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Whatever concerns current news goes here. This will not be solely news in sustainable development. Posts of interest in economics and politics go here as well.


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The United Nations met last week in Vienna and agreed on recognizing the target set by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). They thus made the first step toward action. The target agreed upon mentions a decrease of 25 to 40 percent of global greenhouse gases by 2020. This […]

UN prepare the negotiations of after Kyoto


My Belgian friend Qat recently wrote on his blog an interesting article on the forthcoming generation of photovoltaïc captors. These new solar technology is due to have a yield of 40 percent, a huge improvement as the current ones have a yield of “only” 17 percent. This news was originally […]

Third generation of PV panels on the way


As I mentioned it there, the Chinese government is planting billion of trees. It seems that similar projects are under way in India and elsewhere. According to the United Nations Environment Program more than 10 million trees were planted on July 31st by 600,000 people in Uttar Pradesh. As deforestation […]

On July 31st, ten millions of trees were planted in ...



According to Ernst & Young, one of the largest auditing companies in the world, the global renewable energies market could be the subject of investments worth up to USD 750 billions by 2016 (559 billions Euros). In 2006, the global investments in these energy sources were of USD 100 billions. […]

Investments in renewables could hit $750bn by 2016


According to the Brazilian Environment Ministry, the deforestation of the Amazonian forest have slowed down by 25 percent in Brazil in 2006 from 2005. Mr. Luiz Inacio da Silva, the President of Brazil, stated that preserving the environment doesn’t need to slow the economic growth as the latest statistics showed. […]

The deforestation of Amazonian forest is slowing down


India, the largest democracy in the world, is currently building six reactors and plans to build nearly twenty more by the year 2020. To do so, the country will rely on foreign technology and companies like the French Areva or the US Westinghouse are beginning negotiations to enter this huge […]

India to build more nuclear plants



As I mentioned it previously in this article, in January the UK Met Office forecast that 2007 would break all-time records on a meteorological point of view. By reviewing the data available with the first months of the year, it seems to be absolutely the case. This is what the […]

Extreme weather events are occurring worldwide


On August 4th, the US House passed a bill that may increase the importance of renewable energy sources in the production of local electricity. The goal is to make renewables like wind power or solar PV account for 15 percent of the total electricity produced in the United States by […]

United States may increase their use of renewables


Ce mois-ci fut d’un point de vue tant énergétique que climatique riche en évènements. Ce site a en effet rapporté des faits de divers pays. Du modèle californien à la pollution de l’air qui frappe la Chine ; du programme d’enrichissement de l’uranium au Brésil à la mer d’Aral, nous […]

Résumé du mois de Juillet 2007



According to EurObserv’ER, an organism from the European Union, solar thermal energy saw its demand grow by no less than 44 percent in 2006 in the European Union. This represents more than three million square meters of panels installed in a year. Huge differences occur between countries. For instance, Germany […]

In 2006, solar thermal progressed steadily in the EU


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The UK Department for Transport recently released a ranking of cars by their carbon dioxide emissions per kilometre. This is done in order to enable consumers to choose the cleanest car in the category. The cleanest of all being a Volkswagen Polo with as few as 99 grams of carbon […]

Looking for a clean new car ? Look no further


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According to several sources, the International Herald Tribune, Business Wire and CNN, the United States plan to build several nuclear power plants in the coming years. The IHT article states : ” Power companies have tentative plans to put the 28 new reactors at 19 sites around the country. “ […]

28 nuclear plants may be built in the United States