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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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Bloomberg: Tesla’s Model 3 will cost as little as $25,000

Bloomberg: Tesla’s Model 3 will cost as little as $25,000 | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
The dream of an affordable electric car might finally be a reality. According to a report published by Bloomberg on Tuesday, Tesla has confirmed that the Model 3 will cost $35,000.

Via Catherine Kargas
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Tesla is adamant that the Model 3 will launch on time.

“The Model 3 is on time, and everyone is going to learn more about it at the end of March,” said Brooklyn. “That’s when we’ve committed to talking about it and giving a really great update, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

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If that's true, it will be a game changer

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U.S. Economic Growth Decouples From Both Energy And Electricity Use

U.S. Economic Growth Decouples From Both Energy And Electricity Use | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
In a stunning trend with broad implications, the U.S. economy has grown significantly since 2007, while electricity consumption has been flat, and total energy demand actually dropped. Here's how energy efficiency made this happen.
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The key driver of the decoupling of electricity use and GDP growth is energy efficiency policy and investment. BNEF notes that in 2014 (the most recent year we have data for), “Natural gas and electric utility spending on efficiency reached $6.7bn, up 8.1% from the $6.2bn seen in 2013; Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) investment topped $6.4bn.” The ESPC funding is generally distinct from the utility funding and “mainly focused on public buildings.” Since 2006, utility efficiency spending is up four-fold. The result is that “since 2007, incremental efficiency achievements have risen 17% on average annually.”
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The man who studies the spread of ignorance

The man who studies the spread of ignorance | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
In 1979, a secret memo from the tobacco industry was revealed to the public. Called the Smoking and Health Proposal, and written a decade earlier by the Brown & Williamson tobacco company, it revealed many of the tactics employed by big tobacco to counter “anti-cigarette forces”.

In one of the paper’s most revealing sections, it looks at how to market cigarettes to the mass public: “Doubt is our product since it is the best means of competing with the ‘body of fact’ that exists in the mind of the general public. It is also the means of establishing a controversy.”

Via Aurélien BADET
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"While some smart people will profit from all the information now just a click away, many will be misled into a false sense of expertise. My worry is not that we are losing the ability to make up our own minds, but that it’s becoming too easy to do so. We should consult with others much more than we imagine. Other people may be imperfect as well, but often their opinions go a long way toward correcting our own imperfections, as our own imperfect expertise helps to correct their errors,” warns Dunning.

"Consider climate change as an example. “The fight is not just over the existence of climate change, it’s over whether God has created the Earth for us to exploit, whether government has the right to regulate industry, whether environmentalists should be empowered, and so on. It’s not just about the facts, it’s about what is imagined to flow from and into such facts,” says Proctor."

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How The Energy Crash Revealed A Weak Global Economy | OilPrice.com

How The Energy Crash Revealed A Weak Global Economy | OilPrice.com | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
The price of oil dipping into the $20 dollar range is commonly cited as a product of oversupply, but it may be symptomatic of something far greater

"Down" is such a downer word. That's why when prices fall for practically anything Wall Street wants to sell you, Wall Streeters talk about volatility instead.

Volatility allows for the possibility that prices will recover soon and go to new highs. Any setback is just temporary. The market turbulence, it seems, is merely designed by invisible market gods to test your character as a long-term investor. Don't give in to panic, the investment people say, and you'll be rewarded.


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"Contrary to popular belief, central banks are not omnipotent. The oil and commodity bubbles they helped to blow have already burst. Most of the world's stocks markets are already in bear territory as of January 20. Before the late-week bounce, the U.S.-based S&P 500 Index was down 14 percent from its high in May last year. The Nasdaq Composite was off 16 percent. It's doubtful that any major stock market will simply continue to ignore what is happening in the real economy for too much longer.

Oversupply in the oil market may explain much of the drop in the oil price from $100 per barrel to $40. Some will say that recent additional weakness was due tothe lifting of sanctions against Iran, a move that opens the way for substantially higher oil exports.

