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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  • Över skog och mark, järn & gym, och mylla. Den biologiska mångfaldens dag 2021.

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    A sustainable society makes for healthier & happier nature, and people.
    What is the science based outcome of your daily life choices?.

    Pressmeddelande 2021-05-12
    Den biologiska mångfaldens dag firas i Höga Kusten.

    En av Sveriges största naturhögtider går in på sitt femte år. Det blir återigen ett annorlunda firande av Biologiska mångfaldens dag 22 maj i år på grund av coronapandemin. Med anpassningar och digitala aktiviteter skapar Sveriges naturföreningar ett späckat program med allt från uppvisningar av vackra naturområden till tips om hur du gynnar biologisk mångfald i din trädgård. I Örnsköldvik, Höga Kusten arrangerar Scandinavian.fitness återigen ett bmfdag evenemang, för året så blir det i form av ett lokalt mini Styrka Camp på gym och i natur den 22 Maj.

    – Det är femte året i rad som Natursverige satsar på att uppmärksamma Biologiska mångfaldens dag och det tredje året som Scandinavian.fitness deltar.
    Återigen visas det prov på stor entusiasm och kreativitet. Det ordnas allt från träning i naturen och tipsrundor till omfattande inventeringar av arter och webbinarier. Det finns också goda möjligheter att fira dagen på egen hand eller med sina närmaste, säger Erik Hansson, projektledare för Biologiska mångfaldens dag-initiativet.

  • Fitness school, question 53: Let us talk about nonalcoholic fatty liver & cancer risk..

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    A daily 20 minute walk outside essentially showers you in health promoting daylight.
    What is the science based outcome of your daily life choices?.

    Question number 53 in our Scandinavian.fitness School.
    And today it's time for a short, and to-the-point, and focused Fitness school question.
    Just because, sometimes, all that we need is something short & wickedly sweet :).

    Drum roll, the lifestyle-based nonalcoholic fatty liver is pretty much as bad for us homo sapiens as its name suggests. But will it also increase your cancer risk?

  • Fitness school, question 52: The female menstrual cycle is a white water raft of hormonal changes over many days. But which ones jump up and down and what correlation might there be with stress?.

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    Enjoy a daily 20 minute walk and shower yourself in essential, health promoting daylight.
    What is the science based outcome of your daily life choices?.

    Question number 52 in our Scandinavian.fitness School.
    Health & fitness is created and maintained together. Feeding each other in this enduring, lifelong symbiosis no matter if our focus is our muscles strength, our heart health, cellular health, biological age, or the amount and size of our skeletal muscle mass,. Joint health and bone mass, hormonal functions, cardiovascular health, body fat levels, gut health, and even our brain are all intricately linked together.

    Fitness & health, body, and mind remain a perpetual cause and consequence system, where each individual aspect within our bodies affects and in turn, gets affected by all of the others in various degrees.

    In truth, a myriad of functions, which, individually, and as a whole, in turn, are shaped through our daily choices. Our surroundings, the type of food we eat, its nutrients, and the amount of those nutrients and their combined total.

    Environmental pollution, physical activity, sleep, relations, job, society, stress, et cetera.

    All combined, this is what determines the trajectory of our health and our fitness.

    And the menstrual cycle is, of course, no exception to this at all.
    Its impact on the female body and our highly influential hormonal system are in fact, very big. And as such, it is a highly relevant topic for any female that is aspiring to live a fact-based healthy fit life.

    But which hormones get affected the most during the menstrual cycle?. And how might stress tie into it?. If at all.

    Read on beyond the break for fitness school question number 52.

  • Fitness school, question 51: Potatoes versus rice. Two healthy food staples in any healthy fit lifestyle. But, what more is there beyond their nutritional makeup, and why should you care?

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    We are choosing the direction of our fitness and health through our daily choices.
    What is the science based outcome of your daily life choices?.

    Question number 51 in our Scandinavian.fitness School.
    Real Fitness progression requires, as well as creates injury free progression in health, especially, long term speaking.
    Likewise, making healthy food choices is just as important for health as it is for our fitness progression.

