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Graphic Series: Earthly Ideas, Life Cycle Analysis

Editor's note: This post is part of a series featuring Worldchanging ally Andy Lubershane's original graphics. While many of the issues covered in the comics have been discussed on Worldchanging in the past, we hope that you'll be able to use this new medium in a different way … whether it's in your classroom, on your office wall, or to help explain ideas to friends and family.

This week's cartoon describes Life Cycle Assessments. These measurements are helping people understand the big-picture story behind our stuff by exposing the resource use associated with every stage of a product's life, from design through disposal (or reuptake!). You can read lots of posts about Life Cycle Assessments and related issues in our collection Principle 4: Life Cycle Analysis, Embodied Energy and Virtual Water.


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Andy Lubershane researches, writes and cartoons about sustainability from his home in Boston. He can be reached at alubershane[at]gmail[dot]com.

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I love how this series uses comic-style graphics to illustrate complicated tools for sustainability. Keep it up!


Posted by: Annie Knight on 21 Jan 09

Kredit in der Krise der Dresdner Bank

Von Raivo Pommer

Schwere Eisengitter versperren den Eingang zum Silberturm der Dresdner Bank. Das Foyer dahinter ist dunkel. Bis vor wenigen Monaten arbeiteten in dem 166 Meter hohen Turm auf 32 Stockwerken fast 2000 Mitarbeiter der Konzernzentrale. Jetzt wird renoviert. Doch auch wenn das vorbei ist, wird womöglich keiner der Banker jemals wieder einen Fuß in das Gebäude setzen.

Im September hat die Commerzbank die Dresdner Bank gekauft und mit ihr den Turm. Martin Blessing, der erst drei Monate zuvor an die Spitze gerückt war, will aus Commerzbank und Dresdner Bank mit ihren 16Millionen Kunden ein Kreditinstitut auf Augenhöhe mit der Deutschen Bank bauen.

Doch nur fünf Monate später droht die Finanzkrise das Unternehmen zu zerreißen. Zweimal hat sich Blessing schon Kapital vom Staat geholt, insgesamt 18 Milliarden Euro, um die Übernahme der Dresdner überhaupt stemmen zu können. Doch ob das Geld reicht, weiß niemand.


Posted by: martin blessing story on 18 Feb 09

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