The Tide is High

What future for International Climate Politics? While sea levels rise, nations dispute over how to avoid the pending climate calamity. But will it be enough to simply reduce emissions, or should we start to consider the alternatives?

Smart City Life

More and more people live in urban areas and cities are still the prime catalysts of national economic well-being. Building new and efficient cities has therefore become one of the crucial challenges of any government. We want to debate how these new “smart cities” should look like and function.

The sense-able city

We don’t need to build new cities – a simple reboot of the existing ones will do. An account of human sensors and smart trash:

Utopolis

Building new, efficient and successful cities is the 21st century’s Space Race. There are no ready-made solutions for “smart cities”, but a lot to be learned from our past mistakes. Three easy steps for a smart urban future:

Plan B

While the “pay now or pay more later” logic may not appeal to the “climate justice” sentiments voiced at the last climate summit, it could help to motivate the actions needed to satisfy its goals.

Do the Right Thing !

Ignoring the history of emissions would be a mistake. But allowing economic concerns to swamp moral ones is an even bigger one.

Down The Road

By searching for climate governance only in the international arena, we risk missing the signs that can lead us in new, and potentially much more productive, directions.

The Fewer, The Better

The UN’s all-encompassing climate track yields little. What we need are smaller and more flexible “climate clubs”.

Pie in the Sky

International Climate Politics might have shortcomings but a world with weak commitments is still better than one without any commitments at all.

The Boiling Point

England’s water consumers are being ripped off. High leakage rates and the privatization of the water supply have provoked a price explosion. Time to bring the water supply back into public hands.

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Communication Quarantine

Secretly checking emails, twittering from the restroom, online 24/7. How addicted to the "social media" phenomenon have we become? Markus Albert attempts to find out himself.

Google Almighty

Social media and Google are quickly becoming invaluable to our lives. By breaking with old structures, the little start-up emerged as the most dominant force of the Internet Age.

The Highlanders' Way

The Scottish National Party is governing from Edinburgh. Their central aim: independence from England. But this does not necessarily spell doom for the UK. Instead, we might see the emergence of new forms of partial sovereignty.

Tales from the Shire

The German federal government is relinquishing power to the EU in Brussels. Yet encouraged by the success of regional autonomy movements elsewhere, Bavarians want to bring politics back to Southern Germany - and closer to the people.

Moscow, Get Ready for Trouble

The long shadow of the Soviet Union can be felt even today. Around Russia, former republics and part-republics are experiencing turmoil across national and ethnic borders. If Moscow is not careful to play her cards right, destabilizing forces could soon become energized.

There is Always Room for Mysteries

Our understanding of the universe is continuously expanding. But every question that is solved only leads to new questions. Alexander Goerlach talked to Sir Martin Rees about astronomy, scientific certainty, and the role of religion in contemporary society.

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