    But is healthy food habits really just about the nutrition our food constitutes and the health & fitness impact that nutrition carries with it?

    Some will say that this is all there is to our food choices, and plenty of good nutritional coaches do treat food and nutrition just like that. And that is an ok choice to do. Ok, but also lackluster in its view on the scientific ecosystem that is food and health, people and planet. Yes, as a personal trainer, and nutritional coach and Styrka Master coach mysef, I can not agree at all with that narrow, and incomplete view on health, nutrition and fitness.

    You see, eating healthy food is a staple in our personal fitness, and health, that is a given.
    The nutritional make up of our food choices is a major pillar in human health and fitness, just as important as the amount of food which we are consuming. But a truly healthy fit life also account for the scientific impact of our choices on our planets health.

    After all, if our personal food and lifestyle choices contribute to breaking the health of our entire planet, then we are unavoidably going to harm the health of ourselves since a healthy, sustainable society and planet is essential to the life long health and fitness progression of us all. As individuals, and a society.

    Hence todays question pitting good ol potatoes vs rice and the amount of water, and climate, and planetary impact these 2 healthy food staples causes. And just why 'small' stuff like this should matter to you.

    So read on beyond the break for the complete question and the correct answer.

  • Fitness school, question 50: Can we see some sort of health impact betweeen obesity and corona?. Updated May 2021

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    The direction of your fitness capacity is made through your daily choices.
    What is the science based outcome of your daily life choices?.

    Question number 50 in our Scandinavian.fitness School here at 'a Norse View'.
    An abundance of body fat sadly does not help with improving many health and fitness metrics in life for us mere mortals.
    But, how about Corona?

    Will bigger levels of body fat lower your risk of dying from Corona, or will it increase your health risk?

    Well, we can not scientifically deduct every little thing with 100% certainty as far as Covid-19 goes right now. It is still a situation that is too recent, and adaptive to conclude some things with absolute certainty.

    We can however start to see some clear trajectories emerging when it comes down to higher body fat levels, and Corona.

    So read on beyond the break and let us take a look at corona and the probable correlation with our body fat levels.

  • Fitness school, question 49: Is a reduction of inflammation in our bodies one aspect of the many wonderful health improving outcomes of regular fitness?

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    Health is shaped and molded through your daily choices.
    Do you know the scientific outcome of your daily life?.

    Question number 49 in our Scandinavian.fitness School here at 'a Norse View'.
    Physical activity & fitness exercise of various levels, intensity, and volume improve many aspects of our human health. Including a highly beneficial effect on musculoskeletal health no matter gender or age.
    Other factors include improving our metabolic and cognitive health & functions.

    As a result, regular life long fitness.....
    Reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.. Diabetes, and several types of cancer.

    Greatly reduced osteoporosis as well as depression and improved volume and capacity of our physical gray matter mass, are other areas of our life long health that benefit substantially from daily physical activity and regular fitness.
    But, will intense regular fitness exercise also reduce inflammation throughout our bodies?....
    Because if so, that would provide huge health benefits all by itself. Simply put, less inflammation in our bodies reduces heart health risk and the onset of cognitive decline and biological aging amongst other things.

    So read on beyond the break and let us take a look at how intense fitness might reduce inflammation too.

  • Fitness school, question 48.. Smoking kills millions of people every year, and harm hundreds of millions more.. But can the body recover from damaged lungs if you stop smoking?..

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    Health is shaped and molded through your daily choices.
    Do you know the scientific outcome of your daily life?.

    Question number 48 in Scandinavian.fitness School of Fitness here at 'a Norse View'.
    Most of the time our fitness school questions revolve around the scientific impact of your fitness and or food choices.
    But every now and then we dip our toes into the wider ecosystem of things that carry with them a huge impact on our individual health, such as air pollution. Because a truly healthy life has to consider all aspects of our lifestyles.
    One area of "air pollution" is smoking. Not only do non smokers hurt their health due to others unhealthy smoking habits. But the smokers themselves harm their own health in even greater strides.

