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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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C40: American Mayors Pledge Climate Leadership In Response To United States Presidential Ele...

C40: American Mayors Pledge Climate Leadership In Response To United States Presidential Ele... | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Speaking at the C40 Mayors Summit in Mexico City, Mayors from cities across the United States have urged president-elect Donald Trump to recognize the real and urgent threat that climate chang
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“The science hasn’t changed. The urgency hasn’t changed,” said Mayor of Boston and C40 Vice Chair Martin J. Walsh, speaking from Boston. “As mayors of cities at the frontlines of climate change, we have a continued responsibility to carry forward solutions – even more so today than yesterday.”
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How energy efficiency will reshape power markets 

How energy efficiency will reshape power markets  | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
The fossil fuel industry has been obsessed by its battles with renewable energy – wind and solar in particular – as it struggles to prop up its disintegrating business model.

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Energy efficiency has long been held by its enthusiasts as the most obvious lever to reduce emissions, and save costs. A megawatt hour of electricity not used is the cheapest form of abatement, they say, and have even coined a term – the “negawatt” – to market the idea. But try as they might – and despite the almost immediate returns on investment from energy efficiency – the idea never really captured the attention of the public or politicians. 

And the powerful fossil fuel generators in Australia used their regulatory influence to ensure that any major initiatives were quietly jettisoned. In Europe, however, the opposite has occurred, and Citigroup says the combination of EU-wide energy efficiency targets, its renewable energy policies and the emergence of ultra efficient appliances and zero carbon homes will have a big impact on power markets. In effect, the combined impact will be to significantly reduce demand to the point that fossil fuel generators will largely lose their pricing power. 

 “Say goodbye to power prices fully driven by fuel prices,” the Citigroup analysts write in a new report (and no, we are not allowed to provide a link). “Renewable output is set to continue growing as demand falls,” the report says. “This will squeeze the market share of conventional power companies, making thermal power, which is today the price setter, a marginal contributor to power price formation.
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« L’île de Tesla », entièrement alimentée aux panneaux solaires

« L’île de Tesla », entièrement alimentée aux panneaux solaires | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

La petite île de Ta'u, perdue au milieu du Pacifique , était jusqu'ici connue pour être le berceau du peuple polynésien, tout comme les autres îles des Samoa américaines. Ce petit territoire volcanique est maintenant sous le feu des projecteurs de Tesla et SolarCity, qui l'ont choisie il y a plusieurs mois pour y mener un projet commun : rendre l'île quasiment autonome grâce aux énergies renouvelables. 


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L'énergie solaire offre ainsi une alternative économique au diesel en fournissant « près de 100 % des besoins énergétiques de l'île ». L'hôpital local, les écoles secondaires et primaires, les pompiers, les postes de police et les entreprises locales en bénéficient. Le système solaire de micro-grilles (1,4 mégawatt de capacité de production pour les panneaux et 6 mégawattheures de stockage de batterie pour les Powerpacks) a été installé en seulement un an. 
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Trump's influence on the future of clean energy is less clear than you think

Trump's influence on the future of clean energy is less clear than you think | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
The president-elect is a political novice whose energy plan doesn’t account for the economic reality of coal and renewable energy

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Whatever happens in the US over the next four years, technologies such as wind and solar will continue getting cheaper until they beat out fossil fuels; battery and fuel-cell electric vehicles will keep getting better until they render internal combustion engines old fashioned. So the world will continue its inevitable transition to clean energy and transportation, just at a slower rate than if the US were fully committed to leading the process.  

Does that matter? I’ll leave the last words to President-elect Trump. In 2009, ahead of the Copenhagen Climate Summit, he was a co-signatory to a letter to Obama which pointed out that clean energy technologies would “spur economic growth, create new energy jobs and increase our energy security”. The letter concluded by saying: “If we fail to act now, it is scientifically irrefutable that there will be catastrophic and irreversible consequences for humanity and our planet.”
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#Trump is full of controversies, here is another article making that point. 

