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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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It's not your imagination: 2017 has been abnormally hot so far

It's not your imagination: 2017 has been abnormally hot so far | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
The first months of 2017 are the second hottest ever recorded. Read on.
Via SustainOurEarth
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"The year's warmth is just another piece of evidence supporting what climate scientists have said for over a decade. Put simply, the climate has lost its chill. Due to human behaviors—namely, releasing greenhouse gasses such as carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere—the climate is warming up, and that's leading to increasingly volatile weather."
 
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Shell Plans to Boost Clean Energy Spending to $1 Billion per Year

Shell Plans to Boost Clean Energy Spending to $1 Billion per Year | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

The oil giant’s New Energies division launched last year with an annual investment budget of just $200 million.

Royal Dutch Shell is accelerating its move into alternative energy, with plans to spend up to $1 billion per year on its New Energies division by 2020, CEO Ben van Beurden said at conference in Istanbul on Monday.


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The budget increase comes as success in the clean energy sector is raising questions about the long-term business model for fossil fuel majors. According to a recent report from Wood Mackenzie, renewables will be the fastest-growing primary energy source worldwide over the next 20 years, with average annual growth rates of 6 percent for wind and 11 percent for solar. Demand for oil, meanwhile, is forecast to grow just 0.5 percent per year. 

British think tank Chatham House published a research paper last year that concluded oil majors must completely restructure their business model or face a “nasty, brutish and short” end within 10 years, due largely to low crude prices and tightening carbon regulations.
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Climate refugees will search hard for homes - Climate News Network

Climate refugees will search hard for homes - Climate News Network | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
30 June, 2017 – Where can the climate refugees go, if 2 billion are driven away by rising tides, and the interior available becomes ever more inhospitable?
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“The colliding forces of human fertility, submerging coastal zones, residential retreat, and impediments to inland resettlement are a huge problem,” said Charles Geisler, professor emeritus of development sociology at Cornell University, in New York state.

“We offer preliminary estimates of the lands unlikely to support new waves of climate refugees due to the residues of war, exhausted natural resources, declining net primary productivity, desertification, urban sprawl, land concentration, ‘paving the planet’ with roads, and greenhouse gas storage zones offsetting permafrost melt.”

In any concerted attempts to contain climate change and limit global warming, climate scientists have to consider two big things. One is: how to drastically reduce fossil fuel use. The other is: how to use the land surface so that it takes up atmospheric carbon dioxide most efficiently.
 
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Energy majors warn of falling fossil fuel demand

Energy majors warn of falling fossil fuel demand | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

One of the world’s biggest energy companies sees problems ahead with falling fossil fuel demand and huge growth in renewables.


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BP’s annual statistical review of world energy is crammed full of statistics and comments – much of it difficult reading for a company focused on oil and gas production.  

In 2016, energy consumption worldwide grew by less than 1 per cent – following on from growth of only 0.9 per cent in 2015 and 1 per cent the previous year. 

“The relentless drive to improve efficiency is causing global energy consumption overall to decelerate”, says Bob Dudley, BP’s chief executive. “And of course the energy mix is shifting towards cleaner, lower carbon fuels, driven by environmental needs and technical advances.”
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This Canadian Site Lets Anyone Be A Cleantech Investor (You Can’t Do That In The U.S.)

This Canadian Site Lets Anyone Be A Cleantech Investor (You Can’t Do That In The U.S.) | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
CoPower lets people with just $5,000 help support green bonds that fund simple efficiency updates. Want to do that in the U.S.? You need to be a millionaire.
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“There are lots of market driven and profitable solutions to social and environmental problems and lots of investors seeking social and environmental returns,” says Trish Nixon, CoPower’s director of investments, in an interview. “The challenge is in connecting the two and having financial products that meet the needs of investors from a risk-return-impact and access standpoint. That’s the problem that CoPower is solving.”
 
