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Transition énergétique : par quoi va-t-on remplacer le nucléaire ?

Transition énergétique : par quoi va-t-on remplacer le nucléaire ? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Un projet de loi en 80 points précis pour rendre la France plus économe en énergie et moins dépendante du pétrole, du gaz, du charbon et du nucléaire. Le texte sera débattu à l'automne à l'Assemblée.

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Catherine Bossis's curator insight, June 26, 2014 4:00 AM

Interview de Marc Jedliczka (Hespul, Energies Partagées, CLER…) à écouter et lien vers des web docu (dont un de l'AGEDEN mes anciens collègues).

Stéphane NEREAU's curator insight, June 26, 2014 10:06 AM

Il ne sera débattu qu'à l'automne à l'Assemblée nationale ; le projet de loi sur la transition énergétique a été présenté la semaine dernière par Ségolène Royal. Une loi en 80 points pour que la France devienne plus économe en énergie, et qu'elle arrive à se passer de plus en plus du pétrole, du gaz, du charbon et, sujet très épineux, du nucléaire.

S'agissant des centrales atomiques, qui fournissent actuellement 75 % de notre électricité (mais seulement 16 % de la totalité de l'énergie consommée en France), le premier objectif est de faire tomber cette proportion à 50 % d'ici dix ans (2025). Et donc de passer à 50 % d'électricité "propre".

Fabrice Van Borren's curator insight, June 27, 2014 3:54 AM

A faire écouter à tous ceux, en particulier les enfants, qui veulent comprendre ce que nous devons faire dans les années prochaines en matière de transition énergétique

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World Bank: Fighting Climate Change Would Boost Global Economy Up To $2.6 Trillion A Year ("let's go!")

World Bank: Fighting Climate Change Would Boost Global Economy Up To $2.6 Trillion A Year ("let's go!") | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A new World Bank report concludes that just a few key policies would boost the global economy up to $2.6 trillion a year by 2030 while significantly reducing carbon emissions.

 

The Bank finds that if all six embrace three sets of policies for clean transportation plus energy efficiency in industry in buildings, “the annual benefits of just these policies in 2030 include an estimated GDP growth of between $1.8 trillion and $2.6 trillion.” Furthermore, the report found that “these policies alone would account for 30 percent of the total reduction needed in 2030 to limit global warming to 2°C [3.6°F].”

 

The overall benefits are staggering, as these policies avoid 94,000 premature pollution-related deaths and 8.5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions. They save nearly 16 billion kilowatt-hours of energy — roughly equivalent to taking 2 billion cars off the road.


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Bert Guevara's curator insight, July 3, 2014 10:35 AM

Using the language of banking, it pays to spend on climate change action because it will translate to positive economics.

"Anyone who claims that avoiding catastrophic climate change would entail high net costs or significant economic losses is, well, simply denying what we know about economics and climate solutions."

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New green lease guidelines focus on people

New green lease guidelines focus on people | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Building and Construction Authority has launched a new toolkit to improve transparency and accountability of ‘green lease’ agreements between building...

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Digital Sustainability's curator insight, July 3, 2014 11:24 AM

Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) on Friday launched a new set of guidelines to help commercial building owners and their tenants improve their sustainable green building practices.

The government agency aims to promote the concept of ‘green lease’ agreements, which is about enabling landlords and tenants to work together on increasing energy efficiency, water efficiency and other measures that will make a building more sustainable. This new guidelines will also help improve transparency and accountability between building owners and tenants.

Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and Foreign Affairs Grace Fu launched the new ‘green lease’ toolkit during the Green Building Exhibition, which was held at Singapore’s Marina Square on Friday until Sunday.

Singapore is currently working on its 3rd Green Building Masterplan, which places people at the heart of the sustainable building agenda and the ‘green lease’ agreement is one way to engage landlords and tenants to collaborate on managing buildings sustainably, Fu told industry professionals during her speech.

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Eau : les Français en mal d'information

Eau : les Français en mal d'information | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Résultats d'un sondage effectué auprès de 1000 personnes en mai 2014 par MV2 Conseil pour la CLCV. En mai 2014, 1001 personnes ont été sondées (65 % d...

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CO2 Observatory in Orbit

CO2 Observatory in Orbit | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fox News: NASA has launched its first spacecraft devoted to monitoring atmospheric carbon dioxide, the heat-trapping gas thought to be responsible for much of Earth's recent warming trend. The spac...
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IMF sees Russia close to recession as Ukraine sanctions bite

IMF sees Russia close to recession as Ukraine sanctions bite | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Sanctions imposed on Russia over Ukraine have substantially slowed growth and will have a 'chilling effect' on investment, the International Monetary Fund has said. As a result, Russia could face a recession.
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50 Gardening Ideas & Tips

50 Gardening Ideas & Tips | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Planning a garden? Here are my 50 favorite tips and ideas from across the web.