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Donald Trump Could Put Climate Change on Course for ‘Danger Zone’

Donald Trump Could Put Climate Change on Course for ‘Danger Zone’ | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
President-elect Trump has vowed to cancel the Paris climate accord, jeopardizing what scientists say is a critical 3.6-degree irreversible temperature target.
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If Mr. Trump makes good on his campaign promises, experts in climate change policy warn, that legacy would unravel quickly. The world, then, may have no way to avoid the most devastating consequences of global warming, including rising sea levels, extreme droughts and food shortages, and more powerful floods and storms. 

Mr. Trump has already vowed to “cancel” last year’s Paris climate agreement, which commits more than 190 countries to reduce their emissions of planet-warming carbon dioxide pollution, and to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, Mr. Obama’s domestic climate change regulations. 

 “If Trump steps back from that, it makes it much less likely that the world will ever meet that target, and essentially ensures we will head into the danger zone,” said Michael Oppenheimer, a professor of geosciences and international affairs at Princeton University and a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which produces global reports on the state of climate science.
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Les entreprises américaines ouvrent la voie dans la lutte contre le changement climatique

Les entreprises américaines ouvrent la voie dans la lutte contre le changement climatique | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

L'entrée en vigueur de l'accord de Paris est un succès remarquable. Personne ne s'attendait à un développement si rapide.Si les marchés et les entreprises se nourrissent de certitudes, comme le dit l'adage, ils devraient se réjouir des dernières évolutions de la lutte contre le changement climatique. Car il est tout à fait clair aujourd'hui que la transition vers une économie bas-carbone est en train de se produire, et très vite.



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"L'entrée en vigueur de l'accord de Paris est un succès remarquable. Personne ne s'attendait à un développement si rapide. Mais c'est maintenant qu'on entre dans la partie la plus importante : l'action. 

L'efficacité de la mise en œuvre de l'accord de Paris dépendra non seulement des gouvernements mais aussi de la communauté scientifique, des employés, des investisseurs et des entreprises. 

Le secteur privé aura un rôle absolument essentiel à jouer pour surmonter ce qui me semble être le défi de long terme le plus important auquel le monde est confronté. Les entreprises américaines l'ont bien compris, et elles sont prêtes à montrer le chemin."
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A 1912 news article ominously forecasted the catastrophic effects of fossil fuels on climate change | Akshat Rathi | Quartz.com

A 1912 news article ominously forecasted the catastrophic effects of fossil fuels on climate change | Akshat Rathi | Quartz.com | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

A short news clip from a New Zealand paper published in 1912 has gone viral as an example of an early news story to make the connection between burning fossil fuels and climate change.

It wasn’t, however, the first article to suggest that our love for coal was wreaking destruction on our environment that would lead to climate change. The theory—now widely accepted as scientific reality—was mentioned in the news media as early as 1883, and was discussed in scientific circles much earlier than that.


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It wasn’t, however, the first article to suggest that our love for coal was wreaking destruction on our environment that would lead to climate change. The theory—now widely accepted as scientific reality—was mentioned in the news media as early as 1883, and was discussed in scientific circles much earlier than that.
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Hidden Connections | TakePart

Hidden Connections is a thought-provoking digital mini-documentary that explores the human consequences of climate change, specifically its little-know
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In the new mini-documentary Hidden Connections, TakePart and the Thomson Reuters Foundation examine the link between two seemingly unrelated issues: climate change and child marriage. Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world when it comes to the effects of climate change. Nearly 30 percent of girls in Bangladesh are married before their 15th birthday. Through the stories of two young girls, this film reveals how these issues are intertwined, illustrating how increased flooding from global warming is affecting social norms and women's progress in the country.
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Despite benefits, managers slow to roll out sustainable supply chains

Despite benefits, managers slow to roll out sustainable supply chains | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
51% supply chain executives said they consider developing a "green" supply chain to be a current strategic priority, reports Industry Today. Although 36% said they intend to incorporate sustainability into operations, only 22% plan to act over the next 3 years.

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"In addition to the increased communication and visibility benefits gained from pushing sustainability down the supply chain, customers are increasingly prizing green brands. 

Perhaps more importantly, though, lack of environmental or social controls on the supply chain could be considered a risk now as consumers punish companies that are not up to standards. So whether it's to meet rising standards or improve brand value, beginning the sustainability process now — even with small steps — can prove beneficial in the long run."
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Consumers are 'punishing' companies that are not up to standards; are you working towards a greener and more sustainable supply chain in your business?

