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Obama on Climate Policy: Not Just Now, Thanks

Obama on Climate Policy: Not Just Now, Thanks | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Rather than propose a way to bridge the political divide on the issue, the president said he would be listening to experts and then conducting an "education process" about long-term steps to address a warming planet.
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Pour un développement durable et pour l'efficacité énergétique. «Pour ce qui est de l’avenir, il ne s’agit pas de le prévoir mais de le rendre possible. »  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
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Energy Efficiency: Why? How? | Groupe Enerstat Inc.

Energy Efficiency: Why? How? | Groupe Enerstat Inc. | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Efficacité énergétique. Pourquoi ? Comment ?
Pour faire la différence dans votre organisation, économiser et faire un geste concret pour l'environnement, tout en réduisant le gaspillage et les excès.
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Pourquoi les médaillés de Rio ne reçoivent plus de bouquets de fleurs - Les-SmartGrids.fr

Pourquoi les médaillés de Rio ne reçoivent plus de bouquets de fleurs - Les-SmartGrids.fr | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Pourquoi les médaillés de Rio ne reçoivent plus de bouquets de fleurs.

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter
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Le choix de fleurs éphémères a donc été délaissé au profit d’un objet plus durable, une transition voulue par le Comité d’organisation olympique qui s’est engagé cette année dans un programme visant à limiter les dégâts environnementaux des Jeux Olympiques et Paralympiques, selon les déclarations d’un porte parole de l’événement relayées par le site Mashable. Fort d’un programme baptisé « Abraça » (embrasser en portugais), le comité olympique souhaite réduire la consommation d’eau, d’énergie, de nourriture et de matières premières pendant les 45 jours de l’événement.
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30 Years After The Disaster: Ukraine Plans Huge Solar Farm In Chernobyl | OilPrice.com

30 Years After The Disaster: Ukraine Plans Huge Solar Farm In Chernobyl | OilPrice.com | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Perhaps the most well-known site of a nuclear disaster in the world, Chernobyl is now the location for an ambitious solar project
Via Kalani Kirk Hausman
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Ukraine has the best motivation for turning to renewable energy and is working on incentives for the industry to make that happen sooner. It’s offering feed-in tariff premiums to local renewable energy suppliers, which has, according to industry insiders, led to a “new renaissance” in the local renewable energy sector. As for Chernobyl, it’s always smart to make the best of what you have, and that’s especially true when what you have is a wasteland that cannot be used for literally anything else than harvesting solar energy at least in the next few hundred years.
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Le changement climatique est l'un des facteurs d'accroissement des feux de forêt, selon l'ONU

Le changement climatique est l'un des facteurs d'accroissement des feux de forêt, selon l'ONU | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Alors que les incendies de forêt font rage en Californie, au Portugal, en Espagne et en France, le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies pour la réduction des risques de catastrophe, Robert Glasser, a souligné le lien entre ce type de feux et les conséquences du dérèglement climatique.

Via Laurent Samuel, Dominique Martin- Ferrari
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« L'année dernière a été l'année la plus chaude enregistrée et était supérieure à la moyenne pour le nombre de sécheresses et canicules majeures signalées. Cette année, nous assistons à une tendance similaire avec de nouveaux records de température établis chaque mois », a précisé le Représentant spécial.
(...) l'étude d'UNISDR qui ajoute que de tels feux peuvent maintenant entrainer une perte de services écosystémiques de l'ordre de 146 à 191milliards de dollars par an.
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The World’s Top Predators Are Dining From Dwindling Menus

The World’s Top Predators Are Dining From Dwindling Menus | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Of the 17 largest land carnivores, most hunt prey that are either already threatened or are in decline.

Via SustainOurEarth
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Ripple is William J. Ripple, an ecologist at Oregon State University who has been studying gray wolves, cougars, and other top predators for decades. Last year, he and his colleagues reviewed the status of the planet’s 31 largest carnivores—a list that includes lions, tigers, and bears, but also sea otters, dingoes, and lynxes. They found that 24 of these animals are in decline, and 17 have been confined to less than half of their original ranges. “They are some of the world’s most admired mammals and, ironically, some of the most imperilled,” the team wrote.
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Les indicateurs clés du changement climatique ont atteint des niveaux record en 2015

Les indicateurs clés du changement climatique ont atteint des niveaux record en 2015 | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Un rapport de référence sur l’état du climat fait de 2015 la pire année de l’histoire moderne en termes de climat.

