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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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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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Risque climatique : les investisseurs pourraient perdre 4 200 milliards de dollars

Risque climatique : les investisseurs pourraient perdre 4 200 milliards de dollars | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

C’est une nouvelle alerte pour les investisseurs ayant des actifs dans les compagnies extractives d’énergies fossiles. Cette fois, elle est lancée par The Economist Intelligence Unit, qui vient de publier une étude sur le risque carbone. Les pertes liées au changement climatique seraient colossales, atteignant dans le meilleur des cas 4 200 milliards de dollars. Et dans le pire, jusqu’à ... 57 000 milliards de dollars.


Via Sylvie Loutre, Dominique Martin- Ferrari
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4 200 milliards de dollars. C’est le PIB du Japon, la troisième économie mondiale. C’est aussi la somme que les investisseurs privés pourraient voir partir en fumée d’ici la fin du siècle à cause du réchauffement climatique. Et ce même si ce réchauffement global est limité à 2 degrés, prévient The Economic Intelligence Unit, qui a publié, avec l'assureur britannique Aviva, une étude sur le coût de l’inaction le 24 juillet dernier.

"Les investisseurs sont actuellement confrontés à un choix difficile", explique Brian Gardner, l’auteur du rapport."Soit ils vont voir leurs participations dans des entreprises productrices de combustibles fossiles se déprécier à cause de mesures réglementaires plus strictes, soit ils vont faire face à des pertes substantielles dans leurs portefeuilles à cause du changement climatique. Entre ces deux voies, il y en a une troisième, qui consisterait pour les investisseurs de long terme à transférer leurs investissements vers une économie bas carbone, plus viable."

 

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@PicardiePass, @cop21-Paris, @energy, @assoJNE 42000 milliards de $, le coût de l'inaction

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@PicardiePass, @cop21-Paris, @energy, @assoJNE 42000 milliards de $, le coût de l'inaction

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4 200 milliards de dollars. C’est le PIB du Japon, la troisième économie mondiale. C’est aussi la somme que les investisseurs privés pourraient voir partir en fumée d’ici la fin du siècle à cause du réchauffement climatique. Et ce même si ce réchauffement global est limité à 2 degrés, prévient The Economic Intelligence Unit, qui a publié, avec l'assureur britannique Aviva, une étude sur le coût de l’inaction le 24 juillet dernier.

"Les investisseurs sont actuellement confrontés à un choix difficile", explique Brian Gardner, l’auteur du rapport."Soit ils vont voir leurs participations dans des entreprises productrices de combustibles fossiles se déprécier à cause de mesures réglementaires plus strictes, soit ils vont faire face à des pertes substantielles dans leurs portefeuilles à cause du changement climatique. Entre ces deux voies, il y en a une troisième, qui consisterait pour les investisseurs de long terme à transférer leurs investissements vers une économie bas carbone, plus viable."

 

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Armored Trucks get Natural Gas & Electric Plug-in Hybrid Conversion to Reduce Emissions by 99.9% & Big Fuel Economy

Armored Trucks get  Natural Gas & Electric Plug-in Hybrid Conversion to Reduce Emissions by 99.9% & Big Fuel Economy | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Efficient Drivetrains and American Repower are partnering to convert a fleet of six armored vans to run on compressed natural gas with a plug-in hybrid.

Via Duane Tilden
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"When hauling around massive amounts of money and valuables around Southern California, security is generally a much bigger concern than fuel economy. However, the need for vehicles to become more efficient is hitting every segment, even armored vans. That's why Efficient Drivetrains Inc. and North American Repower are teaming up to convert six of these 26,000-pound behemoths run on natural gaswith a plug-in hybrid offering additional help. The first one should be hauling riches for Sectran Security around Los Angeles in 2016.

All three companies are already positioning the upcoming conversion as a win-win solution to current issues. The armored vehicles can still do their job of hauling money around the LA area but with a claimed 99.9 percent reduction in emissions from the current diesel engines. Generally, the vans make frequent stops while at work but must stay running for security reasons. This can potentially run afoul of California's rule not to let diesels idle more than five minutes. With this upcoming version, drivers will be able to go electrically between stops and then will use the natural gas when cruising.

