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Earth Hour 2016

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Major landmarks, businesses and households in cities around the world turned their lights off for one hour at 8.30pm on Saturday 19 March to raise awareness about climate change and show support for renewable energy

More pictures here

negative aspects about the idea of progress : environment

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
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a new revolution

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

http://www.guardian.co.uk/smart-revolution

the idea of progress : new technologies / home / environment + BTS SIO ( http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology)

(various documents, articles to pick from for you oral exam)

Google office conference

Mindmaps Global Warming

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Earth Hour

Sunday, March 27th, 2011
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Turn off all lights at least one hour a day, not only on Earth Hour Day !

Pictures from the Japan earthquake

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Light planes and vehicles sit among the debris after they were swept by a tsumani that struck Sendai airport in northern Japan. (Kyodo News/Associated Press)

Tsunami swirls near a port in Oarai, Ibaraki Prefecture (state) after Japan was struck by a strong earthquake off its northeastern coast Friday, March 11. (Kyodo News/Associated Press

Earthquake-triggered tsumanis sweep shores along Iwanuma in northern Japan. (Kyodo News/Associated Press)

This aerial shot shows the tsunami tidal waves moving upstream (left side) in the Naka river at Hitachinaka city in Ibaraki prefecture on March 11. (AFP/Getty Images)

Residents check the damage done on a road and house in Sukagawa city, Fukushima prefecture, in northern Japan. (Fukushima Minpo/AFP/Getty Images)

Workers inspect a caved-in section of a prefectural road in Satte, Saitama Prefecture, after one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in Japan slammed its eastern coast March 11. (Saitama Shimbun/Associated Press/Kyodo News)

A pedestrian road collapsed in the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Urayasu city, Chiba prefecture on March 11. (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images)

Vehicles are crushed by a collapsed wall at a carpark in Mito city in Ibaraki prefecture on March 11. (Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images)

Residents walk through the rubles of residents collapsed by a powerful earthquake in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture Japan. (Kyodo News/Associated Press)

A tsumani triggered by a powerful earthquake makes its way to sweep part of Sendai airport in northern Japan on Friday March 11, 2011. The magnitude 8.9 earthquake slammed Japan’s eastern coast Friday, unleashing a 13-foot (4-meter) tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland. (Kyodo News/Associated Press)

environment : a webquest

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

A webquest about rainforests –> here  + Quiz about climate change

Environment

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

World’s Forests Endangered

special200204190041.mp3

Effects of Global Warming

http://www.21voa.com/VOA_Special_English_2002/Environment_Report_779.html

special200205100041.mp3

Antartic Ice

http://www.21voa.com/VOA_Special_English_2002/Environment_Report_792.html

special200202010041.mp3

Air Pollution/Lung Cancer

http://www.21voa.com/VOA_Special_English_2002/Environment_Report_786.html

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Drill, Barack, drill: Obama to open up US East Coast for oil exploration

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Barack Obama earned the instant anger of environmentalists and many of his core liberal supporters yesterday by declaring his intention to open vast areas of off-shore waters for future drilling for oil and gas, reversing decades-old policies of leaving the waves to fish, gulls and holidaymakers.

 

 The highly controversial plan, unveiled at Andrews Air Force Base, could, over time, give multinational energy companies access to the seabed along much of the eastern seaboard from Delaware all the way south to Florida, in eastern areas of the Gulf of Mexico and off the North Slope of Alaska.

 

While the President often derided Republicans during the 2008 campaign, including Sarah Palin, for holding out offshore drilling as an answer to escalating petrol prices with their rallying cry “Drill, baby, drill”, he has been dropping hints for months of his intention to shift position.

 

While the President often derided Republicans during the 2008 campaign, including Sarah Palin, for holding out offshore drilling as an answer to escalating petrol prices with their rallying cry “Drill, baby, drill”, he has been dropping hints for months of his intention to shift position.

The White House is hoping it may help garner Republican support in the push to get a climate change bill through the US Senate. His aides pitched the change as just one part of a wider effort to reduce US dependence on foreign oil. “This is about giving energy security the American people,” press secretary Robert Gibbs said, pointing out that the US is currently about 60 per cent dependent on foreign oil. Mr Obama, he was swift to add, is equally supporting solar and wind options and the construction of new nuclear electricity plants.

 

The impact would be seen first in a swathe of ocean territory off the coast of Virginia where leases will be put up for sale to energy companies within two years. No new drilling has been permitted in US Atlantic waters for two decades. Meanwhile, government geologists will begin assessing the viability of exploration in other areas along the eastern seaboard.

 

“This is not a decision that I’ve made lightly,” Mr Obama said, standing in front of a jet fighter that will fly with biofuel. “But the bottom line is this: given our energy needs, in order to sustain economic growth, produce jobs, and keep our businesses competitive, we’re going to need to harness traditional sources of fuel even as we ramp up production of new sources of renewable, home-grown energy.”

 

“There will be those who strongly disagree with this decision, including those who say we should not open any new areas to drilling,” he added. “But what I want to emphasise is that this announcement is part of a broader strategy that will move us from an economy that runs on fossil fuels and foreign oil to one that relies more on home-grown fuels and clean energy.”

 

The retort from environmentalists was swift. “Is this President Obama’s clean energy plan or Palin’s ‘Drill, baby, drill’ campaign?” asked Greenpeace executive director Phil Radford. “While China and Germany are winning the clean energy race, this act furthers America’s addiction to oil. Expanding offshore drilling in areas that have been protected for decades threatens our oceans and the coastal communities that depend on them with devastating oil spills, more pollution and climate change.”