    So much so that Tobacco smoking is perhaps the biggest single influencer on a human beings mutational burden, usually adding anywhere between 1,000 to 10,000 mutations per cell inside of the human body. In the end, being a major driver of various cancer forms and fatally damaged lungs. But, the human body is amazing at recovering from almost all forms of injuries and health issues once we start making healthier choices a regular thing.

    And now, a brand new 2020 study is shining light on just how well a typical smokers damaged lungs will recover once that smoker chooses to stop their unhealthy smoking habits.

    So read on beyond the break and let us dig deeper into the health impact of smoking and just how good our human lungs might recover once a person decides to end their self harming habit.

  • Fitness school, question 47.. Can we still make the fact based claim that the core temperature of the modern day human body is 37c on average?... Or has this well established scientific fact actually changed in the last 100 years?.

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    Health is made from your daily choices.
    Do you know the answer to our question?.

    Question number 47 in our School of Fitness.
    Interestingly enough we actually uncover new scientific facts about the human body every single day.
    Things we thought we knew sometimes become nothing more than the incorrect truth of yesterday. All while we continually prove that life and nature, and biology itself is endlessly progressive and changing.
    So for today, I would like to know if we can still make the fact-based claim that the core temperature of the modern-day human body is still 37c on average?...
    Or has this well established scientific fact actually changed in the last 100 years?.

    Read on beyond the break and dig deeper into our fitness school question before you pony up the right answer.

  • The scientific correlation between our food choices environmental impact and bad human health.

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    Fitness is a science driven journey.
    And so is sustainability.

    So let us get it out of the way right away.
    Poor food choices remain a leading worldwide cause of mortality and bad health. But, poor food choices doesn't just harm our own health and longevity, bad food choices and the production that is needed to create the lackluster food that so many bases their entire food life on causes huge, unnecessary environmental degradation as well.

    So much so that the much needed (read essential to do) UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement is virtually impossible to fulfill unless we, as a global species make the switch to healthier, plant-based food choices.
    This article will display how different food groups directly connect 5 health outcomes and 5 aspects of environmental degradation with each other.

  • Fitness school, question 46.. Can we make the fact based claim that visceral adipose mass is associated with increased risk of hypertension, heart attack/angina, type 2 diabetes and hyperlipidemia? Yes or no?.

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    Health is made from your daily choices.
    Do you know the answer to our question?.

    Question number 46 in our School of Fitness.
    Is it true that visceral adipose mass is associated with increased risk of hypertension, heart attack/angina, type 2 diabetes, and hyperlipidemia?.
    And just exactly what is visceral adipose mass?

    Read on beyond the break and dig deeper into our fitness school question before you pony up the right answer.

  • Fitness school, question 45: Will increased or maintained fitness rejuvenate & improve hippocampal activity beyond 60 years of age?

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    Health is made from your daily choices.
    Do you know the answer to our question?.

    Question number 45 in our School of Fitness.
    Most people know by now that healthy fit choices in the gym and the forest trail, at home and in daily life are nothing but a ticket towards increased health and life span, in body and mind.
    But, the health of our biological system is made up of near-endless processes and aspects. And that certainly applies to the state of our brain. Hence today's focus on our brains hippocampal capacity and health.

    Read on beyond the break and dig deep down in our fitness school question.

  • Available Fine Art & Lifestyle products. Art, design and photography by M & M. Our products are produced and sold by #Society6.

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    Your life is your on going art and history
    Contemporary art & products for a healthy fit life and planet.

    Each of us is the mere sum of our unique life choices, our thoughts, and way.
    Be it in person, or through the way we shape life around us. This uniqueness is evident even in our own persona, our style and life choices that takes place on this endless every day path that we call life.It is as such, ever-present in the way we build and shape the castle and life which we call our home.
    You can feel and see it, in the choices of your clothes, and other peoples fitness regime.
    It is persistent through our art choices and the way we train and live our very own healthy fit life.

