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Day care for mothers

Which came first, working mothers or day care centres? More mothers in the workforce generally spur the development of childcare facilities. In this study of four of the wealthier OECD countries–Canada, Finland, Sweden and the UK–where three out of four women between the ages of 25 and 54 hold down jobs, the Swedish experience suggests that without publicly-assisted childcare, the upper limit for female employment would be around 60%.

EST: blueprint for better transport

Can anything be done to tackle transport problems and steer them to a more manageable level? There has been no shortage of trying.

Transport troubles

Transport is a cornerstone of modern civilisation, but at what cost? Heavier than you might think.

Road congestion: What's the deal?

Road congestion and pollution are a fact of life in cities and towns, but road pricing could stop it from being an inevitable one.  

Sustainability is good business

Sustainability, the triple bottom line of economic profitability, respect for the environment and social responsibility: these are the new buzzwords of many a corporate annual report. Global companies everywhere are falling over themselves to declare their adherence to the principles of sustainable development. Is this a new moral crusade on the part of big business, or simply the result of pressure from demonstrators like those in Seattle and Genoa?

2020: a clearer view for the environment

Environmental issues feature highly on the international agenda. What are the main threats, and what does the future hold?