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Australia: Great Barrier Reef dead at 25 million | James Gillespie | New York Post

Australia: Great Barrier Reef dead at 25 million | James Gillespie | New York Post | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

The Great Barrier Reef has been declared dead by scientists at 25 million years old — bringing an end to the colorful life of the world’s largest single structure of living organisms.

The incredible Coral Sea wilderness, which stretches for roughly 1,400 miles over an area of roughly 133,00 square miles, has finally succumbed to bleaching.

The icon of the natural world is bigger than the whole of the United Kingdom and is composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands.

It is home to 1,625 species of fish, 3,000 mollusks, and 30 different types of whales and dolphins.

The reef lies off the coast of Queensland in Australia and can be seen from outer space.

Leading environmentalist writer Rowan Jacobsen declared the incredible structure dead, and wrote: “The Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in 2016 after a long illness.


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The Great Barrier Reef has been declared dead by scientists investigating coral bleaching, which is caused by environment stress impacts. The warming of the oceans because of climate change causes corals to expel their algae and become bare. Without the algae, the coral can’t get any nutrients.
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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, October 15, 2016 7:19 PM

We are approaching the point of no return very rapidly.

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The Art of Climate Change | Misa Misono | IDEO Stories | Medium.com

The Art of Climate Change | Misa Misono | IDEO Stories | Medium.com | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

It was Thursday night at the Asian Art Museum. Opaque black balloons hovered over a grand stairwell leading to the main event. Hosted by Perennial Restaurant owners Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz, the night’s exhibits invited attendees to explore food, drink and their impact on the environment.
Asian Art Museum Thursday Night Takeover on Food, Drink and Climate Change

Each balloon in the canopy represented carbon emissions. While passing underneath, attendees could tug on a balloon and with a satisfying pop, release a message on a way they could impact the world’s CO2 levels with seemingly small choices. The point? Individual decisions can — and do — add up.

The thought leader behind this interactive installation? MIT researcher and IDEO resident Ani Liu.


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"In the face of such a big problem, we wanted to make you feel that you could do something.​ To not just dwell on the immensity of the problem​, but to feel empowered to act. ​ We wanted to emphasize that collective action makes a big impact, that even taking one small step​ matters.​"  MIT researcher and IDEO resident Ani Liu
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Trudeau Unveils Liberal Carbon Price

Trudeau Unveils Liberal Carbon Price | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pre-empted climate change negotiations with Canada's premiers, announcing that the federal government will impose a pan-Canadian floor price on carbon pollution. 

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Trudeau revealed Monday his plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, starting in 2018 with a low carbon price of $10 per tonne that would rise by $10 per tonne each year until it reaches $50 per tonne in 2022. And he gave the provinces just two options for implementing that price: either impose their own direct price on carbon that meets or exceeds the national floor price, as British Columbia has already done, or set up a cap and trade system, such as Ontario and Quebec are developing.
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Philosophie par temps chaud

Philosophie par temps chaud | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

À propos de : Olivier Godard, La justice climatique mondiale, La Découverte, 2015.


Dans La justice climatique mondiale, Olivier Godard montre l’apport considérable de la philosophie politique aux débats en cours sur le changement climatique. Ce petit livre est l’un des premiers à avoir été écrit en français sur la justice climatique, et il est sans doute celui qui présente le mieux les débats sur le sujet dans la littérature anglophone. Il permet d’aborder un champ de recherche philosophique qui prend, tout comme le sujet qu’elle étudie, chaque année plus d’ampleur. Son auteur présente les grandes lignes des débats politiques et philosophiques sur la justice climatique mondiale, ainsi que les questions difficiles de justice distributive soulevées par le changement climatique.