    It is forever present inside our deeply individual thoughts, and it is perpetually stamped in the essence of our unique nature. Read on beyond the break and step into our lifestyle store where you can buy clothes and fine art and other lifestyle products, with art, design and photography by M & M.

  • Fitness school, question 44: What is the actual weight of one cm3 lean muscle mass, and will that weight per cm3 be able to also differ ever so minuscule between fit people and out of shape people (generally speaking that is).

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    A healthy life is a daily process created by making healthy science based choices.
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 44 in our School of Fitness.
    Time for a short and sweet little one.
    As stated in the subject line, lean muscle mass has another weight/density ratio than fat, so a body mass that is made up of more fat and less lean muscle mass will display a bigger mass at a lower body weight, while a body that has a greater amount of lean muscle mass will actually have a higher body weight compared to what its body mass might make you believe.

    Read on beyond the break and dwell deeper down into today's fitness school question.

  • Pressmeddelande: Biologiska mångfaldens dag 2019 tar en tur i naturen för en stund med naturfoto och fitness prat i Höga Kusten.

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    a Norse View & Scandinavian.fitness.
    Biologiska mångfaldens dag 2019, Höga Kusten, Sverige.

    Humlesafari, fladdermuslyssning, fjärilsbingo, krypletning och fågelvandring – den 22 maj uppmärksammas den internationella FN-dagen Biologiska mångfaldens dag med en mängd olika evenemang runt om i Sverige.

    Den årligen återkommande bmf dagen är numera en av Sveriges största naturhögtider och 2019 arrangerar naturorganisationer, kommuner, skolor, myndigheter,företag och privatpersoner över 200 aktiviteter runt om i landet, från Kiruna i norr till Ystad i söder. Det görs både för att visa upp vår artrika natur och för att uppmärksamma en av vår tids stora ödesfrågor – den oroväckande snabba förlusten av biologisk mångfald.

    I Höga Kusten arrangerar Mike från a Norse View och Scandinavian.fitness en dagstur ut i naturen där vi blandar naturfoto i en vacker insjömiljö och faktabaserat prat om kost, träning och hälsa.

  • Fitness school, question 42: Will maintained fitness reduce menstrual pain for the majority of women?

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    Fitness is built upon the science of you.
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 42 in our School of Fitness.
    Fitness has been established in scientific studies in the last few years as a health-improving daily life painkiller.
    Making it even better is the fact that it comes completely free of cost and nerve-wracking & time-consuming doctors appointment and unhealthy side-effects. Lowering pain and debilitating health issues such as arthritis while fortifying your lifespan and health.

    But is that tremendous gratis painkiller effect applicable to menstrual pain too?.

  • Wildlife Facts: Camelopardalis, 'The camel that could have been a leopard'.. What animal am I talking about right now?

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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.

  • Fitness school, question 41: The science of our human fitness anatomy. Scalenus Anterior, medius and posterior.

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    Fitness is built upon your own anatomy.
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 41 in our School of Fitness.
    Beneath the tasty, delicious joy and sexiness of a life built on plant-based food and fitness, the weights you lift, the miles you walk and run. The mountains you climb, and the sandbags you punch and kick there is not just a burning passion and increased life quality. Nor is it just a question of the enhanced health and joy you can touch and feel deep inside both body & mind.
    No, there is also this marvelously progressive thing called science. Because all the physical fitness things, the sweat and healthy living discipline that others see are ultimately powered by the all-encompassing facts of biological life.

  • Fitness school, question 40: The science of sugar and intestine tumors... In both mice & men.

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    Yet another study on food & health.

    Looking at the impact of sugar in food and beverages.

    Sugar is a much beloved sweetener. Craved like a lovers touch by most biological beings that dare to ever look into the abyss and allow its tastebuds to grace this natural force of addiction.

    But as much as all things living seemingly enjoy the taste of sugar and more modern artificial sweeteners. Scientifically speaking the bad health impact of sugar ( from obesity to diabetes and cancer risk, poor dental health and non existing nutritional value ) and other sweeteners have thankfully turned countless of humans into die hard "no sugar" please sentinels. So let us take a brief look at a brand new 2019 study and let us find out if this study too will add even more reasons to say no to sugar and other sweeteners in your food and beverages.

