Worth an article : My November and December 2013 tweets

https://i2.wp.com/www.elrst.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/twitter-earthrise-128x128.jpg?resize=128%2C128For my last 2013 article I would like to present you with my selection of tweets for both November and December 2013. Each of them could have been the subject of an article on its own.

It is quite safe to write reading this that next year will present us with new climate change tipping points and hopefully how Mankind collectively rises up to the challenge and the threat.

Please be sure that I will keep on writing on related topics as I have been doing for the past years. So for this and much more see you in 2014 🙂

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European Union could agree to 45 percent cuts by 2030

For my last 2013 post for Cleantechies, I wrote about how the European Union is working on its climate change projects for 2030. It is considering 35 to 45 percent greenhouse gases emissions reduction compared to 1990 levels. As I am stating there, this would be a bit unambitious as the European Union has already … Read more

Trees capture particulate pollution

Air pollution kills a lot of people around the world and the situation in some Chinese cities has become nothing short of unbreathable. Meanwhile, we have seen in my series ” Plant, baby, plant “ that trees can solve many related problems. To a new study from Lancaster University, trees can absorb half of particulates, … Read more

The fortune at the bottom of the pyramid

Fortune at the bottom of the pyramid Book coverWhile reading Richard Branson’s latest book, Screw Business As Usual, I came across an interesting concept : the fortune at the bottom of the pyramid. The term refers to the basic goods and services to sell to the poorest people.

To a report from the World Resources Institute quoted in Branson’s book,  the Bottom of the Pyramid in Asia and the Middle East represent no less than 2.8 Billion people, with a total income of  $3.47 Trillion.

Counting in Africa, South America and Eastern Europe, this amounts to a $5 Trillion market which can be addressed ethycally by companies.

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Time to become nuts about nuts

Pistachios, almonds, walnuts… I enjoy eating them all and it seems it is an excellent idea as TreeHugger reports, quoting a 30-year study from the New England Journal of Medicine, which analysed data of over 100,000 people ” Researchers found that those people who ate 1 ounce (28 grams) of nuts daily, seven days a … Read more

The value of a well insulated home

The value of a well insulated homeWhile browsing Cleantechnica I found the answer of a key question I have been having ever since writing my Master’s thesis. French houses are leaky ” thermal collanders “ as 20 million accommodations have to be weatherized.

Potential savings could be the equivalent of 200 TWh of electricity per annum, knowing that the total electricity consumption in France is of 473 TWh. I had been wondering if this was the case in other countries.

But given this brilliant article, French dwellings aren’t the only one to be vastly inefficient. as similar data are mentioned : old houses need 300 kWh per square meter per year.

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Ford to boost start-stop systems

According to TreeHugger, ” a Ford representative is saying that they are “going to be aggressive rolling [stop-start] out”. As we have seen previously, such innovation enable cars to stop automatically their engines when not moving. Such a simple system could cut the oil consumption by ten percent for urban driving while only costing around … Read more

Stunner : carbon dioxide role known as early as 1932

While vested interests are still denying the warming role in our atmosphere of carbon dioxide, TreeHugger has unearthed a study from early as 1932 showing that this gas is actually warming our Planet. This was 81 years ago ! I had heard or rather read that this was known from at least since the 1980s … Read more

Could Australia axe its carbon tax ?

For the past weeks I have collected quite an impressive amount of articles on Australia, as its recent elections have brought to power a Conservative Prime Minister, Tony Abbott.

A climate denier backed by fossil fuels interests, Mr Abbott is willing to axe the country’s carbon tax. As the Guardian reported, this would cost the Australian economy a massive $6 billion to remove over the next four years.

Additional costs of increased catastrophes and extreme weather events such as droughts, heat waves and floods would also have to be borne afterwards by Australians.

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I attended two sustainability events in Paris

This Thursday I attended two events in Paris related to energy and environmental issues as well as on social corporate responsibility. The first event was a round-table on nuclear in France and the Energiewende in Germany. It was organized by the Green European Foundation, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and the Fondation de l’Écologie Politique. The second one … Read more

Poland could halve coal consumption by 2030

Here comes another article for Cleantechies, this time focusing on a problem plaguing many nations, coal. This fossil fuels does indeed provides a large part of the electricity there. Here is the introduction : ” Poland – as many East European nations – relies very heavily on coal as 90 percent of its electricity comes … Read more

Leave the fall leaves alone

While having a look at the New York Times’ homepage, I came across an article that caught my attention, “Rake the Leaves? Some Towns Say Mow Them “ calling to leave the fall leaves alone in the garden. There, they can provide after having been mulched many benefits, from water retention to nutrients. Mulching, on … Read more

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