Going beyond 1.5C. Our world and daily life behind the IPCC report.



Cause & Consequence.

Life on Earth laid bare by the IPCC report.



But before we head on over to the meaty real life data of our reckless modern day life, which the 2018 IPCC report painfully laid bare, walk with me as I step out on frosty cold northern shores for my morning walk.

Just a Thursday, spent on northern shores.
And this is the way I started this gorgeous little Autumn day.








My day started with a long walk down to our stony beach together with the rising Autumn sun which painted the world with frost and thick dew to keep my feet company as I walked across the cold Earth and the frozen auburn colors that lay like splattered leaves down on the ground as much as they still painted the forest and the flowing hills and lakes in all sorts of Earthly wonders and warming colors.












Before soon, I sat kneeling on the old Norse rocks that formed our beach and watched them stretch out in a slowly moving silence into the coldness of this ancient lake.
And I witnessed, our seasonal pair of white swans which return each year to dine and wine, and give birth now and then to a new breed of white swans.
I indulged in their beauty as they swam out there, beyond our birch tree island, and not a single word or sound could be heard with the rare exception of the chattering squirrels which at times revealed their secret positions to me.










Squirrels which remained hidden out of sight as they walked and climbed and ran across their leafy kingdom and branches and trunks high up in the trees that towered me.
Every now and then, they paused their chatter only to toss another golden treasure down to the ground, down to the realm of this northern wolf that sat hunkered down in silence, on their stony beach.
Sitting here, on our beach, I took this morning in, every last breath of it.















2050AD, the ugliness of humanity.
[ Oceans run the risk of having more total weight of plastic than fish.]











Like clouds that slowly disintegrate into transparent whiteness, I felt the stillness of the swaying gentle breeze which the world gently brushed against the coldness and thickness of the water, I drank the darkness of our Nordic lakes, and the slowness of this body of water that still laid open, yet slowly, day by day it inches closer to its own freezing point.












I marveled, at the silence of this world, its sheer beauty and life-giving tranquility.
Art at its most precious is art that is bred and born by the natural world itself. and this morning, I drank its cup to the brim.
At rare times, I raised my Nikon up to my eye and caught the moments I so greatly enjoyed, I caught them with the press of a button, and preserved them intact for decades and centuries to come.









And once I was done, drinking from life´s very own fountain of youth, I walked back home.
And once back home.
I undressed you.














But, now that you have dipped your toes in my morning adventure, let us open our eyes to the digital folders of the latest IPCC study as we spread its zeroes and ones all over our kitchen floor and table. And for a brief few moments, let us zone in on this particular moment in history. Let the words and numbers sink in, and resist the urge to close your minds to the truth you know that it portrays.
Because, unlike so many other years and studies, the time is well past brushing things over, the time to neglect the hard simple truths of this world and our present-day Anthropocene and the way we hominids have abused this planet and our own health for far too long, well, that time is over.
There is a time for conversation and reflections, and there is a time for actual change and action, and the moment for actual change is now.
Not because I say so, but due to necessity.













We know that almost every single mammal on this planet is either a human being or cattle which we breed for food. And the same can be said for the number of birds. People and agricultural animals out do the actual wild bird and mammals with ease, and is there not something truly wrong with that man-made reality?.

But perhaps, that is not enough for you?.

And perhaps you are still asking ‘Why’?














If so, this is the answer to your question.
Because we are not living in a world where we can realistically stay below 1,5C degrees, that sad data point is already a missed opportunity. And the way we are still doing life on this planet will send us beyond 1,5C, and none of this will happen in a far away distant future. It´s not an issue for future generations. Our way of life in the Anthropocene will send us beyond 1,5C in just a few years. Right here and now.
In fact, we have already gone beyond 1,0C. And the upward trajectory is not going to stop by itself, we are the only ones that can right the wrongs we have created.










However, with that said, the issue is not the rising temperature itself, nor are we at all talking about the natural fluctuation in our local and global climate. So get that out of your head right away.
A temporary 1C temperature increase itself is for most people and species in this world a fairly non-eventful change. And for a brief few moments, a slight temperature increase might even be beneficial locally speaking. Problem is, we are not talking about a temporary, local temperature increase, we are talking about a persistent global temperature increase compared to pre-industrial times, and a very rapid increase too (rapid as far as a planet is concerned ).
So focus less on the actual number on our global temperature scale and look beyond it at the cause and consequences of our rising planetary temp. Why is the temperature increasing, and what are the global and local consequences of the underlying issues and the changes around our world that is causing this rapid uptick in global temperatures.











Numbers & facts.
Right now, we have already moved beyond a global 1.0C temperature increase compared to pre-industrial times.
So, when people talk about a 1.5C increase and what we need to do in order to stay below 1.5C, we are not talking about a distant future, because we only have 0.5C left in the tank before we move beyond 1.5C, and that will happen in just a few years time.













Worse, we will without a doubt not be able to stay below that 1.5C increase, even if we change quite a lot of things about the way we do modern day life.
So, what´s next?.
The next goal post is 2.0C above pre-industrial times, something we are already half way too surpassing. And this too will happen much, much quicker than anyone would like. The good news is that we can stay below 2.0C, if we change our way of life from the ground up and build a much much more sustainable society, across the entire world.

