Where did your last swallow's nest come from? - CSH

Where did your last swallow’s nest come from?


May 7, 2020

Get lost in the new CSH Import / Export Dashboard 

 

Curtain up for our newest tool:

 

The CSH Import Export Dashboard, another data visualization by our vis expert Wolfgang Knecht and his brother Martin.

 

The tool is based on data from Statistik Austria, carefully edited and updated by our research collaborator and newly gained Associate Faculty member Beate Conrady (born: Pinior) from the University of Veterinary Medicine.

 

Turtle eggs, wool fat, and human hair

 

These data are a box of wonders for curious people like me.

 

Who would have thought for instance, that Austria imported 5.5 tons of turtle eggs and “swallow’s nests” from France last year? (Why France is a question that remains open). Actually, I just learned that swallow’s nests are not at all swallow’s nests, but the nests of Mrs. Swallow’s bigger sisters, the Salanganes (admittedly I did not even know what a salangane is before I run an Ecosia search after having spotted the line “turtle eggs, salanganes nests etc.” in product group 4 of the dashboard…).

 

While still wondering about where all those turtles live whose eggs are plundered, I see another strange entry:

 

Wow, the amount of human hair we import! According to the dashboard, most of it comes from Italy and Singapore. Why on Earth is hair from Italy so much cheaper? The 7.6 tons we import from our southern neighbor is worth 4.1 million Euros, while Austrian hair importers have to pay 9.6 million for the 5 tons of hair shipped to Austria from Singapore.

 

I am sure I would find explanations for that, if I was not distracted by my next search.

 

I will never understand how it possibly can be in times of the climate crisis that countries import the very same kinds of goods they also export, sometimes even to and from the very same countries. Goods as wool fat for instance, that is exported, I learn, from Austria to Germany (9.3 tons) as well as imported from Germany to Austria (>42 tons).

 

Or all those living creatures we carry around! Cattle for instance: 20,000 tons (alive!) imported from the Czech Republic in 2019, more than 13,3000 tons exported to Italy. Or pigs: We do not only not object to the transport of 35,000 tons of squeaking future ham and sausages from Germany to Austria, a country with, I would think, more than enough pig farms, but also move more than 420 tons of squeaking pigs in the opposite direction.

 

 

Time for a change

 

The tool is fascinating, but it also makes me sad and angry. Its bars show crystal clear how far we are away from a truly sustainable, climate-conscious, and not to forget, a humane economy.

 

My only and most likely very naive hope is: Once people see all the oddities, they might start re-arranging the imports and exports in such a way that they eventually meet the requirements of a better, meaning: a far more sustainable, climate change adapted and animal friendly economy.

 

The shutdown due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic opened a window of opportunity to break up with old habits. I would hope that we try to make things much, much better in the future. This is an once in a lifetime opportunity. We must not let it pass.

 

(VA; opinion my own)


Press

Wann es doch zum zweiten Lockdown kommt


heute, Oct 21, 2020

Press

Fehler dürfen nicht aufgezeigt werden – ein fatales Signal


veko online, Oct 22, 2020

Press

Die Regierungsszenarien für einen Lockdown


Kurier, Oct 22, 2020

Press

Hotspot Deutschland [print]


Der Spiegel, Oct 17, 2020

Publication

S. Mahtani-Williams, W. Fulton, A. Desvars-Larrive, et al.

Landscape Genomics of a Widely Distributed Snake, Dolichophis caspius (Gmelin, 1789) across Eastern Europe and Western Asia

Genes 11(10) (2020) 1218

News

Oct 9, 2020

70% less damage in case of financial collapse? The Hub knows the trick

News

Oct 8, 2020

AND THE WINNER IS: New data-driven method to fight corruption!

Publication

A. Chakraborty, Y. Ikeda

Testing “efficient supply chain propositions” using topological characterization of the global supply chain network

PLoS ONE 15(10) (2020) e0239669

Publication

J. Lasser, (...) J. Sorger

Complexity, transparency and time pressure: practical insights into science communication in times of crisis

Journal of Science Communication 19(05) (2020) N01

Publication

S. Thurner

Die Zerbrechlichkeit der Welt

(2020) edition a

News

Sep 25, 2020

Corona Traffic Light New shows details for EU regions

News

Sep 21, 2020

Austrian “Scientists of the Year”: More funding for blue sky research!

Press

Wann es doch zum zweiten Lockdown kommt


heute, Oct 21, 2020

Press

Fehler dürfen nicht aufgezeigt werden – ein fatales Signal


veko online, Oct 22, 2020

Press

Die Regierungsszenarien für einen Lockdown


Kurier, Oct 22, 2020

Press

Hotspot Deutschland [print]


Der Spiegel, Oct 17, 2020

Publication

S. Mahtani-Williams, W. Fulton, A. Desvars-Larrive, et al.

Landscape Genomics of a Widely Distributed Snake, Dolichophis caspius (Gmelin, 1789) across Eastern Europe and Western Asia

Genes 11(10) (2020) 1218

News

Oct 9, 2020

70% less damage in case of financial collapse? The Hub knows the trick

News

Oct 8, 2020

AND THE WINNER IS: New data-driven method to fight corruption!

