Growth – Not a German Prioritiy Anymore

As the global economic crisis frightens people all over the world, destroys jobs and shatters public and private finances, growth seems to be the universally accepted solution. And this notwithstanding the fact that there is little doubt that economic growth cannot be sustained forever, at least not on a planet with limited resources. Another issue…

Solar Panels replace Diesel Generators in India

The constant fall in solar panel prices claims a prominent victim: Diesel powered generators. Electricity produced by solar panels is now about half the price compared to electricity produced by a Diesel generator. Consider noise and pollution reduction and you can easily see why a new and potentially huge market for solar panels is emerging…

Mafia – An Italian City Stands Up

Mafia activity is still very significant in Italy, particularly in the South, where most businesses are forced to pay racket. Now in a combined effort, all the little shops and businesses of the town of Ercolano have decided to stand up to organised crime and stop paying the common “protecting fee” to the local Mafia….

What Economic Crisis – Fairtrade is Booming

Economic crisis seems to be the order of the day, double dip recession is looming. But wait, this page is dedicated to bright news and just so you know: Everything is not bad. For one, notwithstanding the conservative media campaign and some to be expected failures in a young and dynamic industry, green jobs are…

Nuclear Power – Must not be Labelled CO2-Free

Nuclear power is said to make a big comeback because it claims to be CO2-friendly and would allow producing CO2-free electricity. Now, the commission for fair publicity in Switzerland has decided that a nuclear power plant cannot claim its produced electricity to be free of CO2-emissions. According to the commission, such a claim cannot be…

Gold – Mining and Buying Fair

With fair-trade food now heading mainstream, other fair-trade resources are following suit. One of the first certified gold mines belongs to the cooperative of Santa Filomena in southern Peru. In order to being awarded the certificate, which allows for 10% higher prices, the mine has to pay better wages and must not evade taxes. Also,…

Minimal Wages – Helping People Without Bothering the Economy

Minimal wages have a rather bad reputation among real and would be economists. They argue that increasing salaries for low qualified jobs make them unprofitable. Hence, by increasing minimal wages, employees would find themselves with no income at all instead of enjoying higher wages. Well, in science, a theory is only good until it is…

CO2-Taxes in Canada – It Works

According to Stephen Harper, Prime Minister Taxes on CO2 and higher energy prices screw everybody. Well, apparently not British Columbians. Three years ago the province introduced a gradually rising tax on CO2 emissions and thus energy while redistributing the additional money back to the people by lowering income taxes. Heavy polluters had to pay more…

Switzerland – More Jobs Than Candidates

While unemployment is still uncomfortably high in the US and most parts of Europe, youth unemployment is truly frightening. Not so in Switzerland where a majority of teenagers complete a paid 3-4 year long apprenticeship while attending classes in public professional schools for 1-2 days per week. This system not only produces very well formed…

Corruption – Great Britain Targets the World

Great Britain recently adopted the Bribery Act aimed at fighting corruption. And contrasting to ordinary national law, the act targets any individuals or corporations that have any sort of link to Great Britain such as employing British nationals, dealing with British firms or being founded as a Ltd under British law. Basically Great Britain takes…