Environmental statusHow is the environmental status of the globe? Are we all doomed because we destroy our planet, or is it hope? Is the global warming really happening or is it a big fraud?
My aim with this site is to present the most vital statistics for the Worlds environmental status as easily accessible time series.
TransparentThe data are fully transparent; you can follow the links to the data sources back to the origin, and you can have the operations made on the data explained in the ‘Help’ section. If you like, you can also examine the operation yourself in the source code.
Environmentalism and climate change are big issuesClimate policy and environmentalism are big issues in our time. They are huge in both complexity, cost and the impact they have on ordinary people’s lives. The global warming issue has been become especially polarized; some people think it is a swindle, and other think it is the greatest threat humanity has ever faced.
Damaging polarizationDifferent opinions about complex issues is a normal, and usually positive, thing because it creates an arena for fruitful debates in which we can learn from and help decision makers to take better decisions. Nevertheless, if the fronts are too polarized, the people on each side stop listening to each other arguments, and mistrust grows. This is the opposite of fruitfulness. I think the polarization in the climate debate has become so huge that it is damaging to our society. I hope to contribute to more understanding by providing objective and easily accessible information on the subjects.
Contact meYou can send me a private message using the form below. You can also send me an e-mail.
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My positionSo what is my position in these issues, am I an environmentalist or a skeptics or something in between? Well, first of all I do not think it should matter. I do not ask you to trust me; Trust my data, I just make data from other sources available.
Anyway, my position in the global warming debate is that I think the global warming is real and a serious threat. Furthermore, I think IPCC does a very good job. The five assessment reports describe, in my opinion, the current scientific status in an objective and balanced manner.
Enabler to better understandingOn the other hand, I think most journalist do a very bad job on this issue. Sensations sell best, but reading sensational articles are not a very good source to orienting oneself on the issue.
I hope to make a difference by being an enabler to better understanding.
Some personal informationI am a Norwegian guy living outside Oslo. I am married with four kids whom I am immensely proud of, and also four grandchildren whom I am equally proud of.
I have my education from University of Oslo where I took a "Master" in physics and computer science back in 1989. Well, back then no Master existed in Norwegian Universities, but my degree "cand. scient." is pretty similar.
I have worked some years in Telenor research on computer simulations and time series analysis. The purpose of my work was to analyze telecommunication traffic so we could be able to scale the network elements in time. That kind of analysis has much in common with analysis of temperature records. One of my observations was that there are numerous ways to draw wrong conclusions from such statistics, and that is a major reason why I still think it is worthwhile to listen to, and have discussions with, some of the well informed sceptics. I do not share their view though.
My current employee is an international financial institution.
Apart from my family, I have four passions in life: cross-country skiing, cross-country biking, half-marathon running, and boat-life. I use a considerable part of the summer to sail along the Scandinavian coastlines in my old motorboat.
Me and my boat
Some exotic fish I caugth, enough for a small meal
Some of my other interests:
I have an electric car and have made some reflections about the benefits and drawbacks.
Some sites in Norwegian
Our old boat.
Winter is for skiing.
Jan Kjetil Andersen