This work combines the strengths of both firms working on these vehicles. North American Repower already specializes in natural gas engine management and conversions, and Efficient Drivetrains is very familiar with the world of plug-ins. The funding for the project includes a $3-million grant from the California Energy Commission, plus the same amount in private funds."< 

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>"Press Release:  

North American Repower and Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. to Deliver First PHEV-RNG Armored Truck
Collaboration reduces emissions by 99.9 percent

OCEANSIDE, Calif. & MILPITAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Two global leaders in developing and manufacturing advanced transportation vehicles have teamed up to manufacture a first-of-its-kind fleet of Class-5 armored vehicles that combine the benefits of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) and zero emission Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) technology.

"We're excited to be partnering with EDI on this breakthrough innovation"

North American Repower—California's leading natural gas engine management and conversion technology company— and Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.—a global leader in developing high-efficiency Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle solution—will convert a fleet of six 26,000 pound, Class-5 medium-duty armored vehicles operated by Sectran Security into PHEV vehicles that run on electricity and renewable natural gas—known as "Zero Emission with Range Extension" vehicles. The collaboration supports the dramatic acceleration in California toward a zero emissions environment. Today, the Sectran Security trucks make frequent stops as part of their highly congested urban routes. At each stop, the engines are kept idling for security purposes, but now risk violating California's strict diesel idling regulations, which prohibit idling the engine for more than five minutes. With the modernized trucks, Sectran can completely eliminate engine idling by operating in all-electric mode during stop-and-go operations on urban routes and in hybrid-mode during highway operations. When complete, the vehicles possess impressive performance statistics—the demonstration trucks will enable Sectran to reduce annual diesel consumption by 31,000+ gallons, significantly reduce annual fuel costs, and reduce emissions by 99.9 percent. [...]"<

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>"When hauling around massive amounts of money and valuables around Southern California, security is generally a much bigger concern than fuel economy. However, the need for vehicles to become more efficient is hitting every segment, even armored vans. That's why Efficient Drivetrains Inc. and North American Repower are teaming up to convert six of these 26,000-pound behemoths run on natural gaswith a plug-in hybrid offering additional help. The first one should be hauling riches for Sectran Security around Los Angeles in 2016.

All three companies are already positioning the upcoming conversion as a win-win solution to current issues. The armored vehicles can still do their job of hauling money around the LA area but with a claimed 99.9 percent reduction in emissions from the current diesel engines. Generally, the vans make frequent stops while at work but must stay running for security reasons. This can potentially run afoul of California's rule not to let diesels idle more than five minutes. With this upcoming version, drivers will be able to go electrically between stops and then will use the natural gas when cruising.

This work combines the strengths of both firms working on these vehicles. North American Repower already specializes in natural gas engine management and conversions, and Efficient Drivetrains is very familiar with the world of plug-ins. The funding for the project includes a $3-million grant from the California Energy Commission, plus the same amount in private funds."< 

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>"Press Release:  

North American Repower and Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. to Deliver First PHEV-RNG Armored Truck
Collaboration reduces emissions by 99.9 percent

OCEANSIDE, Calif. & MILPITAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Two global leaders in developing and manufacturing advanced transportation vehicles have teamed up to manufacture a first-of-its-kind fleet of Class-5 armored vehicles that combine the benefits of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) and zero emission Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) technology.

"We're excited to be partnering with EDI on this breakthrough innovation"

North American Repower—California's leading natural gas engine management and conversion technology company— and Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.—a global leader in developing high-efficiency Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle solution—will convert a fleet of six 26,000 pound, Class-5 medium-duty armored vehicles operated by Sectran Security into PHEV vehicles that run on electricity and renewable natural gas—known as "Zero Emission with Range Extension" vehicles. The collaboration supports the dramatic acceleration in California toward a zero emissions environment. Today, the Sectran Security trucks make frequent stops as part of their highly congested urban routes. At each stop, the engines are kept idling for security purposes, but now risk violating California's strict diesel idling regulations, which prohibit idling the engine for more than five minutes. With the modernized trucks, Sectran can completely eliminate engine idling by operating in all-electric mode during stop-and-go operations on urban routes and in hybrid-mode during highway operations. When complete, the vehicles possess impressive performance statistics—the demonstration trucks will enable Sectran to reduce annual diesel consumption by 31,000+ gallons, significantly reduce annual fuel costs, and reduce emissions by 99.9 percent. [...]"<
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Alaska’s terrifying wildfire season and what it says about climate change

