Yearly Archives: 2008


Since I don’t have that much time to blog, I restrain myself to publishing here around 25 articles per month. However, many more great news are worth reading and blogging about. My goal being to provide you with the latest headlines and best researches on sustainable development, climate change and […]

Worth an article: my December 2008 tweets


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Even if I learned more than two years ago about the theory on passive housing for my Master’s Thesis at the Audencia Nantes Management School, the reality is little known to me. Even if I knew such houses don’t need any heater it seemed too vague a notion. But an […]

Why passive houses need to become widespread


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This year I avoided the emission of more than a tonne of carbon dioxide – more likely 1,500 kilograms – by simply taking the train on various occasions like business or leisure trips. Fast trains in France –  like the TGV on the left – are powered by electricity, which […]

I avoided a tonne of CO2 emissions this year



Like every last Sunday of each month, this is time for me to present you my selection of the best pictures of the NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) Like each month, this one was packed with beautiful images and it was very difficult to select just ten. I […]

Great astrophotographies – December 2008


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I described Barack Obama’s election as a new hope for a planet in peril. This couldn’t be more true as the President-elect chose real scientists to run the environment and energies agencies. This is a stark difference with President Bush’s policies and environmental record. But a fact was little noticed: […]

Obama’s environment dream team: Steven Chu


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It’s Christmas eve and you are perhaps looking for a last minute gift. So, it is time for me to introduce you to a little jewel that caught my attention for the past two weeks. World of Goo is a video game for the Nintendo Wii, PC and Mac that […]

World of Goo, a brilliant video game



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According to a recent news by the WWF, the region of the Greater Mekong (left)  is a biological treasure trove, as it enabled to discover more than a thousand new species in only ten years. Nonetheless, all these species are threatened by economic growth and the lack of environmental protection […]

The Greater Mekong is a biodiversity treasure


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According to recent studies global coal reserves may be much smaller than previously thought. Indeed, estimates are now of 662 billion tons instead of 850 billion tons. That’s 23 percent smaller. So, what occurred with estimates of remaining oil is also true here : countries overestimated their coal reserves and […]

Overestimated global coal reserves


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2009 is due to be in many countries a recession year. This makes it the perfect occasion to embrace the tenets of sustainable development and consume less energy, water and so on. This will save you money,  preserve our environment and make you live a fitter life. A bright prospect […]

Towards sustainability, a series of lifestyle tips



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One of the most worrying consequences of climate change is the decreasing amounts of snow. At the end of winters, snow melts and  thus brings water to billions people during the drier seasons. Thus the snow of the Himalayas brings water to nearly 1.5 billion people, a quarter of Mankind. […]

Decreasing amounts of snow in the Himalayas


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The French national utility Electricité de France – EDF –  just bought half of nuclear activities of US based utility Constellation for 4.5 billion US Dollars (3.3 billion euros). This occurs only a few months after the acquisition of British Energy by EDF, which is willing to become a major […]

EDF buys half of Constellation nuclear activities


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By browsing through the RSS feed of the Oil Drum I came across an interesting article on how increasing gas prices and lowering income tax in the meantime could bring huge benefits. This is not new to me as I have already discussed this very topic in my review of […]

Higher gas prices and lower income tax