Sustainability, climate change, cleantech and energy : a selection of the latest headlines and best researches.
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Uruguay to invest $2.6 billion in Wind energy

Uruguay

The drought that is affecting Brazil so much is also undermining Uruguay and its large dependance on hydro energy ( 74 percent of local electricity ). The current alternative to hydro is oil. So the country will invest $2.6 billion ( 2.3 billion euros ) in wind energy in the next couple of years. Read more

Smart utilities are offering LED light bulbs

Free LED Seattle City Light

Here is something intelligent : utilities offering LED bulbs to decrease your energy consumption. As an example of this I received this month a FREE super efficient bulb. Thanks Seattle City Light for making my household and thousands of others more efficient !  Read more

Lego to ditch oil for its bricks

lego banner

I have played with Lego bricks all my childhood, something that sparked my curiosity and inventivity. But as they are made of oil, and the age of oil is going to an close. Plus climate change urges to act. So what to do ? Read more

United States, China and Brazil outlined their climate plans

USA China and Brazil unite on climate

And these are huge steps in the right direction for both renewable energy and afforestation. This bode well for the upcoming IPCC climate talks that will take place late this year in Paris. Read more

World hunger keeps on decreasing

Food

What if we were actually on the right track to solve world hunger ? The UN FAO has published a report recently stating that there are 200 million hungry people less than in 1990, all this while global population increased. Read more

1800th article, a reflection

1800th

As I am writing my 1800th article in eight years I would like to take some time to reflect on our common climate / energy situation, Corporate (Social) Responsibility and my own life. Read more

Companies, cities and communities are acting on climate

UN report - climate commitments CSR

I was right earlier on when I stated that it was up to us after the Lima Minima. Companies, cities and communities need to act on climate change and luckily they do as the United Nations reported recently. Read more

Saudi Arabia is planning its fossil fuels’ exit by 2050

saudi arabia and solar

While the G7 Nations are thinking about whining themselves off fossil fuels by the end of the century and while some – most ? – oil companies are not really diversifying themselves, Saudi Arabia is planning its fossil fuels’ exit by 2040 or 2050. Read more

Book review : the Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid

The-fortune-at-the-bottom-of-the-pyramid

I had this book on my reading list for two years as it is at the crossroads of my previous education in international management and my new one in sustainability. So I took the opportunity of my break between quarters to actually read this one. Read more

G7 Nations to decarbonize their economies

G7

Now these are great news but there is a major catch, or perhaps two… The first one the date : by 2100, as in 85 years… The second one, they didn’t say even how they would cut emissions.  Read more

An exclusive interview with Carbon Washington

Washington State - Mount Rainier cropped

This is a first for me, I sat down to interview with Carbon Washington, an initiative to bring a revenue neutral carbon tax to the State of Washington State. You can read the whole interview on Cleantechies.

Pope Francis calls for action on climate and the environment

Pope Francis

The Pope is the head of the Catholic Church, which encompasses over 1.2 billion people around the world. So when he publishes a lenghty call to action on climate change, this matters a lot. Read more

Entrepreneurship can solve Mankind’s biggest problems

220 and Change - Seattle

My life as an MBA student is eventful. This week I went to an entrepreneurship DemoDay where six great leaders presented their startups. The event is part of Fledge, a company helping conscious entrepreneurs globally. Read more

Ikea to invest a billion euros in sustainability measures

Ikea

Ikea will invest and spend a billion euros ( over $1.10 billion) in renewable energy sources and other climate change related projects. This is an excellent example of Corporate Social responsibility.  Read more

Book review : Making Sustainability Stick, by Kevin Wilhelm

making susty stick

I am currently reading a great deal for my Master’s in Business Administration in Sustainable Business. And last month I read a great book containing a huge amount of information on how to implement sustainability measures in your company or organization. Read more

Fossil fuels subsidies are worth $5.3 trillion

subsidies

$5.3 trillion (or 4.7 trillion euros) : those are staggering figures as they amount to $10 million every single minute. The figures come from the International Monetary Fund, so one can be pretty sure of them.  Read more

From parking lots to parks

cars under trees in Vancouver, Canada

For this new chapter of my life – studying for my MBA in Sustainable Business at Pinchot University – I am living next to a parking lot and I have been wondering if the owners could just plant a few trees to make it look better.  Read more

Antarctica is melting faster and faster

Antarctica ice shelf

According to recent data Antarctica appears to warm much faster than previously thought. This could have dire consequences for rising sea levels and the hundreds of million of people living in coastal regions worldwide. Read more

7.7 million people are now working in renewables

irena renewable jobs

Last year I was reporting that we were 6.5 million people working in the Renewable Energy Industries. If I have – temporarily – left it, many more have joined as now this figure reaches 7.7 million people. Read more

Those are tough times for fossil fuels companies

A coal fired plant in Indiana, USA

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. Read more

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