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About Munin

Before the days of satellites, the Norse god Odin engaged two ravens to gather news from around the world. Their names were Huginn and Muninn. The former represents memory and logic, the second impressions and intuition. Every morning they flew out, and every evening they returned to Odin’s shoulders to tell what they had seen. Ravens are amazingly clever and attentive. I have installed a little perch under the eve of my roof, inviting the second one – because he interests me more – to stop by . . .

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MY PURPOSE is to explore NATURE, that frame within which we live, the obviously precarious “platform” we totally depend on, and how it changes, how we change it, how we change when it changes, the interaction between Society and Nature.

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“THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT”

(You have heard the old story about how the flapping of the wings of a butterfly somewhere in the Amazon jungle results in a storm over the Caribbean weeks later , due to complicated interrelationhips in dynamic systems. Well, we are at a more critical stage now, and...

Borobudur, a vision of what our life is about

Borobudur temple, not far from Indonesia’s cultural capital Yogyakarta, is the biggest Buddhist temple in the world. It is entirely unique – there is nothing like it. It was built in phases sometime between 760 and 830 of our era. Most people did not know how to read...

Who Produces, and Who Benefits?

I read somewhere that in the medieval ages European farmers considered that Nature did the work. Their task as farmers was merely to harvest what nature produced, and for some crops also to plant. This way of looking at natural resource management adds a new aspect to...

POTTED PLANTS IN TRUMP TOWER?

As I have stated, my business is Society and Nature. Are there any potted plants in Trump Tower? I have no idea, but I am sure there are. It is “nice” with ornamental greenery in the office. But does he notice? What does he think about Nature? Does he at all think...

The Weather without Trump

Diplomats from around the world have gathered in Bonn, Germany, for two weeks, to talk about how to operationalise the Agreement reached in Paris in Dec 2015. This includes procedures for how to assess the progress made over time, to begin with the status by 2018. Of...

TALKING ABOUT THE WEATHER

Global warming is after much arguing accepted as a fact by a majority of citizens and scientists. Ordinary people can see signs here and there of it's coming. I wrote earlier about the date of the cherry blossom in the Kyoto area in Japan over centuries. We get...

TWO WAYS OF LOOKING AT THINGS – TWO CULTURES

The Rich and the Poor is something people have talked about ever since. The educated and the uneducated have been added among many  types of contrasting “identities” that we seem to enjoy identifying. In a lecture on May 7 1959 (58 years ago) the British scientist C P...

CONFLICT RESOLUTION

Here some ideas from Pinterest. I don’t know how useful they are, but some of them are at least amusing. Use of natural resources and conflict go together, that is just inevitable, and we know it has always been so....

NATURE IN ITS OWN RIGHT, AND HOW TO MANAGE IT

On 12 April I wrote about an initiative in NZ to declare a river a Juridical Person – the idea was to assure management of the river and its valley in the best interest of the River Itself.  Just the other day I saw in Yes! Magazine about an attorney in NY who has for...

HOW MUCH GARBAGE CAN THE WORLD HANDLE?

Youngsters may not believe me when I say: when I was a kid, in 1950 to take a round number, there was next to no garbage! ? Well, to begin with, plastic was not yet “invented” in the forms we know it. (Could you imagine a world without plastic? There was some plastic...

THE VALUE OF NATURE

Al Jazeera, in its tv show “Pricing the Planet” says: We use nature because it is valuable, we lose nature because it is free. In the economic calculations, Nature is made invisible. Will Nature as we know it, therefore, cease to exist? Extinction is forever. This...

BLOOM FOR THOUGHT

Source: The Economist Hanami is the Japanese term for contemplating the brevity and beauty of life, by spending time among the fragile blossom that pleases us in the day while braving the frost at night. Sakura is the word for the blossom. A researcher at Osaka...

WHO IS IN CHARGE IN NATURE?

A well-known international organisation proclaims a rare type of fox with shining white winter-fur as threatened, protected, and listed in the CITES Appendix 1, and a hunter with rotten teeth shoots the fox and sells the fur to have his teeth fixed so he can get...

How to tackle forest loss?

For many years we have heard: Save the Rainforest! and we have been told about the importance of that forest for controlling CO2 emissions and global warming. According to FAO 2015, tropical forest area declined by 5.5 million ha per year between 1990 and 2015. (For...

HOW TO MANAGE NATURE?

Management of real estate and management of Nature are conceptually different. An approach that might prove useful, as an ingredient among many, was presented recently – we are really looking forward to follow-up reports from this interesting “experiment”:...

FIRST QUESTION

So, I want to tell what I talk about when I talk about Nature – and forests in particular, But about us also, Society and Nature, or people and forestry. We need to keep in mind the extent of the topic - exactly what are we talking about? First Question: What is...

Munin flies East

Before the days of satellites, the Norse god Odin engaged two ravens to gather news from around the world. Their names were Huginn and Muninn.