Yearly Archives: 2012


Dear visitors, readers and subscribers, as we are nearing the holiday season and the end of this year I am taking a short break at blogging. This is the occasion for me to wish you all a merry Christmas and holiday season. Please be sure that I will come back […]

Taking a break


This is a guest post from Mathias Aarre Maehlum, an environmentalist who studies energy engineering. In his spare time he works as a freelance writer. Read more of his stuff at Energy Informative. Researchers at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have figured out a way to split water molecules (H2O) into […]

Splitting water with solar power


Compost cycle

Within my current involvement with the local JCI, I have been collecting information about biodegradable waste and composting. This is a question of importance as more than 30 percent of French waste could be biodegradable. Meanwhile, recyclable waste – paper, cartons, glasses – represent just one percent more and are […]

Composting matters



Here we go again with a brand new article on Cleantechies. This time, we focus on one of my favorite topics : insulating buildings with a new study on the very matter. Here is the introduction : ” According to a new study presented by the Renovate Europe Campaign, weatherizing […]

A $370 billion idea for European buildings


I have been committed since January 2007 to bring you each month a selection of the latest headlines and best researches on sustainable development, climate change and the world energy sector. However, I don’t blog as much as I would like to and generally write around 25 posts per month. […]

Worth an article – my November 2012 tweets


Last week COP18 ended in Doha, Qatar. As always, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has failed in addressing the climate crisis. With the various commitments made there, we are on our way to warming our planet by more than three degrees (see below) whereas 2°C – […]

COP 18 was another major disappointment



Chagos islands, Indian ocean, largest MPA to date

Here are good news for marine conservation.To the BBC : ” A report to a UN meeting on biodiversity in Hyderabad reports that more than 8.3 million sq km – 2.3% of the global ocean area – is now protected.” ” The percentage is small but the rapid growth in […]

Marine Protected Areas increase tenfold


EPR nuclear reactor being built in Flamanville, France 2

I have to say that I now have mixed feelings about nuclear. Since I wrote and published my 10 reasons to support nuclear – by far my most popular post on this blog – the catastrophe at Fukushima took place. Now the main French utility – Electricité de France, aka […]

EPR costs : a blow to the nuclear renaissance


The Oath Project 2

For my 1,400th post on this blog, let’s talk about corporate social responsibility. If Medical Doctors have their Hippocratic Oath and lawyers have their equivalent, isn’t it high time for managers around the world to have their own ? Corporate social responsibility – CSR for short – is more needed […]

The Oath Project, CSR at work



New Scientist cover on climate change

In case you would haven’t guessed : Climate change is here and it’s even worse than we thought. New Scientist proposes a compelling series of article showing that the IPCC predictions in 2007 were below what we are witnessing. Here are the seven points of their argumentation : arctic warming, […]

7 ways climate change is worse than thought


MSC and FSC logos

It has been a while since I wanted to introduce you to two different kind of sustainable labels : the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). As you must have guessed, the former is concerning everything that is related to sustainable wood (paper, wooden flooring and […]

FSC and MSC : two labels you should know


Deforestation of the Amazon is decreasing again 1

Among all the doom and gloom climate change news nowadays – arctic record low levels,no commitment at COP18 in Doha, permafrost melting… – I chose to write today about some good news. We have seen that the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest has been steadily decreasing for the past few […]

New low levels for Amazon deforestation