2011 in a nutshell : my selection of essential posts

With some delay I would like to propose you today my selection of the most important news of 2011. As I wrote close to 250 articles, selecting only 25 proved to be difficult.

I have mixed topics so you will find stuff on climate change, cleantech, environmental issues and sustainable development. I have also mixed personal reflections with news and book reviews.

If you think that I have missed something out or have a more personal selection, please don’t hesitate to share in the comments ! I look forward to read your own selection.

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The triple crisis, two years on

One of my very first post in 2010 was about what I was calling the triple crisis. As I noted back then ” our economies are crumbling, our climate is warming and our energy supplies are getting scarcer. “ You would think that after two years, we would have started to do something about them. … Read more

A reflection on CFLs and leaving them on

I would like to share with you some personal experience on energy efficiency and sobriety as I got back for a few days to visit my parents. I then noticed my dad has the bad habit of letting some CFLs on.

I told him that this really wasn’t good for their purse and our common planet. I also reminded him that leaving lights on in empty rooms is just pure waste since nobody benefits from them.

His answer was that since they consume very little energy and this is thus absolutely not a big deal. Is he right ? Or am I ?

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23 measures to cut US emissions by 27% by 2020

You know it if you have been reading this blog for a while, I am advocating energy efficiency as the ultimate solution to all our climate and energy issues as it can be applied literally everywhere.

As a matter of facts we have seen this is the cheapest way to cut emissions and even save money. So when a new report by the Center for Climate Strategies on the very matter brings more data I can only but share it with you.

According to its authors, the 23 measures proposed would save America $5 billion per year (3.74 billion euros) and cut emissions by 27 percent below 1990 levels in 2020.

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