Sustainable development

Trains, a brilliant solution for the 21st century

It seems that trains and other mass transit systems have a bright future in front of them. As climate change and energy scarcity increase, alternatives to cars and planes are sought. What if a new generation of trains could help in solving both problems ? TreeHugger dedicated lately a certain amount of articles to such …

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2008 in a nutshell

With some late I would like to propose you today a selection of my favorite articles published here in 2008. Since I wrote almost 250, selecting less than 50 of them was very hard. Last year was literally packed with stunning scientific discoveries and great initiatives – both global and local – to increase the …

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Towards sustainability: heating

Here is as planned my first article towards sustainability. Since heating is behind an important part of the energy consumption of buildings, this is where we begin. As insulation is quasi inexistent in most constructions they can be considered as thermal colanders. (expression coined by the French energy and environment Minister, Jean-Louis Borloo). So this …

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Certified Chinese forest reaches million hectares

According to a press release from the WWF a conservation program reached the mark of one million hectares of forests in China being certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This is done to fight the important local illegal logging and improve the management of forests as they represent a strong defense against climate change …

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A 38 billion USD green New Deal for South Korea

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  has been advocating for a global green New Deal to restart our economies and I reported that they are not the only ones to think the same. It seems that there is at least one country so far that listened to their voices and started to implement such a …

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New year, new design !

Hello dear readers and subscribers. For my first post of 2009 I would like to take the opportunity to wish you a happy and sustainable year. This is also the occasion to introduce you to the new design of this blog. The purpose of this redesign is to bring a more professional look to this …

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Worth an article: my December 2008 tweets

Since I don’t have that much time to blog, I restrain myself to publishing here around 25 articles per month. However, many more great news are worth reading and blogging about. My goal being to provide you with the latest headlines and best researches on sustainable development, climate change and the world energy sector , …

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I avoided a tonne of CO2 emissions this year

This year I avoided the emission of more than a tonne of carbon dioxide – more likely 1,500 kilograms – by simply taking the train on various occasions like business or leisure trips. Fast trains in France –  like the TGV on the left – are powered by electricity, which is 90% low carbon. Relatively …

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Towards sustainability, a series of lifestyle tips

2009 is due to be in many countries a recession year. This makes it the perfect occasion to embrace the tenets of sustainable development and consume less energy, water and so on. This will save you money,  preserve our environment and make you live a fitter life. A bright prospect called Towards sustainability,  it is …

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Higher gas prices and lower income tax

By browsing through the RSS feed of the Oil Drum I came across an interesting article on how increasing gas prices and lowering income tax in the meantime could bring huge benefits. This is not new to me as I have already discussed this very topic in my review of Le Plein s’il vous plaît …

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