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I sometimes complain that our political elites have lost all long-term vision focused as they are on feeding the quick-news-hungry media with sexy soundbites which have little value for the societal challenges these policy makers are supposed to tackle. It is therefore very encouraging that, occasionally , there is a political figure who manages to… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Commission President Barroso today (25 Jan) expressed his support for a Davos declaration on the Millennium Development Goals and promised to “discuss with Member States the importance of scaling up aid budgets”. By putting this issue in the context of “financial aid”, developed countries can feel good about themselves. They are helping (or at least… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Finland is the world’s greenest country and Swedisch capital Stockholm the best city to live in, according to a study by environmental economist Matthew Kahn published in Readers’ Digest. The study is based on data from two original sources: the UN 2006 Human Development Index and the 2005 Environmental Sustainability Index. Measuring welfare beyond GDP seems to… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Europe’s economic growth is producing more carbon emissions but this is not making us happier, according to a new European Happy Planet Index presented by UK think tank New Economics Foundation (nef) yesterday. “What is the point if we burn vast quantities of fossil fuels to make, buy and consume ever more stuff without noticeably… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Now, here is a tip for the new French government of President Sarkozy and his “sustainable development” superminister Alain Juppé: scrap the 35-hour-week and make it a 32-hour-week to save the planet! To be honest, this is not my recommendation, as I am a 60-hour-week workaholic myself, but it is part of the political programme… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Former US President Bill Clinton announced the creation of a 5 billion $ programme for making existing building in 15 major cities more energy-efficient. Great, but why is it that all these Presidents and Prime Minister always wake up AFTER they have been in power? I wonder what “green cause” Tony Blair will embrace. More… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer