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Understand faulty thinking to tackle climate change - opinion - 18 August 2014 - New Scientist

Understand faulty thinking to tackle climate change - opinion - 18 August 2014 - New Scientist | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
The amorphous nature of climate change creates the ideal conditions for human denial and cognitive bias to come to the fore, says George Marshall

Via Flora Moon
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Discussions about economics, meanwhile, invariably turn into self defeating cost-benefit analyses. Stern offers a choice between spending 1 per cent of annual income now, or risking losing 20 per cent of it in 50 years' time. This language is almost identical to that Kahneman used two decades earlier in his experiments on loss aversion. Is it surprising that when a choice is framed like this, policy-makers are intuitively drawn towards postponing action and taking a gamble on the future?


If cost and uncertainty really are universal psychological barriers, it is hard to explain why 15 per cent of people fully accept the threat and are willing to make personal sacrifices to avert it. Most of the people in this group are left wing or environmentalists and have managed to turn climate change into a narrative that fits with their existing criticisms of industry and growth.


Conservatives may justify climate inaction on the grounds of cost and uncertainty but they, too, are able to accept both as long as they speak to their core values. As former US vice-president and climate sceptic Dick Cheney said: "If there is only a 1 per cent chance of terrorists getting weapons of mass destruction, we must act as if it is a certainty."

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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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Wind And Solar Are Already A Better Value Than Fossil Fuels

Wind And Solar Are Already A Better Value Than Fossil Fuels | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Originally published on RenewEconomy.

When radio shock jock Alan Jones got the cost of wind energy so horribly wrong in front of a million or so viewers on ABC TV last month, he did more than misplace a decimal point. He repeated an often-made misunderstanding about the costs of energy, and why renewables are already better
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Indeed, the capital cost of wind and solar – for the equipment, account for around 60 per cent of their total costs. Half of the remainder comes in financing, and this is falling rapidly as new vehicles such as YieldCos bring down the cost of debt and equity.

On other hand, fuel costs can account for 80 per cent of the cost of gas-fired generation, and more than half the cost of coal. And gas costs vary dramatically, from $US3 a unit in the US, to $US8 a unit in Europe (and now in Australia), to up to $US15 a unit in importing countries such as Japan.

Citigroup says it is “dangerous” to rely on assumptions of capital expenditure when the pace of change in an industry is so rapid, and the rate of evolution so fast. “Examining capex on a standalone basis runs the risk of overstating the cost of renewables, and understating the total cost of conventional generation technologies,” Citigroup noted.

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NREL: Wind Research - New Study Reveals Potential 30% Penetration of Wind and Solar for the Eastern Interconnection

NREL: Wind Research - New Study Reveals Potential 30% Penetration of Wind and Solar for the Eastern Interconnection | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Using high-performance computing capabilities and new methodologies to model operations of the Eastern Interconnection—arguably the largest power system in the world—at unprecedented fidelity, NREL found that the power system can reliably support up to 30% penetration of wind and solar power.

Wind is one of the fastest growing electricity resources in the United States and in the U.S. Eastern Interconnection, as is solar. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) commissioned NREL to study the operational impacts of higher percentages—up to 30% penetration on an annual energy basis—of combined wind and photovoltaic (PV) generation.

The result was the Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study (ERGIS), a scenario-based study of four potential wind and PV futures and associated operational impacts (forthcoming).

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Here are five key conclusions of the study.

Simulated levels of wind and PV generation can be balanced across the entire Eastern Interconnection, including Canada, during normal operations—at the nodal level and 5-minute resolution.Multiple pathways lead to 30% penetrations of wind and PV in the Eastern Interconnection.Efficient utilization of available wind and PV depends upon transmission availability and characteristics of the generation fleet.Annual wind and PV penetrations of 30% decrease production costs and emissions by approximately 30%. Evaluation of capital costs associated with the generation or transmission expansion was beyond the scope of ERGIS. Further economic analysis is necessary to determine the total cost of achieving these reductions.Wind and PV significantly impact the operation of traditional generation sources in the Eastern Interconnection.
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Un réchauffement global de quelques degrés, c'est quoi ? - YouTube

Nouvelle série de vidéos par +Florence Porcel sur le réchauffement climatique.

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Florence Porcel fait une très bonne synthèse de la situation, ce  qui remet bien les choses en perspective.  Quelques degrés Celsius de réchauffement semblent peu, mais au niveau du globe, c'est catastrophique.

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The Tough Love of ‘Austerity’ | Jennifer Szalai | New York Times Magazine

The Tough Love of ‘Austerity’ | Jennifer Szalai | New York Times Magazine | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Austerity, diet of our lives, girder of our loins. At the moment, the word brings to mind the continuing crisis in Greece and, by extension, the power of the Germans holding the purse strings.

