Worth an article : My November and December 2013 tweets

For my last 2013 article I would like to present you with my selection of tweets for both November and December 2013. Each of them could have been the subject of an article on its own. It is quite safe to write reading this that next year will present us with new climate change tipping points… Continue reading Worth an article : My November and December 2013 tweets

European Union could agree to 45 percent cuts by 2030

For my last 2013 post for Cleantechies, I wrote about how the European Union is working on its climate change projects for 2030. It is considering 35 to 45 percent greenhouse gases emissions reduction compared to 1990 levels. As I am stating there, this would be a bit unambitious as the European Union has already… Continue reading European Union could agree to 45 percent cuts by 2030

Trees capture particulate pollution

Air pollution kills a lot of people around the world and the situation in some Chinese cities has become nothing short of unbreathable. Meanwhile, we have seen in my series ” Plant, baby, plant “ that trees can solve many related problems. To a new study from Lancaster University, trees can absorb half of particulates,… Continue reading Trees capture particulate pollution

The fortune at the bottom of the pyramid

While reading Richard Branson’s latest book, Screw Business As Usual, I came across an interesting concept : the fortune at the bottom of the pyramid. The term refers to the basic goods and services to sell to the poorest people. To a report from the World Resources Institute quoted in Branson’s book,  the Bottom of… Continue reading The fortune at the bottom of the pyramid

Time to become nuts about nuts

Pistachios, almonds, walnuts… I enjoy eating them all and it seems it is an excellent idea as TreeHugger reports, quoting a 30-year study from the New England Journal of Medicine, which analysed data of over 100,000 people ” Researchers found that those people who ate 1 ounce (28 grams) of nuts daily, seven days a… Continue reading Time to become nuts about nuts

The value of a well insulated home

While browsing Cleantechnica I found the answer of a key question I have been having ever since writing my Master’s thesis. French houses are leaky ” thermal collanders “ as 20 million accommodations have to be weatherized. Potential savings could be the equivalent of 200 TWh of electricity per annum, knowing that the total electricity… Continue reading The value of a well insulated home

Ford to boost start-stop systems

According to TreeHugger, ” a Ford representative is saying that they are “going to be aggressive rolling [stop-start] out”. As we have seen previously, such innovation enable cars to stop automatically their engines when not moving. Such a simple system could cut the oil consumption by ten percent for urban driving while only costing around… Continue reading Ford to boost start-stop systems

Stunner : carbon dioxide role known as early as 1932

While vested interests are still denying the warming role in our atmosphere of carbon dioxide, TreeHugger has unearthed a study from early as 1932 showing that this gas is actually warming our Planet. This was 81 years ago ! I had heard or rather read that this was known from at least since the 1980s… Continue reading Stunner : carbon dioxide role known as early as 1932

Could Australia axe its carbon tax ?

For the past weeks I have collected quite an impressive amount of articles on Australia, as its recent elections have brought to power a Conservative Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. A climate denier backed by fossil fuels interests, Mr Abbott is willing to axe the country’s carbon tax. As the Guardian reported, this would cost the… Continue reading Could Australia axe its carbon tax ?

I attended two sustainability events in Paris

This Thursday I attended two events in Paris related to energy and environmental issues as well as on social corporate responsibility. The first event was a round-table on nuclear in France and the Energiewende in Germany. It was organized by the Green European Foundation, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and the Fondation de l’Écologie Politique. The second one… Continue reading I attended two sustainability events in Paris

Poland could halve coal consumption by 2030

Here comes another article for Cleantechies, this time focusing on a problem plaguing many nations, coal. This fossil fuels does indeed provides a large part of the electricity there. Here is the introduction : ” Poland – as many East European nations – relies very heavily on coal as 90 percent of its electricity comes… Continue reading Poland could halve coal consumption by 2030

Leave the fall leaves alone

While having a look at the New York Times’ homepage, I came across an article that caught my attention, “Rake the Leaves? Some Towns Say Mow Them “ calling to leave the fall leaves alone in the garden. There, they can provide after having been mulched many benefits, from water retention to nutrients. Mulching, on… Continue reading Leave the fall leaves alone