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Fire concerns throughout Bay Area skyrocket during Fourth of July weekend

Fire concerns throughout Bay Area skyrocket during Fourth of July weekend | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fire officials throughout the Bay Area are on high alert this Fourth of July weekend for potential fire dangers, particularly as the Bay Area continues to deal with one of the worst droughts in the state's history.
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Water supply key to outcome of conflicts in Iraq and Syria, experts warn

Water supply key to outcome of conflicts in Iraq and Syria, experts warn | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Security analysts in London and Baghdad say control of rivers and dams has become a major tactical weapon for Isis
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EPA: Energy and Commerce lawmakers want a crack at 'secret' science bill

Top lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee want a say in a GOP bill that takes aim at the science underpinning U.S. EPA regulations.
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Aggressive Tactic on the Fracking Front

Aggressive Tactic on the Fracking Front | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Pennsylvania gas company offers residents cash to buy protection from any claims of harm.
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With Wild Stocks of Shrimp Dwindling, Tank Farming Is on the Rise

With Wild Stocks of Shrimp Dwindling, Tank Farming Is on the Rise | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Shrimp farmers are trying to meet the growing demand for their product, but in an environmentally responsible way.
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Inside Monsanto, America's Third-Most-Hated Company

Inside Monsanto, America's Third-Most-Hated Company | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What's the genetically modified seed factory up to? Making high-tech plans to feed a growing world
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Drop the eco-pessimism – you can make a greener world - opinion - 03 July 2014 - New Scientist

Drop the eco-pessimism – you can make a greener world - opinion - 03 July 2014 - New Scientist | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
After six years cleaning up England's environment, Chris Smith, the Environment Agency's outgoing chair, is in no mood for surrender

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Recharge Wrap-up: Formula E comes to London, hydrogen fueling comes to Denmark

Recharge Wrap-up: Formula E comes to London, hydrogen fueling comes to Denmark | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Denmark gets new hydrogen stations, California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard upheld, London Formula E venue announced.

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Digital Sustainability's curator insight, July 3, 2014 11:14 AM

Denmark will get four new hydrogen fueling stations from Air Liquide. The French company will put two of the hydrogen stations in Copenhagen, one in Aalborg and the fourth in Vejle. The new fueling stations are in addition to two already existing sites in Copenhagen and Holstebro. Read more at The Daily Fusion.

California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) stands, as the Supreme Court rejects oil and ethanol companies' request to review a previous ruling upholding the plan. LCFS would reduce carbon in California's transportation fuels by 10 percent by 2020. Earlier, California's Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld LCFS, when Big Oil and Ethanol claimed the plan was discriminatory toward out-of-state companies. Read more at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The FIA Formula E London ePrix will take place within the grounds of Battersea Park. Deputy Mayor of London Sir Edward Lister announced that the Wandsworth, South London location will be the venue for the final race of the inaugural season of the all-electric series. The season's 10 races will take place in city centers of major cities around the world. Formula E also announced BMW as its official supplier, its second female driver Michela Cerruti and a feature where fans vote for drivers to get a speed boost during the race. Read more in the press release below where you can also check out the video of Formula E cars tearing up the pavement of London's Westminster Bridge.

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Loi sur la transition énergétique : les plans d'action État-Régions en ordre de marche

Loi sur la transition énergétique : les plans d'action État-Régions en ordre de marche | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
La ministre de l'Ecologie Ségolène Royal prépare un plan d'action commun Etat-Régions en faveur de la transition énergétique en collaboration avec la commission développement durable, environnement de l'Association des régions de France (ARF).Ségolèn...

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National Parks Are In The Forever Business And Climate Change Is Bad For Business

National Parks Are In The Forever Business And Climate Change Is Bad For Business | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study confirms that climate change is underway in America's treasured national parks.

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Report: The United States Is Among The World’s Worsening Nations

Report: The United States Is Among The World’s Worsening Nations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Congress can't get anything done. And 50 million people are living in poverty.
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California Cities Crack Down on Water Use - Industries News Press

The pain of California’s three-year drought is spreading from its agricultural belt to urban lawns and backyards, where residents are being hit with fines for excess water use, and businesses such as golf courses and lawn care are seeing revenue dry up due to water restrictions. About 60 California cities …

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Vaccines are safe and problems are 'extremely rare,' study says

Vaccines are safe and problems are 'extremely rare,' study says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Public health experts have taken a fresh look at the safety records of childhood vaccines and once again pronounced them safe.
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Fear and ignorance as ebola 'out of control' in parts of west Africa

Fear and ignorance as ebola 'out of control' in parts of west Africa | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As death toll from latest outbreak of world’s deadliest virus climbs to 467, health workers battle misinformation and mistrust in effort to contain the disease
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When Air Quality in Beijing and Shanghai is Least Awful - China Real Time Report - WSJ

When Air Quality in Beijing and Shanghai is Least Awful - China Real Time Report - WSJ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
What is the best time of year to avoid air pollution in Beijing?
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Study maps fracking methane risk

Study maps fracking methane risk | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A major study into the potential of fracking to contaminate drinking water with methane is published, highlighting where shale deposits and aquifers coincide.
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Would new herbicide threaten school children?

Would new herbicide threaten school children? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Iowa school children could be at risk with approval of a new herbicide, an environmental group says. But its maker says research debunks that claim.
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