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Renewable Energy Capacity Surging, But America Betting On Shale Gas

Renewable Energy Capacity Surging, But America Betting On Shale Gas | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
A report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects says that, in 2012, the capacity for renewable energy electrical generation accounted for almost 50% of all new installations for energy projects in the United States. ...

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The amount of renewable energy produced in the U.S. last year was slightly less than the global average of 15%, meaning that America is not too far off the mark compared to the rest of the world.  The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change has set a worldwide goal of 30% renewable energyby the year 2030, but they currently remain pessimistic about the ability of countries to achieve that goal, and believe that there could be at least a nine-percentage point deficit between reality and their goal.

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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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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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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.


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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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6 mois après la COP21, les coûts climatiques commencent à être intégrés par les investisseurs

6 mois après la COP21, les coûts climatiques commencent à être intégrés par les investisseurs | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
La deuxième journée du Business and Climate Summit, qui se déroulait au cœur de la City de Londres, était consacrée à la finance. Un secteur qui a beaucoup évolué ces dernières années sur la question du risque climatique, mais qui reste à mobiliser dans son ensemble tant le besoin de réorienter les investissements mondiaux vers les projets et infrastructures bas carbone est essentiel pour espérer atteindre les objectifs de l'Accord de Paris sur le climat.

Via M-Christine Lanne, Yves Carmeille "Libre passeur"
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Les besoins colossaux en investissements qu'appelle l'économie bas carbone – 5 000 milliards de dollars par an sur les 15 prochaines années, selon Antonio Simoes, le patron d'HSBC Bank Plc – justifient un appel massif aux investisseurs privés. 

Tous les participants ont insisté sur la nécessité de développer les green bonds, dont les émissions devraient atteindre près d'une centaine de milliards d'euros cette année, soit un doublement des montants de 2015. Ils espèrent qu'ils vont prendre une part dominante dans le marché obligataire et représenter des milliers de milliards d'euros.
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Alvin Toffler, Author of ‘Future Shock,’ Dies at 87

Alvin Toffler, Author of ‘Future Shock,’ Dies at 87 | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Mr. Toffler wrote the prophetic 1970 best seller and other books anticipating how people would deal with runaway change and an explosion of information.
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His predictions about the consequences to culture, the family, government and the economy were remarkably accurate. He foresaw the development of cloning, the popularity and influence of personal computers and the invention of the internet, cable television and telecommuting. 
 “The roaring current of change,” he said, was producing visible and measurable effects in individuals that fractured marriages, overwhelmed families and caused “confusional breakdowns” manifested in rising crime, drug use and social alienation. He saw these phenomena as very human psychological responses to disorientation and proposed that they were challenging the very structures of communities, institutions and nations.
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10 choses incroyables à savoir sur l'importance de l'océan

10 choses incroyables à savoir sur l'importance de l'océan | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
10 choses incroyables à savoir sur les océans. Vous allez enfin comprendre pourquoi l'océan est indispensable à la vie et à un développement plus durable.
Via Guillaume ANDRE-WALLUT, François GARREAU
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Voici les 10 choses à savoir sur l’océan et son lien avec le développement durable.
1 – L’océan est le coeur de notre économie et d’une économie plus durable 
2 – L’océan nous protège du réchauffement climatique 
3 – L’océan est plus important que les forêts pour notre atmosphère 
4 – L’océan est-il le futur de l’énergie ? 
5 – Les mers et océans contiennent l’avenir des technologies environnementales
6 – L’océan est menacé par la pollution et le réchauffement climatique 
7 – L’océan contiendra bientôt plus de plastiques que de poissons
8 – L’océan abrite une bonne partie de la biodiversité mondiale, mais elle est sur le point de disparaître
9 – Nous avons d’ores et déjà tué une partie de l’océan 
10 – L’océan est ultra réglementé mais… tout reste à faire
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La routine du réchauffement : mai 2016 a lui aussi battu un record

La routine du réchauffement : mai 2016 a lui aussi battu un record | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Mai 2016 fut le mois de mai le plus chaud jamais enregistré. Pour la NOAA, cela fait 13 mois de suite que la température globale est plus élevée que les précédents records, et 8 mois pour l

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter
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Les chiffres sont éloquents : depuis octobre 2015, les températures moyennes de la surface du Globe ont toujours été supérieures d’un degré. Avec une mention spéciale à février et mars qui affichent respectivement +1,33 °C et +1,28 °C. (...)