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Notre responsabilité envers les victimes du changement climatique relève-t-elle d’un devoir de justice ou d’un simple devoir d’assistance ? Dans cet ouvrage de synthèse, Olivier Godard restitue les principaux débats sur la justice climatique, tout en assumant certaines positions controversées.
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10 conséquences concrètes du #réchauffement #climatique | www.directmatin.fr

10 conséquences concrètes du #réchauffement #climatique | www.directmatin.fr | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
La COP21, qui s'est tenue en décembre à Paris, s'est fixée pour objectif de maintenir le réchauffement climatique à moins de 2°C. Si cela n'était pas fait, les conséquences pourraient être dramatiques, comme le montrent ces 10 exemples concrets. Des îles paradisiaques menacées de disparition
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Risques sanitaires, augmentation de la pauvreté, espèces et lieux menacées... Les exemples de l'impact du réchauffement climatique sont nombreux:
1. Des îles paradisiaques menacées de disparition 
2. Miami, Tokyo, Amsterdam envahies par les eaux 
3. Des records de chaleur 
4. 250 millions de réfugiés climatiques en 2050 
5. Explosion de la pauvreté d’ici à 2030 
6. Recrudescence des maladies
7. Animaux : une espèce sur six pourrait disparaître 
8. Disparition de la Grande Barrière de Corail 
9. Bientôt plus de vins de Bordeaux et de la vallée du Rhône 
10. Forte augmentation des turbulences en avion
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Arctic ice melt could trigger uncontrollable climate change at global level - The Guardian

Arctic ice melt could trigger uncontrollable climate change at global level - The Guardian | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Scientists warn increasingly rapid melting could trigger polar ‘tipping points’ with catastrophic consequences felt as far away as the Indian Ocean

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Temperatures in the Arctic are currently about 20C above what would be expected for the time of year, which scientists describe as “off the charts”. Sea ice is at the lowest extent ever recorded for the time of year. 

“The warning signals are getting louder,” said Marcus Carson of the Stockholm Environment Institute and one of the lead authors of the report. “[These developments] also make the potential for triggering [tipping points] and feedback loops much larger.”
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Près de 500.000 Européens tués chaque année par la pollution de l'air

Près de 500.000 Européens tués chaque année par la pollution de l'air | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
La pollution de l'air, qui nuit à la santé de 85% des habitants des villes en Europe, provoque près de 500.000 décès prématurés sur le continent chaque année, a indiqué mercredi l'Agence européenne pour l'environnement.

L'Agence, basée à Copenhague, a expliqué dans un rapport annuel que la situation s'améliorait, mais encore trop lentement.

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"Les réductions d'émission ont permis d'améliorer la qualité de l'air en Europe, mais pas assez pour éviter des dégâts inacceptables sur la santé humaine et l'environnement", a affirmé dans un communiqué son directeur, Hans Bruyninckx. La pollution atmosphérique reste la première cause environnementale de décès prématurés, au nombre de 467.000 en 2013 dans 41 pays européens. Dans l'UE le nombre est estimé à 430.000.
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World Bank Partners with State of California to Support Low Carbon Cities

World Bank Partners with State of California to Support Low Carbon Cities | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

MARRAKECH, November 11, 2016―The World Bank and the US state of California are joining forces to support low carbon city efforts in China and other countries. In a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed today during the UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP22), the World Bank and California committed to cooperate on sharing knowledge and good practice with territories and cities on low carbon development strategies to help them meet their Paris Agreement commitments.


At COP22, World Bank Partners with State of California to Support Low Carbon Cities.

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“This is an exciting new platform that will enable us to build from California’s experience in driving down emissions and to extend it to cities in China and beyond,” said Laura Tuck, World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development. “We need partnerships like this if we are going to deliver on the ambitions of Paris.” 

 As an early mover on climate policy, California passed a landmark bill to reduce emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. It has committed – through the Under2 Coalition agreement – to reduce its emissions to 80 to 95 percent below 1990 levels, or to less than 2 metric tons per capita, by 2050. Since 2000, the state has reduced its overall carbon footprint even as its population grew and economy boomed, proving that economic growth does not have to be accompanied by an increase in emissions. “The California-World Bank MOU is part of a unique partnership with the Alliance of Peaking Pioneer Cities and the Under2 Coalition to promote sustainable cities in China, California, and beyond,” said Ken Alex, Director and Senior Advisor, Governor’s Office, California.
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Pour chaque tonne d'émissions de CO2, trois mètres carrés de glace s'évaporent | Climat

Pour chaque tonne d'émissions de CO2, trois mètres carrés de glace s'évaporent | Climat | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Des chercheurs ont déterminé que pour chaque tonne de dioxyde de carbone (CO2) émise dans l'atmosphère, le réchauffement qui en résulte entraîne la fonte de trois mètres carrés de glace arctique.

