that we would have crossed the 10 million mark a very long time ago.

    But life is what it is.

  • Autumn Serenade, October Day II. In the year 4.5 Billion, A healthy body & mind conquers the mountain.

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    Autumn Serenade and my October Hike
    The calming beauty of a fit and healthy Life



    Waking up to a freshly minted Autumn day, a slight touch of frost on the windows and a beautiful sun painting the auburn colored landscape that is waiting. Right there on the other side of the sheets of glass that bends light and offers a surface for water and air, warmth and cold to mix and match and play catch with each other.
    Transforming the same entity from juxtaposing but equally natural and connected states.
    A quick and nourishing breakfast, consisting of black coffee, Greek yogurt, some whole grains, an apple or two, a banana, water and a couple of fresh tomatoes and some protein powder mixed with the yogurt and whole grains. My camera is already fully charged, lenses are waiting in the backpack and a big bottle of fresh tap water.

    And off I go.

  • Our beautiful Planet. Every day is Earth day for all of us. Updated

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    A Mutual symbiosis
     Planet Earth, Animals, and Homo Sapiens
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    Today is Tuesday, or perhaps it is Wednesday or Monday, or even Friday at your corner of the world. But whatever the day and time, I hope that it is a beautiful day for you. It certainly is such where I am. The sun is shining and the air is as clean as it is healthy to breathe, and behind me, the coffee is brewing as I type these words. Even better still, in a few hours I have a romantic date waiting with my beautiful girlfriend.

    Yes, today is a beautiful day by all accounts.
    But today is also Earth day, or at least it should be.

  • Equality and superstition: Sangua Mama, a label born in lacking hearts and anger.

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    A label, Sangua mama
    Life in the Anthropocene



    A label, Sangua mama, born in lacking hearts and anger, and my humble, floral sun which is born in smiles and wonder.
    Once, she was a proud girl. Before their superstition and anger stripped her shivering soul bare naked in the streets earlier this year.
    Once, she smiled upon the rays of the sun. Before they cut her skin deep with knives, fueled by hate, fear, and a burning wish to destroy something dear and pretty.
    Once, she enjoyed making love. Before burning hot rods of metal had been inserted inside her genitals, tarnishing, and burning flesh, and destroying her sexual pleasures for all of life.

    Once, she proudly walked these streets of ours and the forest roads nearby. Once her mind jumped in joy as the fluttering birds let their song fly free upon the wind that caressed her hair. Once, was now the remnant memories of a calm reality before they tortured her outside in the burning midday sun, in the open street next to their own homes and quarters, outside in the view of the public eye, a torture meant to steal her life and pride in front of an ocean of cheering children, fearful people, and smug indifferent police.

  • Wildlife Facts: Camelopardalis, 'The camel that could have been a leopard'.

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     Arctic Sunrise - Year 4.5 Billion
    The camel that could have been a leopard.

     


    One of planet Earth´s most unique land-living animals still roaming about in the wild also happens to be one of the cutest and most enchanting, and gentle colossuses that have ever existed. Yet, somehow, despite the towering size and unique characteristics of these majestic critters they are also one of the lesser talked about wildlife stars. And so it happens that by now they are like so many other species highly endangered without anyone really paying attention.

    But perhaps that is the reward that life gave these majestic beings that float across the land they call home as if they are majestic land dwelling whales. A backseat in the human consciousness as we proceeded to decimate their global population with 40 or so % in less than 30 years.

  • Life in the Anthropocene 2017 and onward. The Living Planet Report by WWF.

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    Our Arctic Sunrise, Year 4.5 Billion
    The Living Planet Report



    Anthropocene is a word I personally like. You encounter it quite often in the things I write and talk about. It is, in my opinion, a word that is as beautiful as it is powerful, and it is a word that shifts our entire world on its axis. This simple word encapsulates all that has progressed through human history, every single day of our global past and our shifting present day reality. It is our shared, mutual future.
    The word Anthropocene goes far beyond geology and hard to understand science. It captures the simple thing that is all our reality, the way humanity has lived and the cause and effect of it all.
    It also shows us the globally shared responsibility we all must shoulder. It is a word and a concept that defines the facts of our present day reality.


    This single word provides a focused lens that captures the changing reality of human life and planet Earth. There are no obfuscated truths here, no shadows to hide within. Life in the Anthropocene is the simple truth of life on Earth and it is the summary of the catastrophic effect modern day society has already had and continues to have. Not just on this planet, whose planetary bounds we have broken and shattered. But the industrialization of the last 100 years has harmed human life too, not just a few, but all of us.

    All the soon to be 10 billion homo sapiens and all the rapidly diminishing animals. We are all this single word.





    It communicates the urgency with which we must act and it shows us how the lies and global capitalistic worldview of infinite natural resources and exponential growth that greedy shareholders and owners rejoice at must come to an abrupt end. It tells us these things because we are no longer a small entity on a big and everlasting, infinite planet. We, the human race, are now a cataclysmic devastation on a small planet, where we have reached the saturation point in the last 100 years.

    One such truth is roughly 40% of all Giraffes being wiped out from planet Earth in the last 30 years, and no one even noticed it until now.

  • A hike through the birth of a new year and the turning of pages in life´s tardigradous conversations.

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    Arctic Sunrise - Year 4.5 Billion
    the birth of one more year

     

    In front of me.
    The vastness of the arctic spreads it's wings over billabong and fields.
    Snowy valleys and frost clad mountains. It is all illuminated and painted by the lingering nightly shadows. Dressed up to play in the cold and vibrant arctic scenery.
    Fluffy white and deep ocean blue are the colors that mix so well with the pale red and yellow of the rising winters sun.

    The scene that unfolds before my eyes this morning was given even more depth by the plume of misty winters fog that effortlessly reached out into the sky to greet the warming blanket of the winter sun.

  • History: The day Hiroshima burned, August 6, 1945. A day from WW2 which we should never forget.

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    The day Hiroshima burned, August 6, 1945
    B-San and Hiroshima
    Life and History on Earth

     

    Rewind, for a brief moment time, and dial it back all the way to August 6, 1945. Slow your time travel down and set the clock at exactly fifteen minutes past eight in the morning, Japanese time. And what you will now get to experience if you look up at the sky is the moment when an entire world shivered in pain, fear, guilt, relief, anxiety, doubts, death and disgust. It is the moment when an atomic bomb lit up the sky above Hiroshima. The moment when Miss Toshiko Sasaki sat down at her place in the Hiroshima plant office turning her head to speak to the girl sitting right next to her.

    It is today, a little more than 70 years since this day.

  • year 5 in the 697 Olympic and our winter solstice. Life amongst snow & flowers.

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    year 5 in the 697 Olympic
    and our winter solstice
    life amongst flowers.

     

    Today we witnessed the sun at its lowest flying point of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, a glorious day called winter solstice. It is a juxtaposing day of newborn light and hope as well as the darkest day of the year with the shortest amount of daylight to be seen and felt. Well, in some places there is, of course, no daylight at all.
    Here in the Arctic, in the northern winter realms, the thing we call the polar night is in full swing this time of the year and the sun will not reappear in a real and proper way until 2017 have properly taken hold.

  • Short story: 'The common cyborg, 2028AD' a short stand alone sci-fi story from the near future book universe 2028AD created by Mike Koontz.