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"Pacte mondial pour l'environnement": Macron portera le projet devant l'ONU "dès septembre"

"Pacte mondial pour l'environnement": Macron portera le projet devant l'ONU "dès septembre" | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Emmanuel Macron s'est engagé à porter "dès septembre prochain" devant l'ONU le projet de "pacte mondial pour l'environnement" présenté samedi à Paris par des juristes, personnalités politiques, experts et militants écologistes pour renforcer le droit de l'environnement.

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter
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Ce "troisième pacte" international, après celui sur les droits civils et politiques et celui sur les droits économiques, sociaux et culturels, adoptés en 1966, "reconnaîtra pour la première fois les droits de l'environnement", a plaidé Laurent Fabius, ancien président de la COP21, la conférence de l'ONU qui a scellé l'accord de Paris sur le climat en 2015. 

"Less talk, more action!" ("moins de paroles, plus d'action!"), avait-il lancé en ouvrant la conférence, empruntant au passage à l'acteur américain Arnold Schwarzenegger, également présent à l'université de la Sorbonne, l'une des ses formules préférées.

M. Macron a promis de porter "dès septembre prochain" devant l'ONU.
 
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Something We Take for Granted Could Mean the Difference Between Peace and Civil Unrest

Something We Take for Granted Could Mean the Difference Between Peace and Civil Unrest | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
It’s time for us to come together as a global community and actually accomplish all 17 of these Global Goals. Solar energy is one solution that's ready.
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"Since the end of World War II, there’s been this shared belief that we can collectively solve the world’s biggest problems. We’ve made tremendous progress, but the Sustainable Development Goals show that there is more to do. For example, the total number of people living in poverty is nearly the same as it was back then. 
 The SDGs represent the final frontier of the grand experiment that was post-WWII reconstruction. It’s time for us to come together as a global community and actually accomplish all 17 of these Global Goals. Part of this means prioritizing the 1.2 billion people without access to electricity, especially the populations in places where we’re seeing civil unrest and unmet social needs. The West needs to redouble our efforts to support these governments in providing sufficient social services. 
 The technology is here, and it’s ready. The political willpower has to be there, too."
 
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Rare US floods to become the norm if emissions aren't cut, study warns

Rare US floods to become the norm if emissions aren't cut, study warns | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Princeton-Rutgers study finds sharp increase in risk of frequent deluges, with New York City, Seattle and San Diego among cities expected to be hit
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"The research found that if emissions are not curbed, San Francisco and Seattle would both get a 100-year flood every year by 2050, while San Diego would expect 10 such events annually and Key West in Florida would be hit 11 times a year. Some of the worst affected areas would be in Hawaii, with Mokuoloe island, situated off Oahu, forecast to be deluged by 130 floods a year that are currently considered to be 100-year events.
Michael Oppenheimer, a Princeton climate scientist and co-author of the paper, added that New York City is set to get a 100-year flood every 20 years by 2050 but this frequency would leap to a large flood every other month by 2100."
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Michael Bloomberg: US states and businesses will still meet Paris targets

Michael Bloomberg: US states and businesses will still meet Paris targets | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Former New York mayor, now UN cities and climate ambassador, says Trump may have withdrawn from Paris accord but American people haven’t
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The United States will meet its Paris accord greenhouse gas targets despite Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has said.
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La #Terre #avant et #aujourd’hui : la #NASA dévoile des clichés inédits sur les changements dramatiques de notre planète

La #Terre #avant et #aujourd’hui : la #NASA dévoile des clichés inédits sur les changements dramatiques de notre planète | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Voici quelques clichés récupérés sur le site officiel de la NASA. Ils représentent les mêmes endroits photographiés quelques années auparavan

Via François GARREAU
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"La différence temporelle varie entre 5 et 100 ans. Les changements sont impressionnants. L’Homme modifie en toute conscience l’apparence de son monde mais bien souvent, dans le mauvais sens. A vous de juger…."
 
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Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is rising at the fastest rate ever recorded

Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is rising at the fastest rate ever recorded | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

For two straight years — 2015 and 2016 — atmospheric carbon dioxide has climbed by more than 3 parts per million.

