Posts Tagged:Environment

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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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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Good bicycle karma from Copenhagen

Yesterday, I visited Andreas Rohl’s free lecture on “Sticks, Carrots and Tambourines: Actively Learning from Copenhagen’s Transport Successes” at SFU Harbour Centre. Andreas Rohl is Copenhagen’s Bicycle Program Manager and recently joined Urban Systems for a temporary term in their Metro Vancouver office. In his lecture, Andreas Rohl talked about how Copenhagen became a cycling…

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Many ingredients for a sustainable lifestyle

Here in Vancouver, sustainability is not just a catch-phrase but has become an integral part of people’s daily lives. Therefore, I already visited the three-day EPIC Sustainable Living Expo in the impressive Vancouver Convention Centre on its first day to gain a diverse insight into the various facets of a sustainable lifestyle. During this weekend, more than…

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BC’s controversial energy topics: Fracking, tar sands, pipelines and tankers

Last weekend, I have attended an Earth Day panel discussion at the Vancouver Public Library where British Columbia’s most controversial energy topics were discussed. As BC is situated between Alberta’s dirty tar sands in the North and the energy-hungry United States in the South, the negative effects of possible pipeline leaks, tanker accidents and other…

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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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