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    '2028AD'
    Standalone story
    The common cyborg

     

    This is a short stand-alone sci-fi story from my near future book universe 2028AD. You can read it as is, a short near future sci-fi story, served in a perfectly delicious coffee break bite size to entertain and brighten your day. Or you can read it as a slice of time picked straight out of the bigger story that is the shared book universe 2028AD.

    It is however, capable of standing on its own exactly as it is, but like life itself, it is also just one little photon that connects to all the others swimming in the one vast ocean together with each other :). Giving meaning and context, life and transforming movement and energy through its own ripples. And perhaps one day you will find out that this little snippet is very much a meaningful part of the bigger story that is waiting to unravel. And perhaps this story will reappear again, with a beginning and a continuation.

  • Alpine Swift. A little TLDR thing about the Alpine Swift by Mike Koonz.

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    The Alpine Swift Adventures

    The Science of a healthy life

     

    Today, with the falling snow outside, life is simply put beautiful enough to serve as the background for a short mention of one of life´s many wondrous aspects, the Alpine Swift bird.
    The Alpine swift is a migrating bird that enjoys one vast home stretching over the two continents of Africa and Europe. Two vast and separated continents that the Alpine bird will insist is in truth its own singular home.

    The amazing thing, mind blowing even if you ask me.
    For the Alpine Swift, Europe, is the nesting place, where it breeds and enjoy life more like a normal bird.
    Which I guess make Europe the Alpine Swifts bedroom and living room :P, because that is the only continent where it actually, you know.. Ever touch down and lands, to rest, breed and eat.

  • In the presence of Mt.Fuji, the whispers of a leafy forest can be heard. But will it ever let you find your way back home.

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    Life rekindled, or a silent passing
    The Science of a healthy life



    To the far east of the world, in the land of the rising sun, in the presence of Mount Fujis captivating beauty quite a few travel from stressful city lives amongst sky high buildings and stone paved streets to meet the beauty of nature on equal footing. Most, of course only have one purpose with such a trip, to rekindle their own appreciation for all things life. To find peace of mind, moments of solemn beauty and perhaps, a rekindled surge of energy for the soul in the slumbering whispers of Mt Fujis leafy forest and snowy crest. But for others, that solitary forest and proud mountain where the wind ruffles branches and leafs in a softly spoken voice might instead be the chosen way too walk into their own eternal night surrounded by all the things they felt that life in the city never seemed capable of providing.

  • Equality and delicious sex, the sweet nectar of a healthy life. Updated

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    Sex, and People
    The sweet nectar of a Healthy Life



    I actually wrote the foundation for this piece a couple of years ago. But the subject, insights, and the all-encompassing conclusion is every bit as important and right today as it has always been and always will be.

  • TLDR article: How many wind power turbines are needed to power the entire worlds energy production need?

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    TLDR
    We need 3,995,434 turbines





    So, there you go, a swift and to the point answer.
    But let us play just a little bit more with that simple and honest thought of how many wind power turbines we need to feed the entire world's global energy need with nothing but clean and sustainable wind power 24/7, 365 days per year. Well, you see, the thing is that the 4 million wind turbine answer, that is based on how things are today.

    No progress in technology and efficiency and zero other energy resources available.

    And that is of course not reality. The sustainable sector advances brutally quick.

  • Health, Obesity and Genes. Why the adults of Middlesbrough is hurting their childrens health, and why bad genes matter far less than making healthy choices do. A short TLDR article about health.

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    TLDR
    Health, Obesity and Genes, the science of healthy living cuts risk with 50% even with 'bad' genes





    Middlesbrough currently has the highest level of obese children ranging from 4 to 11 year old in the UK. In total England is estimated to have 198,036 overweight or obese children in that age group. But pointing that out has nothing to do with good looks and physical ideals, it is not about fat shaming, but it has to do with health, however. Adults decide what children eat and how sedentary they are in that age group. At home, and at school.

    So be an adult and make healthier choices for all those children's future health. Sedentary living and unhealthy food choices, or simply overeating hurt individual health, and there is no way around that.

  • Global sea level rise by 2040 with 2c and 5c degree warming, a short TLDR science article

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    TLDR
    Sea level rise @ 2 °C would give 40cm rise on Atlantic coast. 5 °C up to 1.8m.





    Two degrees of global warming above our previous pre-industrial level is for the moment considered a level of climate change which we will have to simply live with. It is by now unavoidable in other words since we have already as of October 2016 reached global average temperatures 1.2 degrees Celsius (2.2 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. Unless the world would go cold turkey today on fossil fuel and pollution, but not even that would keep us below that 2C warming as things are looking today.

    This “2 °C” threshold is likely to be reached absolutely no later than 2040.

  • Healthier Living: Solar Roof by Tesla is as much a global health product and choice for a better way forward, as it is a commercial product for energy production.

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    Solar roof by Tesla
    World improving health and posh electricity





    Solar Roof, the only way to build a roof that is as posh and stylish, and durable as it is is capable of improving world health. Yes, the latest tesla product improves your entire life & style.

    Off grid just got way more stylish and durable with the introduction of Solar Roof by Tesla. More durable than a normal roof, yet way prettier than your ordinary solar roof. And less costly than the combination of normal roof + solar panels.

    Quartz glass made solar powered tiles provide better insulation, life lasting strength and durability and off grid solar energy. In the winter the solar roof even keep itself snow free by generating heat.

    Don't feel like having your roof look exactly like the neighbor?
    Easy as pie, just order your own preferred look, there are several styles to go with, one is smooth steel looking kind of thing, another fav of mine has a grungy but gorgeous stone like thing going on. Roman like orange tiles is yet another one.

    Pick and choose once production and delivery go live in 2017.

  • Enriched cages are still a filthy, inhumane life for caged hens. Eggs however, is a wonderful, healthy food choice, but always pick eggs from modern day farmers catering to a sustainable and healthy production with organic, free walking hens.

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    Never buy Caged hen eggs
    a simple and healthy choice that also happens to be the humane choice





    Nothing much needed for this one. Eggs is a superb and healthy food choice, and you should absolutely continue enjoying that. But never, ever dumb yourself down to neglect how filthy and inhumane the industry behind caged hens are. So the way forward is as simple as it gets. Buy eggs from modern day farmers that caters to sustainable and healthy and organic, free walking farming. Your health deserves that, the hens providing you with that superb nutrition deserves it, and our planet deserves healthy and sustainable modern farmers.

  • Armillaria ostoyae and the ephemeral size & life of the Universe. Science light article.

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    Everything living continually evolves
    even the blanket of life we call the universe





    As my readers well know, the universe is in constant flux. Stars and planets, black holes and moons, they give rise to new babies, they kill, devour, swallow and merge. What once was, might tomorrow be something entirely new. The stars we look up at during night actually move, they dimm, they grow bright, shape and mass will change, they multiply, divide, shrink and die. Add to that our ever growing scientific understanding of life and the universe.

    Recently we realized that the universe we can see have trillions of more galaxies than we had previously understood.

  • Our health and the European Medicines Agency: Farmers in Spain (ab)use 100 times more antibiotics per unit of livestock than Norway.

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    European Medicines Agency
    strong antibiotics use still growing on European farms





    Short and sweet: Data reveals that while European farmers thankfully are now using a lower total amount of veterinary antimicrobial agents in animals, compared to the previous year, the use of strong and potent antibiotics in some European nations, such as colistin have worryingly continued to increase.

