Water governance: Flexibility, uncertainty and participation

Whenever I start a presentation about water governance, I ask the audience if they know what the price of a litre of tap water is. Usually the room goes quiet, shoulders shrug and only a few make a guess, usually an overestimation. ...

The politics of ugly buildings

In 1984, when the British government was planning to build a flashy modernist addition to the National Gallery in London, Prince Charles offered a dissenting view. The proposed extension, he said, resembled "a monstrous carbuncle ...

Striking a balance between climate action and social equality

At a referendum held in February, residents of Freiburg im Breisgau voted in favour of building a site in their city that will combine environmental and societal targets. The plan is supported by ICLEI – Local Governments ...

Why Alberta would be foolish to abandon carbon policy

Alberta's New Democratic Party government has had an aggressive carbon policy that's been central to its term in office. The carbon policy was meant to be a bookend to getting a pipeline built to tidewater so Alberta oil ...

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