President Obama unveils ambitious climate plan

Earlier this month President Obama has announced his country’s strongest move to date on climate change. As IFLScience and many other reported : ” The finalized Clean Power Plan aims to cut carbon emissions from power plants by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030. “

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Oil prices are going down. Wait, what ?

This was my reaction when I saw oil prices drop recently to levels below $90. Not long ago they were indeed more around $110 than anything else. Lucky for us Thomas L Friedman from the New York Times brings some answers…

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Emissions in United States rebounded in 2013

US emissions rebounded in 2013This 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 low in April 2012 “ This is explained by decreased coal prices and rising natural gas prices as the Los Angeles Times reported.

Overall, US emissions are still around ten percent lower than in 2005. President Obama goal’s is to have 17 percent lower emissions in 2020.

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An American wind energy revolution

Wind turbineThe US Department of Energy (DOE) has published on its website a series on infographics and a great animation showing how wind energy is rapidly gaining pace and its capacity is booming.

In 2003, there were 185 wind farms online, powering the equivalent of 1.6 million homes ; in 2008, there were 416 wind farms online powering 6.5 million homes. In 2012 there were 815 wind farms online powering 15 million US homes.

Yes, you read that right : in ten years the capacity increased ten-fold. Since President Obama took office, the capacity has been multiplied by more than two.

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United States on an energy conservation quest

President Obama is willing to save his country a lot of money : $40 billion, or around 30 billion euros, annually. These huge sums of money equal to reducing energy use in commercial buildings 20 percent by 2020. As Elisa Wood wrote on Cleantechies : ” To achieve the goal, the Obama administration in 2011 … Read more

Further evidence on how climate change is VERY serious

Parched earth because of climate changeReaders 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 per million since 2011 to total just under 395 parts per million (ppm). While this doesn’t look much, it is still the second-greatest annual rise in CO2.

This huge increase questions our willingness to prevent the worse from taking place. Even if we are acting on climate change, we aren’t doing enough.

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The biggest US climate rally to date

350.org rally in WashingtonThis Sunday took place in the United States of America the largest climate rally ever (in the country) up to 40,000 people walked peacefully, chanted and danced in Washington DC.

Other rallies were organized in many other states. All had the same message : they were asking President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline and to act on climate change.

I am quite sure that this is only the beginning and that more marches with similar goals will take place in the United States and globally as climate change appears as the defining threat of our time.

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Worth an article – my November 2012 tweets

I have been committed since January 2007 to bring you each month a selection of the latest headlines and best researches on sustainable development, climate change and the world energy sector.

However, I don’t blog as much as I would like to and generally write around 25 posts per month. But many more news are worth reading. This is why I use Twitter to share dozens of news that are worth your time.

I believe it offers a good complement to this website. So if you are on Twitter and like this selection, don’t hesitate to start following me.

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More efficient cars for the US, China and Europe

Looking for a gas sipperThe Obama Admnistration has finally enacted the new mileage standards that will significantly improve the efficiency of cars by 2025. These new standards will enable the country to save up to 3 million barrels per day by 2025.

As the White House blog noted : ” In total, this program will save consumers more than $1.7 trillion at the gas pump and reduce U.S. oil consumption by 12 billion barrels.”

Last but not least, this measure will create up to 500,000 jobs as Forbes noted in an article which will have to be added to the 250,000 jobs already created since 2009 according to the NRDC.

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A real must-see and must-share video on climate

While reading Climate Progress I came across a must-see speech from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, from Rhode Island. As the description on Youtube notes :

” There are some laws that Congress can change. The laws of nature aren’t among them. While lobbyists continue to call for more and more “second” opinions, Sheldon points out to his colleagues that the scientific community is solidly behind the fact that climate change is a real threat.

This speech clearly contrasts with the environmental bashing of most Republicans and most Democrats keeping quiet on those very issues. Please watch this video, please share it !

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President Obama gets more serious on efficiency

CleanTechies often republishes blog posts from the Official White House blog. This enabled me to learn about a significant series of measures designed to help America cut its oil dependence and energy consumption. Indeed, new standards will enable future cars to cut their oil consumption (not by much though…). US households will also be able … Read more

Can the US stop subsidizing coal and oil ?

Coal and oil are the two most polluting fossil fuels and energy sources to date. Despite this, both are receiving huge subsidies from the United States federal and local governments.

To Climate Progress, the coal industry received around $3 billion (2.2 billion euros) per year between 2002 and 2008 and to the New York Times, the oil industry gets even more, $4 billion (3 billion euros).

Giving around $7 billion each year to industries that pollute our air, our water and our soil so they just can keep polluting is just insane.

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