Via VLG
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Recul des glaces, sécheresse, inondations… c’est un sombre portrait de la Terre que donne le rapport annuel sur l’état du climat (« State of the Climate »), un document de 300 pages auquel ont participé 450 scientifiques du monde entier. 
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US military bases at risk from sea level rise: study

US military bases at risk from sea level rise: study | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
US military bases along the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico will be increasingly vulnerable to floods and power-packed storms as the planet warms, researchers said Wednesday.

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By the year 2100, "nearly half of the sites studied lose 25 percent or more of their land area to the sea in the intermediate scenario and lose 50 percent or more in the highest scenario," said the report.  
Many of the bases should anticipate more severe storms, to the extent that a Category One storm today would be felt as if it were a Category Two storm in 80 percent of the bases study by the end of this century. 
Some bases are already working to adapt to sea level rise. For instance, Langley Air Force Base in Virginia has installed floodwater pumps and built a shoreline seawall to protect some of its buildings. 
"The Pentagon knows it has a problem, and some bases are already making an effort to reduce their exposure," said Erika Spanger-Siegfried, lead author of the report and senior analyst in the Climate and Energy program at UCS. "But there's a big gap between what's being done and what's needed. 
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Catastrophes climatiques : les pollueurs doivent rendre des comptes en justice - Pressenza

Catastrophes climatiques : les pollueurs doivent rendre des comptes en justice - Pressenza | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
C’est une première mondiale : ce 27 juillet 2016, la Commission des droits de l’homme des Philippines a envoyé une plainte à plusieurs pollueurs pour leur contribution au dérèglement climatique [...] C’est un total de 47 entreprises qui sont visées par la plainte et qui vont devoir s’expliquer : Total, Lafarge pour les entreprises françaises, mais aussi d’autres grandes multinationales, comme Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell ou encore Glencore...

Via Pascal Teboul, Yves Carmeille "Libre passeur"
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Il s’agit là d’une démarche juridique complètement inédite. Elle s’inscrit dans un mouvement citoyen visant à demander des comptes à la justice pour les dégradations environnementales qui constituent des violations des droits fondamentaux, comme celui de vivre dans un environnement sain ou encore le droit à la santé. 

C’est un total de 47 entreprises qui sont visées par la plainte et qui vont devoir s’expliquer : Total, Lafarge pour les entreprises françaises, mais aussi d’autres grandes multinationales, comme Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell ou encore Glencore. Concrètement, il leur est reproché de contribuer, par leurs activités, à l’augmentation globale du CO2 et du méthane dans l’atmosphère.
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Report warns of severe future effects of climate change on the U.K.

Report warns of severe future effects of climate change on the U.K. | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Two experts from Manchester have contributed to a new Government report on climate change, which predicts that global warming will hit our shores with severe heatwaves, flooding and water shortages.

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"Climate change poses major threats to both natural and managed systems of the UK and worldwide," said Professor Bardgett. "Not only does it pose significant risks to our natural capital, including terrestrial, marine, freshwater and coastal ecosystems, but also it threatens our ability to produce food, for example due to increased incidence of pests and diseases, and the erosion of our soils." - 
The key threats:
- Heatwaves 
- Water shortages 
- Floods and coastal erosion 
- Farmland expected to be driven down by degraded soil and water shortages 
- Food prices to be driven up 
- Diseases and pests
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Bright future for renewable energy on display at giant solar show

Bright future for renewable energy on display at giant solar show | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

SAN FRANCISCO — It has been said that renewable energy is the energy of the future and always will be.
But the tipping point is nigh, thanks to Germany’s leadership, China’s pollution catastrophe and technological advances in battery storage, materials science and software.
At this year’s giant solar show – Solar 2016 – a future with abundant, clean and cheap energy was discussed and on display.


