Kipp-Punkt zwei Grad voraus

Die Erderwärmung soll zwei Grad Celsius nicht übersteigen, lautet das Ziel der internationalen Klimapolitik. Die Folgen einer Überschreitung sind ungewiss – und genau das ist das Problem.

Die Erderwärmung soll zwei Grad Celsius nicht übersteigen, lautet das Ziel der internationalen Klimapolitik. Die Folgen einer Überschreitung sind ungewiss – und genau das ist das Problem. read more

Making a difference with knowledge – but how?

Many researchers who dedicate themselves to the issue of sustainability are disappointed because their scientific findings rarely lead to practical action.

The numerous attempts at practically-oriented research undertaken to date have proven incapable of solving the problem of how to transfer knowledge. And for that reason, we are taking a new route. By examining the few successful research projects in practice… read more

When the rebound just gets harder and harder

Improving energy efficiency is often cited as the key to a more sustainable society. But this equation has a crucial snag: a paradox phenomenon known as ‘rebound’.

In his 1865 book, “The Coal Question”, British economist and philosopher William Stanley Jevons made a remarkable observation. Although the steam engine introduced by James Watt had functioned far more efficiently with coal than its predecessor model by Thomas Newcomen… read more

Not considering a Plan B is irrational and dangerous

Sigrid Stagl was the first person in the world to be awarded a PhD in the new field of ‘Ecological Economics’. In this interview, she talks about the dilemmas of her discipline, false incentives, and the role of economic growth.

Professor Stagl, in 1999 you were the first person in the world to be awarded a doctorate in Ecological Economics. What’s the difference between Ecological Economics and ‘normal’ Economics? Stagl: We refer to a ‘preanalytic vision’ as being the starting-point… read more

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