European parliament elections

The elections to the European parliament turned out to be a success for the smaller parties in many of the member states, not the least the green parties. Among the more unexpected outcomes was also the fact that the newly founded Pirate Party of Sweden got enough votes to get a seat in the European parliament.

The unspeakable population problem

John Feeney has written on BBC World about the population problem, a problem that is just a little too hot for being a central part in the debates regarding a sustainable development in the future. In reality, the topic is the same as in the days of Thomas Malthus, but maybe the subject is more volatile today than it was back then?

Source: BBC World

Returning tropical rainforests a new debate issue

When smaller farms are abandoned, the tropical forests get new space. These "secondary forests" have now started to be used as an argument in the debate on rainforest deforestation and the impact on climate change.

Source: International Herald Tribune

The problem with Swiss nudist hikers

The Swiss cantonal government of Appenzell Innerrhoden wants a new law in place to cope with the rise in popularity of nudist mountain hiking.

I must admit that until I read this news, I hadn't even reflected over the possibility that it was something that existed, and definitely not something that apparently has become so prevalent that the canton sees it as a problem. To be perfectly honest, I'm almost as surprised - if not more - to read that it apparently under current Swiss law is perfectly legal. As for the actual question at hand, I don't know what to say.

France's turn to lead EU

From 1 July France holds the rotating EU presidency and for the coming six months it's up to french president Nicholas Sarkozy to try to steer the EU, a task that is made more complicated by the Irish no to the proposed reform treaty. Nevertheless he has ambitious plans for the future of the union. Beside trying to solve the administrative crisis brought on by the Irish referendum, high on the list are also the Mediterranean Union project and the climate.

Source: Tagesschau.de