Thursday, August 29th, 2013
Agence France-Presse reports that TEPCO’s handling of radioactive water at Fukushima has been like “whack-a-mole”, according to a minister who visited the plant, and he is pledging Japan’s government would step up its involvement at the site.
300 tonnes of highly radioactive toxic liquid has (more…)
Monday, November 19th, 2012
In September, an environmental conference in France took place setting the policy of the new President, Mr. François Hollande and his government.
This posts present the various points and how they differ or are in the line of the previous government and its Grenelle de l’Environnement. (more…)
Monday, January 9th, 2012
Renewable sources of energy provided a greater share of U.S. domestic energy production than nuclear during the first nine months of 2011, according to a new report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
In its latest monthly energy review, the EIA reports (more…)
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
According to a report in Renewables International, it could well be.
The publication said negotiations carried out by a coalition headed by the Social Democrats has convinced politicians to phase out nuclear, following in the footsteps of Germany and Switzerland, where authorities decided to move away (more…)
Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
Common sense, every day actions such as switching off lights, unplugging appliances when not in use, reducing heating and washing clothes on cooler cycles may have a bigger impact on the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions than previously estimated. (more…)
Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
Yesterday the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, announced a bold plan to slash the use of fossil fuels by 2050. The plan calls for renewable energy to supply 60% of the country’s energy needs by 2050.
As the environment minister Norbert Röttgen stated, it is “the most ambitious energy programme ever seen, not only in (more…)
Monday, August 30th, 2010
rAccording to Agence France Presse (AFP), the French government will launch next month a tender for contracts of 10 billion euros ($12.6 billion) to build 3,000 MW of offshore wind capacity.
600 wind turbines will be implemented within five to ten sites in Normandy, Brittany and the regions of Pays de la Loire and (more…)
Thursday, August 26th, 2010
It seems like an audacious claim, but Uranium-238 might just be the solution the world needs to solve the energy crisis. As many of the intellectual thinkers, serial entrepreneurs and research stalwarts all over the world combine their efforts to solve the energy crisis, Uranium 238 seems to pop up more often than not.
Before dismissing this as yet another pipe dream or a media publicity stunt, consider this – the best minds of the scientific and research community are already involved in this project. Bill Gates has recently classified this as an ‘Energy Miracle’ if successful. This is a total revolution and not an incremental improvement of existing technologies. This is why, if successful, it can redefine the way we look at all forms of energy and indeed the entire geo-politics and socio-economics of the world. Continue Reading
Monday, August 23rd, 2010
A very interesting and controversial study emerged recently, comparing nuclear and solar costs no less.
The study, “Solar and Nuclear Costs – The Historic Crossover“, was prepared by John O. Blackburn and Sam Cunningham for NC Warn, a climate change nonprofit watchdog. The paper, focused on the costs of electricity in North Carolina (US), describes the (more…)
Thursday, July 29th, 2010
On Monday the International Energy Agency (IEA) released its latest country report on France. These reports are generally issued every five years.
Although France has not been immune to the global economic downturn, the climate change plan known as the Grenelle de l’Environnement is still considered by the IEA as having “many positive provisions”.
Indeed, the government is willing to cut by a factor of four the country’s carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 (compared to 1990 levels). (more…)