Posts Tagged:Economy

The Great Transformation must be a socio-cultural one

Yesterday, German sociologist and social psychologist Harald Welzer, who is well known for his books and research on climate change and sustainability, visited Vienna’s new University of Economics and Business to give an interesting “WU Sustainability Controversies” talk on transformation processes. According to Welzer, we’re facing an extremely paradoxical task: An economic system based on…

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Who needs GDP? Focus on Well being and Ecological integrity!

Last week, Sigrid Stagl from the Vienna University of Economics and Business gave an interesting talk on ecological economics as part of the “Future Lectures” series. Based on the lecture series’ underlying theme of sustainability, earth system boundaries and human interference, she focused on two aspects of climate change and how ecological economics fits into…

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EARTHtalks: Dare to be great!

On Thursday May, 16th, the annual EARTHtalks brought together renowned speakers and many (especially young) people interested in climate change and the environment in Vienna’s imperial Hofburg. In her introductory remarks, Freda Meissner-Blau chose “We want a lively planet” as the theme for this inspirational event which is organized by NEONGREEN Network as an “Initiative…

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BC’s carbon tax is a success story for the economy and the climate

Last week, I also visited a Carbon Talks lecture on “BC’s Carbon Tax Shift: What’s Working? What’s Next?” where I got an insight into Sustainable Prosperity’s recent evaluation of BC’s carbon tax shift. BC’s carbon tax was introduced in July 2008 as North America’s first carbon tax. It started at a price of $10 per…

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On the state of the Canadian cleantech industry

Yesterday, I visited an information session by Céline Bak from Analytica Advisors on the launch of their “2012 Canadian Clean Technology Industry Survey” which will form the basis of their “2013 Canadian Clean Technology Industry Report”. This gave me the opportunity to gather some insights into the current state of the Canadian cleantech industry and…

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Three Important Statements on the Economic and Financial Crisis

There’s a lot to say about the current financial and economic crisis. When daily news on bankrupt European countries, US debt or increasing commodity prices are increasing global imbalances, it becomes more difficult to stay on top of things and make sound economic predictions. That’s why I’d like to share three recent intersting analyses: Nouriel…

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Flassbeck urges us to think holistically

At the end of June, Heiner Flassbeck visited the Kreisky-Forum to urge politicians to think holistically again as holistic thinking has disappeared from politics after the end of Keynesianism 30-40 years ago. In particular, Flassbeck criticized that politics ignores the logic of the global economy and that people didn’t benefit from the increases in productivity…

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