This is perfectly doable.
But it does not give room for Australia or the USA, Germany, or Canada, or any other country, to keep using coal and tar sand energy facilities, nor any other fossil fuel based energy solution. And keep in mind, that the difference between landing around a 1.5C temperature increase and flatlining roughly at 2.0C is not a linear difference. The exponential consequences for our planet and way of life will be severely different.
1.5C is not fun at all, but it is a world we can cope with, which is fortunate because that 1.5C world is just a handful of years away from being our everyday reality.














All while a 2.0C increase, even tho its just one more C above today's levels, well, that is something we absolutely do not want to experience.
And down below we´ll take a look at just why that is.








“Already to get to less than 2C will be [a] quite unimaginable, unprecedented scale of collaboration."
Van Beurden, Shell chief executive.


Why is a person working for one of the worst fossil fuel offenders in the world saying something like that? Because the facts behind climate change and our dire need for a sustainable world are true. We need to change our entire way of life, globally, just to stay below 2.0c, and Shell, while they have persisted to live and die on harming our planetary and personal health to keep on producing fossil fuel, knows this very well.
Shell is one of the companies that´s known about the dangers of fossil fuel for decades.
And as blindfolded as Shell has allowed themselves to be, even they know very well that the time for a massive change to our way of life is right at our doorsteps in this very moment. And Shell knows that it is a dire, essential change. Sustainable is simply the way forward for Shell now, making that change now is as essential for life on this planet as it is for Shell's financial future.











Let us talk numbers.
2.0C will give us a world that´s lost more than 99% of the coral reefs we have right now. And while you might not care at all about the oceans wellbeing, something inside your marvelous brain should tell you that such a gigantic global change has to have major implications for every other aspect of life on this planet too. Right?. Yes, you are right, dropping 90+% of our global coral reefs, that's plenty bad and just one litle signal of how much else will change in incredibly bad ways.











Other numbers.
Did you know that red meat consumption needs to drop with 90% compared to the amount of red meat the western world is consuming per person and year.
90%. Yup, that includes you, and every restaurant out there, every public facility, hospital, school, and workplace. We all need to drop our red meat consumption with 90% in order to reach that sub 2.0C goal post. And yes, red meat lover, that is how bad the consumption and production of red meat is for your personal health and for the health of this entire planet.

Which obviously means that every cattle farmer out there, and dairy farmer too need to change the way they produce their food and their living. And that means that society, worldwide, has to facilitate that change for all those farmers. Talk is cheap and change is needed.











“Feeding a world population of 10 billion is possible, but only if we change the way we eat and the way we produce food,”
“Greening the food sector or eating up our planet: this is what is on the menu today.”
Professor Johan Rockström, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany.











Why exactly is red meat production and consumption so bad?
Well, I have written countless of health and fitness articles about the increase in cancer, the reduction in lifespan and so forth. Add to that, the soil degradation, the run-off pollution every cattle and dairy farm produces, the various emissions that entire sector produces, and the insane land mass that the red meat and dairy industry lay claims too in order to produce far less calories than they consume. The freshwater usage (in a freshwater-deprived world ) and so forth. And it does not compute anymore. The numbers do not add up at all, and like with every other business out there, when your numbers are perpetually getting worse you have to change the way you do life.












And that is the situation for our global way of life. The numbers do not work anymore, and the lie that everything will be ok despite not fixing the issues with our way of life, that lie has come to an abrupt end. In fact, that lie has smashed head first into the concrete wall.
















And with increasing worldwide temperatures, there will be a severe increase in drought ( which everybody knows, is already bad enough as it is across most regions of the world, including Europe, Australia, Asia and North America ). There will be even more storms, floods and heat waves. And plenty of plant and wildlife will face an even harder time coping with things, just like that 99% reduction of coral reefs in other words.











Already, Europe has seen a gigantic decrease in flying insects and birds last 30 years or so, and this will only continue to get worse.
Which, obviously, includes a further reduction of pollinating insects. Which means that our crops will face an even bigger challenge. Fewer crops equal less food for a growing number of people. Which equals more starvation, pain, misery, malnourished and eventually dead people. In fact, once we get closer to 2.0C, pollinating insects will be roughly twice as likely to lose half of their current habitats, and they have already been severely reduced as the world is closing in on 1.5C. And this is not just about temperature, its about our way of life and the way we pollute nature and produce food.












So, what is the scale of all this?
Going above 1.5C and closer to 2.0C or beyond, will not impact just a few thousand people, or even hundreds of thousands of people.
Nor are we talking about tens of millions of poor sods that will suffer the negative impact of life at 2.0C.
Not even one hundred million people or two hundred million people are enough.











The negative impact of living on planet Earth at or near 2.0C will be felt by billions of people. So, proclaiming that your personal life will not be impacted by not doing everything you can to go sustainable does not fly. Your life will be negatively impacted by every single person that refused to change. It might be more or less than someone living at another location or country. But you will be affected, and it will be in a negative way.












The way forward for all of us is in other words, not about doing life the destructive, reckless way we always have. The way forward, for all of us, lies in going way more sustainable and incredibly much more plant-based, and that road forward is paved by people that´s becoming a little bit more healthy fit in their daily life, and all this needs to be powered by the entire world making sure that it is powered by clean health promoting energy.