But oil traders have known about this for months, and it was already priced into futures markets. In my view, only exceptional weakness in the global economy explains oil dipping into the $20 range. In doing so, the oil market has provided a warning for anyone who is willing to see it."

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New York Hotels Make a Green Pledge

New York Hotels Make a Green Pledge | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Seventeen New York City hotels have pledged to serve the environment by joining the NYC Carbon Challenge.

Marquee properties like the Waldorf Astoria New York, Grand Hyatt New York, Loews Regency New York and the Peninsula New York recently joined the NYC Carbon Challenge, a program Michael R. Bloomberg started as mayor in 2007 with the city’s universities to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Hospitals, commercial office buildings and multifamily residences were eventually added, and in late December, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the initiative would expand to include hotels.

Stephane Bilodeau's insight:

"But while these moves from 1 Hotel Central Park and other NYC Carbon Challenge properties will most certainly be a factor in helping to meet the project’s goals, they are not necessarily visible to hotel guests, who usually have the option of participating in their property’s eco-conscious efforts with actions such as reusing their bath towels.

 

No matter, said Adam Weissenberg, the head of the travel, hospitality and leisure sector at Deloitte & Touche, because travelers, especially millennials, want the hotels they stay at to be helping the environment even if that help isn’t tangible. “These changes may not be in their faces, but the guests who care will educate themselves about how their hotels are trying to be greener,” he said.

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Internet des objets : gare à la désillusion !

Internet des objets : gare à la désillusion ! | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Sécurité problématique, logiciels défaillants, futilité des usages... et si l'année 2016 était celle de la désillusion pour les objets connectés ?

Vous me direz que c’est peut-être plus de l’optimisme débridé qu’une réelle prévision... J’aime à penser que maintenant que les gens ont reçu des brosses à dents Bluetooth et des grille-pains intelligents à la pelle à Noël, l’Internet des objets (IoT) va bientôt connaitre un retour de flammes.


Via Intelligence Economique & Détective Privé, Pascal Teboul
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Les médias ont déjà fait état de nombreuses failles de sécurité liées aux objets connectés. Une ampoule qui laisse fuiter les mots de passe Wi- Fi de l’utilisateur. Un grille-pain soupçonné de faire partie d’un botnet pour relayer des attaques DDOS et autres.

Mais ces aspects négatifs n’incitent pas nécessairement les consommateurs à changer leur comportement d’achat. Pourtant, quand on lit sur les forums des recommandations de mise à jour du logiciel du réfrigérateur, avec autant de fautes de grammaire qu’ici "...please make sure that you (!) refrigerator aren (!) updated and don't (!) have an obsolete version", on se dit que la frustration va forcément monter et la colère gronder en 2016.

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DOE’s 3 Year $220M Grid Modernization Plan

DOE’s 3 Year $220M Grid Modernization Plan | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
With 88 projects from coast to coast, it might be the biggest grid edge R&D effort ever. Here’s how the money is going to be spent.

Via Duane Tilden
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"Much of the work is being driven by the power grid modernization needs laid out inDOE’s Quadrennial Energy Review, which called for $3.5 billion in new spending to modernize and strengthen the country’s power grid, while the Quadrennial Technology Review brought cybersecurity and interoperability concerns to bear. Secretary Moniz put together the pan-DOE lab consortium in November 2014, setting up each lab as a collaborator-slash-competitor for different projects across the three main R&D category types.

While many of the initial private-sector participation opportunities have already been taken, more are expected to emerge as projects keep growing, Hoffman said. As part of its core activities, DOE will also help utilities start integrating new technology with new grid policies, as is already happening in states like Hawaii, California and New York."

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"[...] The Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan will bring a consortium of 14 national laboratories together with more than 100 companies, utilities, research organizations, state regulators and regional grid operators. The scope of this work includes integrating renewable energy, energy storage and smart building technologies at the edges of the grid network, at a much greater scale than is done today.

