Global emissions from energy are flat. Now what ?

There are still reasons to cheer in our fight against climate change. According to the respected International Energy Agency’s new report, global greenhouse gases emissions from energy remained flat in 2016 while the global economy grew by 3.1 percent. 

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Adidas to recycle the oceans’ plastic

We have seen previously that not only cleaning up the oceans from plastic is possible but it could be done quite quickly. Now comes Adidas, the famous sportswear company, with the logical continuation : manufacture stuff with the recovered plastic !

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Oceans are warming really fast

So fast, in fact that scientists studying the phenomenon are making new scales to adapt. As the Guardian reported last week , ” NOAA (the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration )  literally has to remake its graphs. “

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Cleaning up the oceans from plastic is possible

As I stated this summer in a previous article, we could clean up our oceans from plastic. Better, we could do it in a few years. That’s what Boyan Slat, a 20-year youngster from the Netherlands believe.

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La Barra, or why we need to clean up our oceans

La Barra squareA few weekends ago I was fortunate enough to go with great friends to La Barra, a beautifully stunning beach in the Parque Nacional Natural Uramba Bahía Málaga on the Pacific coast of Colombia.

The photos I took do not lie, the place is simply magnificient and a great spot to spend a few days far away from civilization. Please go to my Flickr gallery for more pictures. The major tiny backside is that the beach is dirty.

And no I am not talking about the black sand, but about the plastic trash littering the place. Dozens if not hundreds of plastic bottles but also sandals, tampons, bags litter the place.

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Caribbean’s coral reefs could vanish by 2030

Bad news for the oceans : according to the BBC : ” Many of the Caribbean’s coral reefs could vanish in the next 20 years, according to a report published by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). “ ” Data from more than 35,000 surveys suggests that habitats have declined by more than 50% since the … Read more

Distressing news from the oceans

Coral reef at Jarvis Island NWRA few weeks ago I had collected some quite distressing news from the state of our oceans. The four articles I have gathered are quite depressing and just show how urgent action is if we want to keep our planet habitable.

First and foremost, The New Scientist presented a new study that on top of warming and acidifying, oceans are also slowly suffocating. They may have lost up to seven percent of their oxygen by the end of this century.

This phenomenon alone could really destroy many ecosystems in an irreversible way but most unfortunately, it is not the only trend.

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Worth an article : My October 2013 tweets

https://i2.wp.com/www.elrst.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/twitter-earthrise-128x128.jpg?resize=128%2C128It is that time of the month again : here is my selection of the most interesting and note-worthy news of September in the climate, energy and sustainability spheres. Each of them could have been the subject of an article.

Given this selection I believe it is safe to say we are reaching tipping points for both the seriousness of our multiple crises and in some way, how we are starting to address them (mostly climate change).

I believe this selection of news 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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Worth an article : My September 2013 tweets

https://i2.wp.com/www.elrst.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/twitter-earthrise-128x128.jpg?resize=128%2C128It is that time of the month again : here is my selection of the most interesting and note-worthy news of September in the climate, energy and sustainability spheres. Each of them could have been the subject of an article.

Given this selection I believe it is safe to say we are reaching tipping points for both the seriousness of our multiple crises and in some way, how we are starting to address some of them (mostly climate change).

I believe this selection of news 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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Methane hydrates : a pandora’s box ?

Burning iceAs Japan is working on exploiting one day methane hydrates, I thought it would be appropriate for me to present you an article on this dirty and unconventional fossil fuel which is also referred to as burning ice.

As I noted in a draft a while back : « Science without conscience is but ruin of the soul » the French philosopher Rabelais stated in the XVIth century. This is what crossed my mind as I was reading last week an article on methane hydrates.

To Science et Vie, there is twice the amount of these fossil fuels than there is of oil, natural gas and coal combined.

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