Australian PM repeals carbon tax

After months of hard work the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott succeeded in repealing that great carbon cutting tool that is the carbon tax. This is a monumental error that is going in the exact opposite direction where all countries are going. As RTCC noted : ” The removal of the tax, which priced carbon at $21.50… Continue reading Australian PM repeals carbon tax

Renewables cheaper than coal in Australia

Last week I was reporting that in New Mexico, solar is now cheaper than coal, something that analysts forecast would occur only in three or five years. I was wondering if this was an isolated event or the harbinger of a closer paradigm shift. Well, it seems that it is NOT an isolated event as… Continue reading Renewables cheaper than coal in Australia

Solar is already cheaper than coal

Solar energy may already cheaper than coal, at least for New Mexico, USA. To Bloomberg : ” First Solar, the world’s largest maker of thin-film solar panels, may sell electricity at a lower rate than new coal plants earn. “ ” El Paso Electric Co. agreed to buy power from First Solar’s the 50-megawatt Macho… Continue reading Solar is already cheaper than coal

Saudi Arabia to go 100 percent low carbon

I already had mentioned very ambitious plans from Saudi Arabia to jump-start a solar revolution. So the following news aren’t totally surprising me. As The Guardian reported : ” Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil producer, has plans to become 100% powered by renewable and low-carbon forms of energy, according to an influential member of… Continue reading Saudi Arabia to go 100 percent low carbon

2°C temperature rise to be expected by 2052

According to the latest report by the Club of Rome, the average global temperature could increase by two degrees Celsius if nothing were done beforehand. Such an increase is seen a dangerous as it would enable positive feedback mechanisms – such as drying up of the Amazon or melting permafrost in Siberia –  to be… Continue reading 2°C temperature rise to be expected by 2052

Spineless leaders and our common collapse

Let’s talk about the current economic and financial downturn, shall we ? With my educational background in international management, I am following the events quite closely. Besides, I am personally concerned by the economic situation… If I have been referring to a triple crisis for some time now, Thomas L Friedman from the New York… Continue reading Spineless leaders and our common collapse

Precarity is another reason for a green New Deal

I seldom write about social or economic issues on this blog as I am more prone to tackle environmental ones, and this even if they are part of the sustainable development triptych. But each time I blog about social topics it seems I am watching Rom burn and collapse. My last post here was on… Continue reading Precarity is another reason for a green New Deal

Book review : Environmental strategy and sustainable development

While looking for a new book in the shelves of the ESSEC Business School’s learning center, I found this one. With such a promising and current title, little was I doubting that it was written more than 15 years ago. Indeed, published little after the Rio summit, the author – Richard Welford – outlines what… Continue reading Book review : Environmental strategy and sustainable development

Will peak coal really occur next year ?

The topic of peak coal is not entirely new as I wrote previously twice about it. What is entirely new is the date. To research carried by Tadeusz W. Patzek and Gregory D. Croft coal production from existing coalfields could peak as early as next year. But this is not all as still to their… Continue reading Will peak coal really occur next year ?

Another reason to hate food waste

We know it, biofuels aren’t a sustainable solution as they take food from a billion hungry people. Now here is another fact that literally infuriates me : “(the) food wasted by the US and Europe could feed the world three times over.” This isn’t entirely new as I already tackled the issue. What is new is the… Continue reading Another reason to hate food waste

$2.2 trillion : the huge costs of environmental damages

The Guardian published last week a most interesting series of articles on a report to be published this year by the United Nations and Trucost which estimates the damages on the environment to $2.2 trillion per year. To the newspaper ” the activities of the world’s 3,000 biggest companies estimates one-third of profits would be lost… Continue reading $2.2 trillion : the huge costs of environmental damages