It is that time of the month again : here is my selection of the most interesting and note-worthy news of September in the climate, energy and sustainability spheres. Each of them could have been the subject of an article.
Given this selection I believe it is safe to say we are reaching tipping points for both the seriousness of our multiple crises and in some way, how we are starting to address them (mostly climate change).
I believe this selection of news offers a good complement to this website. So if you are on Twitter and like this selection, don’t hesitate to start following me.
Climate change and environmental issues
US CO2 Pollution Down 3.8% in 2012..due to warm winter, > efficient cars & ongoing shift from coal->nat gas for elec http://abcn.ws/17FiE1z
Aussie fire danger today “is equivalent to the worst case projected for 2050” – Roger Jones in The Conversation http://theconversation.com
One dead and hundreds of homes feared lost after firestorms rip through Australia’s NSW state. http://www.abc.net.au
Al Gore: Divest now from ‘sub-prime’ coal & oil companies before ‘carbon bubble’ bursts http://thkpr.gs/1i9CLK9
China smog emergency shuts city of 11 million people | Reuters http://reut.rs/16mUjT5
China contributed most 2 growth in global emissions in 2012, but increase lowest in a decade due 2 efforts in renewables & efficiency gains
Poor ocean health threatens food security and increases flood risk http://bit.ly/1btp3jx
Better land care may be worth US$1.4 trillion a year http://ow.ly/pMeRv
WWF : Global push for pricing carbon is picking up momentum http://ow.ly/pHP5X
PHOTOS: A lot has happened in the world of extreme weather this week http://huff.to/19Dhibp
OECD says carbon markets cut emissions 17x cheaper than subsidies http://shar.es/EqbrA
‘Weatherpalooza’ May be 1st time in US history simultaneous blizzard, trop storm, tornado outbreak, and big wildfire http://www.wunderground.com
31 dead, approximately 2 million affected as flooding hits Thailand, http://www.bangkokpost.com
Ocean acidification: ‘The next mass extinction may have already begun.’ http://thkpr.gs/1g8ciON
Biochar in Soils Cuts Greenhouse Gas Emissions http://ow.ly/pvQc1
60! new species found in Suriname’s rainforest. http://nature.ly/1bEBNo4
CO2 emissions cutoff point may be 27 years away if we want to stay below 2°C http://ow.ly/qfaa3
Energy and cleantech
Wind power seen generating up to 18% of global power by 2050 http://buff.ly/1h0v4Ir
Largest coal utility in US says coal is “out of the picture” in future plans http://bit.ly/17S4xFf
New solar power capacity will exceed wind power for first time ever in 2013 (36.7 GW vs. 35.5 GW) http://www.treehugger.com
How Denmark Turned an Efficiency Obligation Into Opportunity http://ow.ly/2ACdxQ
Armed with lots of lasers, researchers just made a fusion power breakthrough http://thkpr.gs/16A0y41
According to the
@NationalGridUK, from 09:30 -10:00 today Wind generated 3110MWhrs, which accounted for 8.1% of the UK’s total energy needs.
Windy weather in NW-Europe: Wind energy scheduled to provide 37% of Germany’s electricity late this evening: http://goo.gl/NE1bGo
#wind blowing strong too here on island of Ireland, wind is over 52% of the demand now and the last 24 hours wind is 39.49% of avg. fuel mix
Between 8 and 9 a.m., lots of wind (18 GW) and a bit of solar (1.7GW) supplied over half of all German electricity: http://goo.gl/NE1bGo
Ce matin 15% du besoin en électricité couvert par l’
#éolien en France.
We must deconstruct our consumer society to consume less and value more: http://ow.ly/qexAH
Bicycles are outselling cars in Europe, except in Belgium & Luxembourg http://qz.com
Scotland targets circular economy to slash waste and save billions http://www.businessgreen.com
New Oxford study: divestment campaign is the ‘most far-reaching threat” to the fossil fuel companies. http://www.theguardian.com
How to divest from fossil fuels, no matter the size of your piggy bank http://bit.ly/17nvroj
Newman’s own foods donates 100% of its post tax profits to charity. As of June 2012 these donations have exceeded 330 million dollars.
En México existen más de 2 millones de empleos verdes – VeoVerde http://www.veoverde.com/ Further reading to today’s article 🙂
Microsoft invests in 15 carbon offset projects worldwide – http://ow.ly/pPsZb
Cities can be symbiotic, not parasitic http://www.treehugger.com
Can Cities Solve Climate Change?: Scientific American http://www.scientificamerican.com
“Petrichor” is a term for the way it smells outside after rain.
Carbyne — Strongest Material Yet Known, Possesses A Number Of Useful Properties, Research Finds http://bit.ly/1bh7CTe
Obamacare has gotten MORE popular since the GOP shut down the government to defund it http://thkpr.gs/1hHDZvN
@NeelieKroesEU: ‘If you don’t take change by the hand, it will grab you by the throat.
’Study Links Meditation to Telomerase, An Anti-Age Enzyme http://www.treehugger.com