Electric buses are a solution to our cities’ worst problems

A lot of news and noise surround electric cars but another vehicle is also benefitting largely from elecrification: buses. Running not for just a little bit in the morning and in the evening, they run all day, and sometimes, even part of the night. Tranporting not just one or two people to work at a… Continue reading Electric buses are a solution to our cities’ worst problems

Large cities are determined to fight climate change

If countries and nations are failing short in acting on climate, big cities around the world are increasingly acting on these matters. This has been particularly apparent in the New York summit last month. 

Emissions in United States rebounded in 2013

This was a major setback for me last week, US greenhouse gases emissions related to energy rose two percent in 2013 compared to 2012. To the US EIA this is due to ” a small increase in coal consumption in the electric power sector. “ ” Coal has regained some market share from natural gas since a… Continue reading Emissions in United States rebounded in 2013

Starry, Starry, Starry Night

You may perhaps remember the not so distant time when I was posting astrophotography pictures on this very website. I have also wrote a few times on how we are lighting up our cities too much. Now a fellow Frenchman, Thierry Cohen, created a series of pictures of what the night could look like if… Continue reading Starry, Starry, Starry Night

Are our cities just too big to flood ?

This was the question asked on the the Yale Environment 360 blog and I believe the timing is perfect as last year cities such as New York City, Manila and Bangkok got it by record floods. Now it is the turn of Jakarta. The capital megacity of Indonesia now has water in its streets and… Continue reading Are our cities just too big to flood ?

Hurricane Sandy, aka the Frankenstorm

Unless you have spent the week remote from civilization, you must have heard of THE event of the week : Disney bought the Star Wars franchise. Ooops, sorry, I meant : Hurricane Sandy, also known as the Frankenstorm. All joking aside, the matter is tremendously serious as dozens died in the Caribbean and the United… Continue reading Hurricane Sandy, aka the Frankenstorm

Putting the A/C at the right temperature

Air conditioning is a fantastic invention as it allows to remain cool when temperatures are reaching 30°C and even 40°C. However, in many buildings around the world, the A/C is not set at the right temperature. As the New York times noted : “Without fail, every year since moving to Hong Kong, I get a… Continue reading Putting the A/C at the right temperature

Freshkills Park, and what it can teach us

While traveling at 220 km/h in the TGV between Nancy and Paris I read about the Fresh Kills landfill and how it became a beautiful park in Staten Island. This is a continuation of my previous post, Turning a landfill into a beautiful garden. Indeed Courrier International proposed last week the translation of the full… Continue reading Freshkills Park, and what it can teach us

New York State unveils solar thermal plans

Solar photoelectric and concentrating solar thermal are all the rage and little is said about the much simpler solar thermal. However this technology has a huge potential as New York will soon show. Indeed the US State is willing to add the equivalent of no less than two gigawatts of capacity by 2020. Heating water… Continue reading New York State unveils solar thermal plans