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Vienna’s Secret Spring Getaways

Vienna’s Secret Spring Getaways

Once again the countryside surrounding Vienna is awash with spring colour. From forested hills with bright green canopies of beech and oak, to romantic gardens adorning majestic castles, there are some charming places for a day’s getaway. And get away I did – with daypack dusted and family enlisted – determined to discover the most […]

Pesticides and Bees

Pesticides and Bees

      Policies for Hundi and Sumsi, 7 May by Renate Graber There is something to comparing people with animals. We are now aware, thanks to our left-footed Environment Minister [Nikolaus Berlakovich], that the environment is vital for animals – and they are more important than either pesticides or business. After the turbulent days […]

Citizens buy out solar

EVN’s (Energie Versorgung Niederösterreich) second solar energy initiative was a runaway success. To finance a restructuring of the energy mix in Lower Austria, the company sold off solar panels (good for 13 years) to residents and the leases them back. Within 24 hours the 2,000 solar panels in the Schönkirchen solar plant, in the district […]

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 […]

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