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I had noted last year that cleantech investments had decreased from their peak of  $317.9 billion in 2011 to reach $286.2 billion in 2012. 2013 was an even worse year as total investments reached only $254 billion. To Bloomberg New Energy Finance : ” The reduced volume of investment in 2013 reflected […]

Cleantech investments decreased again in 2013


According to a brilliant report published in 2013 by the WWF : ” The US corporate sector, excluding utilities, could capture up to US$190 billion in net savings in 2020 alone by reducing energy related emissions by 3.2 percent each year on average. “ ” Between 2010 and 2020, the […]

How companies could save money and our climate


What better kind of news than good ones ? So let’s start this month of November by something that will cheer you up as the fight against climate change and rising temperatures may well soon be reaching a turnaround moment. To a brand new report from the Netherlands Environmental Assessment […]

Global CO2 emissions increase slowed down in 2012



According to new data from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA, how confusing…), the national energy-related carbon dioxide emissions declined by 3.8 percent last year, thus reaching their levels of 1994 while the economy grew. Many factors contributed to this drop in emissions. Among them are a warmer winter, a […]

United States emissions decreased by 3.8 percent in 2012


As you might perhaps have read in an earlier blog post, I am giving part of my computer calculation capacities to scientific projects close to my heart such as cancers, AIDS and of course, solar energy via the World Community Grid. As I was wondering if all this energy – […]

How I helped make better solar panels, and how you ...


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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has published on its website a series on infographics and a great animation showing how wind energy is rapidly gaining pace and its capacity is booming. In 2003, there were 185 wind farms online, powering the equivalent of 1.6 million homes ; in 2008, […]

An American wind energy revolution



Unusual temperature distribution March 2013

Temperatures in northern Europe and parts of the United States are currently colder than average – see these articles from The Independant, Der Spiegel and the Washington Post. Given this, one can reasonably ask : Did the record Arctic melt triggered this cold winter ? To climatologists, it seems likely […]

Is global warming causing a cold spring ?


Sara Volz in her biofuels lab

What were you doing when you were 17-year old ? Sara Volz, A Colorado, USA, teen created a biofuel lab in her bedroom. Even better, she developed more efficient algae that produce higher oil content just by selecting them artificially. This is seen as an important boost to algae based […]

Teen boost efficiency of algae-based biofuels


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We have seen it here time and again, burning coal is a huge health issue. This is even more worrying as it is the most polluting fossil fuel and the environmental enemy number One. Now here comes a study from the Health and Environment Alliance – or HEAL – on […]

Coal’s staggering healthcare costs around the world



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The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative was started a few years ago to cut greenhouse gases emissions in nine Northeastern States in the USA. As I noted previously, it has been so far a great success. But it is ready for more. As the New York Times reports : ” The […]

RGGI to cut emissions by 45 percent


350.org rally in Washington

This Sunday took place in the United States of America the largest climate rally ever (in the country) up to 40,000 people walked peacefully, chanted and danced in Washington DC. Other rallies were organized in many other states. All had the same message : they were asking President Obama to […]

The biggest US climate rally to date


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 […]

Solar is already cheaper than coal