Science is the subject of knowledge that covers life on Earth and beyond, as it actually is.
You see, none of this ( IPCC, climate change, going plant-based and sustainable, the toll of sedentary living et cetera. ) has to do with political leanings and personal opinions.
You can vote left, green, middle or right. You can vote for MP or S here in Sweden, or M, or C, or L. You can even vote for SD and their reckless Donald Trump wannabe of a leader. Because this is not about political ideas and party colors. This is about life on Earth as it actually is.

So, vote and act on the change that we are all depending on.










There is truly nothing wrong to vote Republican or Democrat if you are living in the USA. Politics is about context and the way our life is progressing right in the now. And unlike the fairy tale of religion what is the right party and person will change depending on the people in charge and the way they go about actually doing life. But what is wrong and dangerous is to allow a person such as Donald Trump to lead your nation down a road that we know will harm life and health of every single human being and critter on this entire planet.

And that is what Donald Trump and every other politician on this planet are doing when they propose that we stay our course and keep on doing life the destructive, reckless way we have since the industrialization started. And that blind greed and selfishness is what propels them to a public threat. Not because of their political leanings and words, but because of the actual things that they are doing.









People like Donald Trump are entitled to their personal opinions, but that right can never be allowed to disregard reality. Nor does it change that they, by order of their political choices, represent a threat to my health, to their own health, to your health, the health of their voters and family. In short, Donald Trump and other fossil fuel lovers like him remain a public threat to all of humanity, globally and locally.
And pointing that out has nothing to do with politics or opinions, it is a simple fact.











It is a fact that is born from their refusal to accept science and life as it actually is.
It is a fact based on their disregard for logical reasoning, facts and science and cause, and consequences. It is a fact that is born in the fact-denying behavior of leaders like Trump that keep refuting facts of life and education, fact-checking, journalists and thinkers, all while such leaders point to the perceived "importance of blind faith" ( ie: religion ). It does not matter where you live, what gender you have, the color of your skin, culture or religion. Nor can the size of your bank account, or the popularity of your social media account change that people like Trump represent a danger to all of us through the destruction of this planet that they are insisting on.











And the only way for anyone of us to help save this planet, our own health and the health of those blind and ignorant people is to educate them better, to educate that blind and reckless and selfish liar of a president. To educate him and every other blind politician like him, and to demand real changes now instead of just asking for future changes.









The necessary changes that we need to make right now, in our current day and time are global. And they are so vast and encompassing that there isn't a single household, corporation, country or entity that can avoid doing them. From the food, we eat to the way we produce that food. The cars we drive, the way we build buildings, the way we travel, the way we consume, the way we live. Transportation, litter, lakes, and oceans. Landslides, cars and phones. Healthcare and fitness. Everything from the act of eating to being sedentary needs to be made much more healthy, fit and sustainable.











Everything on this planet needs to be technically speaking upgraded to something smarter, better, healthier, cleaner and much more sustainable.










More numbers.
The difference between a 1.5C world (which we can already see will be unpleasant enough ) and 2.0C will expose water stress to billions more people at 2C.
Food scarcity will exponentially increase the closer we get to 2.0C, and climate-related poverty will increase in substantial numbers. But keep in mind, all of this will happen at 1.5C too, in fact, all of this is already happening, it´s just that the closer we get to 1.5C first, and 2.0C beyond that, things will only get exponentially worse.
Outside of our own dinner table and the on and off empty water tap, countless of species will, like the coral reefs, just vanish from our doorsteps. And we can already see how a warmer world will result in smaller moose and elks. Both in physical size as well as in numbers. And the less moose and elk we get, the fewer predators will survive. And the fewer predators we have in the world, the more vermin. The more vermin, the fewer crops, and yields for us.











On top of all this is the simpler stuff, such as a scarcity of coffee beans and bananas. A decrease of white birch trees and arctic plants and wildlife.
Monarch butterflies and birds in general. Fish?. Yup you got it. And talking about fish, worldwide, all Oceans are already suffering from increasing acidity and diminished levels of oxygen. Some places like outside the coast of southern USA have produced gigantic dead waters where the lack of oxygen prevents anything from living there.
And 2C, well, once we hit 2.0C the global decline in fish will be twice the decline at 1.5C. And let us not forget how bad fish stocks already are.














And not only is this about pollution in the cattle industry or replacing worthless diesel cars with electric vehicles such as Tesla.
Apples, oranges, potatoes. Wild berries. Water wells. Water safety. Plastic in our oceans. And the number of wild birds.
It´s all connected, and most of it is impacted by man-made choices and actions. No one is even talking about the natural changes in our climate, so this discussion, and article is not at all about the natural fluctuations. It´s about the things we control. We are the reason for oil and coal polluting our world. We are the reason for pesticides destroying our natural plants and wildlife.











We are the reason that 700 million birds get killed in the USA alone by our industries. 700 million birds per year!. We are doing that. Not nature, but us, the human race. And we do not have to do that, we do not need to pollute in order to make money, work and have iPhones.
And it is time that we acknowledge that good food can be healthy, no one needs to eat red meat. And now, you cant. Not due to my opinion, but due to cold hard facts of this solitary planet we are all living on.











But for now, let us return to one sad Donald Trump quote from 2016 which I recently used in another article. Just because it fits this article perfectly well too.
Trump said this while he was talking about wind power being a bad thing for the world.
“The wind kills all your birds,”. “All your birds, killed. You know, the environmentalists never talk about that.”












Trump is the POTUS that is living in denial.