Via Pol Bacquet
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Success will be based on the continuation of five trends: 
- The Germans and Chinese have been dramatically transitioning to renewable energy by government edict, which has massively driven down costs for everyone through innovation and mass production; 
- The Americans, wary of government edicts of any kind, are increasingly adopting and developing viable solar “distributed power” units — a do-it-yourself and market-based approach designed to dramatically reduce or free residences and industries from any dependency on grids or utilities; 
- “Distributed power” is being adopted by developing countries to leapfrog the traditional giant power utility and extensive grid model. Power demands are high, fossil fuels are expensive and power grids inadequate so two-thirds of renewable development is underway in developing nations, led by China;
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Should the United States Save Tangier Island From Oblivion?

Should the United States Save Tangier Island From Oblivion? | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

It’s the kind of choice that climate change will be forcing over and over.


It was a few minutes before noon on Tangier Island in Virginia, just about high tide, when David Schulte pushed the toe of his red sneaker into Marilyn Pruitt’s soggy backyard. Schulte, a marine biologist with the United States Army Corps of Engineers, frowned, withdrew his foot, found another spot nearby and pressed his toe down again. His sneaker sank into the ground, and water pooled around it. “It’s like that all the time,” Pruitt called out from her back porch. “It doesn’t dry out anymore.”

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There will be dozens of Miamis and thousands of Tangiers. “The Outer Banks, the Delmarva Peninsula, Long Island, the Jersey Shore — they’re in the same boat,” Schulte said. “It’s going to just take a little longer for them to get to where Tangier is now.” An excruciating question is how we will decide which coastal communities to rescue and which to relinquish to the sea. But a number of other difficulties attend those decisions. 

How do we re-engineer the land, roads and neighborhoods of the places deemed worthy of salvation? How do we relocate residents whose homes can’t (or won’t) be saved? Also, there’s the money problem. A recent study, commissioned by the Risky Business Project, an initiative led by Henry Paulson, Michael Bloomberg and the hedge-fund billionaire and philanthropist Tom Steyer, concluded that as much as a half-trillion dollars’ worth of coastal property in the United States could be under water by the end of the century.
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Saudi-China to expand economic ties in energy sector and petrochemicals - China National News

Saudi-China to expand economic ties in energy sector and petrochemicals - China National News | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
In an effort to enhance economic cooperation with China, Saudi Arabia Minister of energy, Khalid Al-Falih was in talks with Chinese officials to invest in the country’s energy sector.

Via Energy Curator
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From energy, storage of crude oil, renewable sources of energy, mining, technology, infrastructure, logistic services, sovereign wealth funds and industrial development - all subjects were raised in the meeting to draw out proposals for investment projects. 
The return of Iranian crude to the market after the sanctions were lifted has provoked a mad race for investments in oil in Asia by oil producers across blocs.
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Google Buys 236MW Of Wind Energy From Sweden and Norway

Google Buys 236MW Of Wind Energy From Sweden and Norway | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Google wants more of its European operations to be powered by clean energy.


Google has bought the entire output of two new wind farms under construction in Sweden and Norway as the search giant continues its push to be powered by one hundred percent renewable energy. 

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“We’ve known for a long time that reducing energy usage and using renewables makes good business sense – we signed our first major power purchase agreement for 114 MW of Iowa wind in 2010,” said Marc Oman, EU energy lead at Google Global Infrastructure. 
 “Others are discovering the benefits of renewables too – in the US alone, companies bought almost 3.5 GW of renewable energy last year. We’re pleased to have played a part in stimulating the market for corporate renewable energy purchasing and doing our share in the effort to mitigate climate change.”
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Massachusetts Puts $1.4 Million Into Electric School Bus Pilot Program | James Ayre | CleanTechnica.com

Massachusetts Puts $1.4 Million Into Electric School Bus Pilot Program | James Ayre | CleanTechnica.com | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

The government of the state of Massachusetts has awarded a total of $1.4 million in grants to pay for the operation of a new electric school bus pilot program, according to recent reports.


The grant money was spread across four different awards ($350,000 each) and will be used to purchase electric school buses and chargers, and to pay for the operation of the pilot project. The pilot is intended to test the viability and potential benefits of the technology (reduced emissions, etc.).