Comme l’indique l’agence spatiale : mai 2016 est le 370e mois consécutif où il fait plus chaud que la moyenne de 1951-1980 (la dernière fois qu’il faisait plus froid que la moyenne, c’était en juillet 1985…) ! À ce rythme, l’objectif fixé lors de la COP 21 de limiter le réchauffement à + 2 °C, voire 1,5 °C, par rapport à l'ère préindustrielle, sera difficile à tenir.
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Your Car’s Exhaust Could Be Hurting Children’s Mental Health | David Kirby | TakePart.com

Your Car’s Exhaust Could Be Hurting Children’s Mental Health | David Kirby | TakePart.com | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Long-term exposure to air pollution, and particularly car exhaust, may contribute to childhood mental health problems, according to a new study of prescriptions given to more than half a million Swedish children.

“There may be a link between exposure to air pollution and dispensed medications for certain psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents even at the relatively low levels of air pollution in the study regions,” concluded researchers from Umeå University in Sweden, whose findings were published on June 3 in the medical journal BMJ Open.

Previous studies have found an association between air pollution and mental health in adults, including depression, anxiety, and stress, while studies in children have found links to cognitive disabilities and disorders such as autism.

For this study, the investigators looked at a national register of prescriptions among 552,221 children and adolescents under 18 in four Swedish counties between 2007 and 2010 and compared them with measured concentrations of particulates as well as nitrogen dioxide, a byproduct of vehicle combustion, in their respective neighborhoods.


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Michelle Block, an associate professor of anatomy and cell biology at Indiana University who has researched the impact of pollution on immune cells in the brain, said this large population study from Sweden corroborates much of what she has seen in the lab. 
 Air pollution, Block said, is made of toxic gases, metals, and other compounds. “Some of those will reach the brain and can cause neuro-inflammation,” she said. “Psychiatric disorders have been linked to neuro-inflammation, so there’s an implication of a link with pollution, although it’s indirect evidence.”
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À Brooklyn, les habitants échangent de l'énergie solaire locale grâce à la blockchain

À Brooklyn, les habitants échangent de l'énergie solaire locale grâce à la blockchain | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
La coopérative TransActive Grid a créé un réseau d'électricité locale qui combine énergie renouvelable et économie du partage.

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"Ce concept profite à l’ensemble de la zone dans laquelle il est installé. En achetant l’énergie localement, plutôt qu’en passant par une société nationale, l’argent va dans la poche de personnes qui appartiennent à votre communauté", précise ainsi Joseph Lubin, le cofondateur de TransActive Grid.
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2015, année record pour les énergies renouvelables dans le monde

2015, année record pour les énergies renouvelables dans le monde | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Plein soleil, vent en poupe… A l’échelle de la planète, les énergies vertes ont connu en 2015 une progression sans précédent. C’est ce que montre le Rapport sur le statut mondial des énergies renouvelables 2016, publié, mercredi 1er juin, par le réseau international REN21, qui présente l’état des lieux le plus complet de ce secteur. 


Fin 2015, la capacité d’énergie renouvelable installée dans le monde atteignait 1 849 gigawatts (GW), en hausse de 8,7 % sur un an. Cet essor a été principalement porté par l’éolien (433 GW, + 17 %) et le solaire photovoltaïque (227 GW, + 28 %), ces deux filières assurant à elles seules les trois quarts de la croissance globale.


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Pour la première année, les investissements des pays émergents et en développement ont dépassé ceux des pays avancés (156 milliards contre 130 milliards). A elle seule, la Chine a engagé 103 milliards de dollars, soit 36 % du total mondial, ce qui représente une hausse de 17 % de son effort annuel. 
Les investissements ont également fortement augmenté au Chili, en Inde, au Mexique, en Afrique du Sud et, à un moindre degré, au Honduras, au Maroc, aux Philippines, au Pakistan et en Uruguay. 
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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.

