Monthly Archives: April 2013

While the French socialist party is targeting Germany for being too selfish, I thought it would be the ideal time to show how this country has understood vital lessons on renewables others didn’t. For years if not decades, Deutschland has been at the forefront on energy efficiency and renewables. I […]

Germany is the example on renewables

I wrote a few months ago that vehicles are getting more and more efficient as efforts are being made in the USA, China and Europe. In the conclusion I was noting that it was good news but that more had to be done in biking among others. It seems to […]

Biking is booming globally

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 March 2013 tweets

So cheap that it is disrupting the Brazilian energy market as Cleantechnica reported : ” Wind farms have won 55% of contracts awarded by Brazil’s national energy agency (…) and wind power now costs about 4.5 cents/kWh in the country. “ This is really really cheap as generally wholesale prices […]

Brazilian wind energy is really cheap

Some people prepare for Judgment Day, some others for a Zombie apocalypse. A few prepare for an alien invasion or when their government will start going dictatorship on them. I won’t discuss here these eventualities. However I seriously advise you to increase your climate resilience. With a warming and weirding […]

Prepare yourself ! Climate resilience

Here we go again ! For the second time in two weeks, I submitted another post to Cleantechies. This time I wrote about how a key European climate initiative got a major setback. Without further ado, here is the introduction : ” For a long time the European Union has […]

European carbon market crashes

Ever since I first started interesting myself to energy and climate and afterwards to sustainability issues – somewhere around 2004 – I have read and reviewed quite a significant amount of great interesting books. If the previous version of this website offered at the bottom of each page a randomized […]

Books on sustainability, energy and climate

In another wake up call, the prestigious Paris-based International Energy Agency has called for a significant increase to clean up the global energy system as the effort ” has stalled “. As the IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven stated : “Despite much talk by world leaders, and despite […]

IEA : Cleantech is progressing too slowly

Air pollution in Cairo

Here is another article I wrote  for Cleantechies. It is on air pollution, a widespread phenomenon that is stricking both developed and developing nations all around the world. As one can see, it is also a most killing one : ” The combustion of fossil fuels are a huge health […]

Air pollution kills more than HIV and Malaria combined

I have already written a few posts on how poor populations of Asia or Africa are leapfrogging from no electricity to renewables without going through the distributed fossil fuels electricity phase. Electrical grids are expensive and so is coal. In countries with so much sun such as India, solar energies […]

Selling solar power in India’s slums

Wind turbines in a sunny field

Years ago I was often reading The Oil Drum, a great website dedicated to oil and other energy issues. Years later, the website still provides great content and I am glad to have read one of their latest posts : Our Energy Predicament in Charts. This post is an excellent […]

A primer on our current energy predicament

We have previously seen that climate change is putting at risk coffee and chocolate as higher temperatures would decrease the harvests. This is already a serious source of concern as most of us enjoy their daily cup or bite. Now comes even more scary – at least for the Frenchman […]

Wine at risk because of climate change