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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Here are a couple of further details on the bus: “The new type C electric bus from Lion Bus, called the eLion, first hit the roads in Canada and the United States in 2015. Powered by a TM4 electric motor, the bus can travel up to 75 miles on a full charge. It will be available in multi-function school activity and commercial applications with up to a 72 passenger capacity, said Marc-Andre Page, marketing manager for Lion Bus.”
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L'Écosse a prouvé qu'elle pouvait produire toute son électricité grâce aux éoliennes

L'Écosse a prouvé qu'elle pouvait produire toute son électricité grâce aux éoliennes | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Le 7 août, les éoliennes écossaises ont produit l'équivalent de 106 % de ce que le pays du golf consomme en une journée.

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter
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Les nations des Îles du Pacifique comme les Îles Salomon sont concernées de manière directe par le réchauffement climatique puisque, étant donné leur élévation très basse par rapport au niveau de la mer, elles sont menacées de destruction pure et simple par la montée des eaux. "Il suffirait que la température monte de 2 degrés et nous finirons sous l'eau", avait déclaré Tony de Brum, ministre des Affaires étrangères des Îles Marshall.
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Remember That Viral Temperature Spiral? It Just Got a Dramatic Update | Brian Kahn | onEarth Magazine | Medium.com

Remember That Viral Temperature Spiral? It Just Got a Dramatic Update | Brian Kahn | onEarth Magazine | Medium.com | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

The temperature spiral that took the world by storm has an update. If you think the heat is on in our current climate, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

To recap, University of Reading climate scientist Ed Hawkins wrecked the internet a few weeks ago with a revolutionary new way to look at global temperatures. Using a circular graph of every year’s monthly temperatures and animating it, Hawkins’ image showed planetary heat spiraling closer to the two-degree Celsius threshold in a way no bar or line graph could do.

His tweet with the original graphic has been shared 15,000 times, and it’s been dubbed the most compelling climate visualization ever made (sorry, landmarked Keeling Curve). The spiral’s popularity can be attributed in part to its hypnotic nature as well as the visceral way it shows the present predicament of climate change.

Hawkins’ graphic hints at the temperature spiral to come, but now a new addition brings what the future holds into stark relief.


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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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The 2°C threshold — a planetary “safe” threshold enshrined in the COP21 Paris agreement — will likely be in the rearview mirror by the early 2040s as temperatures spiral ever higher. By 2100, every month is projected to be five degrees Celsius (nine degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than it was compared to preindustrial levels.

Of course, Alder’s super spiral is only one possible future for the planet. Last year’s Paris agreement could be a turning point where nations start to rein in their carbon pollution. While temperatures would likely still spiral higher because of warming that’s already locked in, cutting carbon emissions now will at least make the spiral more manageable.
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DiCaprio et Scorsese préparent un docu sur le changement climatique

DiCaprio et Scorsese préparent un docu sur le changement climatique | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
"Le changement climatique est la menace la plus directe à laquelle doit faire face notre planète."

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Le film devrait mettre en évidence les preuves de l’aggravation de la crise environnementale, en offrant des solutions pour que le public puisse apporter sa pierre à l’édifice et aider à sauver les espèces en voie de disparition et contrer la mise en danger des communautés indigènes. “Le changement climatique est la menace la plus directe à laquelle doit faire face notre planète”, a déclaré Leonardo DiCaprio. “Nous devons travailler ensemble, unir nos voix pour exiger un changement dès maintenant. Notre survie en dépend.”
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#Ressources de la #planète: l'#humanité vivra à crédit à partir de lundi

#Ressources de la #planète: l'#humanité vivra à crédit à partir de lundi | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
“Lundi, nous auront consommé la totalité des ressources que la Terre peut renouveler en un an, selon l'ONG Global Footprint.”
Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter, M-Christine Lanne, François GARREAU
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Le lundi 8 août marque pour la Terre le "jour du dépassement" ("earth overshoot day" en anglais). A partir de cette date, "nous vivons donc à crédit", écrivent Global Footprint et le WWF dans un communiqué. Pour ses calculs, Global Footprint prend notamment en compte l'empreinte carbone, les ressources consommées pour la pêche, l'élevage, les cultures, la construction et l'utilisation d'eau. Une surconsommation équivalente à "1,6 planète par an"
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Nous prélevons chaque année plus que la planète ne peut nous fournir....jusqu'à quand ? ☹️