  • Fitness school, question 39: Telomeres, the fancy sounding tail that connects healthy fit aging with fitness activities. Dive right in as we take a look at recent studies.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 39 in our School of Fitness.
    I have talked about telomeres in years past, and fitness too obviously :).
    But such is the world of fitness, science, and health, it often revisits old "truths" and sometimes upends them because our knowledge has deepened, while new studies at other times will simply fortify and acknowledge what we already knew to be true.
    So what will happen today as we travel back to the world of that peachy sounding telomeres thingy that keeps wiggling its cute little tail inside of us? Let us find out.
    My Question:.
    For this particular study, published in European Heart Journal, Nov 2018, we´ll uncover what happens to the length of our telomeres when we do long distance endurance training, high-intensity sprint intervals, nothing at all or lift weights in a so-so way in the gym ( yeah, color me unimpressed by the strength plan in this study, but hold on to that thought as you read on because I will get back to the fairly inadequate strength training and why that too matters. ).
    The question, which option is the best for maintaining the length of our telomeres and what is the worst?.

  • Anthropocene & the survival of our brilliant but simpleminded species. Just another morning.

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    Breakfast stuff and morning thoughts.

    climate inaction is an existential threat.

    Nothing fancy or big worded to say today, I am just drinking some tasty fresh black coffee while various death metal songs keep pumping through my livingroom gear.
    Yes, what a glorious morning :).
    But while I am enjoying my morning routine, getting ready for the gym and my own workouts as well as the health and fitness regimes of today's PT clients I am also reading up on science and sustainability from around the world. And one of the pieces that stand out is a tonally laid-back piece by Swedish outlet DN. They spent the better part of a month or so following Swedish sustainability advocate Greta as she continues her quest to bring much-needed awareness to the sad state of the world and the essential, deep-rooted changes we as a species and global civilization urgently need to undertake.

  • Fitness school, question 38. Is obesity itself tied to diabetes type 2 and coronary artery disease?. Yes or no?.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 38 in our School of Fitness.
    Time for a short one.
    Obesity is no friend of the bettering of our health and longevity.
    Just as how the old school act of serious bulking never did anyone's health and fitness levels any favors. And pointing this scientific reality out is not about fat shaming. It´s about helping the world and its individuals turn the tide toward better health, and better fitness. And doing so does not remove peoples individual right to pick whatever body size and fat percentage that they so prefer.
    My Question:.
    We already know that obesity ( and a fat powered high BMI ) increases unhealthy factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. And it often increases depression, drowsiness and general sedentary choices. Which indirectly leads to worse health in numerous ways. But if a person with a high fat powered BMI is deemed healthy as far as those traditional markers are concerned is excess fat itself still bad?
    Put in another way, will a higher amount of excess body fat still lead to worse health even if your bloodwork turns out ok and you do not feel depressed and drowsy and you do hit the gym?.

  • Fitness school, question 37: Can something as simple as a reduction of daily walking decrease our lean muscle mass in a noticeable way in just 2 weeks time?

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 37 in our School of Fitness.
    Yes, it is once again time for you to put your thinking cap on before you proceed without hesitation through the hallway of healthy fit wonders and science :).
    You already know that keeping fit and lifting your weekly weights and doing your daily cardio is nothing but a rejuvenating choice. It's good for your strength, duh.. It is wondrously good for your harty heart health, and it aids your cognitive and creative processes. It scientifically speaking lowers depression and tardy drowsiness. And if you have been keeping up with me over the years, you also know that keeping fit on a regular weekly basis also lowers your physical age by quite a noticeable margin too.
    But even small ordinary things like taking a daily walk carries with it a huge life long health and fitness impact.

    My Question:.
    What happens with our skeletal lean muscle mass for people above 70 years of age if they take a few thousand steps more or less per day for 2 weeks time?.
    Read on to reveal just how big the impact of that tiny change can be below the break.

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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