Alaska’s terrifying wildfire season and what it says about climate change | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
The fires are just the latest indicator of a climatic transformation that is remaking the state — its forests, its coasts, its glaciers, and perhaps most of all, the frozen ground beneath — more than any other in America.
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"The staggering 2015 Alaska wildfire season may soon be the state’s worst ever, with almost 5 million acres already burned — an area larger than Connecticut. The pace of the burn has moderated in the last week, but scientists say the fires are just the latest indicator of a climatic transformation that is remaking this state — its forests, its coasts, its glaciers, and perhaps most of all, the frozen ground beneath — more than any other in America."

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Des géants s’engagent pour le climat

Des géants s’engagent  pour le climat | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Les engagements couvrent la réduction des GES et de l’empreinte carbone.
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Washington — Plus d’une dizaine de grandes entreprises américaines, dont Apple, UPS et General Motors, se sont engagées à lutter contre le changement climatique, apportant leur soutien au président Barack Obama en amont d’un sommet mondial à Paris en décembre, a annoncé lundi la Maison-Blanche.

 

Des représentants de ces géants de l’économie américaine, dont également Coca Cola ou encore la banque Goldman Sachs, ont officialisé lundi leurs engagements en présence du secrétaire d’État John Kerry.

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Fossil fuel companies impose more in climate costs than they make in profits

Fossil fuel companies impose more in climate costs than they make in profits | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Climate change impacts exceed fossil fuel profits.

 

It is fairly well understood by now that releasing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere imposes an economic cost, in the form of climate change impacts. In most cases, however, those responsible for carbon emissions are not required to pay that cost. Instead, it's borne mainly by the world's poor and low-lying countries, and of course by future generations, as many of the worst impacts of climate change will emerge years after the emissions that drive them.

 

People sometimes refer to the unpaid cost of carbon pollution as a subsidy, or an "implicit subsidy," to polluting businesses. The IMF recently issued a report saying that total worldwide subsidies to energy, mainly fossil fuel energy, amounted to $5.2 trillion a year. The reason that number is so high is that the IMF includes implicit subsidies — the social costs imposed by businesses (including climate damages) that they don't have to pay for.


Via Alexandre Pépin
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"There's been a lot of work recently trying to quantify carbon risk. A new contribution to that conversation was just released by Chris Hope and colleagues at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School: "Quantifying the implicit climate subsidy received by leading fossil fuel companies." It attempts to put a number on the carbon risk facing the world's top 20 fossil fuel companies, the ones most directly vulnerable to a price on carbon. The results suggest that those companies are in a perilous situation.

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The results are pretty startling. To wit: "For all companies and all years, the economic cost to society of their CO2 emissions was greater than their after‐tax profit, with the single exception of Exxon Mobil in 2008" (my emphasis). In other words, if these fossil fuel companies had to pay the full cost of the carbon emissions produced by their products, none of them would be profitable.

 

It's even worse for pure coal companies, for which "the economic cost to society exceeds total revenue in all years, with this cost varying between nearly $2 and nearly $9 per $1 of revenue." Total revenue, Hope and colleagues note, represents "employment, taxes, supply purchases, and indirect employment" — everything that coal companies contribute to the economy. It turns out the costs they impose through carbon emissions are larger than all those contributions combined. (For oil and gas companies, carbon costs generally range from 10 to 50 percent of total revenue.)"

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Sustainer Homes creates green, off-grid homes from shipping containers | Stu Robarts | GizMag.com

Sustainer Homes creates green, off-grid homes from shipping containers | Stu Robarts | GizMag.com | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Using old shipping containers is seen as an environmentally friendly means of constructing new homes. Taking this one step further, Sustainer Homes has begun making off-grid container dwellings that incorporate self-managed water, sewerage, electricity and gas.