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Trucks, buses and more autonomy in Part Deux of Tesla Master Plan | Scott Collie | GizMag.com

Trucks, buses and more autonomy in Part Deux of Tesla Master Plan | Scott Collie | GizMag.com | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Almost 10 years ago to the day, Elon Musk released the first Tesla Motors Master Plan. It was an optimistic set of goals for a startup car company, but on the most basic level those goals have been met. Now that the groundwork has been laid, it's time for Part Deux of the plan to spring into action.

"By definition, we must at some point achieve a sustainable energy economy or we will run out of fossil fuels to burn and civilization will collapse," Musk says. "Given that we must get off fossil fuels anyway and that virtually all scientists agree that dramatically increasing atmospheric and oceanic carbon levels is insane, the faster we achieve sustainability, the better. "

That's the thinking underpinning Part Deux of the Tesla Master Plan.


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"By definition, we must at some point achieve a sustainable energy economy or we will run out of fossil fuels to burn and civilization will collapse," Musk says. "Given that we must get off fossil fuels anyway and that virtually all scientists agree that dramatically increasing atmospheric and oceanic carbon levels is insane, the faster we achieve sustainability, the better. " That's the thinking underpinning Part Deux of the Tesla Master Plan.
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Infographic: Tesla's gigafactory opens this week: What we know in 9 epic slides | MINING.com

Infographic: Tesla's gigafactory opens this week: What we know in 9 epic slides | MINING.com | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
The massive new structure will be the world's biggest building by footprint, and it could possibly be a game-changer for the auto, energy, and battery industries.

Via SustainOurEarth
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The Gigafactory will be 100% powered by renewable energy. 
It’ll have solar panels covering the roof, while also drawing power from wind and geothermal. It will employ 6,500 people, and it will have a state-of-the-art recycling system to make use of old battery packs. 
 Elon Musk says the “exit rate” of lithium-ion cells from the Gigafactory will literally be faster than bullets from a machine gun.
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«La rapidité du réchauffement actuel est sans équivalent depuis au moins 8 000 ans»

«La rapidité du réchauffement actuel est sans équivalent depuis au moins 8 000 ans» | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
La température moyenne du globe a une nouvelle fois battu un record mensuel au mois de juin, et le premier semestre de 2016 a été de loin le plus chaud depuis le début des relevés en 1880. Entretien avec le climatologue Jean Jouzel, selon lequel il est «probable» que 2016 batte le précédent record annuel de 2015.

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter, Yves Carmeille "Libre passeur"
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«Notre maison brûle et nous regardons ailleurs.» La formule prononcée par Jacques Chirac au Sommet de la Terre de 2002 n’a jamais été plus vraie qu’aujourd’hui. Pendant que nous assistons, sidérés, à l’emballement de l’actualité «chaude», à la multiplication des attentats et des crises géopolitiques, le globe se transforme – littéralement – en cocotte-minute. C’est moins spectaculaire, plus insidieux, mais les chiffres et les faits sont là, mois après mois. Le climat se réchauffe à un rythme inédit.
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La perte de #biodiversité menace les #écosystèmes de la #planète

La perte de #biodiversité menace les #écosystèmes de la #planète | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
“L'ampleur des pertes de biodiversité dans le monde menace le fonctionnement des écosystèmes de la Terre et la pérennité des sociétés humaines, selon une étude publiée jeudi dans la revue américaine Science.”
Via Pescalune, François GARREAU
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«Les décideurs s'inquiètent beaucoup des récessions économiques, mais une récession écologique pourrait avoir des conséquences bien pires, or avec les dégâts infligés à la biodiversité, cela pourrait bien se produire», juge Andy Purvis. «Tant que nous n'aurons pas restauré la biodiversité ou commencé à agir dans ce sens, nous continuerons à jouer à la roulette écologique», estime ce scientifique.
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California Breaks Solar Record, Generates Enough Electricity for 6 Million Homes | Lorraine Chow | EcoWatch.com

California Breaks Solar Record, Generates Enough Electricity for 6 Million Homes | Lorraine Chow | EcoWatch.com | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

California has hit a new solar generation record, thanks to this week's triple-digit heat wave. SF Gate calculated that on Tuesday, the Golden State's solar power plants briefly generated enough electricity for more than 6 million homes.