That will require a complicated mix of customer-owned and utility-controlled technology, all of which must be secured against cyberattacks and extreme weather events. And at some point, all of this new technology will need to become part of how utilities, grid operators, regulators, ratepayers and new energy services providers manage the economics of the grid. 

DOE has already started releasing funds to 10 “pioneer regional partnerships,” or “early-stage, public-private collaborative projects [...]

The projects range from remote microgrids in Alaska and grid resiliency in New Orleans, to renewable energy integration in Vermont and Hawaii, and scaling up to statewide energy regulatory overhauls in California and New York. Others are providing software simulation capabilities to utilities and grid operators around the country, or looking at ways to tie the country’s massive eastern and western grids into a more secure and efficient whole.

Another six “core” projects are working on more central issues, like creating the “fundamental knowledge, metrics and tools we’re going to need to establish the foundation of this effort,” he said.

 

Those include technology architecture and interoperability, device testing and validation, setting values for different grid services that integrated distributed energy resources (DERs) can provide, and coming up with the right sensor and control strategy to balance costs and complexity.

Finally, the DOE has identified six “cross-cutting” technology areas that it wants to support, Patricia Hoffman, assistant secretary of DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, noted in last week’s conference call. Those include device and integrated system testing, sensing and measurement, system operations and controls, design and planning tools, security and resilience, and institutional support for the utilities, state regulators and regional grid operators that will be the entities that end up deploying this technology at scale. 

Much of the work is being driven by the power grid modernization needs laid out in DOE’s Quadrennial Energy Review, which called for $3.5 billion in new spending to modernize and strengthen the country’s power grid, while the Quadrennial Technology Review brought cybersecurity and interoperability concerns to bear.[...]

DOE will hold six regional workshops over the coming months to provide more details, Danielson said. We've already seen one come out this week -- the $18 million in SunShot grants for six projects testing out ways to bring storage-backed solar power to the grid at a cost of less than 14 cents per kilowatt-hour.

“We can’t look at one attribute of the grid at a time,” he said. “We’re not just looking for a secure grid -- we’re looking for an affordable grid, a sustainable grid, a resilient grid.” And one that can foster renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction at the state-by-state and national levels. [...]

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Solar Jobs Are Growing 12 Times Faster Than the U.S. Economy | Julian Spector | CityLab.com

Solar Jobs Are Growing 12 Times Faster Than the U.S. Economy | Julian Spector | CityLab.com | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

In his 2016 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama made the case that job growth is once more on the rise. Nowhere is that more true than in the domestic solar energy industry, which grew nearly 12 times faster than the overall economy in 2015.

The solar industry expanded 20 percent over the previous year to employ a total of 209,000 people, according to a detailed census of solar jobs released this week by The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit. Those new solar opportunities amounted to a whopping 1.2 percent of all new jobs added to the U.S. economy last year.

“From a jobs perspective, the real selling point is that these are inherently local jobs that pay above the average national wage with an opportunity for mobility without significant amounts of training or education,” The Solar Foundation Executive Director Andrea Luecke writes in an email.

The new data paint a picture of a headstrong industry sprinting forward, perhaps not sustainably so. More and more managers are reporting that it’s hard to find qualified applicants; overall, 24.2 percent of employers said it was “very difficult,” according to the census report. Solar job growth is expected to slow a bit, rising 14.7 percent as opposed to the 20 percent growth of this past year. But, Luecke notes, that projection was made before Congress extended the investment tax credit through 2021 in a massive year-end compromise. That newfound policy certainty will likely drive a higher rate of growth than the original projection.

 

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"Overall, though, the population of workers with a direct economic stake in the success of solar energy has reached the hundreds of thousands, and that size carries with it great political potential. Each of those new employees, not to mention their families and friends, now are more likely to vote for politicians who favor the expansion of renewable energy. The U.S. has steered clear of strong renewable energy policies for years thanks to the political influence of the fossil fuel industries; now there’s a new kid on the block to fight for pro-solar governance."