 

Other groups reacted in a similar way. “Offshore drilling, especially as close as four miles from Florida’s Atlantic beaches, tastes bad no matter which president from whatever party is serving it,” said Mark Ferrulo of Environment Florida. “The President’s support doesn’t change the facts: expanded drilling won’t lower gas prices and it represents a dirty and dangerous activity that risks catastrophic damage to our beloved beaches.”

 

“This is stunning. Baffling,” said the environmental website Grist. “Obama appears to be taking a major step toward siding with carbon-polluting industries in the battle to defend the energy status quo.”

 

It is not an all-out cave-in to the fossil fuel industry, though, nor to conservatives. The ban will remain for the Pacific coast from California to Washington, where political opposition has been strongest, and a planned sale of leases in the environmentally sensitive Bristol Bay area of Alaska will be cancelled.

 

Moreover, while areas available for exploration in the Gulf of Mexico will be greatly expanded – contingent on approval by the US Congress – officials said that a buffer will be imposed off the Florida and Alabama shorelines to ensure that rigs will not be visible from land.

 

Emphasising the need for a broader retooling of energy policy, Mr Obama also announced the introduction of thousands of hybrid cars to the federal fleet while revealing that new rules on fuel economy standards for cars will be finalised today. “This rule will not only save drivers money; it will save 1.8 billion barrels of oil,” Mr Obama said. “That’s like taking 58 million cars off the road for an entire year.”

 

But the political backdrop is the pending attempt to get the climate change bill through a very reluctant US Senate. Already passed by the House of Representatives, the final version may or may not include a cap-and-trade system designed to enable the meeting of American emission ceilings. The passage of some kind of climate law will be crucial to Mr Obama’s credibility on the issue on the world stage.

 

With yesterday’s announcements on offshore drilling, Mr Obama may have availed himself of a crucial bargaining chip, particularly with Republicans in the Senate, whose support for the climate change bill will be crucial if it is ever to pass. However, 10 Democratic senators representing coastal states recently signed a joint letter expressing fervent opposition to an expansion of offshore exploration.

taken from : The Independent

Airlines vow to halve carbon emissions by 2050

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

The aviation industry will tomorrow make a dramatic pledge to slash carbon dioxide emissions in half by 2050 in a move that will force up air fares and spark a green technology race among aircraft manufacturers.

Dan Milmo: Its a bit murky – a global trading system Link to this audio

The British Airways chief executive, Willie Walsh, will unveil an agreement between airlines, airports and aircraft companies to cut emissions to 50% below 2005 levels by 2050. In a bid to seize the initiative from environmental groups clamouring for higher taxes on the industry, the plan will be presented to world leaders at the United Nations forum on climate change in New York.

Airlines have been accused of dragging their heels over climate change, but the strategic shift reflects industry concerns that it could be ambushed at the global warming summit in Copenhagen in December if it does not address its growing emissions.

Writing in the Guardian, climate change secretary Ed Miliband says he is haunted by the possibility that politicians will fail to reach a global climate deal. Calling for a new urgency and spirit of co-operation in the negotiations, he writes: “The fate of every nation on earth hangs on the outcome of Copenhagen. It is too important to play the cards-close-to-your-chest poker games that marked diplomacy of the twentieth century.”

UN officials are hoping that China’s president, Hu Jintao, may break the deadlock in the negotiations by announcing in New York ambitious plans to reduce China’s carbon emissions.

If Walsh’s proposals are accepted by the UN, they will be on the agenda at Copenhagen, where world leaders hope to agree global emissions reduction targets. The pledges drawn up by members of the global airline body, the International Air Transport Association, are:

• To reduce net carbon dioxide emissions by 50% by 2050, compared with 2005 levels.

• To make all industry growth carbon-neutral by 2020.

• To cut carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5% per year over the next decade.

• To submit plans for joining a global carbon trading scheme to the UN by November 2010.

The 50% reduction target by 2050 goes further than the UK government’s target of limiting airline emissions to 2005 levels by the same deadline. Walsh’s presentation to UN delegates on behalf of IATA will be viewed by climate change campaigners as an attempt to pre-empt punitive measures at Copenhagen, amid fears among airline executives that the aviation industry will be singled out over its exclusion from carbon dioxide caps enshrined in the 1997 Kyoto protocols.

Walsh will say: “International aviation emissions were not included in the Kyoto protocol 12 years ago. Now we have a chance to rectify that omission, and we must seize it. Our proposals represent the most environmentally effective and practical means of reducing aviation’s carbon impact. They are the best option for the planet and we urge the UN to adopt them.”

Under the proposals, airlines would leave the EU emissions trading scheme, which they are due to join in 2012, and would buy carbon dioxide permits in a global market. Walsh warned earlier this year that a global scheme would add around £3bn per year to industry costs, which would be passed on to passengers through higher fares. According to the European commission, the EU trading scheme will add €9 (£8.16) to the cost of a return short-haul flight and €40 to a long-distance return flight. However, campaigners suggested the new pledge was undermined by its reliance on the industry funding emissions cuts elsewhere. “It is a real problem that this will include offsetting and buying carbon credits,” said John Sauven, director of Greenpeace. “It shows that Willie Walsh is not really taking the issue of climate change seriously.”

Aviation accounts for 1.6% of global greenhouse emissions currently, but will become the biggest emitter in the developed world if it grows unchecked. The government’s advisory body, the committee on climate change, warned ministers this month that aviation will account for a quarter of all emissions in the developed world even if it caps 2050 emissions at 2005 levels.

The committee also recommended state investment in the green technology. Cutting the industry’s emissions will require radical advances in technology that, if they are not achieved, would force airlines to make up the difference on carbon trading or offset markets. Airlines are expected to lose $11bn (£6.8bn) this year, according to IATA, and their weak balance sheets will be strained further by carbon permits, analysts say.

taken from : http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/sep/21/airlines-carbon-emissions-cut