Offshore natural gas exploitation isn’t safe either

We have seen in 2010 with the catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico that offshore oil exploitation could lead to dramatic pollutions. Now, we are learning the hard way that offshore natural gas exploitation can be foolhardy. As The Guardian noted : ” Oil giant Total has confirmed that a major gas leak on one… Continue reading Offshore natural gas exploitation isn’t safe either

2050 and the consequences of inaction

” Humanity has witnessed unprecedented growth and prosperity in the past decades, with the size of the world economy more than tripling and population increasing by over 3 billion people since 1970. “ ” This growth, however, has been accompanied by environmental pollution and natural resource depletion. The current growth model and the mismanagement of… Continue reading 2050 and the consequences of inaction

Another heat wave hits America and Europe

As Al Gore noted on his blog : ” The March heat wave continues to shatter longstanding records from the Upper Midwest to the Northeast, with more than 2,200 warm temperature records set during the month so far.“ Meanwhile, President Barack Obama admitted during a fundraiser that the temperatures experienced in Chicago – around 80°F… Continue reading Another heat wave hits America and Europe

Germany to invest 200 billion euros in energy

To Energy Bloom : ” Chancellor Angela Merkel is planning to spend 200 billion euros ($263 billion) developing an energy program that will create a series of offshore wind farms that will cover an area six times the size of New York City. “ ” (…) Germany has a plan to boost its renewable energy… Continue reading Germany to invest 200 billion euros in energy

China could cap energy consumption by 2015

China is so profoundly harmed by pollution that it is more and more aggressively pursuing – or trying to pursuit – a cleaner development. The last example of this was exemplified earlier this month by a Reuters news article : ” China, the world’s top energy consumer, is expected to announce in the first half… Continue reading China could cap energy consumption by 2015

World Water Day : focus on rainwater harvesting

Today is World Water Day. I would like to pick the occasion to write about access to water as 800 million people still lack it. A massive forty percent of the African population is still without it. Luckily, there are plenty of solutions, one of them is rainwater harvesting. An article [Fr] from the Syfia… Continue reading World Water Day : focus on rainwater harvesting

James Hansen must-see speach at TED talks

As the official TED talks website notes on this absolute must-see and must-share video : ” Top climate scientist James Hansen tells the story of his involvement in the science of and debate over global climate change. “In doing so he outlines the overwhelming evidence that change is happening and why that makes him deeply… Continue reading James Hansen must-see speach at TED talks

Envia, a battery breakthrough for electric vehicles

Electric vehicles suffer nowadays from two main problems : limited range and expensive price. But both problems could soon be solved if Envia Systems, a California-based company succeeded. To Climate Progress : ” Envia says its new manganese-based cathode design allows lithium cells to store almost three times the amount of energy per charge than… Continue reading Envia, a battery breakthrough for electric vehicles

Half of electricity at UK businesses is wasted

This is so mindbogglingly big that I had to write about it. To Cleantechies : ” A UK report says that nearly half of the electricity consumed by British businesses is wasted when employees are not at work.” ” In an analysis of more than 6,000 smart meters, British Gas found that 46 percent of electricity… Continue reading Half of electricity at UK businesses is wasted

Throwing money out of the window

In this economy, I am sure you are careful about how you spend your money and really think about how you will make ends meet this month or the next as the economy might head toward another recession as oil prices go up. However, each time you are putting 50 euros in your gas tank,… Continue reading Throwing money out of the window

Coal decreases in US electricity mix

TreeHugger recently rejoiced as for the first time in over thirty years, coal has accounted for less than 40 percent of the local electricity mix. This is good news as coal is the most greenhouse gases emitting fossil fuel. This steady and continuous decrease can be explained mainly by the increased production of local natural… Continue reading Coal decreases in US electricity mix

Ocean acidification at its highest in million years

I had written about this very topic last month. To the New York Times green blog : ” A new scientific paper suggests that the ocean is acidifying at a rate that is many times faster than at any time in the past 300 million years. “ ” The change is occurring so rapidly that it raises… Continue reading Ocean acidification at its highest in million years