Category Archives: Sustainable Cities

From Bangladesh via New York and Wall Street to Stockholm

On a Sunday afternoon at the restaurant Vapiano in the Old Town of Stockholm , I met 33 years old Patrick Botlero.  He was born in Dhaka in Bangladesh, grew up in Queens, New York, worked in Wall Street and … Continue reading

Pollution in the air – Beijing smog

With Beijing’s pollution hitting the front pages once again I spoke with British journalist and senior editor of That’s Beijing magazine, Oscar Holland, about the smog and what the government is doing to counter it. Just how bad has the … Continue reading

Climate strategy is a welfare issue

Europe is facing a shift political agendas. This transition will place greater focus on welfare, in both the short- and long-term, and in both policy and action. The organizations and individuals involved in social dialogue feel that the political leadership … Continue reading

Prevent, recycle and reuse

As urban consumers our use of resources leaves a huge footprint on the planet. In Europe alone, 8 billion plastic bags find their way through to waste disposal systems, creating unnecessary environmental problems. The OECD expects that its member countries … Continue reading

Urban Dilemmas

The Stockholm riots have come as a shock to many commentators. Riots, they say, happen in grossly unequal, racially divided cities like London or Los Angeles, not in the supposed social utopia of Stockholm. But tensions have been mounting in … Continue reading

Almedalen 2013 – A slumbering welfare model “at risk”

We are now approaching the time for Sweden’s biggest political event – The Almedalen Political Week (June 30-July 7). An event on the island of Gotland in the Baltic sea which now brings together 20,000 participants from all Swedish political … Continue reading

Bankrupting Nature

As you may have noticed, a theme I return to time and time again on this blog is the disconnect between the scale of the environmental crisis we face globally – which, arguably could be more devastating, widespread and enduring … Continue reading

More than a drop of water

The problem of water in society goes far beyond rainfall. It is not enough to simply seek shelter under an umbrella.  The way that we use water has a profound impact on our planet. It is is inextricably linked to … Continue reading

Improve Human Health in World’s Growing Cities

Hyderabad (India), 15 October 2012 – Global urbanization will have significant implications for biodiversity and ecosystems if current trends continue, with knock-on effects for human health and development, according to a new assessment by the United Nations Convention on Biological … Continue reading

How did a 84,000 city in the south of Sweden reduce their Carbon Emission with 41 %

The figures for 2011 are now compiled and show the per capita carbon dioxide is now 2.7 tons of carbon dioxide compared to the 1993 levels. Their goal is to reduce it to 55% by 2015 and by 100% by … Continue reading