1,900th Post: Climate Change As A Wicked Problem

A reflection on climate change and the daunting but exciting task at hand in energy, transportation, industry, food production and so on.

Electric buses are a solution to our cities’ worst problems

A lot of news and noise surround electric cars but another vehicle is also benefitting largely from elecrification: buses. Running not for just a little bit in the morning and in the evening, they run all day, and sometimes, even part of the night. Tranporting not just one or two people to work at a … Read more

Walmart goes gigantic, launches Project Gigaton

Walmart, the largest retailer in the world, made headlines recently as it launched its Project Gigaton, an effort to help its supply chain go green and cut by a billion metric tons its carbon footprint. 

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Global emissions from energy are flat. Now what ?

There are still reasons to cheer in our fight against climate change. According to the respected International Energy Agency’s new report, global greenhouse gases emissions from energy remained flat in 2016 while the global economy grew by 3.1 percent. 

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Reasons to remain hopeful for the climate

Further to the election in the United States, a lot of people are fearing that this may be a death blow to global climate change mitigation efforts.

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2015 was another record year for renewables

According to two recent studies, 2015 was yet another record year for renewable energy sources as no less than $285.9 billion (256 billion euros) have been invested in that sector last year. 

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Those are tough times for fossil fuels companies

As odd as it might seem, oil prices at $60 are not making it any easier for Big Oil and the likes. The Financial Times published two articles on how coal, oil and gas are through tought times. Let us review them here.

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United States and China sign new climate deal

Hailed as a ” game changer “ by Grist or Climate Progress, the climate change deal signed by the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China is a new step in the fight against global warming.

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Why tackling food waste is so critical

Wasted food is a serious problem around the world as to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, ” Each year, 30 percent of global food production is lost after harvest or wasted in shops, households and catering services.”

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China and USA unveil drastic actions on climate

USA-China-collaboration-climate-changeAs Al Gore pointed out on Twitter, both the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China unveiled huge efforts to curb greenhouse gases emissions on the same week, or rather on two consecutive days.

About the US, Climate Progress has this to say : ” On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from America’s existing power plants. “

The Climate Progress article continues, stating that it is ” the most significant step taken by any U.S. president to address climate change.No less !

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King Coal is dying in China and the USA

king coal is dyingWhile coal might still be the first source of energy for electricity generation in the world, the tides may be turning in two of its largest markets, the People’s Republic of China and the United States of America.

Several facts are pointing to that conclusion.While China consumes now as much of the black dirty stuff than all other countries combined I noted in a previous article that coal consumption could peak there soon.

This was backed by several factors as well as a study from a prestigious bank.Some analysts believe that this may take place as early as 2015.

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