    These types of antibiotics, which are classified as critically important in human medicine should due to the health and well-being of people not be used at all in food and farm production. This is due to the natural ability of bacteria to mutate and evolve. So by over using crucial antibiotics on livestock animals instead of simply treating the animals better and saving the medication for critically ill people we are increasingly seeing cases of bacteria, spreading to humans, which are already resistant to even the strongest of current antibiotics.

  • Planet Earth: “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.”. This is our life in the Anthropocene, today and tomorrow.

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    Excessive Air Pollution, soil degradation, polluted water, unsustainable energy. Unhealthy food production and sedentary living is damaging life and health of almost every human being
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    This is a long form article covering our individual and global, planetary health and the way it is all linked together, today and every tomorrow from here until eternity:

    WHO, the U.N. health agency revealed September 2016 that 92 percent of the global population now live in areas where human-made air pollution exceeds what WHO consider safe for your health.



    All while ever-increasing global temperatures and increasing frequency in weather-related disasters keep making not just daily life but also food production and food security harder for all.
    A basic premise and reality which will have to go hand in hand with a growing worldwide population. A population that deserves a healthy and fulfilling life.

    But, not only is one in nine deaths worldwide in some way caused by air pollution. Perhaps more importantly, beyond that number, hundreds ( billions actually ) of millions of people are affected in their daily life with various health issues due to human-made pollution and other unhealthy aspects of modern day life of some sort.

    So the question should not be 'can we afford to go healthy and sustainable'.




    No, instead, the reality already is 'How fast can we go all sustainable and healthy, because we already know that we can not afford to not do it'.

  • Sex, life and health: The ephemeral beauty of perpetual life and healthy, fulfilling relations: Updated.

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    Ephemeral life
    It passes swiftly and precious by, each day a new canvas of infinite, but finite in days, possibilities to do and enjoy your way





    In the summer of 2014, my long and wildly wonderful life which I have always lived by my own choosing, in a world of infinite beauty was somehow, still gifted with the by far, best days, and moments and joy of my entire life up until this very point.

    Made unique and perfectly complete, not due to the grandness of those moments, nor the words, price tag or anything superficial and equally irrelevant. But instead, the individual parts and the sum of it all was made complete and wonderful due to being enjoyed together with the love of my life.
    )

  • October 10, a misty sunshine morning down by the lake. A perfect slice of life as told in a slightly mature and NSFW short story.

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    October 10, morning by the lake
    Our rowing boat and the white-tailed eagle

     



    As life progress across the expanding space that is time and the growing universe, it touches each and every one of us.
    Changing us from the inside out, simultaneously and incrementally steering a continual change in both the largest and smallest of ways.
    This gradual transformation caused by life and your own actual needs and healthy choices, is as wonderful as it is taken for granted, but in truly rare everyday life moments, as life reach out to touch you as you cast yourself out to enjoy the untamed and never ending torrent that is life, something remarkable sometimes happens and in those moments you and life find yourself mixing and merging to change the wild waters of the entire universe through that very same unilateral and symbiotic touch.

  • Cancer and mortality and age related decline when living a sedentary life Vs a fit and active lifestyle.

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    Reducing cancer risk by keeping fit and active
    Your Fitness Tribe

     



    Researchers recently found that a high level of cardiorespiratory activity was linked to a much lower risk of lung and colon cancer in middle-aged, and older men. Unrelated of age, both men, and females diagnosed with cancer also lowered their risk of dying if they maintained or started to do a high(er) level of fitness.

  • World Health Organization: Nine out of 10 people worldwide suffer from the negative health impact of excessive air pollution, including stroke, heart disease and cancer.

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    Excessive Air Pollution
    Is hurting almost every human being
    The Science of a healthy life



    This is a short 10-second news snippet regarding our individual and global health: WHO, the U.N. health agency revealed in a new report published September 2016 that 92 percent of the global population now live in areas where air quality exceeds what WHO consider safe for your health. Southeast Asia, eastern Mediterranean, and the western Pacific regions are the hardest hit but it apply to the entire world.


    The worldwide data broken down to national and regional accuracy was produced from new satellite surveillance as well as traditional measurements of pollution, in about 3,000 places across the world.

    Not only is one in nine deaths worldwide in some way caused by air pollution, but perhaps more importantly, beyond that number, hundreds of millions of people are affected in their daily life with various health issues due to human-made air pollution. So the question remains, is it not time we all realized the immense health as well as financial toll of not adopting a far more sustainable and healthy way of life in society. People talk about the cost of going green and clean, but it is quite obvious the other way around.

  • Sustainable Food: Designed eco prawns. Sustainable, healthy, eco and animal friendly prawns.

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    Healthy living & Tasty Food
    Sustainable Designer Prawns
    The Science of a healthy life



    We all know that seafood has the potential to stand right next to chicken ( and insects :P ) as the by far healthiest meat options. But seafood is not at all an easy choice since it has it´s fair share of major issues. Over fishing, depleted and completely unsustainable fish stocks. Insane amount of human caused pollution in the sea ( which affect both our own health as well as the health of a long range of animal species ), lackluster nutritional information, and even human slavery. There is a lot of reasons why anyone conscious enough to live a healthy and active lifestyle would choose to not include seafood in their daily food choices.


    So, how about the best thing? The taste and texture and nutrition of shrimps, but without all the negative side effects of the fishing industry?.
    Enter, eco friendly and sustainable algae-based, vegan shrimps.

  • Individual health is global health, and vice versa: How to feed 10 billion people.

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    Healthy living & Tasty Sustainable Food
    is the sweet answer
    The Science of a healthy life



    Farming 2.0 which makes use of both high tech advancements in technology and science, as well as sustainable, organic principles holds the key to feeding our global population while also preserving our planet.

    In a study published earlier this year, scientists making use of 500 different food production scenarios focused in on the task of feeding a global population of 9.6 billion people without expanding our farmland footprint which we already use.

  • The wild animals we live and work with in mutual symbiosis. African honey hunters and the honeyguide bird

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    Mutual symbiosis
     Wild animals and Homo Sapiens
    The Science of a healthy life



    Once, we hunted with wild wolves. Not from domestication or forced cooperation. But instead, humans and equally wild wolves formed a natural and mutually beneficial symbiosis between two predatory species. Just as how we and wolves, once hunted together with wild ravens in the cold north. Fast forward to 2016, and this natural evolution that at times have allowed humans to work together with wild animals have given us another wonderful cross species partnership.

    This time, the greater honeyguide bird species and human honey hunters in northern Mozambique, Africa are the ones that work in tandem to conquer the sweet treasures of African bees. And unlike so many other animal/people relations, this is a real partnership benefitting both species equally much and initiated by the birds as often as it is by the human honey hunters.  

  • The + turns 5, a lifetime of adventures still to do.

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    Tardigradous conversations
    The Science of a healthy life



    Happy bday G+, you have now had five years of adventures, and hopefully there will be aeons more to go.

    I can of course not say that G+ turning 5 is cause for actual cataclysmic global celebrations. But none the less, here it is. A softly spoken 5-year-old stranded on a world that has already seen so many incredible changes since the summer of 2011.

  • Short Sci.fi story: A tower of glass, our city - Updated

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    Vertical Cities and Smart Farming
    Sustainable progress & technology

     



    High up, in our ivory-like tower of glass, each evening we look out at the setting sun and how it after a long day of traveling, in the end, as always slowly dips each and every one of its rays of light into the watery ocean far beneath our toes and view.

