Democratic governments are complex dynamic collections of people with diverse ideas working with and against each other in response to a multitude of internal and external forces in an increasingly complex world. Such groups can really only be expected to slowly move forward via messy compromise. Why then would we expect governments to act decisively […]
Climate protests are becoming increasingly regular and their message appears to be aimed primarily at government. However, we are all, protestors included, contributing to the problem by consuming food, energy, clothing and by moving around. And while there are things governments could do, they appear to be largely damned if they do and damned if […]
There is little we can predict, particularly where complex systems are involved. However, in the face of impossible uncertainty, some of us claim, often quite vigorously, to know the future – if we do this then this will happen. The world seems to put a premium on answers. Some, like politicians, business leaders, consultants and […]
Is animal behaviour on the whole as bad as despicable human behaviour? And if it isn’t why do we use this expression? What do you think? For more stories like this on Switzerland follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Both are exquisite and irreplaceable but only one can be rebuilt. In 2017, 158,000 km2 of tropical forest was destroyed, much of it on purpose. This is an area more than half the size of Italy. In addition, tropical forests could be critical for our survival. They hold carbon, support irreplaceable ecosystems and might contain […]
Ageing demography leads to population decline and reduced consumption, which eases the impact of humans on the environment. However, most analysis on the subject presents this as a problem, something to be actively reversed. If we really care about climate change and long term human survival, wouldn’t learning to embrace and adapt to ageing societies […]
In Switzerland, emissions taxes, such as the one on home heating fuel, do two things. They make it more expensive to pollute and they redistribute income – every resident in Switzerland gets an equal share of the tax collected in the form of a deduction from their health insurance premiums. The redistributive element of this […]
To make the numbers work, pay-as-you-go state pensions require a high ratio of workers, who pay into the system, to retirees, who get money out. This leads some governments with growing populations of pensioners to push for higher birth rates. However, according to a climate report by Lund University having one less child is the […]
In Switzerland, like much of the world, far more men than women are overweight or obese. In Switzerland more than twice as many men (42%) as women (20%) are overweight or obese. 62% of men in Switzerland between the ages of 50 to 64 are obese or overweight. The same figure for women is 40%, […]
Debate, the art of finding narratives to support a chosen position or ideology, sits at the heart of much in politics. But competing narratives can be far apart and at odds with reality. In such cases, how useful is debate? For more stories like this on Switzerland follow us on Facebook and Twitter.