Sustainer Homes argues that factors like rising rents and demand for housing is requiring younger generations to look for more affordable, sustainable and flexible living options. It says its converted shipping containers not only address these issues, but also enable independence from facilities, low-impact living and freedom of mobility.

 

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La fonte de la banquise s'accélère - France TV Info

La fonte de la banquise s'accélère - France TV Info | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Les images impressionnantes de la fonte de la banquise attestent d'une accélération au Groenland.


Via Laurent Samuel
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Au Groenland, la glace fond à vue d'oeil. Cette année, le thermomètre est passé à 25 degrés au-dessus de 0. Il y a huit ans, pour la même période, le blizzard soufflait et les scientifiques devaient affronter des températures de - 35 degrés. Une amplitude de 65 degrés inquiétante pour les chercheurs qui observent la banquise depuis plus de 25 ans.

L'activité humaine en cause

"Durant ces dernières décennies, cet énorme réservoir de glace qu'est le Groenland a vu sa fonte s'aggraver sans bénéficier de chutes de neige équivalentes pour s'équilibrer", explique Joel Harper, glaciologue de l'Université de Montana. Le Groenland est le deuxième plus grand réservoir en eau douce de la planète et la glace peut atteindre jusqu'à trois kilomètres d'épaisseur. Les chercheurs pointent du doigt les conséquences de l'activité humaine. Plus on monte vers le Nord, plus c'est visible : la glace est noircie par la pollution.

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Nouveau record de chaleur en juin sur la planète depuis la fin du 19 siècle

Nouveau record de chaleur en juin sur la planète depuis la fin du 19 siècle | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Juin 2015 a été le plus chaud pour ce mois sur le globe depuis le début des relevés de températures en 1880, a annoncé lundi l'Agence américaine océanique et atmosphérique (NOAA).

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter
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Les six premiers mois de l'année ont également été marqués par une température record pour cette période, ce qui montre que le réchauffement climatique se poursuit sans répit. L'année 2014 avait déjà été l'année la plus chaude jamais enregistrée.

 

La température moyenne en juin à la surface des terres et des océans a été 0,88 degré Celsius au-dessus de la moyenne du XXe siècle, précise la NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) dans un communiqué.

 

Le précédent record de température pour un mois de juin remontait à 2014. Celui des six premiers mois de l'année à 2010.

 
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The world’s most famous climate scientist just outlined an alarming scenario for our planet’s future | Chris Mooney | WashPost

The world’s most famous climate scientist just outlined an alarming scenario for our planet’s future | Chris Mooney | WashPost | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

James Hansen has often been out ahead of his scientific colleagues.

With his 1988 congressional testimony, the then-NASA scientist is credited with putting the global warming issue on the map by saying that a warming trend had already begun. “It is time to stop waffling so much and say that the evidence is pretty strong that the greenhouse effect is here,” Hansen famously testified. Since then, he has drawn headlines for accusing the Bush administration of trying to muzzle him, getting arrested protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline, and setting forward the case for why carbon dioxide levels need to be kept below 350 parts per million in the atmosphere (they’re currently around 400).

Now Hansen — who retired in 2013 from his NASA post, and is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute — is publishing what he says may be his most important paper. Along with 16 other researchers — including leading experts on the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets — he has authored a lengthy study outlining an scenario of potentially rapid sea level rise combined with more intense storm systems.

 

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“You can see a lot of different points in this paper, and it’s going to take a while for the community to sort them out, but actually, the story is clear,” says Hansen. The bottom line conclusion, he says, is that sea level rise is “the big impact of human made climate change.”


Michael Oppenheimer, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, commented by email that “If we cook the planet long enough at about two degrees warming, there is likely to be a staggering amount of sea level rise.  Key questions are when would greenhouse-gas emissions lock in this sea level rise and how fast would it happen? The latter point is critical to understanding whether and how we would be able to deal with such a threat.

