Public transports: the book to end up with the nightmare

livre  TECThe book begins with a bit of science fiction. It is 2035; hybrid vehicles travel alongside high-speed metros and the carcasses of abandoned cars lie in ancient, dilapidated housing schemes too far away to be reached. Citizens are supplied with a very limited number of "transport credits" by the Ministry of Sustainable Mobility, forcing some employees into "tele-homing", i.e. sleeping at the workplace. A far from promising future!

Is the Grand Paris plan really "low carbon"?

RERThis is the question leading the study of the consulting firm Carbone 4, presented on 24 January by Hélène Le Teno at Sciences-Po's Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) and reported by an article on the Actu-environnement website.   While discussions on this major urban renewal plan are very animated, the results presented have raised numerous questions. The study first suggests we need "to put on different spectacles" if we are to fully comprehend that all areas of the economy, and therefore transport, will be profoundly affected by the…

Finance Watch : a « Greenpeace for finance »*

The NGO Finance Watch started from a call launched by European elected officials worried about the future of democracy after realising that the force of financial lobbying in Brussels was not exposed to any counter-expertise from civil society.     Contrary to public health and the environment, there is no force of opposition in the area of finance. This is why elected officials are encouraging civil society to organise a response to this "asymmetry" that "constitutes in [their] eyes a danger to the quality of laws and to democracy."

ECO2 Climat: the French carbon indicator

Eco2 ClimatDesigned by the consulting firm Carbone 4, the engineering school Ecole des Mines and TV station TF1, ECO2 Climat is the first carbon indicator (CI) to measure the carbon consumption of the French population. Introduced in December 2009, the CI endeavours to assess each month the carbon emissions generated by the French through the following activities: building homes, energy consumption, services (public and private sector), transport and consumer goods. 

Speculation on its own does not explain the inflation

inflationInflation is a key economic indicator. Economists use a whole range of tools to estimate and anticipate it. The main one, “core inflation”, involves excluding energy and food products, which are considered too volatile, from inflation. This is a serious conceptual error, which has masked its return in force everywhere: growing unease on the other side of the Channel, the recent geopolitical problems around the Mediterranean, price overheating in the BRIC countries, and the riots it caused are quick to remind us. Contrary to all forecasts, it stands at 2.4% in the Euro zone.

“Prosperity Without Growth”, by Tim Jackson

Tim JacksonTim Jackson is a recognised economist and this is probably why his message is so powerful. He does not foresee adjusting the economic margin to include a few “responsible” measures; instead he proposes a radical paradigm shift and develops a full economic model to put the economy back to work for society.

When the “Central Bank of Oil” runs dry

derrickThe blog Oil Man has commented on an article published in  the Guardian, that analyses the indiscretions of the famous site in regards to information contained in American diplomatic cables sent between 2007 and 2009. The messages reveal Washington’s concerns about Saudi Arabia’s ability to play its traditional role as the “Central Bank of Oil”, in other words, its ability to balance the price of a barrel of oil by adapting its production. 

The "appalled economists", Alain Grandjean signatory of the Manifesto

Four economists, 22 measures, one manifesto. André Orléan, Philippe Askenazy, Thomas Coutrot and Henri Sterdyniak are the co-authors of the manifesto entitled: “Crisis and debt in Europe: 10 untruths, 22 measures in the debate to get out of dead-lock”. These economists are “appalled” to see that no lesson has been learned from the crisis and that, even faced with the facts, the basis of the policies that led to catastrophes are not questioned. According to them, they directly endanger European solidarity and its project for building a “democratic continent”.

CarbonCamp on the 19th of October 2010 in la Cantine

We invite you to join the first CarbonCamp in Paris on the 19th of October in "La Cantine".More information and subscription on : http://barcamp.org/CarbonCampParis2010

Bjorn Lomborg changes his mind

Bjorn Lomborg is a statistician, a professor at the Copenhagen Business School and the former Director of the Environmental Assessment Institute of Copenhagen. He became famous for his book, the Sceptical Environmentalist (1998, 2001 for the English version) where he defended the following thesis: human activity is not responsible for global warming, which is overestimated.