Publication

A. Chakraborty, Y. Ikeda

Testing “efficient supply chain propositions” using topological characterization of the global supply chain network

PLoS ONE 15(10) (2020) e0239669

Publication

J. Lasser, (...) J. Sorger

Complexity, transparency and time pressure: practical insights into science communication in times of crisis

Journal of Science Communication 19(05) (2020) N01

Publication

S. Thurner

Die Zerbrechlichkeit der Welt

(2020) edition a

News

Sep 25, 2020

Corona Traffic Light New shows details for EU regions

News

Sep 21, 2020

Austrian “Scientists of the Year”: More funding for blue sky research!

News

Oct 9, 2020

70% less damage in case of financial collapse? The Hub knows the trick

News

Oct 8, 2020

AND THE WINNER IS: New data-driven method to fight corruption!

News

Sep 25, 2020

Corona Traffic Light New shows details for EU regions

News

Sep 21, 2020

Austrian “Scientists of the Year”: More funding for blue sky research!

News

Sep 4, 2020

Blog | Marcia Ferreira: “Measuring researcher mobility across institutions”

News

Aug 27, 2020

CCCSL: published in prominent company

News

Aug 24, 2020

Why COVID-19 infection curves behave so unexpectedly [EN, D]

News

Aug 3, 2020

Crazy ideas, brilliant minds, good times!

News

Jul 29, 2020

Corona | How far we move [June & July]

News

Jul 22, 2020

New CSH group leader predicted US unrest

News

Jul 17, 2020

When emotions go viral: analysis of the COVID-19 Infodemic

News

Jul 16, 2020

Blog | Marcia Ferreira: “Sentiment in news about COVID-19 research”

Press

Wann es doch zum zweiten Lockdown kommt


heute, Oct 21, 2020

Press

Fehler dürfen nicht aufgezeigt werden – ein fatales Signal


veko online, Oct 22, 2020

Press

Die Regierungsszenarien für einen Lockdown


Kurier, Oct 22, 2020

Press

Hotspot Deutschland [print]


Der Spiegel, Oct 17, 2020

Press

Erfahrungen aus COVID-19: “Wer den Mund aufmacht, verliert” [print]


Falter, Oct 21, 2020

Press

Kampf gegen Cluster


ORF 2 | Report, Oct 20, 2020

Press

Neue Corona-Karte des CSH zeigt Risiko EU-weit auf Bezirksebene an


Der Brutkasten, Sep 24, 2020

Press

Gefahr von Clustern in Alten- und Pflegeheimen


ORF 2 | Aktuell nach Eins, Oct 20, 2020

Press

Wirksamkeit der CoV-Maßnahmen


ORF2 | Konkret, Oct 19, 2020

Press

“In unserer Blase haben wir es so bequem”


Die Presse, Oct 18, 2020

Press

Coronapolitik: Was ist der Plan?


Die Presse, Oct 17, 2020

Press

Różne kraje różnie reagowały na epidemię. Naukowcy zestawili to w całość [Polish]


ddb24, Oct 17, 2020

Publication

S. Mahtani-Williams, W. Fulton, A. Desvars-Larrive, et al.

Landscape Genomics of a Widely Distributed Snake, Dolichophis caspius (Gmelin, 1789) across Eastern Europe and Western Asia

Genes 11(10) (2020) 1218

Publication

A. Chakraborty, Y. Ikeda

Testing “efficient supply chain propositions” using topological characterization of the global supply chain network

PLoS ONE 15(10) (2020) e0239669

Publication

J. Lasser, (...) J. Sorger

Complexity, transparency and time pressure: practical insights into science communication in times of crisis

Journal of Science Communication 19(05) (2020) N01

Publication

S. Thurner

Die Zerbrechlichkeit der Welt

(2020) edition a

Publication

C. Deischinger, E. Dervic, M. Leutner, L. Kosi-Trebotic, P. Klimek, A. Kautzky-Willer

Diabetes mellitus is associated with a higher risk for major depressive disorder in women than in men

BMJ Open Diab Res Care 8 (2020) e001430

Publication

H. Krichene, H. Inoue, T. Isogai, A. Chakraborty

A model for indirect losses of negatives shocks in production and finance

PLoS ONE 15(9) (2020) e0239293

Publication

Ž. Tomovski, J. Dubbeldam, J. Korbel

Applications of Hilfer-Prabhakar operator to option pricing financial model

Fractional Calculus and Applied Analysis, Band 23, Heft 4 (2020)

Publication

R. M. del Rio-Chanona, P. Mealy, A. Pichler, F. Lafond, J. D. Farmer

Supply and demand shocks in the COVID-19 pandemic: an industry and occupation perspective

Oxford Review of Economic Policy (2020) graa033

Publication

J. Kertész, J. Wachs

Complexity science approach to economic crime

Nature Reviews Physics (2020)

Publication

A. Chakraborty, H. Inoue, Y. Fujiwara

Economic complexity of prefectures in Japan

PLoS ONE 15(8) (2020) e0238017

Publication

A. Desvars-Larrive, E. Dervic, N. Haug, et al.

A structured open dataset of government interventions in response to COVID-19

Scientific Data Vol 7 (2020) Art no. 285

Publication

S. Thurner, P. Klimek, R. Hanel

A network-based explanation of why most COVID-19 infection curves are linear

PNAS Aug 24 (2020)