Category: climate change

Renewable energy use promoted in Europe

Renewable energy use promoted in Europe:

The progRESsHEAT project aims at assisting local, regional, national and EU political leaders in developing policy and strategies to ensure a quick and efficient deployment of renewables in heating and cooling networks. http://www.progressheat.eu

Global CO2 levels above 400ppm, except in Wakanda.

Looked up recent CO2 measurements from the European Copernicus satellite program.

And noticed that the entire world was above 400ppm except a small green patch in the middle of Africa. 

Which just happens to be the same position that Marvel choose as the location for the fictional Sub-Saharan African nation of Wakanda in the MCU.

On a more serious note, the reason for this is most likely the tropical forest absorbing the CO2. The truly worrying part is the fact that we are now way past the 400ppm threshold, maybe permanently, set by scientists as the point of no return.

And if you don’t trust the Europeans, the data from the American program (which Trump just cancelled funding for) confirms this:

A workmate of mine, who actually did climate modelling as part of his PhD, made me aware to also keep an eye on Methane, which is a much more potent green house gas with devastating impact on marine life. It is mainly produced by life stock. The upside about this is that if we stop emitting it will relatively quickly leave the atmosphere. 

By the way, atmospheric measurements are just a small part of the Copernicus program.

EU and Mexico reach new agreement on trade

EU and Mexico reach new agreement on trade:

#EUtrade
transparency in action: The full texts of the new, modernised EU-Mexico
trade Agreement in Principle are now available on our website!  (we’re adding the remaining annexes & chapters as we speak)

http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=1833

Why we need to collaborate rather than compete

Why we need to collaborate rather than compete:

“… the human race needs to realise that we either go up or go down together …“

That last sentence was a killer!

Share of renewables in energy consumption in the EU reached 17%…

Share of renewables in energy consumption in the EU reached 17% in 2016

In 2016, the share of energy from renewable sources in gross final
consumption of energy reached 17% in the European Union (EU), double the
share in 2004 (8.5%), the first year for which the data are available.   


La part des énergies renouvelables dans la consommation d’énergie a atteint 17% dans l’UE en 2016
Onze États membres ont déjà atteint leurs objectifs 2020


Anteil erneuerbarer Energien am Energieverbrauch in der EU erreichte 2016 17%
Elf Mitgliedstaaten erreichen bereits ihre Zielwerte für 2020

Source: http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/en/web/products-press-releases/-/8-25012018-AP (pdf en|fr|de)

Germany considering free public transportation to take on air pollution | News | DW | 13.02.2018

Germany considering free public transportation to take on air pollution | News | DW | 13.02.2018:

Under pressure from the European Union to rein in air pollution, the German government said it is considering a plan that would make public transportation free in its most polluted cities, according to a letter seen by German media on Tuesday.

EU Tells Trump: No Paris Climate Deal, No Free Trade

EU Tells Trump: No Paris Climate Deal, No Free Trade:

“One of our main demands is that any country who signs a trade agreement with EU should implement the Paris Agreement on the ground,” Lemoyne said. “No Paris Agreement, no trade agreement. The U.S. knows what to expect.”

EU announces €9bn in funding for climate action

EU announces €9bn in funding for climate action:

The EU funds will form part of the bloc’s External Investment Plan, and
will be focused on sustainable cities, clean energy and sustainable
agriculture. The announcement was made at the One Planet Summit in Paris

The tide is turning for underwater turbines

The tide is turning for underwater turbines:

Tidal energy could help EU meet its goal of fulfilling 20% of its energy needs with renewables by 2020 and 27% by 2030.

Vive l’amitié franco-allemande; Es lebe die…

Vive l’amitié franco-allemande; Es lebe die deutsch-französische Freundschaft!