Random vacation thoughts

My time out for the past two weeks in southern France was the occasion for me to think a bit about energy and environmental issues as I was experiencing stuff I have been writing about on this blog. Exemplifying with day-to-day and real-life examples is a fantastic opportunity to see how stuff just works.  From… Continue reading Random vacation thoughts

A few quotes on pessimism

Despite I have a very optimistic personality – a trait inherited from my beloved grand-father Louis – It’s hard not to be pessimistic when we look at some news on climate these days. The socio-economic situation ain’t that bright either. So I had a look at some quotes on pessimism. Nearly all of them point… Continue reading A few quotes on pessimism

Is liquefied coal really what we need ?

An article from Cleantechies pointed out that according to a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) liquefied coal may become an economically viable fuel option by 2015. Further to this, I left a comment : ” Just as we are thinking about solving the climate/energy equation by ditching coal, some are willing… Continue reading Is liquefied coal really what we need ?

Is the BP oil spill finally over ? (A wake up call)

After nearly three months (cf. A huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico ) it seems it is finally (almost) over. To the Guardian : ” BP held out hope today that it had finally brought America’s worst oil spill under control “. But we shouldn’t rejoice too fast as ” executives and officials… Continue reading Is the BP oil spill finally over ? (A wake up call)

The triple crisis : why we need green jobs

I believe we are beginning this decade with a triple crisis as our economies are crumbling, our climate is warming and our energy supplies are getting scarcer. This assessment of our situation seems pessimistic but it couldn’t be more accurate as it is based on the +700 articles I published here over the past three years.… Continue reading The triple crisis : why we need green jobs

Why the Grenelle is a disappointment

On October 2007, the newly elected French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced after weeks of talks an important series of measures to make France a more sustainable country. This was the Grenelle de l’Environnement. But after months, only one conclusion comes to mind: the Grenelle is a disappointment, and this even with the billions of investments… Continue reading Why the Grenelle is a disappointment

My answer to climate change deniers

Yesterday  I had my first visit and comment from a climate change denier. This means that this blog is becoming bigger. I am also happy as this leads to exchanging ideas. I left a quite lengthy reply but think this deserves to be much bigger. You will find in today’s article what I will now… Continue reading My answer to climate change deniers

An idea of green bailout for The Big Three

The three large US automakers are facing huge problems. Meanwhile, many people think their cars would be able to sell better if US cars had better mileage. While driving I had an idea that very topic: increasing the mileage to enable it to reach 50 MPG by 2010 would be great. This would be much… Continue reading An idea of green bailout for The Big Three

What is exactly sustainable development ?

After more than 19 months of writing on a blog called Sustainable development and much more, I just realized I never explained what exactly is sustainable development. Basically this term is about three intertwined things (see left): the environment, the society and the economy. This is written with a decreasing order of importance . In… Continue reading What is exactly sustainable development ?

300th post : some thoughts on writing

Today, after less than a year and a half of writing, I am publishing my 300th post on this blog. This happens as my 200th article was published on January 2nd. I would like to take the opportunity to share with you some thoughts I recently had on writing and the experience it represents. This… Continue reading 300th post : some thoughts on writing