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Paris climate deal offers flame of hope, says UN official

Paris climate deal offers flame of hope, says UN official | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Christiana Figueres says countries cleared multiple hurdles to reach accord, showing that ‘if we want to do something we can’

The Paris climate agreement kindled “a huge flame of hope”, establishing a new model of 21st-century diplomacy, the woman behind the deal has declared.

In her first public reflections on the climate accord signed in December, Christiana Figueres, the UN climate change official, said that after two decades of meandering negotiations, countries had at last discovered their “higher purpose” and risen to the challenge of dealing with global warming.

The Paris agreement, in which 195 countries committed to limiting the temperature increase to well below 2C, set a new standard for dealing with complex global problems, she said.


Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter
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“Climate change is a very, very good example of how we are moving to a completely new social contract from the last century,” Figueres told the Guardianat a conference hosted by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) in Abu Dhabi. “The social contract that is going to underpin the 21st century has at least five very, very different ways of dealing with challenges and very different ways of delivering solutions.

“To have Paris is a huge flame of hope. We can really take some confidence from there that if we decide we want to do something, then we can,” said Figueres, who will step down this summer after guiding the negotiations for six years. “We are not bound by situations we are confronted with. We can rise above them. It’s fantastic.”

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Cancer and Climate Change

Cancer and Climate Change | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
I won’t live to see how civilization gets out of this mess. But I have hope.

I’M a climate scientist who has just been told I have Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

This diagnosis puts me in an interesting position. I’ve spent much of my professional life thinking about the science of climate change, which is best viewed through a multidecadal lens. At some level I was sure that, even at my present age of 60, I would live to see the most critical part of the problem, and its possible solutions, play out in my lifetime. Now that my personal horizon has been steeply foreshortened, I was forced to decide how to spend my remaining time. Was continuing to think about climate change worth the bother?

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"Last year may also be seen in hindsight as the year of the Death of Denial. Globally speaking, most policy makers now trust the scientific evidence and predictions, even as they grapple with ways to respond to the problem. And most Americans — 70 percent, according to a recent Monmouth University poll — believe that the climate is changing. So perhaps now we can move on to the really hard part of this whole business.

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What should the rest of us do? Two things come to mind. First, we should brace for change. It is inevitable. It will appear in changes to the climate and to the way we generate and use energy. Second, we should be prepared to absorb these with appropriate sang-froid. Some will be difficult to deal with, like rising seas, but many others could be positive. New technologies have a way of bettering our lives in ways we cannot anticipate. There is no convincing, demonstrated reason to believe that our evolving future will be worse than our present, assuming careful management of the challenges and risks. History is replete with examples of us humans getting out of tight spots. The winners tended to be realistic, pragmatic and flexible; the losers were often in denial of the threat."

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La nouvelle casquette d'Amazon : transporteur

La nouvelle casquette d'Amazon : transporteur | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Sur le point de monter à 100% du capital de Colis Privé, Amazon développe aussi sa propre flotte de camions et peut-être bientôt d'avions. Voici pourquoi.

Via Sonic_ludo
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Le mois dernier, les ambitions d'Amazon ont encore grimpé d'un cran. D'abord, l'e-commerçant a annoncé que sa flotte de camions américaine, opérée par des transporteurs tiers pour assurer le transport des marchandises entre ses différents entrepôts, allait s'étoffer de milliers de camions supplémentaires qu'il gérerait lui-même. "Nous avons une excellente relation commerciale avec de nombreux transporteurs, mais nous savons que le marché a besoin d'une capacité supplémentaire, donc nous complétons nos transporteurs actuels par nos propres camions", avait à l'époque expliqué son directeur des opérations pour l'Amérique du Nord.

 

Quelques jours plus tard, le Seattle Times révélait que l'e-commerçant était en train de négocier la location de vingt Boeing 767, dans l'optique de bâtir sa propre flotte d'avions. Amazon a déjà pâti de l'étranglement des flux de colis expédiés au travers d'UPS et Fedex. Fin 2013, des dizaines de milliers de cadeaux n'étaient ainsi arrivés qu'après le Père Noël. Fin 2015, c'était au tour de Fedex d'être pris en défaut. D'où l'idée de lancer un projet pilote de livraison par avion, à Wilmington dans l'Ohio, projet qu'il envisage donc très sérieusement de pérenniser et de déployer bien plus largement.