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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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El Niño menace la vie de plus de 26 millions d’enfants

El Niño menace la vie de plus de 26 millions d’enfants | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

El Niño met en danger la vie de 26,5 millions d\'enfants dans dix pays d\'Afrique orientale et australe


L’occurrence actuelle du phénomène météorologique El Niño, l’une des plus puissantes jamais enregistrées, met en danger la vie de 26,5 millions d’enfants confrontés à la malnutrition, aux pénuries d’eau et aux maladies dans dix pays d’Afrique orientale et australe, selon le Fonds des Nations unies pour l’enfance (UNICEF).


Via Frédéric Liégeois
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"Les enfants sont confrontés à des risques alors que les familles et les communautés se déplacent en quête de travail, de nourriture, d’eau et de pâturages pour les animaux. Les enfants ont également des difficultés à rester à l’école, en raison de la faim et/ou du manque d’eau", a précisé l’UNICEF dans une étude sur cette région.
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'We Could Be Out of Work in Just a Few Weeks'

'We Could Be Out of Work in Just a Few Weeks' | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Welcome to the Eagle Ford natural gas field in South Texas, population: uncertain.


Thanks to the worldwide collapse in oil prices, Texas lost 72,000 oil and gas jobs last year. In South Texas, many of the boom-and-bust towns that surround the Eagle Ford natural gas field have since taken on an abandoned feel, strewn with half-built infrastructure and emptied “man camps” that had been erected only a few years earlier.

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The Van Alen Institute with The Atlantic and CityLab continues their series with a visit to embattled Dimmit County, TX. Locals and experts alike in the region are all wondering the same thing: whether they’ve witnessed their last surge of petroleum-fueled prosperity.
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La pollution de l'air tue 48.000 personnes chaque année en France

La pollution de l'air tue 48.000 personnes chaque année en France | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

SANTE - Une menace à prendre au sérieux. La pollution de l'air due aux particules fines est responsable de 48.000 décès chaque année en France, dont plus de 34.000 seraient évitables, selon une nouvelle étude rendue publique ce mardi 21 juin. 


Le poids sanitaire ("fardeau") de cette pollution liée aux activités humaines (transports, industrie, chauffage avec des énergies fossiles comme le fuel, agriculture...), estimé à 48.000 décès par an, correspond à 9% de la mortalité en France continentale, selon l'étude d'impact de Santé Publique France.


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"le fardeau de la pollution de l'air se situe au troisième rang, derrière celui du tabac (78.000 morts) et de l'alcool (49.000 morts)", souligne le Pr François Bourdillon, directeur général de cet organisme public. 
 Cette pollution représente "une perte d'espérance de vie pour une personne âgée de 30 ans pouvant dépasser deux ans", selon l'étude confirmant son rôle important sur la mortalité. La perte d'espérance de vie est, en moyenne, plus élevée dans les grandes villes (15 mois et plus), mais elle n'épargne pas les zones rurales (9 mois).
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Oregon calls for indefinite moratorium on oil trains through the state | Hillary Borrud | OregonLive.com

Oregon calls for indefinite moratorium on oil trains through the state | Hillary Borrud | OregonLive.com | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Oregon has asked the Federal Railroad Administration to place an open-ended moratorium on oil trains traveling through the state, because preliminary findings of an investigation into the June 3 derailment in Mosier suggest inspectors might not be able to detect the problem that likely caused the crash.

Investigators identified a problem with the screws that fasten the rails to the railroad ties as the cause of the derailment. But in a June 8 letter to the Federal Railroad Administration, an Oregon Department of Transportation administrator said recent inspections failed to catch a number of broken screws along the track in Mosier. Hal Gard, the state's rail and public transit administrator, discussed the letter at a meeting of the Oregon Transportation Commission in Hood River on Thursday.

"Until the underlying cause of the bolt failures is understood and a means of detecting this defect is developed, we request a moratorium on running unit trains over sections of track that contain track fasteners of this material in the state of Oregon," Gard wrote.

It was unclear how much of Oregon's rail system uses these types of fasteners.