    The evening sky and rolling landscape change their hue under the traversing basking light, and in the water, a rainbow of countless shades paints an illuminating backdrop to our goodbye and good night to the day that was.

    This unfolds while somewhere else in our sheltered home.

  • Healthy living: Farming 2.0 vs 'fossil fuel' farming.

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    Farming 2.0 is high tech, healthy, animal friendly & sustainable
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    Some might think that organic farming is a tired old buzzword from past times that promises to ruin the life of farmers and cheat customers of their money. And yes, organic farming is harder to do for the farmer, costs money initially to adapt to, and often times our broken food industry make the up front cost for the customer at checkout higher as well. But, Farming 2.0 is a step forward, making use of high tech, automation and the very latest science to make farming more ecological and efficient, while making the end product healthier to eat for the end customer. And is that not the future?

    A better one that is.

    Farming 2.0 is friendlier towards the animals, the planet, the customer, and the farmers. Helping us all increase the amount of healthy food being produced, while we lower the resource drain, pollution and adverse health effects of "fossil fuel" farming. In the end costing society, this planet, and you and me far less than the real cost of the unsustainable,. low quality crap that "fossil fuel" farming produce.

  • Sweden and Denmark ranked as the two best nations in the world by the good country Index

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    The Good Country Index & Scandinavia
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    The Good Country Index ranks 160+ nations across the world, measuring a wide spectrum to reach a conclusion for how good each nation is as a whole for it´s own people, and humanity. "That successfully contributes to the good of humanity. Of course it must serve the interests of its own people, but never at the expense of other populations or their natural resources: this is the new law of human survival". This years list ranks Sweden and Denmark as the number one and two nations in the world. USA is found at number 21, Finland 6, Netherlands 3 and UK is the fourth best nation in the world.

  • This day in history: A semi fictional trip back to the days of ice girls working in NY during World War I, 1918.

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    This Day, Autumn 1918
    World War 1. NY, USA
    Life in the Anthropocene



    We are all moments in time, like precious tears in rain.
    So, pause, and take a few moments. View the day around you, breathe in and inhale calm air and enjoy the taste of life this day and moment.
    Make yourself a cup of java and indulge in its scent touching sweepingly and teasingly, almost sultry on your senses until you succumb and let it taste your lips and tongue.
    Enjoy, the fulfilling pleasuring of your soul and senses that such small treats can provide.

    And while you are at it, bring with you a glass of water too, before you place your behind rightly deserved in your most comfy place of choice and get all snugly as we take a trawl down this history lane of rewind and fast forward. embarking on a mutually traversing journey across the fleeting vistas of our mind, from lost days to the present and the pathways leading..
    Somewhere and everywhere .. That you´d like yourself to wander.

    But if you come with me instead, I will take you on a journey back to the meeting of winter and autumn 1918 in NY, USA during the time of the mother of all wars, World War 1.

  • Health & Fitness: Biological aging speeds up when eating red meat.

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    Red Meat is making you age prematurely
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    I could have added a ? to that headline since it is not yet 100% verified that eating all forms of red meat on top of other negative health effects also speeds up our biological aging process. Then again, I am choosing not to do that since I am of the opinion that there is so much ample scientific evidence by now that people that care about their own and others health do need to cut back on the amount of red meat they eat. Be it cancer, obesity, vascular aging, mortality chance in general, diabetes or a destructively rapid aging process, red meat just isnt a great day to day food choice if health is a concern/interest.

  • The fury of the morning sun and watching UFC, a simple good morning walk from the pages of a healthy & active life.

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    Morningstar & UFC
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    Today I spent precious time with the rising sun and the UFC. In between a flurry of calculated fighters violence, there was the warmth and calm pleasantness of the rising sun that washed away the coldness of night with each passing breath.

  • Health: Daily orgasms lowers prostate cancer risk for men above 40 by quite a margin.

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    Fulfilling Sex and our Daily Health
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    When it comes to sex you already know that I am always talking about the fulfilling kind of sex, for all involved. Naughty or sweet, outlandish or innocent does not matter.
    That´s up to all involved, how they all enjoy doing it.

    So, if we assume that you and your partner(s) already have a wonderful and fulfilling sex life. well, in that case, it will probably make you smile from ear to ear hearing that not only is sex generally speaking an incredibly fun way to improve one's general health, but it even protects against prostate cancer - and the more you do it, the better the protection.

    Talk about a wonderful incentive for more sex :).


    Summary:
    Men above 40 that enjoy 21 orgasms or more per month receives up to 22% less chance of developing prostate cancer.

  • A panorama wall of transparent floor to ceiling wood is on route. Opening the door to more sustainable and gorgeous buildings.

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    Wood vs Glass, the window clash
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    In wintry Sweden, a team of scientists managed to create something as perplexing and wonderful as transparent wood. Wonderful because it charges right out of the gate with the highly beneficial promise of wood-based floor to roof windows made out of proper wood instead of glass. Promising both lower cost as well as much better insulation. Greatly lowering the need for heating once it is commercially available. Two great things for both bank account and planet.

  • News Share: Farmed here and Spread, and the rise of super efficient (and sustainable) high tech farming

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    Efficient & sustainable indoor farming
    The Science of a healthy life



    Indoor, tech-driven farming is not a new interest here at 'a Norse View', nor is it tied down to families growing their own little strawberry produce indoors. No, the big disruptive, and highly positive change for society comes with companies such as 'Farmed here' and Japanese 'Spread'. Disruptive, and positive, because it will increase all year round yields while doing so in a far less resource hungry way. A sustainable approach which also happens to be more healthy for us. This news share is about Spread going robotic with it´s already super efficient indoor farm, a change which will allow Spread to reach an impressive 30 000 lettuce head harvest production - every single day, all year round. While in turn Farmed here keep inching closer by the day toward it´s goal of feeding 75% of the American population with just 18 vertical farms.

  • My Arctic Sunrise, my morning walk through the birth of year 4.5 Billion. And various things I noticed around the world.

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    the birth of 2016
    January and the Science of a healthy life

     

    In front of me The vastness of the arctic spreads it's wings over billabong and fields, snowy valleys and frost clad mountains. It is all illuminated and painted by the lingering nightly shadows. Dressed up to play in the cold and vibrant arctic scenery. Fluffy white and deep ocean blue that mix so well with the pale red and yellow of the rising winters sun.

    The scene that unfolds before my eyes this morning was given even more depth by the plume of misty winters fog that effortlessly reaches out into the sky to greet the warming blanket of the sun.

  • Winter Solstice Time and our global xmas gift from 200 nations

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    Winter solstice & Yule Logs
    Christmas is all yours
    The Science of a healthy life



    As this year comes to a close and Santa draws near with his big sack of global presents for us all, the best gift this year for all of us was handed out in Paris when close to 200 nations came together during the cop 21 meeting to not just talk about the need for healthy lives and a healthier planet, but to go from debating it in round about and meaningless ways to simply put, finally making it happen.

  • The day we cloned a butterfly and the pale white northern rhino

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    The Chinese Cloning Farm
    From Cows to Endangered Animals
    The Science of a healthy life



    Inside the stylish and newly built glass building that belongs to Chinese firm BoyaLife there is a constant hum, an audible dream being weaved out of technology and science, like the ones found in your every sci.fi movie dream, you know, right before the killer A.I/corporate fueled apocalypse takes over that is :).