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Schwarzenegger : des réponses musclées aux climato-sceptiques

Schwarzenegger : des réponses musclées aux climato-sceptiques | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Arnold Schwarzenegger, c'est le poids du muscle, et le choc des mots, au service de la lutte contre les changements climatiques. En témoigne ses Tweets.

Via M-Christine Lanne
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Jugez en plutôt. Arnold Schwarzenegger, l’ancien gouverneur de Californie, l’acteur de Terminator, ne mâche pas ses mots en réponse aux nombreux messages qu’il reçoit sur les réseaux sociaux de citoyens américains doutant de l’opportunité de lutter contre le réchauffement climatique et de tourner le dos aux carburants fossiles.

« I don’t give a **** if we agree about climate change »

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« J’ai une dernière question, et ça nécessite un effort d’imagination.

« Imaginez deux portes. Derrière la première vous avez une pièce hermétique, avec une voiture standard, à essence. Derrière la deuxième, également hermétique, vous avez une voiture électrique. Les deux tournent à plein régime.

« Je veux que vous choisissiez quelle porte ouvrir, l’ouvrir et la refermer derrière vous. Vous devez rester dans la pièce que vous avez choisie pour une heure. Vous ne pouvez pas éteindre le moteur. Vous n’avez pas le droit à un masque à gaz.

« Je devine que vous choisissez la deuxième porte, avec la voiture électrique, correct ? La première porte est un choix mortel. Qui pourrait bien vouloir respirer ces fumées ?

« C’est le choix pourtant que le monde fait aujourd’hui.

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8 reasons to improve the climate impacts of your supply chain

8 reasons to improve the climate impacts of your supply chain | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Waiting for regulation can cause a lot of problems, not least cost increases in the supply chain, [while] companies that have been managing this issue in their own will naturally be more prepared for regulation.

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How and why businesses should be looking at where they are buying as well as where they are selling:

1. Supply chains account for the bulk of corporate emissions
2. Engagement takes time, and is trickier than you think
3. Major internationals are spearheading supply chain reform
4. Regulation is lurking around the corner
5. Don't forget water
6. Supply chain reform has measurable effects ...
7. And saves cash
8. Supply chain engagement is going public

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Sustainable procurement and supply programs take time to ramp up, and fully engage. This message is pretty straightforward: Get started now!

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You Can’t Stop the Growth of Renewables, Technology

You Can’t Stop the Growth of Renewables, Technology | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
At the pace that renewable energy is growing, by 2040 the U.S. will be deriving 24 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources, an increase from 4 percent today.
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This is according to Michael Liebreich, founder and chairman of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, who spoke to attendees at the Distributech (DTECH) Conference and Expo Keynote session on February 9.

“This is a very different electrical grid that you’ll be managing in 2040,” he said.

The driver behind the rise of renewable energy is price, he said.

“What you are talking about now are wind and solar prices prior to subsidies that are in the zone of 3, 4, 5, 6 cents per kilowatt-hour [kWh] unsubsidized,” he said, adding “wind in Morocco has been bought at 3 cents per kWh.”

This is happening all over the globe.

“We are seeing solar being bought in India at 6 cents, in Dubai at 6 cents,” he explained. “Now it’s not easy to manage because the sun doesn’t shine at night and the wind doesn’t always blow but when it’s that cheap utility after utility, consumer after consumer, company after company has to buy some at least and figure out how to integrate it.”

