Monthly Archives: August 2010


Here is another post on CleanTechies : ” According to the AFP, the French government will launch next month a tender for contracts of 10 billion euros ($12.6 billion) to build 3,000 MW of offshore wind capacity.” ” 600 wind turbines will be implemented within five to ten sites in […]

France to have 3,000 MW of offshore wind by 2015

To the AFP : ” Egypt announced on Wednesday it would build its planned nuclear powerplant on the Mediterranean coast of el-Dabaa which it hopes will start production in 2019, the state news agency MENA reported. “ ” Egypt has already used several foreign companies as consultants, including Areva and […]

Egypt to build its first nuclear reactor

To the UNEP : ” In 2009, (…) both the US and Europe added more power capacity from renewable sources such as wind and solar than from conventional sources like coal, gas and nuclear. “ But this is not all as the United Nations give us more details : ” […]

Renewables outpace other fuels in Europe and US

Here is my latest post for CleanTechies : ” The French government recently announced a large investment program for renewables and green chemistry. The investment, totaling $1.75 billion will be allocated over the next 4 years. ” Named Démonstrateurs énergies renouvelables et chimie verte – or renewable energy and green […]

France announces massive investment in cleantech

It seems that Pakistan is a victim of what I called global weirding earlier this month. Indeed, to the Financial Times the country is suffering from both massive floods and dramatic droughts. To many news sources up to 20 million people have been affected by the floods. To the local […]

An awful situation in Pakistan

To the New York Times, 36 years after the construction began, Iran finally opened its first nuclear reactor. The plant has a capacity of one gigawatt (compared to the 1,650 MW of an EPR). Many around the world are fearing for the region’s peace as the uranium used in the […]

Iran starts its first nuclear reactor

Iceland pledged in 1998 to become the first decarbonized economy. And despite having been hit very hard by the recent economic crises, Iceland may prove to be the ultimate proving grounds for electric cars. Indeed its tiny population – 320,000 people – are all pretty much close to the capital […]

Iceland, the perfect test site for electric vehicles


The United Nations are launching the Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification, an effort to improve the protection and management of the world’s drylands, home to over two billion people. Drylands take up 41 percent of the land surface and are threatened by multiple factors such as soil […]

UN launches the Decade for Deserts


This isn’t surprising as I already noted that America could cut its coal consumption by 62 % by 2020 just by increasing its energy efficiency. Now comes a new study that shows that the USA could be completely coal-free by 2030. If it can be done in America, it sure can […]

America could be coal-free by 2030

To CleanTechies : « Biochar is charcoal type created by the pyrolysis of biomass, and differs from ordinary charcoal only in the sense that its primary use is not for fuel, but for biosequestration or atmospheric carbon capture and storage.» «As much as 12 % of the world’s human caused […]

Biochar and its potential role

Solar photoelectric and concentrating solar thermal are all the rage and little is said about the much simpler solar thermal. However this technology has a huge potential as New York will soon show. Indeed the US State is willing to add the equivalent of no less than two gigawatts of […]

New York State unveils solar thermal plans


Here is a post on a subject not so unrelated to sustainable development. To the International Labour Organization : “ Global youth unemployment has reached its highest level on record, and is expected to increase through 2010 “ The ILO also warns of the “risk of a crisis legacy of […]

Youth unemployment hits record highs