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Climate change – a worldwide problem

About one week ago we came together as a group of 5 people from 3 countries. A mixed group from Australia, Indonesia and Germany. But why is it so important to be that international? It is because we are all affected by climate change, but each of us in a different way. We all have similar fears because we all suffer from it in a special way.

Even when Germany is not one of the countries which is being affected the most by climate change (due to its location in the temperate zone), changes happen. Except for the year 2003, 2015 was one of the hottest years in Germany with a big and long heatwave and record-breaking temperatures from about 36 degrees. This also means that the harvest times for farmers, e.g. for the wine growing will change. Soil erosion will get worse and storm tides will happen more often.

One of the worst things due to climate warming is that the Asian tiger mosquito, which can transfer illnesses like malaria, reached Germany this year.

Aedes Albopictus - the tiger mosquito can be infectous with Malaria and reached germany for the first time this year

Australia is already affected more and stronger by climate change by droughts, tropical cyclones, sea-level rise, heatwaves, bushfires and heavy rainfall. Heatwaves have become longer and hotter. The number of record hot days in Australia has already doubles since the 1990s! Those hotter and drier conditions have contributed to increase bushfire weather risk in southeast Australia. That means that the continued increases in hot and dry weather will likely increase the frequency of extreme fire danger days. In southwest and southeast Australia droughts are also likely to happen more often.

Global sea level has risen 0.2m over the last century and still continues. This will drive major impacts to costal cities.

Indonesia is also hit very hard by climate change. Such as severe droughts, annual floods and intense tropical storms. Floods in Jakarta used to be once every 5 years, but now it is every year.

The increase in seawater temperature is causing major stress on Indonesia’s marine life. Coral bleaching has been spotted throughout Indonesian waters. Deforestation has cause more soil erosion and mud floods across Indonesia’s rural areas as well.

Nørsk and Northern Lights

northern lights

Yesterday the team and I were visiting the Nørsk reconstruction area in Qassiarsuk, Greenland. From what I heard, this area is the best reconsruction zone in the world. This is a place where the Nørsk (Viking) came and settled in Greenland for several hundred years. In that reconstruction zone, we went to a church of Erik the Red. I am amazed with the church, because this Church is really small, only around 2 x 4 meter. Eventhough it is small, I feel it cozy and it has kind of sauna room smell, so it is familiar for me 😀 church

In that reconstruction zone, we met local boy named David, who lives in that place for summer, and he works as a “keykeeper“ in that area. He explained about the history of the place, where the Viking turned in Christianity back in 892 AD. The ruins were really amazing, I can not imagine how they moved such big stones around that era.

After some talks and discussion, we introduced our team and he is interested in the project, and he is willing to help us. So we had a dinner together and I asked about the Greenlandic cultrure. After the dinner, we continued our chat until somebody said “Hey, there is a Northren light“. We were so excited and decided to climb up the hill and spent 2 hours just enjoying the scenery.

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The northren light (Aurora Borealis) that we saw last night was so different, it was just so beautiful and so clear, we were lucky to have such a good weather! After spending 2 hours, taking pictures, enjoying scenery up in the hill, freezing, I managed to capture some great photos of the northern light!

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