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Pétrole: Obama veut une taxe de 10 dollars par baril, colère des industriels

Pétrole: Obama veut une taxe de 10 dollars par baril, colère des industriels | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
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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. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it’s time to be utopian

The red flags and marching songs of Syriza during the Greek crisis, plus the expectation that the banks would be nationalised, revived briefly a 20th-century dream: the forced destruction of the market from above. For much of the 20th century this was how the left conceived the first stage of an economy beyond capitalism. The force would be applied by the working class, either at the ballot box or on the barricades. The lever would be the state. The opportunity would come through frequent episodes of economic collapse.


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"Postcapitalism is possible because of three major changes information technology has brought about in the past 25 years.

First, it has reduced the need for work, blurred the edges between work and free time and loosened the relationship between work and wages. The coming wave of automation, currently stalled because our social infrastructure cannot bear the consequences, will hugely diminish the amount of work needed – not just to subsist but to provide a decent life for all.

Second, information is corroding the market’s ability to form prices correctly. That is because markets are based on scarcity while information is abundant. The system’s defence mechanism is to form monopolies – the giant tech companies – on a scale not seen in the past 200 years, yet they cannot last. By building business models and share valuations based on the capture and privatisation of all socially produced information, such firms are constructing a fragile corporate edifice at odds with the most basic need of humanity, which is to use ideas freely.

Third, we’re seeing the spontaneous rise of collaborative production: goods, services and organisations are appearing that no longer respond to the dictates of the market and the managerial hierarchy. The biggest information product in the world – Wikipedia – is made by volunteers for free, abolishing the encyclopedia business and depriving the advertising industry of an estimated $3bn a year in revenue."

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution
via the World Economic Forum

 

http://www.weforum.org/

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This VIDEO from WEF outlined that The Fourth Industrial Revolution will bring change at a speed, scale and force unlike anything we've experienced before.

This relevant question is asked:

"How do we avoid a world of joblessness, low productivity and inequality?"

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The last time Earth was this hot hippos lived in Britain (that's 130,000 years ago)

The last time Earth was this hot hippos lived in Britain (that's 130,000 years ago) | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

It’s official: 2015 was the warmest year on record. But those global temperature records only date back to 1850 and become increasingly uncertain the further back you go. Beyond then, we’re reliant on signs left behind in tree rings, ice cores or rocks. So when was the Earth last warmer than the present?

The Medieval Warm Period is often cited as the answer. This spell, beginning in roughly 950AD and lasting for three centuries, saw major changes to population centres across the globe. This included the collapse of the Tiwanaku civilisation in South America due to increased aridity, and the colonisation of Greenland by the Vikings.

But that doesn’t tell the whole story. Yes, some regions were warmer than in recent years, but others were substantially colder. Across the globe, averaged temperatures then were in fact cooler than today.

To reach a point when the Earth was significantly warmer than today we’d need to go back 130,000 years, to a time known as the Eemian.


Via Andy Nolan
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So although the Eemian was warmer than today the driving mechanism for this warmth was fundamentally different to present-day climate change, which is down to greenhouses gases. To find a warm period caused predominantly by conditions more similar to today, we need to go even further back in time.

It's been millions of years since carbon in the atmosphere last warmed the planet to this extent.

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Routes solaires en France: 1 km de voirie pourrait éclairer 5000 personnes

Routes solaires en France: 1 km de voirie pourrait éclairer 5000 personnes | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Ségolène Royal a annoncé que d'ici cinq ans la France devrait compter 1000 kilomètres de routes solaires. Dans les prochaines années, le réseau routier devrait se couvrir de panneaux photovoltaïques.

Et si les routes devenaient de vastes panneaux solaires? C'est le souhait de Ségolène Royal. Lors de ses voeux mercredi au Groupement des autorités responsables de transport, une association regroupant de nombreuses collectivités territoriales, la ministre de l'Écologie a annoncé "1000 kilomètres de routes (...) couvertes de panneaux solaires" d'ici cinq ans. 


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"L'application directe, c'est une production pour les structures de proximité" précise Christophe Lienard. "On a toujours imaginé recouvrir les autoroutes, mais on s'aperçoit que l'environnement urbain et la consommation locale est plus judicieuse" renchérit Franck Barruel. 