So, what are the facts of birds and wind power in the USA?
Well, US-based wind turbines do kill an average of 234,000 birds a year, which absolutely need to be reduced in great numbers. But as gigantic as that number is, it pales to nothing when you consider the more than 700 million birds which get killed each year due to other industrial activities in the USA.

But as the public threat, he is, Trump isn't looking to lower that number, instead, he´s looking to destroy even more regulation that is already doing way too little to protect the planet.
Trump is a wonderful representation of people that ignore facts of life. Everybody can see that we have lost a majority of our wildlife in the last 40 years. We can see it, we can hear it, and we can also read it in cold hard scientific studies. Yet, people like Trump pretend that they do not see it or accept that reality because the reality of life on planet Earth does not fit his narrative anymore. And that is why Trump does not want you to enjoy publically available science either.
Science and facts reveal the lie that Trump and people like him keep selling you.













And that desire of his to make your every day a little bit less healthy than yesterday represents a way towards disaster for all of us, birds, planets, humans, whales, wolves, insects.














If you scroll around here on anorseview.com for a while, you´ll encounter articles that display the insurmountable loss of wildlife last 40 years.
But if you are like Trump, none of that will matter, now will it? You will keep your mind and eyes closed to the reality we have created through no other way than our own reckless choices. And that is why our world will soon blast through 1.5C and shortly after 2.0C. And until Trump and people like him on all sides of the political spectrum decides to accept reality for what it is, and to actually do the things we all need to be doing the situation will only keep getting worse, for you and me, and their own sorry ass too.











There is the issue of plastic litter in our oceans and water bodies. And the big black subject line earlier in the article, proclaiming that Earth will have more mass of plastic litter in our oceans than the actual weight of fish by 2050. Well, that too is a simple fact that is all down to the horrible way we have been doing things ever since the industrialization. We can change it, but only if we all accept basic reality, and that reality is that this is all our fault and it is down to us to change it.










Our oceans aren't just suffering from plastic litter, however, I recently wrote an article about PCB and killer whales. So let me quote that article.
Today 80% of the PCB we produced and quickly banned is leaking from landfills into the soil and our oceans, and today, being the top predator of the seas, the killer whales are Earths most PCB contaminated species.

Killer whales actually suffer from PCB contamination that´s hundreds of times above safe limits.











The issue is 100% man-made, but we can clean it up and turn things from going completely to hell. And we have too, because I kept the worst thing about our current way of life.
And that is the trajectory of where we will land unless we redo our way of life in a major way, and just how bad is that trajectory?. Well, unless we change our way of life, we will smash beyond 3.0C and by then its anybody's guess how far things will go and how incredibly bad it will become for life on planet Earth. But knowing what we do, let´s just say that Hominidae would not enjoy life with the dinosaurs, not the dinos themselves and not the way planet Earth behaved back then.
As such, let us hope that no one believes that it is a good choice to keep pretending that none of this is real. Instead, let us face the music and change our way of life.
“The destruction of nature and disappearance of our wildlife is one of the greatest threats facing the human race. And it’s not just about the extinction of rhinos or tigers on the other side of the world. It’s about the disappearing birds, butterflies and other animals on our own doorsteps.”
Tony Juniper, executive director at WWF-UK.
Wake up world.
#connect2earth & #merklimat



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As long as we do not completely wreck our natural world, I´ll be out there, grinding it out in the gym, lifting heavy weights in a properly scientific way. Training myself and others. Eating healthy vegetarian food while I enjoy the wonders of nature and wildlife. Marveling at the beauty of Scandinavia and "höga kusten" right here in Sweden as I produce gorgeous Nordic fine art products, imbued with our ancient Viking soul and Scandinavian natures unique calm and quiet wild charm. Loving the adventure of living a healthy fit life.
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Related article, IPCC.
IPCC study, going beyond 1.5C.

Related article, UN water report 2018
Official UN world water development report 2018.

Related article, study, the Baltic Sea and the health of our fish species.
Comprehensive study published by WWF.

Related article, Biodiversity is whole Earth by the Guardian.
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Last Few Published Books and Articles

  • Fitness School, Question 36, Will lifting weights 1-3 days per week be enough to lower cardiovascular related mortality?.

    Quality time needed: 3 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 36 in our School of Fitness.
    All forms of fitness activity is a tiny little pill of good health no matter who you are.
    But is the simple act of lifting weights one to three days per week enough to substantially lower the risk of cardiovascular related mortality?.
    Yup, that is how easy and straightforward question number 36 turned out to be. And why? Because we have a brand new study to lean back on when it comes down to the (obvious) answer.
    Read on to reveal the complete Q and A below the break.

  • Going beyond 1.5C. Our world and daily life behind the IPCC report.

    Quality time needed: 27 minutes


    Cause & Consequence.

    Life on Earth laid bare by the IPCC report.



    But before we head on over to the meaty real life data of our reckless modern day life, which the 2018 IPCC report painfully laid bare, walk with me as I step out on frosty cold northern shores for my morning walk.

    Just a Thursday, spent on northern shores.
    And this is the way I started this gorgeous little Autumn day.

  • Roundabouts in the milky way galaxy. The duality of a sustainable earth, and interplanetary living.

    Quality time needed: 14 minutes


    Walking through the gates of autumn.

    We see a brand new dawn.



    Life itself is this majestic mirror world of brilliance and incompetence. Eternally merging and reflected, individually disengaged yet perfectly synchronized and attached to each other and everything else.

