Plan national d'adaptation au changement climatique : une première en Europe

Logo Ministère de l'écologieOn Wednesday 20th July, the French Ecology Minister, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, unveiled France’s climate change adaptation plan. Presented as a “European first”, it has a budget of €171 million.

Peak Oil Conference at the European Parliament

Les verts européensThe Greens group at the European Parliament organised a Conference on Peak Oil (PO) on 3rd May in parallel to the ASPO meeting.   The Conference’s objective was to discuss two subjects: first the political analyses and measures around PO, then the evidence surrounding PO and related activities in the different member countries.

European Commission roadmap for GHG reduction

The European Union’s roadmap to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions is a particularly ambitious one. Divided by sector, it sets calculated objectives for 2030 and 2050, and the processes to be followed to achieve them. It implements the decision validated during the EU Council meeting of October 2009 (1) : to reduce GHG emissions in the 27 States by 80 to 95% by 2050. 

“Funding the future without deepening the debt”

In the context of its activities as a think tank, and more specifically its work on long-term funding, the Fondation Nicolas Hulot pour la Nature et l’Homme (FNH) (Nicolas Hulot Foundation for Nature and Mankind) organised on 30th March a discussion seminar entitled “Funding the future without deepening the debt”.

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.