    But here in main land China, what I see more than anything is that technology and cloning represents perhaps both the best and final hope for species such as the critically endangered Northern White Rhino ( down to 3 remaining individuals as of now).

  • Our tiny, cute and living kitchen farm. Healthier Living

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    Kitchen island gardens & farms
    Technology is making us all smarter farmers
    The Science of a healthy life



    Once upon a time, yes really, virtually every human being was one way or another also a farmer. Cows in the garden, chickens pooping out breakfast eggs and pigs for the slaughter. The industrial revolution changed that and farming became owned by a few mega-corporations, with animal abuse,  health, and environmental issues in tow. But now, in a world of climate change and awareness, technology have finally come full circle, making us all greener, healthy individual farmers again.

  • Coffee break news: The current top 5 nations to grow up in

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    Youthonomics index
    Scandinavia plus 2
    The Science of a healthy life



    To cut to the chase, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands are according to the youthonomics index the world's five best nations to grow up in right in the here and now. A conclusion they reached after measuring 59 data points ranging from hard facts such as health, education, employment opportunities, and a willingness and capacity from the nation to adapt and transform the nation for the benefit of the people as we make progress, as well as more obscure data points like how optimistic the population itself feels.

  • Coffee break news: Taking a luxuary balloon all the way to space

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    A World View from Space
    Voyager Capsule, test flight nr. One
    The Science of a healthy life



    Just recently I talked about making love up in space, far off of planet Earth on another planetary surface, or tucked away inside any number of ISS like space stations. But there are other, more tranquil way of reaching space for a romantic date, or even a family trip. One such option is to silently (and slowly) take World Views luxurious balloon capsule on a journey that leads you almost the entire way up to space some time after 2017.

  • Random Thursday News: Becoming the worlds first fossil fuel free nation

    Quality time needed to read: 6 minutes


    The hunt is on
    100% fossil fuel free Nations
    The Science of a healthy life



    Let me just say that it does not matter at all who, in the end, actually becomes the world's first 100% fossil fuel free nation. What matters is that it is now an actual and practical reality that our planets leading nations are pursuing. Swiftly and engaged the beautiful goal of becoming the first 100% fossil fuel free nation is now an actual thing. It matters because it improves life on Earth for every human being. Poor, rich, middle class, Europeans, Asians, Americans, tribal Indians, polar bears and even Tony Abbot himself. And that makes it a thing of wonderful global beauty.

  • Naked ants and their little cows

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    Slice of life
    Naked ants and their little cows



    This is a short little article blurb, and photo, from beautiful days spent enjoying the summer of 2014, showcasing a Scandinavian Ant species caring for their little aphid milk cows.
  • a Look at gun related violence in America

    Quality time needed to read: 10 minutes


    300 mass shootings in America
    in the first 10 month of 2015
    The Science of a healthy life



    America is one of the many wonderful places on this wondrous planet. But it is also a nation that for all it´s strengths and rights, at times seems paralyzed by a profound fear of something not quite real that seems to take part of the nation hostage and forcefully make it move backwards instead of moving forward to something better. Towering above all other every day issues that diminish life for the entire nation, is perhaps more than anything else something so meaningless that it is hard to fathom that ordinary, kind-hearted and compassionate every day Americans are unwilling to work over their various political blocks and pettiness to put an end to the insane amount of gun related violence that is ruining life for every single American, and as such, gun related violence is what we will take a look at today.

  • Self driving public transit and other wonderful things happening right in the now on Planet Earth

    Quality time needed to read: 15 minutes


    Your cab has arrived she said
    autonomous and all
    The Science of a healthy life



    The silence and awe of the un manned car arriving was as striking now as it had been the first time just a couple of months ago, as it pulled up on the sandy drive way, coming to a stop a few feet from where we were sitting. No horns or fumes blurring out it´s arrival, and thankfully, neither was there a stressed out and agitated driver inside, eager for their passengers to get onboard. It was just a car, accompanied by the silence of the electrical engine and the fluttering song of the birds high up in the lush crown of trees that surrounded us. It was a beautiful Sunday and we had just finished up a wonderful, romantic picnic. I kissed your lips and thanked you for an amazing day out here in the countryside, 'See you tomorrow'. The car doors opened as it picked up on the phone used to order it here coming in close enough proximity and I sat down next to the other three passengers the car had already picked up.

  • The black flag and white skulls still roam the seas. From Sea Shepherd to a South American tribe protecting their forest it is all one and the same

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    Forest Guardians
    from ancient past the Ka'apor now walks the path of Sea Shepherd into the land of tomorrow
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    Ka'apor, in the Brazilian state of Maranhão is a native Brazilian Indian Tribe that at 2000 man strong raised their voice and hearts, fists and arms to protect and serve all our global tomorrow.

  • The World Forestry Congress 2015

    Quality time needed to read: 6 minutes


    XIV World Forestry Congress
    the quest for Clear skies, tasty water & healthy worldwide lungs
    The Science of a healthy life



    WFC 15 happens at a time where the world stands to lose up to 170 million hectares of forest from now until 2030 according to the WWF. A sustainable and healthy global forest is not just for the animals and the pretty scenery, it is also a vital element of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. A roadmap for 2030 that intends to create a much healthier Earth, worldwide.

  • When the city comes to pause, Clear blue skies visits



    The big city breath
    What happens when cars and factories clean up



    An interesting thing came to happen in Beijing, China recently. In August, as part of the world's 70:th year WWII celebration China allowed its citizens in highly polluted Beijing, clear blue (and healthy, pristine) skies for a couple of weeks. How did they do it? They halted production at several hundred's of factories and ordered half of the city's cars to a complete halt.

    Now don't shrug your shoulders at what was essentially a meaningless political gesture, but instead look beyond this short-lived fresh breath of healthy air, to the near, worldwide future. Because what Beijing did for a few brief weeks, shows us our sustainable, and healthy worldwide future where cities even as polluted and unhealthy as Beijing instead provides us all with pristine, healthy, non polluted air to live and breath in.

  • Inequality fosters unhealthy lives, and equality fosters happy people

    Quality time needed to read: 8 minutes


    Indian Sisters Sentenced to gang rape
    Because their brother and his gf chose to elope in the name of love (and hot sex) over unhealthy traditions



    This is an important one. And more a combination of article and plea for decency and sanity to prevail than anything else.
    Amnesty and the people involved needs you to speak up. In India earlier this year, a woman in her early twenties ended up being married away by her parents against her own wishes. And when she ran off, the abusive village court decided that the man's, whom she loved and ran off with, two sisters should, as punishment be raped for their brothers involvement.

    Which gives us 4 abused victims and one sad tragedy not fitting life in this century. But you can help change it from a tragedy to a happy ending.

  • Technology from tomorrow: Solar powered Windows

    Quality time needed: 7 minutes





    Solar Windows in the making
    Powering your living room in a handful of years



    A handful of years from tomorrow, you will be sitting in your living room, looking out at the garden outside as the sun is rising up above your old, proud and stout sky-high pine tree. It´s light warming you and illuminating your entire house. Far beyond the warmth and pleasantness of it all, you can also see its trail of light in the grace like dance of dusty little particles weaving through the air inside your room. And as you turn on your 4K-UHD tv to read and listen to the news and spotify while you enjoy your hangout with your daughter from the other side of the world, you smile knowing that the very same windows bringing you both visual beauty and physical warmth and light is what is together with the sun warming your entire home and feeding all your gadgets every little power need.
  • Wings of History, the mad murderer Stalin.

