Posts Tagged:Austria

City Pics: Graz

Last weekend I went to Graz, Austria’s second-largest city which is only a 2.5-hour train ride from Vienna. With its compact, walkable downtown as a UNESCO World Heritage site and its mediterranean character, Graz is probably Austria’s most beautiful city and also one of its most vibrant. As the New York Times recently stated, “you…

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My Year in Review: 2013

As it’s the last day of the year, I want to take this opportunity to look back at some of my personal moments of 2013 which has been a year of transitions, challenges, learning and so many great and diverse experiences for me. Let’s do this chronologically and with some pictures: January started with a…

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Climate Change in the City

At the recent Smart Cities Week in Vienna, Fritz Reusswig from the renowned Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research talked about the impact of climate change on cities. Climate change is here, we are on track to an unprecedented 4-6°C temperature increase until 2100 and climate change adaptation and mitigation are both necessary, just to…

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Do Smart Cities make Stupid Citizens?

I recently visited the Smart Cities Week in Vienna where various aspects of smart cities were discussed and many Austrian smart cities and smart regions shared their best practice examples, challenges and experiences. For Austria as a country of small cities (except Vienna) with very diverse structures it is important to break down the global…

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Austria’s huge energy, climate and environmental challenges

This year, Greenpeace Austria celebrates its 30th birthday (me too). To celebrate this anniversary, Greenpeace hosted a discussion on future challenges for Austria’s energy, climate and environmental policy in the Austrian Parliament where its CEO Alexander Egit once again put the main challenges for our new government into a nutshell. At the end of the…

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Austria needs more organic farming!

I was quite surprised when I found out today that the number of subsidized organic farmers in Austria has recently declined despite the apparent boom of organic food. In particular, insufficient subsidies for the transition from conventional to organic farming and missing political support contribute to this negative development. This is even more surprising as…

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Climate Change Adaptation: Austrians are Ready to Act!

Climate change adaptation and mitigation are the two main pillars of effective climate policies. Nevertheless, despite the importance of a comprehensive adaptation strategy for Austria’s tourism and agricultural sectors, large parts of the media and the public ignore this topic. Last year, I participated in a survey on “Climate change adaptation in Austria” conducted by…

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