“The paper takes a stab at answering the ‘how soon?’ question but we remain largely in the dark.  Giving the state of uncertainty and the high risk, humanity better get its collective foot off the accelerator.”

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Michael Schumacher Tower / LAVA - eVolo | Architecture Magazine

Michael Schumacher Tower / LAVA - eVolo | Architecture Magazine | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Architecture and Design Magazine for the 21st Century. Organizer of the Annual Skyscraper Architectural Competition.
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Pollution : chaque année, un coût de 101,3 milliards d’euros pour la France

Pollution : chaque année, un coût de 101,3 milliards d’euros pour la France | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
La pollution de l’air en France coûte chaque année 101,3 milliards d’euros. Deux fois plus que le tabac (47 milliards d’euros). La commission d’enquête sénatoriale, présidée par le sénateur (Les Républicains) de Meurthe-et-Moselle Jean-François Husson, a rendu publique, mercredi 15 juillet, son estimation de la charge financière globale de la mauvaise qualité de l’air

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Smart cities: Asia's new frontier? | Jean Chua | Eco-Business.com

Smart cities: Asia's new frontier? | Jean Chua | Eco-Business.com | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

From London to Lahore, cities around the world are competing to be crowned as ‘the world’s smartest city’, led by a firm belief in the power of technology to make urban centres more innovative, efficient and liveable than they already are.

Nowhere is this opportunity to make cities cleaner and smarter more evident than in Asia, which is already home to 60 per cent of the planet’s people. The region’s cities, along with Africa’s, will account for 90 per cent of the increase in the world’s population from now till 2050. That’s about 2.5 billion people who will be moving to urban centres in those regions.

The smart city is hailed as a way for urban planners to accommodate this growth sustainably. The services and infrastructure around it has grown to a multi-billion dollar industry in Asia alone.

According to a report by market research firm Navigant Research, investment in smart city information and communication technology (ICT) in Asia Pacific will total US$63.4 billion during the period from 2014 to 2023.

 

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Indeed, the mantra of  “sustainability” should guide the development of all smart city projects, emphasises Thomas Menkhoff, professor of organisational behaviour and human resources (education) at Singapore Management University’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business.

In fact, it is no longer an option for city leaders as they confront challenges such as climate change, air pollution, and urbanisation in a world with finite resources, he says.

“A truly smart city will manage to increase sustainability,” Menkoff adds. “Aspirations in terms of eco-smart towns and homes, electric car sharing services, reuse and recycling as well as greener practices in business and society at large are achievable in principle.”

“There is no doubt that the wise use of ICT can lead to a more efficient use of resources, energy savings, and a higher quality of life,” he notes.

 
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Smart city infrastructure can help governments and businesses save millions of dollars in energy bills and innumerable man hours

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We Need Clean-Energy Innovation, and Lots of It

We Need Clean-Energy Innovation, and Lots of It | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Bill Gates discusses climate change and three steps we can take to prevent the worst effects of global warming.
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"Last month, during a trip to Europe, I mentioned that I plan to invest $1 billion in clean energy technology over the next five years. This will be a fairly big increase over the investments I am already making, and I am doing it because I believe that the next half-decade will bring many breakthroughs that will help solve climate change. As I argued in this 2010 TED talk, we need to be able to power all sectors of the economy with sources that do not emit any carbon dioxide. But when it comes to preventing the worst effects of climate change, the investments I make will matter much less than the choices that governments make. In Europe I got to talk about these choices with several political leaders, and in this post I want to share the steps that I encouraged them to take."
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"Last month, during a trip to Europe, I mentioned that I plan to invest $1 billion in clean energy technology over the next five years. This will be a fairly big increase over the investments I am already making, and I am doing it because I believe that the next half-decade will bring many breakthroughs that will help solve climate change. As I argued in this 2010 TED talk, we need to be able to power all sectors of the economy with sources that do not emit any carbon dioxide. But when it comes to preventing the worst effects of climate change, the investments I make will matter much less than the choices that governments make. In Europe I got to talk about these choices with several political leaders, and in this post I want to share the steps that I encouraged them to take."