Cette étude, publiée jeudi dans la revue Science, cherche à sensibiliser le public à la responsabilité individuelle au changement climatique. Elle vise aussi à corriger les modèles climatiques actuels, qui selon plusieurs études sous-estiment les pertes de glaces.

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Une tonne de CO2 représente un vol entre New York et une destination européenne, ou un parcours de 4000 km en voiture, précise Dirk Notz, un climatologue de l'Institut Max Planck de Météorologie à Hambourg en Allemagne, un des deux co-auteurs de l'étude.

Au cours des 40 dernières années, les glaces de l'Arctique ont vu leur superficie se réduire de moitié en été, et elles pourraient disparaître totalement pendant cette saison d'ici le milieu du siècle sans une réduction rapide des émissions de CO2.
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World on track for 3C of warming under current global climate pledges, warns UN | Fiona Harvey | The Guardian

World on track for 3C of warming under current global climate pledges, warns UN | Fiona Harvey | The Guardian | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

The commitments made by governments on climate change will lead to dangerous levels of global warming because they are incommensurate with the growth of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report.

The United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) said that pledges put forward to cut emissions would see temperatures rise by 3C above pre-industrial levels, far above the the 2C of the Paris climate agreement, which comes into force on Friday.

At least a quarter must be cut from emissions by the end of the next decade, compared with current trends, the UN said.

The report found that emissions by 2030 were likely to reach about 54 to 56 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent a year, a long way astray of the 42 gigatonnes a year likely to be the level at which warming exceeds 2C.


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Erik Solheim, chief of Unep, said the world was “moving in the right direction” on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change, but that measures should be taken urgently to avoid the need for much more drastic cuts in emissions in future. “If we don’t start taking additional action now, we will grieve over the avoidable human tragedy.” 
 He warned in particular that people would start being displaced from their homes by the effects of climate change, suffering from drought, hunger, disease and conflicts arising from these afflictions. Mass migration as a result of climate change is hard to separate from other causes of migration, but is predicted to become a much greater problem.
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The clock is ticking...

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Resettling China’s ‘Ecological Migrants’

Resettling China’s ‘Ecological Migrants’ | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Miaomiao Lake Village is just one of the new communities built to accommodate the world’s largest environmental migration project. But residents are struggling to adapt.
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China calls them “ecological migrants”: 329,000 people whom the government had relocated from lands distressed by climate change, industrialization, poor policies and human activity to 161 hastily built villages. They were the fifth wave in an environmental and poverty alleviation program that has resettled 1.14 million residents of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, a territory of dunes and mosques and camels along the ancient Silk Road.
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More Than Two Dozen Alaskan Native Villages Face Relocation | Dahr Jamail | Truth-Out.org

More Than Two Dozen Alaskan Native Villages Face Relocation | Dahr Jamail | Truth-Out.org | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

When President Barack Obama visited the tiny northern Alaskan coastal village of Kotzebue in 2015, it brought international attention to the fact that this Native community was directly threatened by anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD).

The ground around the village is being eroded by intensifying storms, melting ice and rising sea levels. "What's happening here is America's wake-up call," Obama said during his visit. "It should be the world's wake-up call."

Twelve years prior to that, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) had released a report explaining that 6,600 miles of Alaska's coastline were already subject to severe flooding and erosion, with 86 percent of Alaska Native villages already being impacted by flooding and erosion at that time.

"Of the nine villages we were directed to review, four -- Kivalina, Koyukuk, Newtok and Shishmaref -- are in imminent danger from flooding and erosion and are planning to relocate," stated the GAO report from 2003. "While the remaining five are in various stages of responding to these problems."

Now, 12 years later, the problem has grown worse, and the attention and funding necessary to move villages away from the coast has grown all the more urgent.


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"Yet it's not just the far north that's impacted: The Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta, a vast lowland area of southwestern Alaska that encompasses 75,000 square miles and contains just over 24,000 people, is becoming increasingly vulnerable to flooding due to sea level rise, erosion, flooding from rivers and storms. It, too, is on the proverbial chopping block as ACD impacts continue to increase and "climigration" likely becomes commonplace across that region as well."
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David Letterman Tackles Climate Change

David Letterman Tackles Climate Change | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

The former late-night host talks about the warming world and seeing abject poverty.


