The COVID-19 Pandemic Throws Oil and Coal Industries in a Tailspin

(This post was published earlier this year on Medium. Sorry for the lack of content this year. Hopefully, 2021 will bring more exciting stories and analysis…) The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought our global economy to a standstill, with fears of the worst recession since 1929. Over 26 millions have already lost their jobs in… Continue reading The COVID-19 Pandemic Throws Oil and Coal Industries in a Tailspin

Further evidence on how climate change is VERY serious

Readers be advised, this post is a collection of the latest climate change news I have collected the past week. And to tell the truth, the more science on global warming is published, the more alarming it is. First thing first, concentrations of carbon dioxide have increased in 2012 by no less than 2.67 parts… Continue reading Further evidence on how climate change is VERY serious

Hope for climate in Davos’ World Economic Forum

Last week in Davos, Switzerland, took place the annual World Economic Forum. As the financial crisis of 2008 is drawing to an end, climate change is emerging as a key crisis that has to be addressed as soon as possible. To Reuters : ” Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, summed it… Continue reading Hope for climate in Davos’ World Economic Forum

Obama’s second inaugural speech is a new hope

President Barack Obama delivered his second Inaugural Address this Monday in Washington DC. Climate change got quite a few mentions and it looks like the second term might be the time where the climate crisis is tackled as it should. However, this was supposed to be the case in his first term. And many analysts… Continue reading Obama’s second inaugural speech is a new hope

COP 18 was another major disappointment

Last week COP18 ended in Doha, Qatar. As always, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has failed in addressing the climate crisis. With the various commitments made there, we are on our way to warming our planet by more than three degrees (see below) whereas 2°C – and sometimes even a mere… Continue reading COP 18 was another major disappointment

Another year, another CO2 emissions record

This is getting really worrying. To the German renewable energy institute, global CO2 emissions rose by 2.5 percent in 2011. The IEA on its side saw a 3.2 percent increase. Global emissions are now 50 percent higher than in 1990. This is taking place as respected organizations such as the World Bank, the IEA and… Continue reading Another year, another CO2 emissions record

21 initiatives to bridge the gap

” Given the big fail at the Rio+20 conference, it is clear that a top down approach by national governments around the world alone won’t cut our emissions enough to avoid a rise of temperatures below 2°C compared to pre industrial levels.” ” Based on this, our civilization has to find a solution, or rather… Continue reading 21 initiatives to bridge the gap

New climate talks round starting today in Durban

The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which is starting today in Durban, South Africa is THE event to follow during the next two weeks. According to Dr. Rajendra Pachauri ” Global climate talks need to focus on the growing threat from extreme weather and… Continue reading New climate talks round starting today in Durban

Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project is a success

I recently wrote about Al Gore’s new project, The Climate Reality Project. It took place on September 14th and gathered more than 8.6 million people all over the world. Oddly enough, little to nothing was said or heard about in France. The one-hour presentation by Al Gore reminded me of An Inconvenient Truth. I would… Continue reading Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project is a success

Thomas L Friedman : the Earth is full

I have been a huge fan of Thomas L Friedman’s op-ed pieces in the New York Times for years. Here is another one that won’t change my mind about this brilliant journalist and author (See my review of his latest book) I believe he is one of the best thinkers on our current economic, environmental… Continue reading Thomas L Friedman : the Earth is full

Al Gore’s new campaign : Climate Reality

Al Gore certainly contributed to my involvement in cleantech and climate change mitigation. So when he is launching a new campaign – called The Climate Reality Project – I believe this deserves some mention here. Furthermore, I am amazed on how little attention this got. There were only 1,520 people who watched the video on… Continue reading Al Gore’s new campaign : Climate Reality

Are we intelligent enough to prevent climate change ?

I really liked The Revenge of Gaia and have a profound respect for its author, the famous scientist and environmental thinker James Lovelock and this, even if I find him particularly pessimistic. This won’t change as for his first interview in a long time and after the huge failure of the Copenhagen climate summit, Lovelock believes… Continue reading Are we intelligent enough to prevent climate change ?