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Obama's clean energy plan expected to boost renewables - BBC News

Obama's clean energy plan expected to boost renewables - BBC News | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
President Obama's clean power plan is likely to be delayed by 2 years but is also expected to push renewable energy.

Via Erwan Boumard
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The US has put forward a proposal to cut its overall emissions by 26-28% of their 2005 levels by 2025. The widespread acceptance and implementation of the electricity plan is vital to achieving this target.

"I expect to see quite a few governors and state air regulators welcoming the announcement, and indicating that it is quite reasonable and achievable for their states to meet," said Alden Meyer, from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

"That should help assure our international negotiating partners that the initiative is likely to survive the political challenges it will inevitably face in the coming months and years."

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Iran city hits suffocating heat index of 154 degrees, near world record | Jason Samenow | WashPost.com

Iran city hits suffocating heat index of 154 degrees, near world record | Jason Samenow | WashPost.com | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Wherever you live or happen to travel to, never complain about the heat and humidity again.

In the city of Bandar Mahshahr (population of about 110,000 as of 2010), the air felt like a searing 154 degrees (67.8 Celsius) today, factoring in the humidity.

Its actual air temperature was 109 degrees (42.8 Celsius) with an astonishing dew point temperature of 90 (32.2 Celsius). (If you use NOAA’s calculator, that actually computes to a heat index of 159 degrees).

Probably the most incredible ob I've ever seen. Bandar Mahshahr, Iran today: Temp: 109F (43C) Dew Point: 90F (32C). pic.twitter.com/Lb2AsDAtK0

— Anthony Sagliani (@anthonywx) July 30, 2015

Bandar Mahshahr sits adjacent to the Persian Gulf in southwest Iran where water temperatures are in the 90s. Such high temperatures lead to some of the most oppressive humidity levels in the world when winds blow off the water.

 

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"Un problème distant" - Les "riches" n’ont pas assez peur du changement climatique

"Un problème distant" - Les "riches" n’ont pas assez peur du changement climatique | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Selon une étude menée par une équipe de scientifiques américains, seulement la moitié des habitants des pays riches perçoit le changement climatique comme une menace. Les chercheurs expliquent qu’il faut développer des stratégies de communication pour changer la tendance. 

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter
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«Trop de gens considèrent encore le changement climatique comme un problème distant», indique Debbie Hopkins, un expert à l’Université d’Otago (Nouvelle-Zélande). Selon lui, il faudrait diffuser plus de reportages engagés dans les médias et introduire des conversations avec des spécialistes au sein des localités, afin d’illustrer les menaces que le changement climatique peut engendrer. 

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Au Canada, un lac sur le point de tomber d'une falaise

Au Canada, un lac sur le point de tomber d'une falaise | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
La destruction de ce lac situé dans les Territoires du nord-ouest du Canada est attendue entre la fin de l'été et le début de l'automne.

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter
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"Des dizaines de milliers de mètres cubes d'eau qui se déversent du haut d'une falaise, inondant la vallée voisine. Ce scénario catastrophe a de fortes chances de se réaliser près de la ville de Fort McPherson, située dans les Territoires du nord-ouest du Canada. La destruction du lac est attendue entre la fin de l'été et le début de l'automne.

 

Des scientifiques de l'équipe de surveillance géologique de cette région canadienne ont donné l'alerte, affirme Vice News vendredi 24 juillet. "Les scientifiques expliquent que la destruction de ce petit lac est une illustration criante des conséquences des changements climatiques, qui altèrent les conditions environnementales en Alaska, en Sibérie et à la pointe nord du Canada", précise le site d'information."

https://news.vice.com/article/this-lake-in-canadas-north-is-about-to-fall-off-a-cliff-literally?utm_source=vicenewstwitter


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Faut-il changer l'homme pour ne pas changer le climat ?

