Monthly Archives: October 2012

Plant for the planet 1

This is the third and final part of my ” Plant, baby, plant “.  After delving on agroforestry and urban forestry and their respective merits, I am finishing with the UNEP Billion Tree Campaign and its successor. After reading the first two articles, you might be more than willing to […]

” Plant, baby, plant ” Episode 3 : Plant for ...


Good news everyone : here is another company raising up the ante on sustainability. To TreeHugger : ” IKEA has unveiled a new sustainability strategy, outlining the mega-retailers’ green plans through 2020. “ ” In terms of energy usage, IKEA plans on investing $1.95 billion in renewable energy by 2015—a […]

Ikea unveils ambitious sustainability plans

V3 Solar Spin

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. V3Solar ( a USA company with its Head Office in Los Angeles, California and its R & D laboratory in Ashland, […]

V3Solar`s Spin Cell : 20 times the efficiency of flat ...

Valenciennes, Northern France

Today is the second part of my “Plant, baby, plant ” series started last week with agroforestry. We shall delve here on urban forestry and its many advantages. Next week we shall conclude by the Billion Tree Campaign. As we have seen, planting trees among farming fields and gardens provide […]

” Plant, baby, plant ” Episode 2, Urban forestry

Nuclear power no thanks ?

This is the question many are asking themselves as the Japanese government initially wanted to go nuclear free by 2040 but finally removed the specific deadline as the New York Times reported. Nuclear plants can last decades provided they are operated and maintained carefully. Nuclear accounts for 18 percent of […]

Can Japan, and the world, ever be nuclear free ?

green carbon black trade

If I tell you “organized crime” you will most likely think about drug and weapons trafficking, prostitution, money laundering, extortion and so on. But as the Huffington Post Green reports : ” The United Nations Environment Program recently released an alarming report indicating organized crime is responsible for 50 to […]

Organized crime is also behind deforestation

Agroforestry in France 3

Today I am starting a series of articles about planting trees. Here we shall focus on agroforestry, next week we shall delve on the benefits of urban forestry and to conclude, in two weeks, we shall have a look at the Billion Tree Campaign. If some have “Drill baby drill” […]

” Plant, baby, plant ” Episode 1, Agroforestry

Northern Europe under ice and snow

In the last few days Nordic countries have been making the climate headlines twice and both moves are interesting and show a real commitment towards slashing emissions and increasing sustainbility. The first move was done by Finland as the country is willing to purely and simply abandon using coal by […]

Nordic countries are committed to climate action

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 September 2012 tweets

EWEA here comes the wind

In September, two important milestones were set for wind energy as installed capacities reached a 100 gigawatts and 50 gigawatts in the European Union and the United States of America, respectively. The 100 GW of wind turbines are producing as much electricity as 62 coal-fired plants or 39 nuclear reactors […]

Two important milestones for wind energy


My current job – which I have been doing for almost a year now – makes that for the first time in my life, I have to commute by car. In my previous jobs I was indeed commuting by using public transportation or simply walking. This current situation is quite […]

How to save money on your commute

Sharp transparent solar panels 2

To Engadget : ” Sharp has announced an unusual photovoltaic panel for the Japanese market that collects energy from the sun while still allowing the light to shine on through.“ ” Though it’s rated at a lowly 6.8 percent efficiency, the glass-like properties make it useful as a construction material […]

Sharp presents transparent solar panels