After his 33-year run as a late-night television host, David Letterman, 69, wanted to try something new. The comedian now brings his curiosity and humor to the second season of Years of Living Dangerously, a National Geographic Channel series on the impacts of—and solutions to—climate change. For the show he traveled to India, population 1.3 billion, to learn about the world’s energy future.


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" What will we tell our children when they say, “Why didn’t you do anything about this?” I bought that—hook, line, and sinker. That’s the headline for me to start paying attention and start, in small ways, to do something." David Letterman
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A Gas Line Has Two U.S. Agencies in a Climate Change Dustup | Jonathan Crawford | Bloomberg.com

A Gas Line Has Two U.S. Agencies in a Climate Change Dustup | Jonathan Crawford | Bloomberg.com | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

A $1.4 billion natural gas line proposed by TransCanada Corp. is pitting two U.S. government agencies against each other and drawing attention to how major energy projects are reviewed.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission failed to undertake a “proper” analysis of climate change in its final environmental impact statement for the 160-mile (257-kilometer) Leach Xpress pipeline, according to a filing on Tuesday. Its input was at odds with the commission’s finding in April that the link would have limited effect on the environment that could be addressed.

“It’s been FERC’s decision to do a more limited scope of review” for these projects than the EPA has called for, Tyson Slocum, Washington-based director of energy at consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, said by phone.


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"The rift exposes divisions at the federal level over the approval process for pipelines when climate change is taken into account at a time when the U.S. gas network is undergoing a massive expansion driven by booming production. The filing comes on the heels of a call by the Obama administration in August for federal agencies to step up their assessment of global warming impacts in their review of projects. 
(...)The agency seeks "a definitive resolution to this matter before you publish a record of decision." Increased output from prolific shale formations, such as the Marcellus in the Northeast, is driving developers to extend the pipeline network to bring more of the fuel to consumers. The commission has approved more than 880 miles (1,416 kilometers) of lines this year alone, the most since at least 2010."
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En #2060, la #pollution de l#'air fera toujours plus de morts

En #2060, la #pollution de l#'air fera toujours plus de morts | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

L’OCDE prévoit une importante dégradation de la qualité de vie si rien n’est fait pour améliorer notre milieu ambiant et lutter contre les effets de la pollution de l’air.

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Via Vie toxique, François GARREAU
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D’après ces projections, les coûts des soins de santé induits par la pollution de l’air devraient atteindre plus de 150 milliards d’euros (huit fois plus qu’aujourd’hui) et 3,7 milliards de jours de travail seraient perdus. (...)
 Ces coûts estimés aujourd’hui à plus de 2600 milliards d’euros sont évalués en 2060 entre 16 000 et 22 000 milliards d’euros. Les coûts annuels associés à la douleur et à la maladie passeraient de 260 milliards d’euros à près de 2000 milliards d’euros. Rapporté à chaque habitant, cette dépense flambe de 450 euros aujourd’hui à 2500 euros par an en 2060.
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The World Passes 400 PPM Threshold. Permanently

The World Passes 400 PPM Threshold. Permanently | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Carbon dioxide just hit its annual minimum and failed to dip below 400 ppm. We're unlikely to see a month below that level in our lifetimes.

In the centuries to come, history books will likely look back on September 2016 as a major milestone for the world’s climate. At a time when atmospheric carbon dioxide is usually at its minimum, the monthly value failed to drop below 400 parts per million.

That all but ensures that 2016 will be the year that carbon dioxide officially passed the symbolic 400 ppm mark, never to return below it in our lifetimes, according to scientists.


Via Marc Kneepkens
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"Even though there are some hopeful signs that world leaders will take actions to reduce emissions, those actions will have to happen on an accelerating timetable in order to avoid 2°C (3.6°F) of warming. That’s the level outlined by policymakers as a safe threshold for climate change. And even if the world limits warming to that benchmark, it will still likely spell doom for low-lying small island states and have serious repercussions around the world, from more extreme heat waves to droughts, coastal flooding and the extinction of many coral reefs. 

It’s against this backdrop that the measurements on top of Mauna Loa take on added importance. They’re a reminder that with each passing day, we’re moving further from the climate humans have known and thrived in and closer to a more unstable future."
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