 

‘‘Austerity’’ has become the catchall word for the cost-cutting a government enacts in order to balance its books: Cut pensions, cut the public payroll, cut social services — cut whatever and wherever. Shrink spending, shrink debt, shrink deficits. The idea is to inspire confidence and make the place more attractive to investors, who prefer a government that’s tough and lean to one that’s marbled and tender.

That, at least, is the theory. Germany has been a big proponent of austerity measures, but German officials avoid invoking Austerität, preferring instead Sparpolitik, or ‘‘savings policy.’’ Chancellor Angela Merkel has made her distaste for the A-word well known. ‘‘I call it balancing the budget,’’ she said at an event a couple of years ago.

 

‘‘Everyone else is using this term ‘austerity.’ That makes it sound like something truly evil.’’ Austerity implies deprivation, undertaken under duress, to be suffered through or endured; a ‘‘savings policy,’’ by contrast, sounds practical and prudent, a solid foundation for a sensible way of life.

As it happens, the word ‘‘austerity’’ owes its roots to the ancient Greeks, for whom austeros meant ‘‘harsh,’’ ‘‘rough,’’ ‘‘bitter.’’

 

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"Austerity programs have historically been enacted in reaction to a banking crisis: A government goes into debt in order to rescue the banks, and so private debt is transferred onto the public balance sheet. Public spending is slashed as a result.

Given that the poor benefit more from the kind of government spending that is cut, Blyth writes in his book, austerity ‘‘relies on the poor paying for the mistakes of the rich.’’ Greece’s people are becoming poorer: Last year, Unicef calculated that more than 40 percent of Greek children were living in poverty, a doubling from four years earlier. The conversations about Greece sound depressingly familiar, mimicking the ones we have here about the poor, the rich and who ‘‘deserves’’ what. The setting might change, but the moral stays the same: Those with less are expected to be the ones to do without."

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Pourquoi des températures record en juillet ?

Pourquoi des températures record en juillet ? | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Ce mois a été exceptionnellement chaud : record absolu à l’échelle mondiale et troisième mois de juillet le plus chaud en France. Et pourtant, il a aussi fait froid par moments ! L’analyse de François Jobard, prévisionniste à Météo France.

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter
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Juillet 2015 : ce mois deviendra-t-il une référence de chaleur ?

Oui, c’est un mois exceptionnel. D’après la NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, l’agence météorologique américaine) et l’Agence météorologique japonaise, ce fut le mois le plus chaud, tous mois confondus, à l’échelle mondiale depuis qu’existent les mesures [et les sept premiers mois de l'années ont été également les plus chauds jamais enregistrés, NDLR]. En France, c’est le troisième plus chaud après 2006 et 1983. En Espagne, ce fut le mois le plus chaud jamais enregistré, tous mois confondus. En Italie, ce fut le mois de juillet le plus chaud de l’histoire, et le deuxième mois le plus chaud, tous mois confondus, juste derrière août 2003.

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Le saviez-vous ? L’océan est une super-pompe à carbone - National Geographic

Le saviez-vous ? L’océan est une super-pompe à carbone - National Geographic | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

L’océan limite le changement climatique en séquestrant le carbone (CO2) dans ses profondeurs. Quels sont les mécanismes de ce phénomène ? Explications de Laurent Bopp, directeur de recherche au CNRS.



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Entre 2004 et 2013, l’océan a absorbé 2,6 milliards de tonnes de carbone par an, soit 30 % des émissions anthropiques (produites par l’homme). Le “trop-plein” de CO2 dissous dans l’océan diminue la formation des ions bicarbonate, des molécules qui aident à la dissolution du CO2. « C’est un cercle vicieux. Résultat : la pompe à carbone est moins efficace.” Avec autant de carbone, l’océan arrive à saturation. Le même processus conduit, au bout du compte, à l’acidification des océans. 

 

Le réchauffement des eaux océaniques empêche aussi la dissolution du CO2. Les scientifiques craignent qu’un réchauffement trop important ne modifie les courants marins. “Et si les eaux froides ne vont plus vers le fond, elles ne pourront plus y transporter le carbone.”

