One of the most read articles on this blog is ” 10 reasons to support nuclear power “, which I wrote in 2009 when the situation was very different. A lot happened since then that has made me reconsider my stance on nuclear, so here is a counter-point.
21 countries from Austria to the United States have cut their greenhouse gases emissions while growing their economies in the past 15 years. This proves that decoupling economic growth and greenhouse gases emissions is feasible.
While the European Union officials – not ” leaders ” – keep on clinging to 20 % emissions reductions by 2020, the Union has already slashed its emissions by 23 percent. This is taking place ahead of the Paris Climate Conference later this year.
Drones are all the rage these days. So why not use them to counter industrial scale deforestation with industrial scale reforestation ? (granted, we shouldn’t cut the trees in the first place…)
What if we recycled absolutely everything ? We are on our way to recycle or valorize all kinds of wastes but what about the body ones ? If I had written about urine a few times, it wasn’t that frequent I wrote about…
Would you buy two examples of a very expensive and complex product that nobody has ever seen functioning ? The most likely answer is ” No “. Yet that’s exactly what the United Kingdom did buy buying Monday two EPR reactors. The European Pressurized Reactor is an evolution of third generation nuclear reactors. It was… Continue reading United Kingdom to build two EPR nuclear reactors
A couple of weeks ago I went to Boulogne sur Mer and visited the marvellous Côte d’Opale. I had two great summer days between Boulogne and Calais and strongly recommend this little trip if you are looking for enchanting places. A thing that struck me there is the quantity of wind there is almost all… Continue reading Tapping into local renewables : the Côte d’Opale
Houses and building energy efficiency is a hot topic for me since I wrote my Master’s thesis on it back to 2006. Then I discovered that France had no less than 20 million buildings to insulate ( not bad for a country with 65 million inhabitants ) Now according to the Guardian, the UK Green… Continue reading An innovative idea to push for building retrofits.
After a quite long hiatus, here is a new article I wrote for Cleantechies. In this one we see how the European Union has almost reached its emissions goals for 2020 and what should be done now. Here is the introduction : ” According to the latest statistics from Eurostat, greenhouse gases emissions in the… Continue reading European emissions decreased by 2.1 percent in 2012
Cleantech and sustainability is not only about energy efficiency and renewables, it is also about how we move around. So my latest piece for Cleantechies is about traffic congestion. Here is the introduction : ” According to a new study carried out by the English Centre of Economics and Business, traffic congestion in the United… Continue reading The huge cost of traffic congestion
You must have read or heard about it by now : Denmark is willing to be powered by a hundred percent renewable energies by 2050. The government have set an interim goal of 35 percent by 2020. Additionally, the country is willing to cut by 34 percent its emissions by 2020 compared to 1990. This… Continue reading 100% renewables in Denmark by 2050
Do you remember the Stern Report on climate change ? Back to 2008, it became famous for noting that inaction would cost a fifth of Mankind’s wealth and that solving climate change would cost only ONE percent. Now, the Committee on Climate Change corroborates the findings by stating that the United Kingdom could slash its… Continue reading Solving climate change isn’t expensive