2014 was the hottest year on record

2014 was according to the Japan Meteorological Agency the hottest year ever recorded. Other agencies around the world will present the same conclusion in the next days or weeks as records were broken all around the world.

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Flood costs and risks to soar in Europe

It seems the huge floods in the United Kingdom could become the new normal because of climate change. The frequency of such destructive events could almost double by mid century as a new study published in Nature Climate Change reports. According to the Guardian :” The huge cost of flood damage is set to soar … Read more

Cover crops are the future of sustainable agriculture

A mere two weeks ago I was in a middle of a field with my dear uncle Christophe. He was explaining me how he is planting cover crops in some of their fields to cut fertilizer and pesticides use as well as protecting the Environment.

Now, back to present days, I read a long and fascinating article by Tom Philpott  – for those who grew up in a farm and/or are interesting in agriculture – on the many other benefits of this practice and how it is being promoted in the United States.

Cover crops provide so many advantages over current farming practices that it has to be hoped it will become common practice globally in the next decades.

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America : Hell and high water

Climate change is currently hitting the United States in an impressive way. So I thought I would sum up here what is happening accross the ocean for those who just lost track at how this is becoming awful.

Just last week, nearly 1,000 record high-temperatures records were broken all across the country. In Colorado, up to 36,000 of people have been fleeing the raging fires. Dozens of houses have been destroyed.

In Virgina, nearly three million people found themselves without electricity because of a storm. In Florida,  another storm named Debby flooded cities.

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Climate change and extreme weather are linked

I have previously written that the link between extreme weather events and climate change wasn’t clear. It isn’t the case anymore as the latest research from the IPCC proves. As Cleantechies notes : ” A new report says that an increase in heat waves is “virtually certain” as a result of global warming and that … Read more

Ongoing floods in Thailand to cost billion

It seems global weirding is indeed taking place. While there are huge droughts in Texas, Thailand and its capital city, Bangkok are witnessing their largest floods in decades. As the Guardian reports : ” Thailand is used to floods in monsoon season, but this year’s are the worst for more than half a century. They … Read more

Thomas L Friedman : the Earth is full

I have been a huge fan of Thomas L Friedman’s op-ed pieces in the New York Times for years. Here is another one that won’t change my mind about this brilliant journalist and author (See my review of his latest book)

I believe he is one of the best thinkers on our current economic, environmental and energy problems to date. Anyone who is willing to act on these issues should read him.

Indeed, Friedman believes America – and the world as a whole – should start as soon as possible a Green Revolution. I couldn’t agree more.

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A weirder and weirder climate…

To Climate Progress : ” Is the “Global Weirding” of 2010 and 2011 the new normal? (…) Any one of the extreme weather events of 2010 or 2011 could have occurred naturally sometime during the past 1,000 years. “ ” But it is highly improbable that the remarkable extreme weather events of 2010 and 2011 … Read more

Global weirding is already a reality in the USA

To the Huffington Post : ” Heavy rains, deep snowfalls, monster floods and killing droughts are signs of a “new normal” of extreme U.S. weather events fueled by climate change, scientists and government planners said on Wednesday. “It’s a new normal and I really do think that global weirding is the best way to describe … Read more

After Australia, floods in Brazil…

Just a couple of weeks after I was writing about the catastrophic floods in Australia, similar dramatic events claimed the lives of more than 500 people in the Rio de Janeiro State of Brazil. To the Telegraph, this makes it “ the country’s worst-ever natural disaster. “ What actually claimed most lives were mudslides as … Read more

Australia faces floods of “biblical proportions”

2010 saw horrific climate events with floods in Pakistan, wild fires in Russia and the Xynthia storm in France. It was also the hottest year ever recorded. Will 2011 be the same ? It seems it could be the case as Australia is already facing floods of “biblical proportions” as 1.8 million square kilometers (more … Read more

How India is threatened by climate change

To the Huffington Post : ” A new report says India could be 2 degrees Celsius warmer than 1970s levels within 20 years – a change that would disrupt rain cycles and wreak havoc on the country’s agriculture and freshwater supplies.”

(…) ” More flooding, more drought and a spreading of malaria would occur, as the disease migrates northward into Kashmir and the Himalayas, according to the report by 220 Indian scientists and 120 research institutions.”

Heavily reliant on coal for its electricity, it is ready to invest no less than $2.3 trillion in low carbon technologies. Here is a country that understood how critical acting on climate change is.

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