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Cycle City Vienna: Planning and Paving the Way

Cycle City Vienna: Planning and Paving the Way

  “We want to make our city a better place to live in and bikes can play a key role,” says Alec Hager of the Vienna Cycle Lobby. Green in an era of smog and climate change, healthy in an era of obesity, and economic in an age of austerity, a vibrant cycling culture can […]

Green Austria: Smoke and Mirrors?

Green Austria: Smoke and Mirrors?

Meeting the 2020 Kyoto Protocol targets has been a struggle for many countries. Some have scaled back their original commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; others have withdrawn entirely. In emerging markets, most notably China, emissions are on the rise. In China a new coal-fired power station is being built every few days. In Austria, […]

Ljubljana and Bydgoszcz Candidates for Green Award

Ljubljana and Bydgoszcz Candidates for Green Award

The Slovenian capital and Bydgoszcz, a north-central city in Poland, were two of eight candidate cities announced for the 2015 European Green Capital award. The other candidate cities include Bristol, Brussels, Dublin, Glasgow, Kaunas, and Kutahya in northwestern Turkey. A European Commission initiative, the yearly designation is awarded to the city promoting environmentally friendly urban […]

Discovering the Kingdoms in the Clouds

Discovering the Kingdoms in the Clouds

In these austere times, it’s refreshing to realise that sometimes the most valuable European travel experiences are also the cheapest – such as trekking across the Alps and staying in mountain refuges. These huts stretch in a long chain from Slovenia and Austria in the east to the Maritime Alps of France in the west. […]

Challenge in Copenhagen

On the eve of the Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen, a new global agreement on how to curb carbon emissions and limit global warming to no more than two degrees Celsius by 2050 remain huge. Many complex issues are on the negotiating table, and no agreement is yet in sight. Poor countries most threatened […]

More Walls Still to Fall

The German people, and the whole world alongside them, are celebrating a landmark date in history, the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Not many events remain in the collective memory as a watershed that divides two distinct periods. The dismantling of the Berlin Wall – that stark, concrete symbol of a […]

Climate and the Invisible Hand

The Global Editor’s Forum in Copenhagen opened Oct. 9, just as the Bangkok Climate Change Talks concluded in a tangle to frustration: polar positions on environmental safeguards – central to any meaningful agreements – had paralysed the discussions. Emotions were heated and tempers flared. “The whole discussion had the feeling of setting up a safety […]

Electric Cars & Sustainability

The key to climate change control lies in improved technology. We need to find new ways to produce and use energy, meet our food needs, transport ourselves, and heat and cool our homes that will allow us to cut back on oil, gas, coal, nitrogen-based fertiliser, and other sources of the climate-changing greenhouse gases. There […]

The Anti-Intellectual Threat

In recent years, the United States has been more a source of global instability than a source of global problem-solving. Examples include the war in Iraq launched by the U.S. on false premises, obstructionism on efforts to curb climate change, meager development assistance and the violation of international treaties such as the Geneva Conventions. While […]

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