According to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, carbon dioxide levels jumped by three parts per million in both 2015 and 2016 and now rest at about 405 parts per million.

It’s the biggest jump ever observed at the agency’s Mauna Loa Baseline Atmospheric Observatory in Hawaii, where the measurements were recorded. Similar observations have been recorded at stations all over the world, said Pieter Tans, who leads the Carbon Cycle Greenhouse Gases group at NOAA’s Greenhouse Gas Reference Network.

Throughout the last decade, the average rate of increase has been around 2.3 parts per million per year, Tans added. 

 

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"All signs have suggested that we’re now living in a permanently post-400 parts per million world. In September 2016, the time of year when atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are usually at their lowest, scientists observed that the monthly average concentration still remained above this threshold. And now, the new NOAA measurements further indicate that carbon dioxide levels are only continuing to grow — and they’re rising at breakneck speed."
 
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Which 'science' will be right after all? It'll be empirical, right in your face...

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#Climat l'Europe et ses monuments plongés dans le noir pour "Earth hour"

#Climat l'Europe et ses monuments plongés dans le noir pour "Earth hour" | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
“La tour Eiffel, le Vatican ou encore l'Acropole ont éteint leurs lumières samedi à l'occasion de l'opération "Une heure pour la planète" (Earth Hour), une vaste mobilisation aux quatre coins du monde contre le réchauffement climatique.”
Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter, François GARREAU
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"Nous avons lancé Earth Hour en 2007 pour montrer aux dirigeants que les citoyens se préoccupaient du changement climatique. Ce moment symbolique est aujourd'hui un mouvement mondial, rappelant combien le poids des citoyens compte," souligne Siddarth Das, directeur d'Earth Hour.
 
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Efficiency powers Hawaii's quest for energy independence

Efficiency powers Hawaii's quest for energy independence | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

While Hawaii pursues its commitment to reach 100 percent renewable energy in the electricity sector by 2045, the state is progressing on a parallel track to make better use of the energy it already has. 


Improving energy efficiency is the most cost-effective way to move Hawaii forward before adding new generation capacity, according to experts, and will reduce dependence on fossil fuels in the state with the most expensive electricity costs in the United States.


/L'efficacité énergétique est le moyen le plus rentable de concrétiser, à Hawaï, ses objectifs énergétiques renouvelables avant d'ajouter la capacité de production./

 

Via Pascal Jacques Dumoulin / Acenergie
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"We know that we need to continue doing both: work on the reduction of energy consumption at the same time that we move forward with clean, sustainable energy systems," said David Ige, governor of Hawaii, during his opening remarks to the VERGE Hawaii conference in Honolulu. "That’s the best way to make the biggest impact on our environment."
 
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8 species on life support

8 species on life support | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it


Here are the world's rarest animals, the loneliest creatures on Earth: 8 species with fewer than 10 confirmed individuals left alive.


Les animaux les plus rares du monde - les espèces avec moins de 10 individus confirmés encore en vie, y compris le mythique rhinocéros blanc.

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Les risques de disparition sont une des raisons pour lesquelles nous devons apprécier les créatures qui parcourent encore la planète. Cela est particulièrement vrai en ce qui concerne les créatures qui se trouvent au bord de l'extinction. Dans cet esprit, cet article présente les animaux les plus rares du monde - les espèces avec moins de 10 individus confirmés encore en vie, y compris le mythique rhinocéros blanc.
 
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Panda Solar Stations - Youth Engagement and Innovation to Promote Sustainable Development

Panda Solar Stations - Youth Engagement and Innovation to Promote Sustainable Development | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
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Shaped like a panda bear when viewed from above, this is the first such installation the company, Panda Green Energy, has completed under its collaborative agreement with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). China Merchants New Energy Group (CMNE) signed an agreement with the UNDP last September to build panda-shaped PV projects, as part of efforts to raise awareness about sustainable development among young people in China.
The electricity generated by the array is expected to contribute to the reduction of roughly 60,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.
 