    Like the leaf that finds itself stranded on the wayward peaks of a stormy ocean. They are each others counterpart, yet entirely different. Individual objects, entwined and interconnected. Disengaged and perfectly unique.

  • Into Autumn, the spider´s lullaby. Random thoughts on life from another gorgeous day.

    Quality time needed: 5 minutes


    Walking through the gates of autumn.

    Together with a tiny little spider.



    And today, there´s officially a full-blown Autumn song playing out there in nature. Gorgeous and sunny, on a Sunday =). Wind free, except for the tiniest of breeze that you can almost not see or feel as it slowly makes it way through the crown of leaves that towers above.

    But it is, none the less, Autumn.
    The colors of the trees reveal it. The pale blue September moon that hangs high up in the middle of the day is another telltale.

  • The anatomy and fitness function of our gorgeous human ass ( The mighty three we call the Gluteus ).

    Quality time needed: 9 minutes


    The gorgeous strength of Gluteus Maximus, Medius and Minimus.

    The science of health and fitness should always be your lifelong guide.



    Fitness is as wonderful for your health as it is for landing you a more sculpted and capable body over time.
    But that will never change that even fit people (quite a lot of them) are doing the right things for the wrong reasons. Case in point the fit and good looking girl you can see in the IG video I am linking to, she obviously trains hard and regular while being in great shape, and she does know quite a few things about the body and the science of staying healthy and fit.
    Which is wonderful on all counts.
    But like so many other gym goers she is seemingly misinformed about a few things too ( on the other hand, so are we all :P ). Allowing wrongful information and knowledge to shape her choices and the choices of other people that gulps up everything we fit people believe to be true. However, if you are willing to listen to it the beautiful science of health and fitness will guide you towards a better body and better health and better workouts if you pay attention to real fitness science instead of personal opinions. You see, there is nothing wrong with the exercises she is doing. But outside of the wonderful world of human anatomy, there is no such thing as an upper or lower butt muscle as far as your exterior appearance goes, nor is there a meaningful difference as far as your practical fitness capacity and workout goes.

    Click through and let us talk about Gluteus Maximus, Medius and Minimus.

  • Earth over shoot day is one of many events and situations during the year that signals the mindless gluttony of our evolving hybrid species.

    Quality time needed: 8 minutes


    Planet Earth - studies & life in the Anthropocene.

    A new way of life is needed.



    But what is it exactly? And why is something that sounds so cute something truly terrible that we need to take seriously as a global whole.
    To most people, it is more than likely just another ridiculous phrase keyboard warriors throw around once a year while they too waste this world to the point of no return.
    But this ever-moving yearly event day is anything but deadly essential.

    Every year this day signals the point in that year where we have used up all the naturally replenishing resources of this planet.
    And beyond this point, the planet is losing its inventory for the next year(s) ahead and it's capacity to restock.

    Which if we are talking about corporations and business leaders is something that would cause pretty much every corporate leader out there to die from a heart attack if it persistently happened to their business. But when its Earth, people just shrug their mindless shoulders and look the other way as if the greenhouse we are subsisting in isn't the singular thing that feeds and house us all.

  • Fine Art & living room products by Mike Koontz. All featured products are available for purchase.

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    Your living room
    contemporary art & style



    We carry with us our own unique style and touch, in person, the way we are. The choice in our clothes, our fitness and the way we train and live our healthy fit life. Our individual thoughts are stamped by our unique nature. The way we have sex, the books we read, the movies that make us cringe or wax, the deep secluded passion, the music that makes our soul float, and the things we truly like in life.
    The way you are and see the world carries through in everything.
    It shows in the gym, and it is made perfectly clear in the boardroom.











    It is visible in the way you handle your lover, and in the style and feel of your living room.
    The person that you are is not just reflected in those things, but your surroundings in life and nature and home speak in equal measures to your inner self and carries with it real significance for how much you, in turn, will enjoy both life and the everyday castle you call your home.




    This is my contribution to your life.
    A touch of the genuine northern soul that is the Vikings true home.

  • Fitness facts: How and why does the range of motion in any given strength exercise matter?.

    Quality time needed: 8 minutes


    Diving down into a range of motion and squat study.

    The science of health and fitness should always be your gym guide.



    Right now, if you enter any given gym, the wonderful world of barbells will conjure up as many opinions as there are fitness girls on Instagram, no matter the subject.
    And plenty of opinions are exactly that, personal opinions, formed by peer pressure in the gym, on social media, or by fit vixens looking to make a bigger following by posting daily stuff which may or may not be factually correct.

    There are out of date school gym coaches still living in the past, badly informed parents, friends, big brothers, big sisters, commercial interests only looking out for the next conference call, as well as uninformed writers working for big tabloids which just happened to draw the assignment to make a puff piece on fitness.

    So let us instead look at science and what it actually has to teach us about the range of motion for any particular exercise. And for the purpose of this article, let us focus on a Squat centric use case since legs and ass are thankfully all the rage anyway :).

  • Moments from the Anthropocene, the fox and my morning coffee.

    Quality time needed: 6 minutes


    The scent of black coffee.

    And wild breakfast companions.



    'Today' (another today ) while enjoying my first cup of coffee standing outside on my sun-drenched porch, I could hear something sneakily make its way through the underbrush and thick tall grass and florals that intermix with the deep dark, and thankfully, untouched old forest at the edge of my property.

