climate policy

Helga Nowotny, Matti Bunzl:
The Cunning of Uncertainty

[See the video in full length] Drawing on her studies of science and technology, as well as her experience as the President of the European Research Council – Europe’s leading funding organization for fundamental research – Helga Nowotny shows in her new book The Cunning of Uncertainty, published in October 2015, how science thrives on …
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The Uncanniness of Climate Change

Noam Chomsky recently diagnosed major changes in our consciousness due to global warming that challenge the way we think about what it means to live a “good life”. We have the option either to accept the pressure to consume and accumulate as many commodities as possible or to strive for a world of solidarity and …
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G. M. Tamás:
Solidarity & Capitalism: Is Solidarity Just a Dream in a Reified Society?

One of the most enduring topoi of political philosophy is that particular interests and passions, combined with ignorance, are the major obstacles in the way of a rational ordering of public affairs. The whole idea is inspired by the hypothesis that passions are necessarily selfish and that reason is not. The assumption that there are …
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Nancy Fraser:
Crisis, Critique, Capitalism.
A Framework for the 21st Century

[See the video in full length] The current sense of crisis–in economy, ecology, politics, and society–is prompting many critical theorists to revisit the problem of capitalism. In her lecture, Nancy Fraser saluted this return to core issues of social theory after a period of neglect. But received understandings of capitalism are not adequate to 21st …
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Europa im Diskurs:
Wozu brauchen wir TTIP?

Mehrere Jahre verhandelten EU und USA unter Ausschluss der Öffentlichkeit über ein transatlantisches Freihandelsabkommen (TTIP). Dieses sollte – durch den Abbau von Handelshemmnissen und die Angleichung gesetzlicher Regelungen – die Wirtschaft auf beiden Seiten des Atlantiks ankurbeln und zusätzliche Arbeitsplätze schaffen. Kritiker befürchten jedoch, dass damit eine Erosion von Sozial-, Umwelt- und Verbraucherschutzstandards sowie eine …
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Sebastian Oberthür:
EU Leadership on Climate Change – Responding to Internal and External Challenges

  EU leadership in the international fight against climate change was shaken at the Copenhagen Summit in 2009 which failed to establish a post-2012 agreement. As the geopolitics of climate change evolve, the Europe struggles to reinvigorate its leadership. Which steps can and should it take domestically to this end? Which international alliances hold promise …
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Annemieke Hendriks, Michaela C. Theurl:
Mythos Nachhaltigkeit. Die absurde Welt der Tomate

Sind regional angebaute Tomaten besser, gesünder oder wenigstens nachhaltiger als jene, die von weit her importiert werden? Viele Menschen möchten das gerne glauben, speziell in Österreich und Deutschland. Aber die Welt der Tomaten ist voller hartnäckiger Mythen und unbequemer Wahrheiten. Die niederländische Journalistin Annemieke Hendriks verfolgte mehr als sieben Jahre lang den Lebensweg der Tomate …
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Helga Kromp-Kolb:
Die Klimakrise – unsere Entscheidung

Vienna Humanities Festival 2019 Helga Kromp-Kolb im Gespräch mit Karl Kienzl September 29, 2017, Stadtkino Die letzten Jahre waren die heißesten, die je in Österreich gemessen wurden. Auch jenseits unserer Grenzen verursachen Extremwetterereignisse Unheil. Hurricanes werden mächtiger, Gletscher verschwinden, der Meeresspiegel steigt. Helga Kromp-Kolb ist Österreichs bekannteste Klimaforscherin. Im Gespräch mit Karl Kienzl vom Umweltbundesamt …
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Eva Horn:
Air Conditioning.
A Cultural History of Climate Control

Air conditioning—the possibility of “fixing” the air’s temperature at will—is one of the oldest dreams of man­kind. It means creating a world without heat or cold, rain or snow, without suffocating humidity or dusty winds. Climate control allows for a life with­out weather, without meteorological contingencies and surprises, extreme weather events, seasonal changes, or locally …
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Dipesh Chakrabarty:
The Climate Question

Dipesh Chakrabarty’s IWM Lectures in Human Sciences 2014 adressed the anthropogenic climate change and its implications for historical and political thinking. Lecture I: Between Globalization and Global Warming: Towards a History of the Present One of the main questions that this lecture addressed was whether the phenomenon of global warming challenges some of the main …
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