Faut-il changer l'homme pour ne pas changer le climat ? | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
ENVIRONNEMENT - Dans un article intitulé "L'ingénierie humaine et le changement climatique" ("Human Engineering and Climate Change," Ethics, Policy and the Environment, 15 (2): 1-16, with A. Sandberg and R. Roache, 2012) qui a reçu un certain écho aux Etats-Unis, mais dont l'accueil semble avoir été discret en France, Matthew Liao considère comme acté l'insuffisance, voire le danger ou l'échec, des perspectives traditionnelles permettant d'empêcher ou de freiner le changement climatique. De fait, selon l'auteur, nous devrions changer notre comportement pour le rendre plus écologique mais nous ne le faisons pas, le marché devrait imposer des taxes plus contraignantes mais la politique échoue à le faire, la géo-ingénierie devrait mettre en œuvre des techniques aptes à diminuer le réchauffement mais ces dernières demeurent hasardeuses. C'est la raison pour laquelle il importe d'examiner une quatrième option : changer l'homme, intervenir sur la base biologique de son existence.

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter
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Sans pouvoir entrer plus avant dans le détail des arguments de l'auteur, on peut néanmoins se questionner sur les principes qui sont à l'arrière-plan de cet article. Il est, en premier lieu, permis de se demander si Matthew Liao ne présuppose pas le résultat qu'il veut obtenir. Si l'homme n'est pas assez volontaire pour changer sa conduite, il doit malgré tout l'être suffisamment pour modifier son corps. S'il n'est pas assez conscient du danger que court la planète pour agir éthiquement et politiquement, il doit cependant l'être suffisamment pour se faire objet reconfigurable au nom de l'idéal écologique.

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Katell Rochard's curator insight, July 27, 6:30 PM

Dans cet ordre d'idée,  une autre philosophe, Corine Pelluchon, explore bien ce thème du sens que nous donnons à notre rapport à la nature et à tout ce qui nous nourrit, dans son récent livre, "Les nourritures", qui nous ramène à la place de l'homme.

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10 Strategies for a Stronger, Greener Economy | TheCityFix

10 Strategies for a Stronger, Greener Economy | TheCityFix | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in depth articles on urban planning, sustainable mobility, gender, resilience, and other key themes for sparking more sustainable development in our cities.

In an interview with TheCityFix Brasil, Felipe Calderon, former President of Mexico and President of the Global Climate Economy Commission, emphasized the role that sustainable urban growth plays in climate change mitigation: “We need to build new urban infrastructure and create more compact and well connected cities. The way we build our cities and transportation systems will determine our economic performance, residents’ quality of life, and the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced over the next decades.”

The world is taking notice of this urgency. The role of cities in tackling climate change will be will be just one of the issues discussed in September at the International Congress Cities & Transport. Some of the voices that we’ll hear from include Sam Adams, former mayor of Portland (USA); Rachel Biderman, director of WRI Brazil; Nelson Franco, climate change manager for the City Hall of Rio de Janeiro; and Délio Malheiros, vice mayor and environment secretary of Belo Horizonte.


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China: As Beijing Becomes a Supercity, the Rapid Growth Brings Pains | Ian Johnson | NYTimes.com

China: As Beijing Becomes a Supercity, the Rapid Growth Brings Pains | Ian Johnson | NYTimes.com | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Every morning at 5:30, Liu Desheng joins a dozen retirees waiting for the express bus to central Beijing from this small city in Hebei Province. They stand at the front of the line but never board, instead waiting as bus after bus pulls up, each picking up 50 people from the ever-lengthening line behind the retirees.

Around 6:30, their adult children arrive. The line, now snaking down the street, has become an hourlong wait. People cut in, and a shoving match breaks out. But the retirees have saved their children this ordeal. When the next bus pulls up, the young adults take their parents’ places at the head of the line and board first, settling into coveted seats for a 25-mile ride that can take up to three hours.

“There’s not much I can contribute to the family anymore,” Mr. Liu, 62, said as his son waved goodbye from a bus window. “He is exhausted every day, so if I can help him get a bit more rest, I’ll do it.”

The Liu family’s commuting habit is a small but telling part of a megacity in the making.

 

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For decades, China’s government has tried to limit the size of Beijing, the capital, through draconian residency permits. Now, the government has embarked on an ambitious plan to make Beijing the center of a new supercity of 130 million people.

