Category: Blogs

Co-fire us in to the 21st century

Guest blog by Kevin Daun, MTK311, HT19 Europe is in many aspects doing a great job with green initiative policies being implemented throughout the union, and in doing so keeping and greenhouse gas emission to minimalistic levels. Last year we had the lowest recorded…

Algae, biofuels of the future?

Guest blog by Daniel Israelsson, MTK311 HT19 The time we live in is marked by discussions about how to solve the problem of switching to biofuels, but at the same time not using our cultivable arable land or adversely affecting animals and nature. But…

Small scale biogas plant

Guest blog by Linus Österdahl Wetterhag, MTK311 HT19 After receiving a phone call from my dear friend Mr Andersson asking me how he could increase the sustainability of his farm I was very excited. He provided me with some facts about his farm and…

Make your home more ECO

Guest blog by Josef Bares, MTK311 HT19 When I was a child I was always very enthusiastic about ecology and saving our environment, because I grew up in the small village and nature was inherent part of my life since today. Trash sorting, saving…

Sustainable agriculture for renewable biomass production: what, why and how?

Guest blog by Mazin Al-Hashimi, MTK311 HT19 Agriculture is both part of the problem and part of the solution to climate change. Cultivation and food production as most of the other human activities, affects the environment. Food production accounts for up to 35% of…

Are we on track to limit global warming to 1.5°C above the pre-industrial level?

Figure 1. Two main pathways for limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels are discussed in IPCC’s Special Report. The pathways are: stabilizing global temperature at, or just below, 1.5°C (left) and global temperature temporarily exceeding 1.5°C before coming back down later…

How come that an increase of the global average temperature of 1.5°C has such enormous effects on life on earth?

When I think about global warming I sometimes think about the temperature of the human body. When it is healthy the body temperature ranges between 36.5–37.5 °C. A temperature above 37.5°C is referred to as a fewer, signalling that the body isn’t well. An…

Why is 1.5°C so important?

Illustration from FAQ1.2, summary of FAQs in IPCC AR5 At the decade 2006-2015, human activity had caused the global average temperature had increased by 0.87°C (+/-0.12°C) compared to pre-industrial times (1850-1900). In 2015 a majority of the counties in the world gathered in Paris…

The urgency of the climate crisis – but there is (little) hope on the way

Most of us have heard about climate change caused by anthropogenic (man-made) greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and the effects that a further increase of the global temperature from today 0.99°C to 1.5°C, 2°C and beyond will have for all mankind. What we haven’t sufficiently…

First steps towards an environmental blog, the Environmentalization

This blog is the product of our expanding portfolio of on-line courses in environmental engineering at Malardalen University in Sweden. We are currently offering a range of courses on undergraduate and graduate levels, ranging from Introduction to environmental engineering to energy and natural resources,…