A short video advocating public transport

It’s the middle of summer, so instead of telling you to (re) read a Midsummer Night Dream by William Shakespeare, I’d like to share with you a video I discovered while browsing…

Australian PM repeals carbon tax

Australian PM repeals carbon tax

Australia repeals carbon taxAfter months of hard work the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott succeeded in repealing that great carbon cutting tool that is the carbon tax. This is a monumental error that is going in the exact opposite direction where all countries are going.

As RTCC noted : ” The removal of the tax, which priced carbon at $21.50 per tonne, isolates Australia at a time when global moves to address climate…

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Fossil fuels are the next subprime danger

Fossil fuels are the next subprime danger

fossil fuels subprimeHere is further proof it’s high time to divest to avoid the carbon bubble. The Daily Telegraph published this week a most interesting article on how fossil fuels – oil, coal and natural gas – are the next subprime danger of this cycle as

 The cumulative blitz on energy exploration and production over the past six years has been $5.4 trillion, yet little has come of it. ” There are may reasons…

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La Barra, or why we need to clean up our oceans

La Barra, or why we need to clean up our oceans

La Barra squareA few weekends ago I was fortunate enough to go with great friends to La Barra, a beautifully stunning beach in the Parque Nacional Natural Uramba Bahía Málaga on the Pacific coast of Colombia.

The photos I took do not lie, the place is simply magnificient and a great spot to spend a few days far away from civilization. Please go to my Flickr gallery for more pictures. The major tiny backside is…

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Caribbean’s coral reefs could vanish by 2030

Caribbean’s coral reefs could vanish by 2030

Healthy corral reefBad news for the oceans : according to the BBC : ” Many of the Caribbean’s coral reefs could vanish in the next 20 years, according to a report published by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). “

” Data from more than 35,000 surveys suggests that habitats have declined by more than 50% since the 1970s.The report’s authors believe that over-fishing and disease is mainly…

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World Bank advocates climate-smart action and cleantech

World Bank advocates climate-smart action and cleantech

GDP Report climate smartSo you thought avoiding climate change by investing massively into cleantech would be bad for economic growth and GDP ? Please pray do read on and share. As Euractiv noted :

” Global economic output could rise by as much as an additional $2.6 trillion (€1.9tn) a year, or 2.2%, by 2030 if government policies improve energy efficiency, waste management and public transport.”

To the World Bank,…

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" Plant, baby, plant " a reminder

” Plant, baby, plant ” a reminder

Agroforestry in FranceIn 2012 I wrote a series of articles about planting trees. Given how this simple action solves heaps of problems – such as climate change and air pollution - in both the countryside and in our cities I believe we should make it a priority.

If you believe these are words from a treehugging enthusiast, read on. My first article was agroforestry, ie. trees in the countryside, then we delved on the…

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Cleantech investments need to soar

Cleantech investments need to soar

A solar installationAccording to a report published in May by the International Energy Agency,  the clean energy investments needed to limit temperatures from warming to 2 degrees Celsius: an additional $44 trillion ( 32 trillion euros ) by 2050.

This means spending an additional $1.2 trillion in cleantech ( like solar, wind, geothermal, bioenergy…. ) per year for the next 36 years is needed in order to limit…

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6.5 million people ( and I )

6.5 million people ( and I )

Green jobs now !This is the amount of people that are currently working in the renewable energy industries according to a recent report from the IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency )

Bioenergy ( everything from liquid biofuels to modern biomass and biogas ) have the largest contingency with 2.5 million people (with 1.4 million, 0.8 million and 0.3 million respectively)

Additionally 2.3 million people…

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Climate change impacts our atlases too

Climate change impacts our atlases too

Arctic melting iceWhat was the biggest changes to our atlases since the breakup of the USSR almost 25 years ago ? You have no idea ? Climate change. Yes you read that right. To National Geographic :

” The shrinking of the Arctic ice sheet in the upcoming 10th edition of the National Geographic Atlas of the World is one of the most striking changes in the publication’s history, geographers say. “

” (…)  Since the…

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Wind power to bounce back in 2014

Wind power to bounce back in 2014

Wind turbinesAccording to Treehugger : ”  At the end of 2013, the wind farms installed in more than 85 countries had a combined capacity of 318,000 megawatts, which would be enough to meet the residential electricity needs of the European Union.”

” New data from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) show that wind developers built 35,000 megawatts of new generating capacity worldwide in 2013.This was down…

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Solar and wind are soaring in Australia

Solar and wind are soaring in Australia

Solar PVThe energy transition is taking place in Australia. According to the local website, Renew Economy, that’s pretty much a certainty as no less than 4.4 billion US Dollars – 3.17 billion euros – were spent there in cleantech in 2013.

The vast majority of these huge sums – around 2.8 billion USD - were invested in solar by households and a few businesses.Capacity grew by almost a gigawatt. Wind was…

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Oil prices reach 114 USD a barrel

Oil prices reach 114 USD a barrel

Oil, the headlong rushOops, we did it again. Oil prices are again on the rise and reached recently $114 a barrel. This is their highest levels since 2008. Fears of current events in Iraq are explaining this. As Bloomberg noted :

” The international benchmark surged above $114 on June 13 for the first time in nine months as militants routed the Iraqi armyin the north and advanced toward Baghdad, threatening to ignite a…

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I am now working in the renewable energies sector

I am now working in the renewable energies sector

biotec logo - squareDear all, it is with a distinct pleasure and pride that I am announcing you that after ten years of hard work, my efforts finally paid off and that I have realised one of my dreams : I am now working in the renewable energy industries.

I am indeed currently employed by Biotec, a bioenergy company whose main offices are near Cali, Colombia… Yes , you read that right : I am currently in the…

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Japan farmers produce crops and solar energy

Japan farmers produce crops and solar energy

Solar farmers in JapanI have written previously that farmers around the world are due to be a key component to the transition to a more sustainable future. Another example of this comes from Japan. According to Eco Business :

” Japanese farmers have found a way to reactivate a declining farming culture through the solar sharing programme, which allows them to harvest dual incomes from sunlight. “

The article has great…

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