British economist Lord Skidelsky has published a book with his son called "How much is enough?". In it, the two recommend cutting down on consumption, guaranteeing a basic income and aspiring for happiness instead of wealth. They argue that the good life is not dependent on money and economic growth.Read more...
Europe and the rest of the world may be facing an epoch of cities, says Thomas Sevcik. The cities around the Alpine region could become among the most dynamic on the continent. The rest of Western Europe, however, is at risk of becoming an open-air museum of the 'good life'.Read more...
Paul Henderson, Manager of the Solid Waste Department for Metro Vancouver, spent two days touring Waste to Energy facilities in Switzerland. As his department looks to increase their waste diversion targets, the Swiss experience provides some useful lessons. But is it enough to overcome Canada's concerns?
For Horace Herring, energy efficiency is a very convenient policy, but it has been completely ineffective in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Drawing on the economic principle known as the 'rebound effect', the British academic believes that the monetary savings that arise from energy efficiency should be diverted into low carbon sources of energy, and not into increased consumption.Read more...
The building stock represents 40 per cent of non-renewable energy consumption. The technologies to reduce this, as well as those to capture the surplus production of solar energy, are available. Yet architects and investors alike often hesitate. A conference in Liechtenstein from 2-4 May 2012 wants to demonstrate that sustainability is a business model. An interview with Peter Droege, initiator of the Liechtenstein Congress on Sustainable Development and Responsible Investing (LISDAR).Read more...
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