"La route solaire, c'est la première étape" poursuit le scientifique. Les pavés Wattway ont déjà une capacité dégivrante. Ils peuvent être maintenus à une température empêchant le verglas de se former. En outre, des LED peuvent être y être incluses pour assurer un marquage au sol dynamique. "La troisième étape, c'est le rechargement des véhicules par induction" assure le chercheur. "On ouvre une nouvelle voie" conclut-il. 

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Santé et réchauffement climatique : quelles maladies faut-il redouter ?

Santé et réchauffement climatique : quelles maladies faut-il redouter ? | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Chaque année, 250 000 décès sont causés par le réchauffement de la planète. Dans le cadre de la COP21, huit experts ont fait le point sur ces pathologies déjà amplifiées par le changement climatique..

 

"La Terre souffre d'une fièvre chronique. En médecine, on appelle ça une fébricule, une fièvre qu'on laisse traîner par négligence et qui entraîne des complications graves", explique Jean-Louis Étienne. Le médecin explorateur était présent, le 1er décembre sur le site du Bourget, pour discuter des effets du changement climatique sur notre santé avec sept autres experts dans le cadre de la COP21. 
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"Plus on vit sainement, mieux c'est pour la planète"

Leurs conclusions sont unanimes : les conséquences du réchauffement en termes de santé publique sont déjà là, avec près de 250 000 décès attribuables aux changements de notre climat. 


Si ce panorama peut paraître bien sombre, les scientifiques s'accordent sur un fait : ils ne sont dus à aucune fatalité. Au contraire, ces menaces sur la santé publique doivent nous rendre conscients du caractère concret du changement climatique et nous encourager à l'enrayer. 
 
"Nous sommes un peu comme le fumeur qui se dit qu'il ne tombera jamais malade" explique le le docteur Patrice Halimi, secrétaire général de l'Association France Environnement Santé.

Les experts s'accordent sur un autre constat : les mesures de protection de l'environnement ont des conséquences positives sur notre santé, que ce soit la limitation des pesticides, la lutte contre l'étalement urbain ou bien contre la déforestation. Certaines de ces politiques ont même des effets immédiats comme les mesures contre la pollution de l'air. 


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Elon Musk: We Can Power America by Covering Small Corner of Utah With Solar

Elon Musk: We Can Power America by Covering Small Corner of Utah With Solar | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Elon Musk said that the U.S. could meet its electricity needs just by covering a small corner of Utah or Nevada with solar panels

 

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has once again championed the incredible potential of renewable energy.

During an interview Tuesday at the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting in San Francisco, the 44-year-old CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX said that the U.S. could meet its electricity needs just by covering a small corner of Utah or Nevada with solar panels.

Musk made a similar statement during his speech at the Sorbonne University in Paris on Dec. 2.

“Let’s say if the only thing we had was solar energy—if that was the only power source—if you just took a small section of Spain you could power all of Europe,” he said. “It’s a very small amount of area that’s actually needed to generate the electricity we need to power civilization. Or in the case of the U.S., like a little corner of Nevada or Utah would power the United States.”

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While Musk’s statement might sound a little too good to be true, as Tech Insider reporter Rebecca Harrington noted, we already have the technology to do it. More power from the sun hits the Earth in a single hour than humanity uses in an entire year, yet solar only provided 0.39 percent of the energy used in the U.S. last year.

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Top 10 Climate Records Smashed in 2015

Top 10 Climate Records Smashed in 2015 | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Everyone's talking about the weirder -- and more dangerous -- weather. Here are 10 things you should know about weather, climate and El Niño during a record-breaking 2015.
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The first 5 records directly related to Climate Change:

1. Global temperature records in 2015 smashed all records as the warmest year ever recorded in human history.

2. The US had its 2nd hottest year on record.

3. 14 of the 15 hottest years in a 135-year record have happened in the last 15 years.