    Fast forward just a little bit and I could start to see the movement in the thin youngling trees and the tall flowers. Something was out there, touching here and there making the wild plants and florals sway as it drew nearer me.

  • The savagery that is the carnivore dietary plan vs the science of health and fitness.

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    The error of your way.

    Could be spelled 'the carnivore diet'..



    A growing number of people in the world adopt healthy, fit living by going increasingly more vegetarian for a long range of personal reasons and or due to scientific reasons. Some of those reasons often include the substantial increase in cancer and diabetes risk that eating red meat and highly processed foods causes, or the impossible mathematics behind an entire world eating ever higher amounts of meat, or the incredible amount of pollution that animal food production causes.

    And facts are, that all those reasons are equally good, sound and true, so it does not even matter why you do it. It is a good and healthy choice to eat less red meat, and by doing so you will contribute towards a healthier you, and a healthier world.

  • Anthropocene: 12 vaquitas left in the world before they too face the ultimate end of line which is called extinction.

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    The vaquitas are sadly not alone.

    This is the Lost World of Planet Earth.



    Around the world, the vaquitas are sadly not alone, there are countless of animal species, plants and all that´s facing the threat of extinction in ever greater numbers. And the pace is accelerating, so it´s not business as usual.
    Worse, this is all down to man-made issues.
    It got nothing to do with prey and predatory fluctuations. And it got nothing to do with natural events and Earths naturally changing cycles.

  • Let us talk about the concept of 'Half Earth' and why both Dr Cristiana Pașca Palmer, UN and I share the opinion that it is all about 'Whole Earth'.

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    People & Planet is just a mutual ecosystem.

    The Lost World.



    A long and well established connective tissue in the way I talk and write, and think about health & fitness is that we are all connected through this global ecosystem we all share.
    Which is why I have over the years pointed out that living in a sustainable way is ultimately all about health. Individual health & planetary health. People that are opting to eat shit just isn't healthy.
    Neither from a planetary or individual perspective.

    Just as how healthy fit people that´s living unsustainable, just isn't healthy living people either.

  • Fitness School, Question 35, Let us dig deep down into 'standing barbell row' and the complete amount of muscles it will engage and activate.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 35 in our School of Fitness.
    Once we venture beyond the glorious realms of leg and glutes training, there is the never-ending hallway of kicking and boxing to explore and conquer.
    But what else lies beyond the joy of those fit & healthy cornerstones?.
    Well, if it was not obvious so far in life, martial arts and legs and glutes have their equal in the colossus that is weighted back training.
    And when it comes down to weighted back training, actually, when it comes down to working the upper body at all, there is one exercise which I will never hesitate to put front and center (together with deadlift), and that is 'Standing Barbell Row'.
    Here is my question:
    Standing Barbell Row will challenge and work you from top to toe.
    But can you list all of the muscles which you will activate when you do this bad boy in a properly challenging way?.

  • The things we see in the rearview mirror, the world meat free week, and Scandinavian winter scenes.

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    Views we catch in the rear view mirror as we leave #worldmeatfreeweek behind us.

    The Lost World.



    Good and healthy vegetarian food is able to provide health & fitness improving nutrition for far more people, despite polluting much less and using up a lot less landmass vied towards animal farming.
    And you can quote me on that because that simple statement is 100% based on science & clear-cut facts instead of peoples personal opinions and conjecture.

    In fact, food production from animal farming is already using up 83% of our global agricultural land. Yet, it is only managing to deliver about 18% of the calories we consume. And does that situation not sound completely unsustainable and fool-hearted to maintain?.

  • Fitness School, Question 34, Is there a connection between weighted leg and glute training and your brain maintaining a healthy neurological cell production?

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 34 in our School of Fitness.
    Yes, we absolutely love our leg and glute day. The challenge it provides is a huge mountain of fun to climb every single week.
    But, did you know that you are not just strengthening your lower body when you are building stronger legs, ass, and hips?. Of course, you do. You know damn well that those leg days are crucial for the health and wellness of your lower back and abs too. And it sure does tax your heart and metabolic functions too. However, let us go upstairs towards our brainy area with this question.
    Here is my question:
    Is it true that weighted exercises in the gym for your leg and glutes will increase the production of healthy neural cells? ( which are crucial for the capacity and health of our brain and entire nervous system )

  • The Lost World XVIII and the enemy of all things living. #Connect2Earth

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    This is the lost world XVIII.
    And how life in the Anthropocene is the tale about the enemy of all things living.
    Healthy living is nothing but the science of life.



    With the rising tide of the Baltic sea far beneath me, I towered the surrounding world.
    Looking out from the crest of the Scandinavian coastline. This was still a place lost in time and mist. A mountain entirely dressed in green and trees, moss and berries, sand and soil, and it is, as much a mountainous castle growing ever taller as it is the place where salt and cold black water comes crashing in to embrace the land of the Vikings.

  • May 22 mark the crucial 'day of biological diversity'. But it is also so much more than that, #Connect2Earth.

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    At the crossroads of the Anthropocene.
    May 22 is 'The International Day of Biological Diversity'.
    A day which, is by now, our essential every day reality.



    May 22 is both a perfectly ordinary Tuesday in your life and the global 'International Day for Biological Diversity'.
    But that is not all this week is all about. We also have the endangered wildlife day, which happened on May 18, and birthday number 70 for IUCN. And, as such this entire week represents an opportunity for each of us to make it a healthy fit day for the entire planet and our individual self.