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Une province chinoise de 5 millions d'habitants a réussi à fonctionner toute une semaine à 100% d'énergies renouvelables !

Une province chinoise de 5 millions d'habitants a réussi à fonctionner toute une semaine à 100% d'énergies renouvelables ! | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
De plus en plus, la Chine, plus gros pollueur mondial, se met à l'écologie. Si le « virage vert » voulu par Pékin suscite encore certaines réserves, le chemin à parcourir est encore long avan

Via Dominique Martin- Ferrari
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« Il s'agit de la toute première expérimentation de ce type dans le pays, et c'est une étape majeure dans le processus de transformation de nos ressources énergétiques. Ce sera d'une importance fondamentale dans notre objectif de promouvoir l'énergie verte en Chine, en montrant que l'on peut allier efficacité et développement durable », a déclaré Quan Shenming, directeur général de la filliale locale de la State Grid Corporation of China dans un communiqué.
 
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The Internet of Things will power the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Here’s how | WEF | Medium.com 

The Internet of Things will power the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Here’s how | WEF | Medium.com  | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

What does “the Fourth Industrial Revolution” actually mean?

For me, it’s mostly about the internet of things (IoT). If you think back to the dim and distant past of the Third Industrial Revolution — which was centred around information technology and digitization — applications were about people or IT processes communicating. But now it’s machines and devices that are communicating, continuously and in ever greater numbers. The promise of real-time enterprise — organizations that can respond to need and demand instantaneously — is finally becoming a reality.


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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Digital transformation is opening up new opportunities for organizations by transforming costs, improving customer experiences, generating operational efficiencies and creating whole new business models. And fundamental to the success of the digital business is the network. It’s only the network that can bring this choice of services together, and deliver the performance and great user experience your customers will demand.
 
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California invested heavily in solar power. Now there's so much that other states are sometimes paid to take it | Ivan Penn | LaTimes.com

California invested heavily in solar power. Now there's so much that other states are sometimes paid to take it | Ivan Penn | LaTimes.com | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

On 14 days during March, Arizona utilities got a gift from California: free solar power.

Well, actually better than free. California produced so much solar power on those days that it paid Arizona to take excess electricity its residents weren’t using to avoid overloading its own power lines.

It happened on eight days in January and nine in February as well. All told, those transactions helped save Arizona electricity customers millions of dollars this year, though grid operators declined to say exactly how much. And California also has paid other states to take power.

The number of days that California dumped its unused solar electricity would have been even higher if the state hadn’t ordered some solar plants to reduce production — even as natural gas power plants, which contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, continued generating electricity.


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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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"A key question in the debate is when California will be able to rely on renewable power for most or all of its needs and safely phase out fossil fuel plants, which regulators are studying. The answer depends in large part on how fast battery storage improves, so it is cheaper and can store power closer to customers for use when the sun isn’t shining. Solar proponents say the technology is advancing rapidly, making reliance on renewables possible far sooner than previously predicted, perhaps two decades or even less from now — which means little need for new power plants with a life span of 30 to 40 years."
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Clean Tax Cuts for Commercial Real Estate

Clean Tax Cuts for Commercial Real Estate | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Many new ideas may be considered in tax reform discussions. One idea is clean tax cuts—the application of supply-side tax-rate cuts for clean investments that reduce pollutant emissions. Lower tax rates for income from clean investments (where clean is specifically defined) will  encourage such investments and could leverage large amounts of private capital. Clean tax cuts may be particularly appealing in markets where investment returns are passed on to individuals and included on individual tax returns.
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U.S. Congress is likely to tackle federal tax reform in 2017 and may consider new ideas. One proposal it should seriously consider is clean tax cuts---the application of supply-side tax rate cuts to investments that reduce the emissions of harmful pollutants. Cutting tax rates on income gained from clean investments such as energy efficiency improvements could incentivize investors to tap large amounts of private capital. 

