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January 31, 2020

Every week, Policy Shift will share a selection of recent articles and publications focused on public policy and innovation. This week's theme deals with natural capital, environmental protection and climate change.

This year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos had a strong focus on climate and the environment, with corporate initiatives and commitments to achieve carbon neutrality on the...

July 9, 2018

Most people rarely notice the air they breathe on a daily basis. However, in countries with poor air quality, ignoring this everyday pollutant can have serious and even fatal consequences. Air pollution is measured by the concentration of a “mixture of solid and liquid droplets suspended in the air”, better known as particulate matter (PM), and other naturally existing elements including CO, NO2,...

February 17, 2016

When Japan struck companies in 2008 with unconventional legislation (the “Metabo Law”) to tackle obesity, job seekers in good shape may have had doubts about adding the size of their waists to their CVs next to the “Experience” line. The Metabo Law sets guidelines for monitoring waistlines for citizens between 40 and 74. The law is targeted at companies, which could face penalties if they do not a...

October 25, 2015

"Virtù and luck are best friends—or maybe business partners. You need both to make stuff happen” - Machiavelli

By the time Norway was able to see the first drop of oil come out of the North Continental Shelf in 1971, after struggling for years of trial and error since 1962, the country realized that oil had to have a purpose and not be a purpose in itself. Little did the country know that the first...

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