    Also, if you are present in the incredibly lush and beautiful high coast area of Scandinavia, Sweden next Tuesday you are more than welcome to join me and my coworker from Scandinavian.Fitness for a sweaty fit workout at the gym, lifting weights and grunting at Friskis, Örnsköldsvik at 0730. Once we are done at the gym, we will head outside for a walk at 0830 and hopefully enjoy beautiful weather together with the pristine nature of Scandinavia.

  • Fitness School, Question 33, Let us talk about that mighty beast called the Quadriceps.

    Quality time needed: 4 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 33 in our School of Fitness.
    Legs and ass and back. That is the holy trinity ( together with the fourth pillar, our abs ) of building a strong and capable and athletic body.
    But what about the makeup of our upper legs?
    We have the backside of our legs, which we call the hamstrings, and on the front, there´s the thing most people simply call the quads.
    But let us dig deeper down into those mighty looking quadriceps and the rest of the anterior side of our legs.
    Here is my question:
    Can you specify which muscles make up the bulk of what we call our quadriceps and anterior leg muscles?.

  • We are standing at the crossroads of the Anthropocene. Earth hour and the essential stuff that lies beyond.

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    At the crossroads of the Anthropocene.
    Earth Hour.
    Is by now, our essential every day reality.



    On one hand, we are now living in the day and age of butterflies and endangered white rhinos hopefully being multiplied and preserved through soon to be commercial cloning facilities. finally making sure we will never have to lose another species to extinction.
    Putting an end to the way we lost the last surviving male Great Northern Rhino just the other day.


    And that lingering, hopeful road is walking hand in hand with this growing worldwide awareness that eating healthy, and being healthy is not just good for that one person, but transformative and good for everybody else too.
    Be it from a financial perspective or healthwise speaking.

  • Fitness School, Question 32, Can fitness reduce dementia risk with as much as 90% for a 50 year old female?

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 32 in our School of Fitness.
    We all know that physical activity and healthy food is just that, life and body improving yum for muscles and mind alike.
    Some might claim they hate it, and others truly love keeping fit and healthy, enriching their daily life in endless supply.
    And you know it greatly reduces the risk of getting a long range of cancer forms, it helps arthritis patients, lower back pain, keeps you lean and hearty healthy.
    It fights off bad sleep and osteoporosis. Slow the roll of biological aging and on and on, and all this is proven over and over by science.
    And so, my simple question this time around is as follows:
    Do you also know if healthy fit women in their 50s have been shown to greatly reduce the risk of getting dementia compared to less fit women?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 31, What´s up with that biceps, give us the lowdown.

    Quality time needed: 4 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 31 in our School of Fitness.
    When we are talking and thinking about muscles and keeping fit, Biceps is not just one of the more iconic names in the world of fitness and the human anatomy, it is also a very visible muscle that truly pops on people that keep healthy fit. But where on your body can you actually locate your biceps muscle and more importantly is the name biceps only referring to one muscle or do we have more than one biceps on our body?
    And so, my question for you is as follows:
    Can you tell us if the human anatomy have one or more muscles with the name biceps, and where are they/it located?.

  • A life of health & fitness. Life is a wondrous journey and this is a rough view of this years fitness journey ( the way I do it ).

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    Complete the circle of health & fitness.
    Every single day.
    Fitness, Food & Health is nothing but the science of a healthy, fun life :).



    The following is a rudimentary overview of my health & fitness life from Jan 1, 2018, to Jan 1, 2019. Some fitness folks think the world of planning ahead, and some absolutely do need a firm plan for the months and even year ahead.
    Short term goals firmly lined up and long-term goal posts holding their own further out make a world of difference for some. And your own goals can be about certain PB´s, they can involve reaching a certain body fat % or strength goal. Other common goals have to do with cardiovascular performance and might be focused on improving your lactate levels, running speed, zone levels or maximum heart rate. And for competitive pro athletes, those goals usually involve specific competitions and championships.

    So yes, setting up a rough schedule in advance of your fitness year can make a lot of sense.
    Just as how a lot of people count daily steps and calories.

  • Fitness School. Question 30, Let us talk about biological aging and our T cells and that beautiful little Thymus.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 30 in our School of Fitness.
    You all know that I have been a vocal proponent of how we do not simply grow old like some archaic fairy tale myth where people are doomed to live fat and unhealthy and frail once they leave their 20´s behind them.
    No instead, my science-backed message has for years been that we simply create and manage our own aging process according to our own choices in food, life, and fitness.
    Be it lean muscle mass, body fat, bone health, even our brain and plenty of natural hormones. Our daily choices carry such incredible weight when it comes down to all these aspects of our own wellbeing and health, much more so than the number of years we have lived or the genes we inherit. And Science proves me right on all these things, over and over, and over again.

