Can China build three fast rail transcontinental networks ?

While reading CleanTechnica I came across a tremendously huge project : link via high speed rail Asia and Europe. This network would enable to go from London to Beijing in only two days. Within ten years, the three networks would transport people and goods alike and would link 17 nations – including India, Singapore, Vietnam,… Continue reading Can China build three fast rail transcontinental networks ?

UK considers High Speed Rail project

High speed rail is a fantastic sustainable alternative to cars and planes for longer distances. This is why countries such as Spain, China or the United States are currently working or plan to work on such projects. Due to halve the time necessary to link by train the capital to cities like Edinburg, Glasgow or… Continue reading UK considers High Speed Rail project

China’s huge high speed rail project

Last week, Fortune Magazine published a most interesting article on the Chinese high speed rail project. By 2020 over 25,000 km (16,000 miles) of new tracks will be built for a cost of $300 billion (210 billion €). The People’s Republic government launches this huge project to answer to it’s citizens’ needs of alternative to… Continue reading China’s huge high speed rail project

A great project for US high speed rail

I previously noted that the United States have a plan of creating ten high speed rail corridors by 2020. Even if this is a good idea, it isn’t enough as it won’t enable Americans to travel from coast to coast. This might be done by 2030 according to the US High Speed Rail Network which advocates… Continue reading A great project for US high speed rail

Spain is going green

By reading the French daily Le Monde, I came across an interesting interview [Fr] of the Spanish Prime Minister, M. Zapatero. There he stated that one of the solutions to get his country out of economic trouble is green growth. Several other countries including the United States, China and South Korea already did so and… Continue reading Spain is going green

Solutions to cut US dependance on foreign oil

I came across interesting data last week : Americans consume more than two times more oil per capita than Europeans. As we will see, this can be explained by three factors. Bringing oil consumption per capita to European levels would enable the USA to be independent from foreign oil, save a lot of money, create… Continue reading Solutions to cut US dependance on foreign oil

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… Continue reading I avoided a tonne of CO2 emissions this year

Keeping on decreasing CO2 emissions by using the train

As I noted in the previous post, I have been lately quite a lot in trains to go to Paris and Besançon for my job research and leisure. Using the train enabled me to avoid the emissions of nearly 240 kilograms of carbon dioxide as if I had been going by car. I have to… Continue reading Keeping on decreasing CO2 emissions by using the train

574.8 kph !

This is the speed achieved today by the French Train à Grande Vitesse (high speed train) hence breaking the previous world record of 515 kph dated from 1990. This world record is interesting as train is releasing much less greenhouse gases than planes.

European fast train line inaugurated today

The French fast line train for the East of Europe (known here as the TGV Est Européen) due to start in June and inaugurated today will bring Paris to Stuttgart or Frankfurt in only 3 hours and 30 minutes against 6 hours previously. Major cities like Strasbourg or Reims will also benefit from shorter transportation… Continue reading European fast train line inaugurated today