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 – partly thanks to James Hansen – but would haven’t guessed that evidence of this was known since such a long time. Thinking about it, it’s quite logical…
In any case, the debate is over. I would even say that there never has been any debate. It’s time to act on climate change globally and be serious about it…
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. Read more →
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 was a conference / workshop on well being at work organized by the Sustainability club of Audencia Alumni.
In both events I was fortunate to learn a lot on these critical issues and to meet very interesting people. Thanks to them for our exchanges, past and I hope, future.
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 from the dirties fossil fuel. Worse, over two thirds of their coal-fired plants are over 30 years old and thus highly inefficient. “
Luckily, this could change soon if local politicians enacted the right policies as the full article shows. As usual, please enjoy and share this article.
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 top of being beneficial to gardens also save time and money to homeowners and communities.
This is a simple example of how what was regarded as a waste can easily become a valuable resource. Such a reasoning is crucial to solve our current problems.
It is that time of the month again : here is my selection of the most interesting and note-worthy news of September in the climate, energy and sustainability spheres. Each of them could have been the subject of an article.
Given this selection I believe it is safe to say we are reaching tipping points for both the seriousness of our multiple crises and in some way, how we are starting to address them (mostly climate change).
I believe this selection of news offers a good complement to this website. So if you are on Twitter and like this selection, don’t hesitate to start following me. Read more →
If you think air pollution is just a topic for daydreamers, leftists and treehuggers, please do read on. To the World Health Organization – via its International Agency for Research on Cancer, IARC - air pollution is now been linked to cancers.
As Climate Progress notes, in 2010 alone, air pollution have been linked to to 3.2 million premature deaths, predominantly from cardiovascular disease, and 223,000 deaths from lung cancer.
” Sources of air pollution identified by the agency include emissions from motor vehicles, industrial processes, power plants and household heating and cooking fumes. ” Read more →
I really appreciate reading Thomas L Friedman’s articles in the New York Times. His latest piece - Too Big to Breathe? – just nails it on how putting economic growth before anything else is endangering us all.
There the acclaimed author of Hot, Flat and Crowded writes about how Harbin – a 10-million inhabitants city in China – got almost locked down because of its horrifying air pollution due to too many coal-fired plants and factories.
But the government is willing to change this situation. As Reuters reported earlier this week, ” China will steer local governments away from the pursuit of economic growth at all costs.”
Here are some bad news I read last week : deforestation in Brazil is increasing again. For the past years, it had been decreasing steadily, reaching its lowest levels in two decades.
But over the last year, deforestation increased by 28 percent over the previous one. As the BBC noted : ” The government is working to reverse this “crime”, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said.”
This takes place as on a global scale, the world has lost a staggering 900,000 square miles (2.3 million square kilometers) of forests between 2000 and 2102 to deforestation or fire. Read more →
We have seen it quite a few times in the previous months : taxing carbon is a good idea as it already works in Australia, Ireland and British Columbia. Emissions reductions have been quite noticeable in all cases.
As a result, more countries will follow suit, such as the People’s Republic of China, South Africa and even France. The government of my home country indeed has stated that it will start taxing carbon in January 2014.
As a result, taxing carbon is one of the solutions at the disposal of the nations willing to slash their greenhouse gases emissions among cutting fossil fuels subsidies. Read more →