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Climate change forces scientists to speak up

Climate change forces scientists to speak up | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
A decade ago, whenever the topic of climate change would come up, Northeastern's Brian Helmuth would focus solely on the scientific facts while deliberately ignoring the potential long-term societal implications.
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"Since my kids are going to inherit this planet, I decided that I have to talk about the implications and not just the scientific facts," said Helmuth, a professor of environmental science and public policy with joint appointments in the College of Science and the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. "I am careful that if I say something is true, I make sure it can be backed up by science. But I'm not afraid now to also say 'Here is what is going to happen if we don't act on that information.'" Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-08-climate-scientists.html#jCp
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Ressources mondiales: Ce jeudi 13 août, l’humanité entame une 2ème planète

Ressources mondiales: Ce jeudi 13 août, l’humanité entame une 2ème planète | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Il aura fallu 225 jours aux habitants de la planète pour consommer toutes les ressources que la Terre peut fournir en un an.
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Countries Big and Small Are Connecting Economic Growth to Renewable Energy, and It's Working

Countries Big and Small Are Connecting Economic Growth to Renewable Energy, and It's Working | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Costa Rica and the U.K. are prospering even as they decrease coal-fired power, suggesting that dirty energy isn't required for healthy economies.

Via SustainOurEarth
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Like the U.K., Costa Rica saw economic growth at the same time its energy-based greenhouse emissions decreased. The 3.6 percent increase in the country’s 2014 gross domestic product is just the latest in a five-year streak in economic growth. The Central American country and its 5 million citizens have a goal of being carbon-neutral by 2021. Mixing new geothermal energy projects in with its existing hydropower plants will make it even less reliant on fossil fuels.

 

Countries able to limit emissions while growing economically is good news and a “welcome surprise,” said Fatih Birol, International Energy Agency executive director—especially ahead of climate treaty talks in Paris later this year. Negotiators at those talks will be seeking to finalize the next formal international agreement on cutting carbon pollution to limit climate change.

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We Need Clean-Energy Innovation, and Lots of It

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

— Anthony Sagliani (@anthonywx) July 30, 2015

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

 

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How Much the World Has Changed Since 2000

How Much the World Has Changed Since 2000 | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
As decision-makers meet to discuss new SDGs to replace MDGs agreed on in 2000, a look at how the 15 years have changed the debate on development.
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US Navy to battle climate change with new 210MW solar farm | James Phillips | BusinessGreen.com

US Navy to battle climate change with new 210MW solar farm | James Phillips | BusinessGreen.com | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

The US navy is seeking to boost its energy security and save at least $90m with a new 210MW solar farm in the Arizona desert to power its facilities.

The Department of the Navy (DON) announced late last week that it had signed a 20-year deal with Western Area Power Administration and Sempra US Gas & Power to buy power from the Mesquite Solar 3 solar farm in the Arizona desert.

The solar farm, which will comprise more than 650,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, is set to be completed by the end of 2016 and is estimated to provide enough energy to power a third of the DON's 14 navy and marine corps installations.

Ray Mabus, secretary of the US navy, said the development was a "triumph of innovative problem solving".

 

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"Le changement climatique est le plus grand défi que connaît aujourd’hui l’humanité" - Kofi Annan - YouTube

Le changement climatique est le plus grand défi que connaît aujourd’hui l’humanité. 

Il produit des effets dans le monde entier, à des degrés différents selon les régions.
En Afrique, des millions de personnes subissent déjà les conséquences du réchauffement climatique.
Ils sont aussi des millions à ne jamais avoir profité des privilèges que les citoyens vivant dans des économies à forte intensité de carbone tiennent pour acquis depuis longtemps.
Au nom de la justice climatique, le monde devrait saisir l’opportunité que représente le changement climatique....

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Kofi Annan rappelle que le changement climatique est le plus grand défi l'humanité et en particulier l'Afrique.  Et qu'il est temps de faire preuve de solidarité.

Le rapport 2015 de l’Africa Progress Panel (http://bit.ly/1ANzaki)

expose les mesures ambitieuses que doivent prendre les dirigeants dans le monde et en Afrique. Il demande également des comptes aux partenaires de l’Afrique sur les promesses qu’ils n’ont pas encore tenues.

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Renewables and energy efficiency will reduce planet's energy bill by $1.8trn

Renewables and energy efficiency will reduce planet's energy bill by $1.8trn | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

Switching to a low-carbon energy system immediately could save the planet $1.8trn by 2040, global investment bank Citi has claimed. 


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The bank this week released a report, Energy Darwinism II: Why a Low Carbon Future Doesn’t Have to Cost the Earth, comparing a business-as-usual scenario to one where the planet invests heavily in renewables and energy efficiency in the short-term.

The total spend on energy over the next 25 years is found to be “remarkably similar” in both scenarios with the ‘Action’ scenario implying a total spend of $190.2trn compared to $192trn for inaction.

