Climate change horror stories from around the world

While it is undeniable that we are ramping up our actions against climate change, it is hard to deny that global warming is getting scarier every week. Here is a quick selection of horror stories I have collected this summer.

Greenland lost a trillion tonnes of ice

While it is undeniable that the fight against climate change is ramping up, slowly but surely, rising temperatures and environmental degradation are getting scarier each month. An example among others was how Greenland lost one trillion tons of ice in just three years.

A great Japanese idea to park bikes

While browsing my RSS feeds, I found on Inhabitat a great idea on how to park dozens of bikes without wasting space in streets. Only eight meters wide and eleven meters deep, a single Eco Cycle parking can store 204 bikes. The Japanese company Giken has installed many of these in Tokyo and around Japan.… Continue reading A great Japanese idea to park bikes

Great astrophotographies – June 2010

This is time for me to present my selection of the best pictures of the NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD). As always, this month was packed with beautiful images. It was difficult to select just ten. To the NASA, today’s picture : The full fisheye frame shows everything above the horizon, including a lamp-illuminated… Continue reading Great astrophotographies – June 2010

A huge solar farm on the Moon ?

Even if Japan has a sensible energy policy with energy efficiency and low carbon solutions, some of its companies have original ideas. Indeed after space-based solar, some are studying installing panels on the moon. The Shimizu Corporation is willing to put a 11,000 kilometers (6,800 miles) belt of solar panels to form the Luna Ring.… Continue reading A huge solar farm on the Moon ?

Great astrophotographies – March 2010

This is time for me to present my selection of the best pictures of the NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD). As always, this month was packed with beautiful images. It was difficult to select just ten. To the NASA, today’s picture : ” An eerie blue glow and ominous columns of dark dust highlight… Continue reading Great astrophotographies – March 2010

Great astrophotographies – September 2009

This is time for me to present my selection of the best pictures of the NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD). As always, this month was packed with beautiful images. It was a bit difficult to select just ten. Today’s featured image is the supernova remnant E0102-72 captured in X rays. To the NASA… Continue reading Great astrophotographies – September 2009

Japan to invest $21 billion in space-based solar

I like creative ideas and I love everything related to space. Needless to say I am also a strong supporter of solar energies. Yet, I find that investing 14,7 billion euros in space-based solar is preposterous. All this money will be invested to see if it is feasible to have one GW of power by… Continue reading Japan to invest $21 billion in space-based solar

NASA brings more facts and figures on space junk

I wrote in February about how Mankind polluted space near our beautiful planet. I was then quoting the European Space Agency (ESA) which believed that there are 13,200 trackable objects larger than ten centimeters; Now comes the NASA estimates that there are no less than 19,000 objects larger than ten centimeters in outer space, and… Continue reading NASA brings more facts and figures on space junk

Space debris are a danger for satellites

Mankind polluted Earth’s oceans and atmosphere in an impressive way. According to the European Space Agency (ESA) it also polluted space in such a way that it represents a danger for satellites for the next 10,000 years ! To their website: “Since 1957, more than 4,800 space launches have led to an on-orbit population today… Continue reading Space debris are a danger for satellites

Japan launches satellite to track GHG emissions

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the world’s first satellite dedicated to tracking global greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions. This will significantly increase our knowledge of their origin. Dubbed Ibuki the new satellite will collect data in 56,000 locations around the world and most specifically in developing countries, where exact figures are lacking. Tracking in… Continue reading Japan launches satellite to track GHG emissions

A video of aurora borealis seen from space

On December 24th, the famous Earthrise photo turned 40 years old. Andrew Revkin, New York Times’ journalist and blogger at Dot Earth published that day a most interesting note on this event. Since I use this photo for this very blog I left a comment there. The day after I had the honor of a… Continue reading A video of aurora borealis seen from space