According to figures from California's Independent Solar Operators Corporation (ISO) which operates most of the state's grid, a whopping 8,030 megawatts of large-scale solar power was generated at 1:06 p.m. on July 12, nearly doubling the amount of solar energy produced in mid-2014 and nearly 2,000 megawatts higher than in May 2015.


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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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According to the U.S. Department of Energy, "for both utility-scale solar PV and solar thermal, California has more capacity than the rest of the country combined, with 52 percent and 73 percent of the nation's total, respectively. " 
 "Solar power generation is just growing astronomically, and it is less expensive," Anne Gonzales, an ISO spokeswoman told the Sacramento Business Journal. Indeed, solar costs and prices are continuing to drop as solar installations soar.
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Court Decision on Climate Plan Jolts Carbon Prices

Court Decision on Climate Plan Jolts Carbon Prices | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

A halt to the federal government’s plan to cut electric power plant emissions has caused carbon prices in the Northeast’s only cap-and-trade program to plummet, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. 

 Carbon prices in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, have fallen 40 percent since the Supreme Court’s decision in February to stay the Clean Power Plan — from their peak at $7.50 per metric ton of carbon dioxide in December to $4.53 per ton in June.


Via SustainOurEarth
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Shobe said low carbon prices are good news for both the future of the cap-and-trade program and the region’s ability to slash its emissions. 
 “If you had a choice between high prices and low prices, you’d want low prices because the cost of accomplishing the (carbon cutting) goal is lower,” he said. “That means you’re getting what you want cheaper, and in the end you’ll want to buy more of it.” The key is that RGGI states’ carbon emissions are determined by the cap they place on them, not the price of those emissions, he said. 
 “That’s the nice thing about cap-and-trade programs — you’ve got a guarantee you’re going to meet the emissions goal,” 
Shobe said. “The question is how expensive it’s going to be.”
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The crazy true story of how George W. Bush secretly tried to raise the gas tax

The crazy true story of how George W. Bush secretly tried to raise the gas tax | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Turns out that when Dubyah called for the country to kick its oil addiction, he meant it. But then things got messy.


Remember that time the George W. Bush administration tried to sneak a new gas tax onto the books and sort of succeeded? You probably don’t, because not even those fighting over this measure in Congress understood what was going on. 


As far as I can tell, the only person who knows the full story is Hanna Breetz, a political scientist at Arizona State University who wrote a dissertation on U.S. alternative fuel policy back in 2012. It’s a dissertation that — mirabile dictu — broke news. But, because it’s a dissertation, no one noticed. 


 Breetz’s research provides a rare glimpse inside the political sausage factory that churns policy proposals into laws for the good old US of A. In this episode, nobody saw the full picture, and nobody was pushing for the thing that emerged in the end. It’s a story that shows how sometimes there is no guiding plan behind this country’s policy. The politicians weren’t rational planners — they were more like ants tugging a leaf in haphazard directions until they reached a destination.

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Before the speech, Bush had asked his advisors for a proposal that could make dramatic change without dramatic government intrusion. Bush wanted to work with the market, not pick winners and losers. His advisors suggested a gas tax. Make gas a lot more expensive and people will start choosing other fuels.
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Drones and renewables on the agenda for new A-level - E & T Magazine

Drones and renewables on the agenda for new A-level - E & T Magazine | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Using drones to tackle global environmental issues is one of many subjects on the agenda of a newly created A-level which looks at some of the most pressing issues that will face the younger generations in years to come.
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“Planet Earth didn't come with a user guide, so it's vital that we equip the current generation of students with the right knowledge and skills so they understand the impact that decisions we make now will have on future generations."
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