In the greener scenario, the initial spend on renewables and efficiency is gradually paid for over time. Citi suggests that the cost of this initial action will only be an extra 0.1% of global GDP.

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TED : A visual history of human knowledge

TED : A visual history of human knowledge | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
How does knowledge grow? Sometimes it begins with one insight and grows into many branches. Infographics expert Manuel Lima explores the thousand-year history of mapping data -- from languages to dynasties -- using trees of information. It's a fascinating history of visualizations, and a look into humanity's urge to map what we know.

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Very interesting.  Manuel Lima studies how information is organized - connected — into diagrams that illustrate the many unexpected twists of big data.

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Maybe Charles Koch isn't worried about climate change because he doesn't get the science

Maybe Charles Koch isn't worried about climate change because he doesn't get the science | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Scientists review rare climate science statement by petrochemical billionaire and Republican activist Charles Koch
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Charles Koch (CK): "Well, I mean I believe it’s been warming some. There’s a big debate on that, because it depends on whether you use satellite measurements, balloon, or you use ground ones that have been adjusted. But there has been warming."

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A Bright Spot in US-China Relations: Renewable Energy

A Bright Spot in US-China Relations: Renewable Energy | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
By cooperating on renewable energy, the U.S. and China could help each other — and the world. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit to Washington in September comes on the heels of cyber ac...
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"According to Melanie Hart of the Center for American Progress, moving toward a clean energy economy in the United States will require more than $1 trillion of investment in the electricity grid, new fuels, mass transit, power generation, and manufacturing. The United States is a relatively secure investment destination, home of leading solar technology, and has a strong domestic market for clean energy. With Obama’s new regulatory planunder the EPA, establishing first-ever national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants, demand for clean energy is expected to increase. Meanwhile, China, with about $3.8 trillion in foreign exchange reserves, is increasingly employing its money towards outward investment and has strong incentives to invest in clean energy. In China, coal accounts for about 60 percent of China’s CO2 emissions, which are causing massive health problems because of the smog they generate as well as social discontent. In June, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang submitted a carbon-curbing plan to the UN, pledging to cut China’s greenhouse gas emissions per unit of gross domestic product by 60-65 percent from 2005 levels."
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Chine : comment la pollution tue 4 000 personnes par jour

Chine : comment la pollution tue 4 000 personnes par jour | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Une étude américaine révèle que la pollution atmosphérique est la cause de près d'un décès prématuré sur six, notamment à cause de l'exploitation du charbon.
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Decoding the alphabet soup of climate change

Decoding the alphabet soup of climate change | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Join any conversation on climate change this year and you’re likely to hear a host of confusing terms and acronyms: INDCs, NAPs, NAMAs, the GCF, COP21.
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La fonte de la banquise en Arctique, "le plus grand changement" dans l'atlas du "National Geographic" depuis la chute de l'URSS - France TV Info

La fonte de la banquise en Arctique, "le plus grand changement" dans l'atlas du "National Geographic" depuis la chute de l'URSS - France TV Info | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
C'est Barack Obama qui l'a expliqué, à l'occasion de la présentation de son grand plan pour le climat. Vrai, répond le magazine, illustration à l'appui.

Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter, Laurent Samuel
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La modification de la carte de l'Arctique dans la 10e édition du National Geographic Atlas of The World, paru en septembre 2014, est "l'un des changements les plus saisissants de l'histoire de la publication". Pour s'en convaincre, le magazine a réalisé une image animée, qui montre l'évolution de ses cartes de la région depuis 1999

https://pbs.twimg.com/tweet_video/CL1OszEWcAE_eTB.mp4


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voir mon papier dans Options futurs de Mai sur le sujet (mediapeps.org) et renvoi également aux échanges sur les tipping points au cours de la rencontre "our common futur " de Juin à l'UNESCO

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

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

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


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

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

 

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Sylvie Loutre's curator insight, July 31, 4:34 AM

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

Dominique Martin- Ferrari's curator insight, August 2, 1:16 PM

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

SustainOurEarth's curator insight, August 3, 8:07 PM

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

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

 

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

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

Via Duane Tilden
Stephane Bilodeau's insight:

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

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

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

[...]

>"Press Release:  

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

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

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

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

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Duane Tilden's curator insight, July 31, 5:01 PM

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

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

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

[...]

>"Press Release:  

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

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

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

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

Alaska’s terrifying wildfire season and what it says about climate change | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
The fires are just the latest indicator of a climatic transformation that is remaking the state — its forests, its coasts, its glaciers, and perhaps most of all, the frozen ground beneath — more than any other in America.
Stephane Bilodeau's insight:

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

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