Tag Archive: Development

Chinas Future City – Back to the Past

The world is embracing change and planning for the future technology and lifestyles. Just how will for example cities of the future look like? In Tianjin, China builds its vision of such a city and somehow misses the point.
While numerous communities are making successful efforts to move from a car friendly to a human friendly, walkable and cyclable city design, China’s planers seem to pursue an hopelessly outdated US model from the 70s with huge car thoroughfares, parking lots everywhere and basically no way to move around without cars. Granted, the roads are supposed to be occupied by electric …

Electricity in Rural Areas – Forget About Diesel Generators

The constant fall in solar panel prices claims a prominent victim in rural areas of developing countries. Electricity produced by solar panels is now about half the price compared electricity produced by a Diesel generator. Consider noise and pollution reduction and you can easily see a whole new and potentially huge market for solar panels. Only in India there are a quarter of a billion people without access to the grid, which delivers electricity for about half the price of a solar panel – if it delivers at all. Given the frequent power cuts, solar power may soon even …

Good Green Policy in Times of Global Change

Recently a study comparing attitudes to green development have come to some very interesting conclusions. Basically, many North Americans perceive green development, energy efficiency measures and environmental protection regulations as a burden for the economy; in short a luxury in tough times. Europeans on the other hand recognise that the green industry is featuring above-average growth and jobs and that efficiency regulations will not only reduce foreign dependency but also save billions of Euros; a smart investment in tough times. This notable difference showed in negotiation positions in Durban. Europe was moving forward, uniting a grand coalition of climate …

Sustainable Development Indicator

How can human development be measured? GDP is limited to measuring economic activity and thus fails to take into account other essential indicators of human well being. Accounting for life expectancy and schooling besides economic performance, the Human Development Index (HDI) is already more comprehensive but still lacks one essential component: sustainability. What is the highest income, perfect education and health good for, if the worlds natural resources are depleted and the planet’s ability to sustain life is ruined? Climate change and excessive carbon emissions probably being the single most dangerous long term threats to decent human life conditions, …

Indonesia – Turtles win Against Road

On the Indonesian part of Papua New Guinea, turtles backed by locals and environmental organisations have the upper hand over the trans-Papua highway. The latter’s planed course will be altered for about 70km in order to let the endangered species, with up to 700kg weight the biggest turtle in the world, live in their habitat.
ON-green-policy! It’s not a common event that the interest of nature outweighs development planning and it is all the more welcomed on this site. Pressure, particularly if applied by international organisations can significantly alter politicians’ cost and benefits calculations and thus trigger policy change. This …