    Read time: 5 mins


    Stalin
    The Evil from the Tundra that cursed the Earth



    World War II, that 70 year old bedtime horror and wartime movie flick that we today see and remember in the shapes of Brad Pitt ascending slowly but surely into the hell from where no man climb their way back up unchanged and still entirely a human being.

  • The zoomed out picture of global emissions

    Quality time needed to read: 5 minutes


    Global Emissions
    The Science of a Healthy Life



    While we all, actually do care about making life and this planet healthier and better for our own personal need at least. A lot of people still prefer putting the blame and need for change, solely on others. So did you know that the top ten biggest national polluters are causing 72% of global greenhouse gas emissions. While the bottom 100 only contribute in total 3 percent or less.

  • Fuck Me, Life is Beautiful

    Quality time needed to read: 1 minute


    Life & attitude by Mike Koontz
    The Joy & Science of a Healthy Life



    Good Saturday morning my beautiful <3
    It is really beautiful here today. An almost nonexisting gentle breeze that slowly runs its invisible fingers through my hair and over my skin.

    All while the sky features a gazillion fluffy white and darkly blue clouds. It is like looking up at a sea of white cotton. All fluff and gorgeous beauty, and they are moving so slowly across the sky that it does not even register in the mind and eye.

  • The Homeless Invisible & a life fully lived and enjoyed. Life in the Anthropocene.

    Quality time needed: 8 minutes


    Peoples worth mirrors your mind
    The sweet nectar of compassion & a Healthy Life
    Life in the Anthropocene



    A few days ago, on my way to buy a few fruits, whipped cream, and sugar-free yogurt, as I walked inside the store I could not help but notice a young girl in her twenties. She was sitting right by the entrance in the downpour of a proper dog rain that whipped us all with a free shower.
    Begging for petty handouts from those that passed her by.

    Sadly I had nothing to give her since like most people today, I had no cash on me, but as I paid for my fruit I made sure to get some good ol fashioned printed money in return and so on my way out again, I gave her what I now had on me.
    But this article of mine is not about me giving her money.

  • Clear blue skies and dark ravens. Summertime

    Quality time needed to read: 4 minutes


    Summer
    The sweet season of a Healthy Life



    Yes, Summer came around once again. Despite the changing climate, despite the weirdness of Tony Abbot (whom else then global health enemy number one would celebrate slowing down sustainable electricity production).

  • My ape, the master chef of tomorrow. Evolutionary cooking skills of the Pan troglodytes.

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    I am Ape, and I am you
    The Science of a Healthy Life

     

    Once upon a time, our ancestors learned how to cook. They did not break out 5-star dishes right away, but they cooked their crops and potatoes, grilled their roast and berries, nuts and stuff. Long before the first homo sapiens came to be.

  • The burden of Coal

    Quality time needed to read: 7 minutes


    The Death and Life with Coal
    The Science of a Healthy Life



    We breath. We drink, sleep, eat, train, kiss and make love inside it´s encompassing worldwide reach. While political leaders talk the talk of health and the need for global awareness and sustainability. Behind their own backs, they spend giant chunks of Societies financial resources on unsustainable energy-sources like coal that on it´s own, already kills at least 18 000 Europeans each year.

  • Diary from the French Court, Book III




    Suitable for all ages, Teens and up
    UHD book reading video TBA
    Long read Book (Days)
    This is book 3 in the series depicting the personal diary of Fannys own life and experience at the French Court, the madness of kings and the life and death, agony and pain, joy and wonders of the French Revolution.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • The Wolverine Ressurection - conservation victories

    Quality time needed to read: 6 minutes


    caught in frost and snow,in the mountains of north
    The Science of a Healthy Life



    Conservation Letters recently published a new study over how a small, monetary change in a wildlife compensation system in Sweden ended up more than doubling up the number of Swedish Wolverines (Gulo gulo).

  • Mothers and Childrens

    Quality time needed to read: 8 minutes


    Worlds best nations to be a mother 2015
    The Science of a Healthy & Happy Life





    The Mother Index from Save the children returns for the 16:th year, and once again Scandinavia stands out in a positive and collected way with all 5 Scandinavian countries claiming all of the worlds top 5 positions as the best countries worldwide for a mother to give birth and raise her child in

  • Shower like in the future

    Quality time needed to read: 11 minutes


    From the Life of Tomorrow
    Sustainable progress & technology





    Swedish shower of the future, promises 90% water savings as well as a reduction of as much as 80% of your shower related heating energy compared to how showers have worked up until now.

  • Year 3 in the 697 Olympic is what we commonly call '2015'.

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    Wings of History and our calender
    The origin of 2015.

     

    And if you wonder why it is just exactly that we call this year 2015 instead of the far more enigmatic 'Year 3 in the 697 Olympic'?
    Well, wonder no more. The origin of our own calendar can be found within the Roman empire which of course left after it a great many things. And one of those things was what would end up being the foundation for the calendar that is now used by the majority of the world in our daily tongue and life.

    Our current global calendar took it´s first few humble steps towards becoming a thing as early as BC46 when Julius Caesar (a kick ass Roman guy and without a doubt my fav Roman emperor) decided that the out of whack seasons that was plaguing the Roman Empire back then absolutely needed to stop.

  • History: Slavery, Kings and pirates: Saint-Barthélemy 1784

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    Saint-Barthélemy 1784
    a look at how incredibly far we have come in merely 230 years

     



    230 years ago, the world was rife with profit-hungry entrepreneurs and the seven seas and all their shores lay open for the ambitious. The beggars and pirates, the warlords, priests, lords. Merchants, peasants, and kings, they all laid to waste and took with all their might.

    Yes, I know. By now you are thinking, well, dear Mike, is that at all any different from now?
    And in some ways, no, you are so absolutely right dear reader. In some ways, not much have changed. But gladly, the world is for all its remaining faults a far better and kinder place to live in today.

  • Healthy living: Earth Hour is the one global hour that is all about our daily life long perpetual choices.

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    Earth Hour
    is the one global hour that is all about our daily life long perpetual choices





    Each year, a fairly big, but still too small, part of humanity comes together for the WWF manifestation called "Earth Hour". Raising much-needed awareness and action on life on Earth and the need for a healthier and more sustainable way to do said life down here on this planet, not just for me and you, but for all of us.
    This gladly happens every year and usually garners a growing amount of traction and mindshare.

    And while its name is more than a little catchy, it is of course not about one hour or even one day in your life. "Earth Hour" is about our mutual and life long, perpetual daily lifestyle choices as individuals and the one mixed and spiced up, blended species of Hominoidea that we all belong too.

  • The rise of the Amur Tiger

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    The slow rise back to life of the Amur Tiger
    Life in the Anthropocene Vol. 07





    Before we start this short journey of ours through the elusive trails that the biggest wild cat, the Amur Tiger (also known as the Siberian Tiger, and more correctly Panthera tigris altaica) have left behind it in Russia and China

  • A healthy life in body and mind, what is the biological change of going from 30 to 80+ years of age and how will fitness affect it. The sweet and simple facts and science of age related decline.