4. Global temperature records were broken in 10 out of 12 months of 2015.

5. At least 4000 people in India and Pakistan died from heat waves in 2015; temperatures in Iran felt like 163 F in July.


Only 5% of warming -- 5% of the extra warming, the temperature increase -- in 2015 can be attributed to El Nino.


95% of the global warming in 2015 was from greenhouse gas emissions -- the methane, carbon dioxide and other pollution that is trapping the Earth's heat in our atmosphere, preventing it from escaping to space.

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Clean energy defies fossil fuel price crash to attract record $329bn global investment in 2015 - Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Clean energy defies fossil fuel price crash to attract record $329bn global investment in 2015 - Bloomberg New Energy Finance | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

2015 was also the highest ever for installation of renewable power capacity, with 64GW of wind and 57GW of solar PV commissioned during the year, an increase of nearly 30% over 2014. London and New York, 14 January 2016 – Clean energy investment surged in China, Africa, the US, …

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Michael Liebreich, chairman of the advisory board at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said: “These figures are a stunning riposte to all those who expected clean energy investment to stall on falling oil and gas prices. They highlight the improving cost-competitiveness of solar and wind power, driven in part by the move by many countries to reverse-auction new capacity rather than providing advantageous tariffs, a shift that has put producers under continuing price pressure.

“Wind and solar power are now being adopted in many developing countries as a natural and substantial part of the generation mix: they can be produced more cheaply than often high wholesale power prices; they reduce a country’s exposure to expected future fossil fuel prices; and above all they can be built very quickly to meet unfulfilled demand for electricity. And it is very hard to see these trends going backwards, in the light of December’s Paris Climate Agreement.”

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Le changement climatique est la menace qui pèse le plus sur l’économie mondiale en 2016

Le changement climatique est la menace qui pèse le plus sur l’économie mondiale en 2016 | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Pour la première fois, le changement climatique arrive en tête des risques qui pèsent le plus sur l’économie mondiale, selon la 11e édition de l’enquête du Forum économique mondial (WEF), menée auprès de 750 experts en amont du forum de Davos qui se tiendra du 20 au 23 janvier.
(...)Tous les risques mesurés semblent être en augmentation, avec des températures moyennes mondiales en hausse de plus de 1°C par rapport aux niveaux préindustriels, et un nombre de personnes déplacées de force qui est 50% plus important qu'en 1940, en pleine seconde guerre mondiale. Le risque qui a le plus de chance de se matérialiser en 2016 étant le risque de migrations massives.


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"Un échec dans l’atténuation et l’adaptation au changement climatique est ainsi susceptible d’avoir un impact bien plus important que la prolifération des armes de destruction massive, une crise de l’eau, des migrations massives ou encore un choc sévère sur les prix de l’énergie. Selon le WEF, le large éventail de risques liés au changement climatique – allant de l’environnement à la géopolitique – est sans précédent. "Le changement climatique entraîne des risques en termes de crises de l'eau, de pénuries alimentaires, de croissance économique limitée, de cohésion sociale plus faible et d’insécurité accrue", a déclaré Cecilia Reyes, directrice des risques à Zurich. "

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Notre région grande Aquitaine est celle qui connaît le réchauffement le plus rapide en France (rapport Le Treut 2013) ; cela crée des risques avérés pour plusieurs filières vitales : viticulture, sylviculture, tourisme sur l'Océan (recul de la côte) et en montagne (de moins en moins de neige). 

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How China's Dirty Cities Are Reshaping Car Design Across World

How China's Dirty Cities Are Reshaping Car Design Across World | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

“For global automakers, China is becoming the new California.

The U.S. state grabbed the lead a few years ago in establishing fuel-efficiency standards to clean up urban smog. Now, as China struggles with its air-pollution crisis, Beijing increasingly influences the models and technology Detroit, Europe and Japan sell around the world.”


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“Originally we started with California rules, so the starting point for us was clearly the U.S.,” said Klaus Froehlich, BMW’s global head of product development. “Now, China is a key market. It is very important and the regulations are quite difficult.”

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