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May 21, 2018

Unless we act now, scientists speculate that, due to unsustainable fishing practices, seafood may disappear by 2048 [1]. This would not only impact global food security, but also the global economy. The report "Reviving the Ocean Economy: The case for action - 2015" un...

October 31, 2017

It is rare for geologists to grab headlines, but of late the geology discipline has caught the attention of the press the world over. This is because we may be close to entering a new epoch on the Geological Time Scale – the Anthropocene – in recognition that humans ha...

May 22, 2017

In the late 1960s, Stanford Professor Walter Mischel conducted a series of experiments with children involving rewards in form of sweets. Children were given the option of either a small immediate reward or a larger reward if they waited for a defined period of ca. 15...

May 22, 2017

Kurzfristiges Denken, oder Kurzfrist-Denken, beschreibt die Tendenz von Menschen und Institutionen, kurzfristig erreichbare Gewinne überproportional höher als zukünftige Gewinne zu bewerten und wird zunehmend als eine der größten Herausforderungen der Menschheit bewert...

May 21, 2017

Using behavioural economics to inform policies has been on the rise in recent times. With the setting-up of “nudge units” across the United Kingdom and France, as well as the appointment of nudge pioneers Sunstein and Thaler to the White House, leaders are increasingly...

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