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    Fit and active vs sedentary living and age related decline.
    The Science of healthy living.



    When it comes down to the impact of aging your fears are more likely than not saying that you will grow fat and tired, ugly and unhealthy while losing huge amounts of lean muscle mass and capacity in body and mind, no matter what you do.
    Right?.
    Science will, however, say, listen, man, that is simply not true.



    A healthy man ( or woman ) that is living a sedentary life ( not being physically active enough on a daily basis by doing challenging cardio and lifting weights week in and week out ) will indeed lose about 30% of his or her lean muscle mass going from a biological age of 30 to 80.
    And the decline in cardio levels will be even higher and more rapid. And on top of that, we can add the very real cognitive decline that comes with both the natural age-related decline and the huge impact of sedentary living.
    But hold your horses and think about what I just said for a while.
    Not my choice of words, but the scientific reality of what I just wrote.

  • Merry xmas and happy 2015 from yesterdays´til today

    Quality time needed to read: 2 minutes


    life in the Anthropocene
    Vol. 06



    100 years ago, the world was engulfed in flames the likes rarely seen before or after.

    It was, what we today refer to as "world war 1", and it was a great beast of horrifying scope and violence. Making even the ravaging nature of the Roman empire, the mongol hordes and the pagan tribes of Europe that in the end ravaged and burned the very Roman empire that had sacked Europe before. all look pale and small and humble.
  • Shooting stars and dying Rhinos

    Quality time needed to read: 1 minute


    life in the Anthropocene
    Vol. 05



    On Thursday, November 20, 2014 the "intensive protection zone" project that´s slowly been building up in the southern part of Kruger National Park saw an uptick in the urgency of relocating the illegally hunted and endangered South African Rhino to more protected areas of the vast national park when South Africa, home to 80 percent of the world's rhinos, announced the bleak reality that 1,020 rhinos had already been illegally killed so far in 2014.
  • Tardigradous conversations with my gf

    Quality time needed: 1 minute


    life in the Anthropocene
    Vol. 04



    Living a long, and happy, fulfilling, and healthy,young, gracefully aging life has never been easier to do than it is in our life span. From the abundance of actual scientific breakthroughs and real insights, actually working medicine, insights in food and food production that is healthy and rejuvenating to eat, as opposed to what not to eat.
  • Black holes and the bright shiny sun(s)

    Quality time needed to read: 1 minute


    140 million stars
    centering one massive black hole, the size of 21 million suns combined



    Outside of our perfectly manicured garden, wild tigers and other felines roam about in the wild unknown, sometimes you might feel or hear them, invisible but ever present, and at even rarer times, life smiles at you and gift you with the opportunity of their beauty to grace your eyes.
  • State of our Oceans - Caribbean corals

    Quality time needed to read: 6 minutes


    Caribbean corals
    a tad deadly sickly, but can still recover



    As if global warming, wars, and major wildlife extinction, famine and human caused air pollution isn't bad enough, our ways of life have also caused the Caribbean corals to suffer a decline of more then 50% since the 1970s. So devastating in fact that today all that remains is about one-sixth of the original coral cover.

  • From the cities of Tomorrow

    Quality time needed to read: 5 minutes


    From the cities of tomorrow
    a Summers Dream



    and together with last nights Sandman came a summers dream
    all the way from the cities of tomorrow

    The lushness of vertical gardens and clean air, silence and empty streets. Playgrounds and architecture, parks and leisure - all free of air pollution and ripe of serendipity.
  • Planet Earth: Snowy Gnomes, in an empty world & our apex predators.

    Quality time needed: 4 minutes


    Snowy Gnomes, in an empty world

    Or so the story would go if left unchecked. But happily enough, we do have editors. Authors might dislike them for their obsessive corrections and never ending feedback on their carefully crafted story as well as their choice of words, or perhaps they secretly love them for their behind the scenes story saving work. The snowy gnomes of the world might, likewise, feel an utmost lack of respect for the clumsy nature of humans wildlife editors - also called conservationists and scientists, as they rummage around in both the countryside and deep forests. as well as continually tanning in the artificial lights of sterile labs and concrete big city jungles.

  • Dew and Kisses, the infinite weave of reality. A small case for the global need of sustainable thinking, Snow leopards vs Cashmere.

    Quality time needed: 8 minutes


    Snow Leopard
    these species will become our failed victims of fashion





    A study for the journal, *Conservation Biology* found that 95% of all forage across the vast, Tibetan plateau in Mongolia and Northern India is now consumed by goats and other livestock owned by farmers.
    Leaving only 5% to the regions vast number of wild animals.

    Creating a situation, that is best described by one of the researchers with the following words.
    "Rather then serving as symbols of success, these species will become victims of fashion"

  • History: Our island of dryads in the winter of 1610, simply called 'starving time' in Jamestown, Virginia.

    Quality time needed: 13 minutes




    Winter of 1610
    Jamestown, Virginia USA
    Life in the Anthropocene



    We are all moments in time - like flowing tears in rain.
    So why don't you take a few precious moments to slow down. View the day around you with wide open eyes and mind, breathe it all in and inhale the calming air and enjoy that taste of life which is unique for this one moment.
      
    Make yourself a cup of java and indulge in its scent touching sweepingly and teasingly, almost sultry on your senses until you succumb down on your knees and let it taste your lips and tongue.

    Enjoy, the fulfilling pleasuring of your soul and senses that such small treats provide.

    And while you are at it, bring with you a glass of water too, before you place your behind rightly deserved in your most comfy place of choice and get all snugly as we take a trawl down this history lane of rewind and fast forward. embarking on a mutually traversing journey across the fleeting vistas of our mind, from lost days to the present and the pathways leading..
    Somewhere and everywhere .. That you´d like yourself to wander.

    But if you come with me today, I will take you on a journey back to the winter of 1610.
    To a place in time of the cold and the forgotten, in a place called Jamestown, Virginia USA.

  • Page 10 and the silent slumber. Just some random thoughts on life, and a few Norse views.

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     Page 10 and the silent slumber
    Life & Photography
    Life in the Anthropocene

     

    Page 10.

    If a photo is a thousand words or more, then there could in truth be an endless stream of emotional responses to every photo ever taken.
    Doors opening, worlds colliding, emotional responses, memories triggered, feelings left forgotten resurfacing, or new impressions formed.



    Perhaps as such, a photograph is not just a frozen moment captured in time.
    Perhaps it also carries that moment in time within itself, the sensory balance of what we felt, what we feel and see, the memories we create and associate to every little day and moment in the flesh.
    Perhaps, even in the colors and the tonality, the way the highlights merge with the shadows and darker shades.
    Perhaps it is a bit like the stars.

    One man´s sky is a black velvet upon which blinking stars traverse.

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  • Naughty xmas poetry "There are secrets hiding, in the xmas tree" and a merry winter solstice to you guys.

    Quality time needed: 4 minutes


    Winter solstice poetry
    a quality xmas
    and happy new year.



    Enjoy the rest of December people and make sure to allow yourselves and others the only gift truly worth something this xmas. And that is to breathe and exhale, relax and enjoy each and every moment.
    Do not suffocate each other or stress yourself out as you try in vain to achieve the perfect holiday, there is no such thing when it comes to the way we celebrate new years eve, winter solstice, xmas or whatever you call it.
    Chasing perfection and meaningless details are what kills that perfect day even before it starts. So just enjoy your day, yourself and each other the way you are.
    Have a good one and now, here is my perfect xmas in the shape of a naughty winter solstice poem ( and moment ) I am calling "There are secrets hiding, in the xmas tree", enjoy the read and the days ahead :).