    But, how about our immune system? In sedentary people, our thymus slowly becomes less capable as we mature beyond our 20´s. That is a simple fact.
    And so, my question for you:
    Will regular fitness stomp aging in the face or is the thymus and the stuff it does for us destined to go wry as we age no matter our fitness and food choices?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 29, How prevalent is plastic litter amongst deep sea fish.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 29 in our School of Fitness.
    We have previously talked about getting enough natural amounts of omega 3 in our food. So let us cast our net a bit wider and deeper as we go hunting for natural Omega 3 sources in the deep sea.
    Yes, we are what we eat kiddos.
    And so, the time has come to talk about one of the better Omega 3 sources out there, which is fish ( like cows, fish love munching away on plant-based food such as Algae and so they end up with a ton of Omega 3, and so can you. ), and outside of Omega 3 fish also used to be a sustainable source of proteins and omega 3 amongst other things.
    The key word is used to be. But like us, and the cows, fish are what they eat.
    And today, outside of depleted fish stocks, fish swim in bodies of waters, polluted, and depleted of oxygen and ruined by us, the human species. And as health & fitness loving professionals and human beings, we always have to consider the world we live in, because we are all what we eat and the way we live becomes the state of our body & mind, life, and health. And if the fish you eat is full of toxins, plastic, and other unhealthy things, that is what you too will consume and thus, become.
    So, here is my question:
    How prevalent is plastic pollution in deep sea fish right now?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 28, Let us get healthy and dirty with Omega 3 and milk.

    Quality time needed: 6 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 28 in our School of Fitness.
    As far as health & fitness goes, eating healthy food on a daily basis is the ever-present and perfectly fitted glove that wraps the fit hand that is regular and challenging workouts in the gym.
    And one of those nutritious, and essential for our health, nutrient staples are Omega 3´s. We get it in all sorts of seafood. And we can get it from omega 3 fortified foods such as eggs.
    Another wonderful omega 3 source are plant-based foods such as chia seeds. But, meat and dairy products from grass-fed cattle can also contain natural amounts of omega 3.
    So, here is my question:
    How much Omega 3 do you actually get from one L ( 1L ) of milk produced from grass fed cattle?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 27, How big do you need your daily calorie deficit to be, in order to roughly drop 250g of bodyfat per week.

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    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 27 in our School of Fitness.
    From a healthy fit perspective, both short & long term, what we need to sculpt is a life of daily physical activity in the right amount and the right intensity coupled with healthy food choices and the proper amount of nutrients.
    And those healthy choices include making sure that we get enough of those healthy nutrients in order to perform, in the gym and daily life, and we need enough of them in order for our body and mind to stay healthy, happy, capable and fit.
    Eat too little protein and you will start losing lean muscle mass, and your health will start to decline too since proteins are not just the major building blocks of our muscles, they are in fact the mud and water, wood and concrete that builds our entire body, be it your internal organs, your skin, hair, muscles, cells, or our brain.
    And the total amount of daily calories we consume is, of course, pretty much the same thing, eat too little in total, and you will start noticing how your health and fitness level slowly deteriorate. And if you do the opposite and stuff your tummy full with too many daily calories you will start gaining pure body fat in excessive amounts and it will continue to build unless you change your daily choices.
    So, here is my question:
    How big do you need to make your daily calorie deficit in order to lose 250g of body fat per week ( roughly ) while eating enough protein to preserve your lean muscle mass?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 26, Black coffee, is it a natural diuretic that causes dehydration or a health improving rehydrating drink?

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    Question number 26 in our School of Fitness.
    Black coffee, the mere words are capable of sending hundreds of millions of people into a state of Nirvana filled with transcending bliss and harmony :).
    But black coffee is also a cup of rejuvenating health for our entire system. It calms the mind with its slowly rising aroma, helps us keep cancer and diabetes at bay, harnesses our creative focus like an arrow in flight, and in enough quantities, it can even boost peoples gym going efforts.
    But is there all there is to it?. Well, here is my question:
    Is the old saying true that your daily coffee drives so much fluid out of your body that you need to supplement your coffee intake with equal measures water too in order to stay hydrated?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 25, Tell us the major muscles in your back.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 25 in our School of Fitness.
    Outside of our legs and ass, there is no other muscle group that comes close to sheer size, strength, health impact and lean muscle mass potential than our back. So as exhausting as a proper back workout is, this is one big and essential muscle group you should never skimp out on, no matter if your own goals are all in on health and wellness, sports or just sheer looks, or all of the above.
    Here is my question:
    Tell me the major muscles that makes up our back. Straight and simple folks.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 24, Can Maintained Fitness prevent the negative health impact of chemotherapy?.

    Quality time needed: 4 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 24 in our School of Fitness.
    Chemotherapy is one of those crucial things that no one ever hoped to one day experience. But when the going gets real tough in life, its a life saver.
    However, undergoing Chemotherapy is no walk in the park and while it can save your life and defeat cancer, it will also take its toll on your body. So much so that a recent study from Australia revealed that just 13 weeks of chemotherapy caused the heart to age by an equivalent of six years.
    Here is my question:
    Can maintained fitness exercise during chemotherapy prevent the now established cardiovascular aging associated with chemotherapy?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 23, How much will my daily fitness activity reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease?.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 23 in our School of Fitness.
    How are you enjoying 2018 so far?. I am having a blast, in the gym and outside it, workouts are wondrously good and that is because I stay at it, week in and week out. Stay persistent with food and fitness people and reap the benefits in body & mind. Keeping to a daily fitness schedule is just a choice, after all, and a very healthy choice at that.

    And, for the next fitness school question, let us dig deep down on that word "persistent" and uncover just how much weekly fitness will scientifically aid your health on low, moderate and intense fitness levels.
    And as such, here is my question for you:
    Can as little as 30 minutes of daily low-level physical fitness activity reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by as much as 24% compared to not doing that daily activity?.

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