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Tom Fuller, a spokesman for the department, said Oregon has yet to receive a response from federal railroad officials. The broken screws along the track in mosier were already rusted, suggesting they had been damaged for awhile. Fuller said Union Pacific, which voluntarily suspended oil-by-rail shipments through the gorge on a temporary basis, claims its inspectors can identify the broken fasteners. "However, it ran over those same tracks recently and didn't detect it," Fuller said. "If they claim they can detect these bolts, why didn't they?"
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Clean-Energy Jobs Surpass Oil Drilling for First Time in U.S.

Clean-Energy Jobs Surpass Oil Drilling for First Time in U.S. | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

The number of U.S. jobs in solar energy overtook those in oil and natural gas extraction for the first time last year, helping drive a global surge in employment in the clean-energy business as fossil-fuel companies faltered.

Employment in the U.S. solar business grew 12 times faster than overall job creation, the International Renewable Energy Agency said in a report on Wednesday. About 8.1 million people worldwide had jobs in the clean energy in 2015, up from 7.7 million in 2014, according to the industry group based in Abu Dhabi. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Oil and gas producers by contrast have slashed 351,410 jobs worldwide since prices began to slide in the middle of 2014, according to Houston-based Graves & Co.

“The continued job growth in the renewable energy sector is significant because it stands in contrast to trends across the energy sector,” said Adnan Amin, director-general of Irena, which is based in Abu Dhabi. “This increase is being driven by declining renewable energy technology costs and enabling policy frameworks. We expect this to continue as the case for renewables strengthens and countries move to achieve climate targets.”
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Apple is making so much solar energy, it formed a new company to sell it

Apple is making so much solar energy, it formed a new company to sell it | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Apple has created a subsidiary to sell the excess electricity generated by its hundreds of megawatts of solar projects. The company, called Apple Energy LLC, filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to sell power on wholesale markets across the US.
The company has announced plans for 521 megawatts of solar projects globally. It's using that clean energy to power all of its data centers, as well as most of its Apple Stores and corporate offices. In addition, it has other investments in hydroelectric,


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The company has announced plans for 521 megawatts of solar projects globally. It's using that clean energy to power all of its data centers, as well as most of its Apple Stores and corporate offices. In addition, it has other investments in hydroelectric, biogas, and geothermal power, and looks to purchase green energy off the grid when it can't generate its own power. In all, Apple says it generates enough electricity to cover 93 percent of its energy usage worldwide.
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A Suburban Experiment Aims for Free Energy

A Suburban Experiment Aims for Free Energy | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Twenty homes in a California subdivision are testing a zero net energy goal: to make at least as much energy as they use over a year.
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"It’s a concept known as zero net energy, and the cluster of homes here represents one of the nation’s largest experiments to see if zero net energy can be put into wider use.

“It’s not that it cannot be done,” said Ram Narayanamurthy, technical executive at the Electric Power Research Institute, a nonprofit utility-funded group that is conducting the study. 

“The question that we’re trying to answer is, ‘Can it be done for everyone?’” That question has particular urgency in California, whose goal is that all new homes be net-zero or the equivalent by 2020."
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Gulf economic slowdown sees foreign workers trapped by debts

Gulf economic slowdown sees foreign workers trapped by debts | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
The economic slowdown gripping countries across the Persian Gulf can be seen in layoffs, slowed construction projects and government cutbacks. For the millions of foreign workers drawn by brighter job prospects, it can have a far-darker side if they find themselves deep in debt.

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"It was kind of scary for a while there," said Robert Foster, an American from Beaufort, South Carolina, who found himself trapped for months in Qatar. "We sold everything we had." 

 The Middle East has weathered several boom-and-bust cycles over the last decades, both buoyed and beaten by the global price of crude oil, as well as the recent recession. In 2009, the financial meltdown in Dubai saw dusty luxury cars parked and abandoned at its international airport and across the city as foreigners fled their debts. 

This recent financial collapse began with oil prices falling from over $100 a barrel in the summer of 2014 to bottom out this January to under $30, a 12-year low. In the time since, oil has clawed back to $50 on supply disruptions and lowered reserves, but the damage already had been done in the Mideast. 
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