European cleantech sector kept growing in 2010

Here are two good news for the European Union and the cleantech sector.  First and foremost, wind and solar energies accounted for 68 percent of the increase in electricity capacity in 2010 in the European Union. Second, according to the latest EurObserv’ER report, the local renewable energy sector has passed the one million job mark… Continue reading European cleantech sector kept growing in 2010

Renewables deliver 20% of global electricity

To the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century and their latest Global Status Report : ” In 2010, renewable energy supplied an estimated 16% of global final energy consumption and delivered close to 20% of global electricity.” ” Renewable capacity now comprises about a quarter of total global power-generating capacity. (…) Global solar PV production… Continue reading Renewables deliver 20% of global electricity

Avanti ! Italy goes forward on solar

Italy is currently in the news more because of Berlusconi’s taste for orgies but little is written on the expansion of solar photovoltaic there. However, there is much to write as it installed 6,000 MW of solar PV capacity in 2010 alone. To Cleantechies : ” 7 GWs of PV power will yield well over… Continue reading Avanti ! Italy goes forward on solar

Great astrophotographies – December 2010

With some late I would like to propose you my selection of the best pictures of the NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD). As always, here is my selection of the best pictures of last month. Today’s picture : ” A big, bright, beautiful Full Moon slid into planet Earth’s shadow early Tuesday morning.… Continue reading Great astrophotographies – December 2010

Four years : the blog goes on

For the first post of  the year I would like to wish you a happy and sustainable year 2011. I hope this time we will get what we need : a global legal agreement on climate change and clean energy. I also would like to start this year by having a look at what I… Continue reading Four years : the blog goes on

GHG emissions keep increasing: 2010 hottest year

To the World Meteorological Organization the main greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide – keep increasing in the atmosphere, and this despite the efforts and the economic recession. To the WMO : ” The report highlights concerns that global warming may lead to even greater emissions of methane from Arctic areas. To… Continue reading GHG emissions keep increasing: 2010 hottest year

The hottest June ever recorded

To the US NOAA ” Last month’s combined global land and ocean surface temperature made it the warmest June on record and the warmest on record averaged for any April-June and January-June periods “ The Guardian notes that the data released suggest that ” 2010 is now on course to be the warmest year since… Continue reading The hottest June ever recorded

10 GW of solar PV capacity installed in 2010

This year will remain as an important milestone in the history of solar power. Indeed to GreenTech Media : ” In 2010, we will cross the threshold of 10 gigawatts of photovoltaic solar installed globally in a single year.” This is indeed amazing as in 2000 only 170 megawatts were installed. This is 58 times… Continue reading 10 GW of solar PV capacity installed in 2010

Great astrophotographies – March 2010

This is time for me to present my selection of the best pictures of the NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD). As always, this month was packed with beautiful images. It was difficult to select just ten. To the NASA, today’s picture : ” An eerie blue glow and ominous columns of dark dust highlight… Continue reading Great astrophotographies – March 2010

2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity

The huge variety of all living species on our Planet is a key element to life as we know it. However, too many species – including a fourth of mammals – are at risk of extinction. This has to be changed and real protection has to increase. This is why ” The United Nations declared 2010… Continue reading 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity