CO2 concentration reaches 400 ppm

This is historical : carbon dioxide concentration has reached in several places over the arctic a concentration of 400 parts per million. This doesn’t seem to be much, but pre-industrial levels were of 280 ppm. As you might remember, the safe level is considered by the scientific community to be at 350 ppm. CO2 concentration … Read more

Why drilling for oil in the Arctic is downright crazy

As China and Iceland signed last week a treaty on arctic oil and as a small spill declared in Russia, I thought it was appropriate to write about a previous article from Climate Progress on the risks of such practices.

As Kiley Kroh noted there: ” Analysts at one of the world’s largest insurance markets are warning that offshore drilling in the Arctic would “constitute a unique and hard-to-manage risk ”

“Lloyd’s of London, a large UK-based insurance pool, issued a report today outlining the severe environmental and economic risk of oil and gas drilling in Arctic waters.”

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Hawaii could be entirely powered by geothermal

Could Hawaii be entirely powered by geothermal, just like Iceland ? To Industry Intelligence : ” Hawaii Island has geothermal potential of 500 to 700 MW, enough to easily exceed its energy demand of 90 to 185 MW “ You think this would be a  senseless move ? Think again, to the report carried out … Read more

A compelling example from Iceland

A post on TreeHugger got my attention last week. It was about how the President of Iceland, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, stated that further to the economic downturn in 2007 he putted people before banks and cleantech before fossil fuels. As the OECD notes, the economic situation is improving quickly and now the country is powered … Read more

Iceland may help power Europe with geothermal

Despite its recent economic harshness, Iceland is rich as it is located on one of the world’s best geothermal hot spots. The potential is so large they are thinking about exporting electricity to neighboring European nations. As Ecogeek noted: “Iceland’s biggest utility, Landsvirkjun, has announced a plan to build the world’s longest undersea cable at … Read more

Iceland, the perfect test site for electric vehicles

Iceland pledged in 1998 to become the first decarbonized economy. And despite having been hit very hard by the recent economic crises, Iceland may prove to be the ultimate proving grounds for electric cars. Indeed its tiny population – 320,000 people – are all pretty much close to the capital city Reykjavik and the country … Read more

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