The Grace Richardson Fund (GRF), an organization with conservative roots and an interest in addressing climate change and other environmental issues, is promoting the clean tax cut concept. Their view is that conservatives tend to see traditional tax incentives as wasteful, but are interested in tax cuts. They believe that reducing taxes on income from clean investments could increase these investments substantially and help clean the environment. GRF worked with the Sabin Center at Columbia University and the Rocky Mountain Institute on a charrette to explore and refine the clean tax cut concept. The resulting report spells out the concept in more detail.
 
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For a Republican Mayor in Texas, Clean Energy Is a ‘No Brainer’ 

For a Republican Mayor in Texas, Clean Energy Is a ‘No Brainer’  | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Mayor Dale Ross of Georgetown, Texas, has become a media darling, as a conservative Republican who backs solar and wind power.
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"Despite its rich history in the petroleum industry, Texas has become a national leader in renewable electric power because of its ample supplies of both sun and wind. “We started in 2008 with the goal of getting 30 percent of our power from renewables by 2030,” Ross said. But improved technology in solar panels and more accessible transmission lines allowed the city to become much more ambitious."
 
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#RenewableEnergy, It's a no brainer for this conservative Republican mayor.

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#RenewableEnergy, It's a no brainer for this conservative Republican mayor in Texas.

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Opinion | New York City Should Grade Buildings on Energy Efficiency

Opinion | New York City Should Grade Buildings on Energy Efficiency | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
A simple tweak to an existing law could help the city reach its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050.
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"If buyers and renters value energy efficiency, or at least the savings on utility bills that come with it, improving the disclosure of energy-performance information should help increase demand for high scoring properties and encourage investments and upgrades in others."
 
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Des moines japonais ont tenu un journal climatique pendant 700 ans

Des moines japonais ont tenu un journal climatique pendant 700 ans | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Des registres historiques tenus en continu nous montrent le changement radical du climat...
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"Les résultats de leur étude, publiés le 26 avril 2016 dans la revue Nature Scientific Reports, montrent que depuis la Révolution industrielle, les variations dans les dates de gel et de dégel se sont accélérées, et suggèrent que le cycle annuel de la glace aux deux endroits est devenu plus étroitement lié aux niveaux de concentration de dioxyde de carbone dans l’atmosphère."
 
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How 2016 Became Earth’s Hottest Year on Record

How 2016 Became Earth’s Hottest Year on Record | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
2016 is the hottest year on the historical record and the third consecutive record-breaking year, scientists say.
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Human-induced climate change has made it at least 160 times more likely that three consecutive years after 2000 would be record-setting, according to Michael E. Mann, a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University. His findings show that if human-induced climate change was not part of the equation, the amount of warming in 2016 would have less than one-in-a-million odds of occurring.
 
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UPS: Smart Innovation Drives Sustainable Growth

UPS: Smart Innovation Drives Sustainable Growth | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Even as global political climates change, businesses are uniquely equipped to deliver innovative climate and efficiency solutions on a large scale, says Peter Harris, of UPS.


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Ultimately, investing in technologies that increase the sustainability of operations is a smart business move. It serves as a combination of risk mitigation and opportunity creation. And, if you are able to demonstrate strong leadership, tangible brand benefits including increased cost savings, enhanced customer engagement and higher employee retention rates will follow. Our world needs more companies that are committed to being at the forefront of technology investments that spur sustainable outcomes, and who work with other leaders to use innovation as a tool for addressing critical environmental challenges.
 
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How New York City Gets Its Electricity

How New York City Gets Its Electricity | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
The power grid was established in the country nearly 135 years ago in Lower Manhattan. Now the state is preparing for a major overhaul of the system.
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A surprising portion of the system is idle except for the hottest days of the year, when already bottlenecked transmission lines into the New York City area reach their physical limit. “We have a system which is energy-inefficient because it was never designed to be efficient,” said Richard L. Kauffman, the state’s so-called energy czar, who is leading its plans to reimagine the power grid. It’s like a mainframe computer in the age of cloud computing, Mr. Kauffman added, and with climate change, the state has to “rethink that basic architecture.”
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