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 18, will obesity increase my risk of developing Alzheimer?.

    Quality time needed: 3 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 18 in our School of Fitness.
    Obesity is no friend of any individuals longterm health. We all know that.
    But is cheering each other into obesity and being overweight also scientifically speaking, causing an increase in the risk of developing Alzheimer?.

  • Anthropocene: We have real global progress but also life diminishing quality for hundreds of million of people. Official UNICEF study.

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    Global progress.
    And diminishing lives.
    Life in the Anthropocene.



    In a world of global progress in a lot of important aspects, we can never close our eyes to the simple fact that hundreds of millions of people around this beautiful world are witnessing how their lives are becoming increasingly worse.
    quote:
    “In a time of rapid technological change leading to huge gains in living standards, it is perverse that hundreds of millions are seeing living standards actually decline, creating a sense of injustice among them and failure among those entrusted with their care,” “No wonder they feel their voices are unheard and their futures uncertain.”
    - Laurence Chandy, UNICEF Director of Data, Research, and Policy.

  • Black Friday 20% off: fine art for the living room walls by yours truly.

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    The art of living.
    Fine art for the living room walls by yours truly.
    Black Friday discount.



    You pick the size, the framing and whether you prefer the white margin or zero margins on your print and there you go, parcel on the way.
    Printing & shipping is handled by the Swedish fine art gallery Printler and they ship to all of Europe.
    And for Black Friday you´ll even get a 20% discount, valid until Monday 27 Nov.

  • 'At the bridge to Asgard, sprouts and roots grow the ever tree'. Here we live in the age of the Anthropocene.

    Quality time needed: 6 minutes


    sprouts and roots
    A healthy you, is a healthy world.
    Life in the Anthropocene.



    'At the bridge to Asgard, sprouts and roots grow the ever tree' through the gates of life and death, and the turning of the Midgard snake.
    We walk beneath a starry sky, weaved by light and dark and obscured shades our eyes can not see.

    We melt and turn the tides of time, as we spill the soil between our fingers.
    It drips back down to where it came from, all while the ants and worms grow unseen layers of brand new soil.

  • Fitness & Health: 'Health at a Glance' is a European health report covering obesity around Europe in 2017.

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    Health at a Glance
    A European health report 2017
    Fitness & Health.



    Health at a Glance is a European health report for 2017. And in it the United Kingdom is revealed to be Western Europes most obese nation.
    So, perhaps, fish and chips and beer just isnt the best of national food obsessions.
    Another important highlight that bounces right back at you is how obesity in the UK has increased by 92% since the 1990s ( it´s been increasing in every nation btw, but good ol England is leading the pack ).

    And since we also know by now that obesity & overweight is not just about a individual increase in body fat %, which would have been perfectly fine and all down to personal preferences in body composition and aesthetics, but instead is directly tied to a huge increase in several health issues, such as diabetes & cancer and severely decreased quality of life and longevity.

  • Anthropocene & the annual 'good country index' is back for its worldwide summary with the year 2017. And Scandinavia once again dominates.

    Quality time needed: 3 minutes


    Anthropocene
    the good country index 2017
    Life beyond 2028.



    Sweden once again dominates the good country index, sort of making it an annual business as usual reveal in other words.
    Sweden is followed closely by another Scandinavian country, namely Denmark, which, is no real surprise, the Nordic nations can be found at the top of the world, year after year, after year in a long range of beneficial, quality of life metrics and studies.

  • 9 million annual deaths due to worldwide pollution in air, soil, water. Life in the Anthropocene.

    Quality time needed: 4 minutes


    9 million
    annual deaths due to worldwide pollution
    The art of living.



    Every year the number of people that die prematurely due to worldwide pollution keep on increasing. And right now that pollution in water, soil, air, chemical or work-related pollution is already taking the life of 9 million people around the world.

    Let us think about that for one more second, every single year 9 million people end up dying prematurely due to the modern day pollution we all contribute to.

  • Health & Fitness science: Maintain healthy mitochondria through exercise-induced mitophagy.

    Quality time needed: 6 minutes


    Mitochondria
    Health in muscles and heart.
    Life is your own art.



    New research once again showcases how exercise improves muscle health and, exercise capacity and how that positive mechanism with perpetual fitness regimes in the end greatly improves general health and longevity for each individual.
    Allowing continued fitness activity to become one of the finest predictors we have of general mortality and biological health and wellbeing in any given population and individual.
    This particular study was published in the journal Nature Communications and it digs deep down inside our bodies as it takes a long look at how exercise helps the body and mind keep healthy and strong by transforming and maintaining our body on a cellular level.

  • Anthropocene & the human health. Plastic litter in our salt, tap water, honey, fish & food. Land and soil and blood system.

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    Plastic Litter
    Tap water, Sea salt & Food.
    Life in the Anthropocene.



    In Europe, 72% of all tap water contains 1.9 fibers of plastic litter per 500ml of water.
    That number increases to 94% of all tap water in the USA which contains 4.8 plastic litter fibers per 500ml of water. And worldwide 83% of all tap water contains plastic litter.
    But the issue of plastic contamination in our water is not just about tap water, nor is it, as we have previously talked about, only a concern with sea food. This is a growing man-made health issue which has been going on for a very long time and by now it is part of every aspect of society and our natural world.
    For instance, scientists found plastics in products in studies on Chinese Sea salt in 2015.

  • Anthropocene: A long form article called Indonesia

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    Indonesia
    17,000 islands & almost 260 million people
    Life in the Anthropocene.



    Indonesia is by all accounts one of the world's most populated nations with its soon to be 260 million strong population scattered across an astounding 17 000 islands. Another fascinating aspect of life in Indonesia is that in total its population is made up of over 300 different ethnic and linguistic groups that combined speak over 700 different languages.

  • Books & Publishing: How and where to buy or read 'Wings of a Raven, 2028AD'

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    Wings of a Raven, 2028AD.
    Book 1 in my mature, new adult Sci-fi universe.



    Wings of a Raven, 2028AD.
    Price: $2.99
    Print length: 147 Pages
    Publication date: August 2017
    ISBN: 9781537855714
    Read it at your local library or right here at my own 'a Norse View' library.
    Or if you so prefer you can buy it from your fav book store for 2.99US$.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 12, Running and the shock impact of each step.

    Quality time needed: 4 minutes





    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 12 in our School of Fitness.
    Today's question, running is a super healthy aspect of any fit & healthy lifestyle. But the brunt of running too often also put intense pressure and wear on feet and knees and tibia since our lower body absorbs almost all of the impact while we run.
    So how often do the average runner ( in general ) smash their delicate feet's and shin bone into that immovable ground per minute while they are ramping up the miles.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 11, Let us talk about that mighty beast Deadlift and all the stuff it activates.

    Quality time needed: 3 minutes





    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 11 in our School of Fitness.
    Today's question is as follows, which muscles are activated when you are busy killing it in the gym with the majestic "Deadlift" exercise.
    A lot of people rightfully think of Deadlift as the great full-body exercise. But what do you actually engage and stimulate when you go at it with this bad boy.

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