 

The planned megalopolis, a metropolitan area that would be about six times the size of New York’s, is meant to revamp northern China’s economy and become a laboratory for modern urban growth.

 

“The supercity is the vanguard of economic reform,” said Liu Gang, a professor at Nankai University in Tianjin who advises local governments on regional development. “It reflects the senior leadership’s views on the need for integration, innovation and environmental protection.”

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Transition énergétique : et si Elon Musk uberisait le réseau électrique ? #Telsa #stockage #energie

Transition énergétique : et si Elon Musk uberisait le réseau électrique ? #Telsa #stockage #energie | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
L'uberisation? C'est l'expression désormais consacrée pour parler de la brutale remise en cause d'un modèle économique par de nouveaux entrants qui séduisent les utilisateurs en s'affranchissant des modes de fonctionnement habituels Une perpective qui inquiète de nombreux industriels de tous les secteurs. L'énergie n'y fait pas exception.

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« Intelligents », les réseaux, pilotés en fonction de l’offre et de la demande, offriront une gestion toujours plus fluide et décentralisée d’une production qui sera de plus en plus assurée par une multitude d’entités interconnectées. Ces dernières conquièrent ainsi une première forme d’autonomie. L’accès à leurs propres données de consommation et à celles relatives au réseau, et les outils de pilotage associés renforcent encore cette indépendance relative, à grands renforts de technologies d’exploitation des big data. A l’heure actuelle, il leur reste toutefois un fil (électrique) à la patte. La production d’énergies renouvelables étant par nature intermittente, les nouveaux producteurs demeurent en effet dépendants du réseau pour revendre leurs excédents, et se fournir lorsqu’ils ne produisent pas assez.

Mais ce verrou pourrait sauter. Les technologies de stockage pour le stationnaire progressent en effet, et des solutions commencent à apparaître. Exemple : les batteries que Tesla envisage de proposer à très brève échéance pour ce type d’usage. N’en doutons pas, si le défi technologique est bel et bien surmonté, la société sera suivie sans tarder par une myriade d’acteurs, tant la demande est forte. Quand on connait par ailleurs le modèle d’une autre entité de la galaxie Tesla, SolarCity, on comprend que deux autres éléments de disruption, la dématérialisation et le déplacement de la valeur, sont aussi à l’œuvre. 

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The end of capitalism has begun

The end of capitalism has begun | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy.
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Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables

Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
This is the beginning of the end.
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Tesla CTO: Batteries + Solar Will Lead to Cheap Electricity Within 10 Years

Tesla CTO: Batteries + Solar Will Lead to Cheap Electricity Within 10 Years | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Energy storage technology is key to popularizing solar energy generation, and that point was underscored by the feature speaker at a large solar energy conference in San Francisco Monday: Tesla Motors' chief technology officer, JB Straubel. Straubel took the stage at Intersolar's opening ceremony to extol the energy density and other [...]
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“Even with a relatively small fleet of cars today, around 60,00 cars in the world, (Tesla’s cars make up) about 5 gigawatt-hours of energy storage connected to the grid,” Straubel said. “It’s not going to be many years before Tesla will have a million cars, or 70 gigawatt-hours of storage.”

Straubel ended his talk with a slide that featured a quote from Sheikh Yamani, a former Saudi oil minister: “The stone age came to an end not for lack of stones. And the oil age will come to an end not for lack of oil.”

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Suncor Energy tests use of radio waves instead of water at oil sands | MINING.com

Suncor Energy tests use of radio waves instead of water at oil sands | MINING.com | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Instead of high-pressure steam, Canada's largest oil and gas producer wants to send radio waves down to heat the bitumen.

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“The reason why we call it the replication strategy is we’re trying to come up with exactly the same designed plants,” the firm’s executive vice president, Mark Little, said at the company’s annual shareholders meeting April 30. “If the resource is there, we’re trying to figure out, how do you bring it to market at a less costly manner?”

Other highly sought-after technologies in the oil industry today are solar reclamation and organic solvent extraction.

Use of solar technology could replace expensive and power-intensive ultraviolet lamps in advanced wastewater filtration systems at a fraction of the cost.

 
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