The Netherlands is facing a surprising threat: souped-up electric bikes

Senay Boztas writes on The Guardian website about a big menace facing Amsterdam, souped-up electric bikes. As many say, the bike situation is definitely unsafe. Have you experienced this problem?   Amsterdam calls for crackdown on menace of souped-up e-bikes Debby Nieberg was cycling home from the dentist last October, when she was knocked to … Continue reading The Netherlands is facing a surprising threat: souped-up electric bikes

Being trapped in transport poverty

Study finds drivers in the UK are spending up to a fifth of pre-tax income on running a car as lack of infrastructure deters people from cycling. Peter Walker discusses in an article on The Guardian website. Is the situation in your country the same as in Britain?   ‘Entrenched car culture’ leaves millions of … Continue reading Being trapped in transport poverty

Higher education in France will have to integrate the challenges of the ecological transition into their syllabus

A lack of training on the climate crisis for professors in French universities is one of the main obstacles to making higher education at the forefront of leading the climate transition. Soazig Le Nevé discusses the issues in an article on the Le Monde website. What are your views?   In France's universities, the climate … Continue reading Higher education in France will have to integrate the challenges of the ecological transition into their syllabus

New Eurobarometer survey shows large majority are positive about recent EU actions addressing energy crisis

A new Eurobarometer survey released in December shows that the large majority of EU citizens are positive about recent EU actions to tackle the energy crisis. In particular, More than 8 in ten EU citizens (82%) agree that the EU should continue to take actions to reduce its dependency on Russian fossil fuels. An overwhelming … Continue reading New Eurobarometer survey shows large majority are positive about recent EU actions addressing energy crisis

Wood burning in homes produces more small particle pollution than all road traffic in the UK

Wood burning has increased in popularity over recent years, yet it remains a major source of air pollution. Damian Carrington has written several articles in The Guardian on the subject but this piece from February highlights the issues. EiD notes that in our neighbourhood of Paris (including several in our building), many are still having … Continue reading Wood burning in homes produces more small particle pollution than all road traffic in the UK

The carbon footprint of our emails

Luciano Rodrigues Viana, Doctorant en sciences de l'environnement, Département des sciences fondamentales, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC); Jean-François Boucher, Professeur, Eco-consulting, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) ; and Mohamed Cheriet, Professor, Engineering Department, École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) write on The Conversation website about the carbon footprint left by emails. They feel most … Continue reading The carbon footprint of our emails

Our climate and energy transition: when people speak up and work together, they can spur powerful changes

Adam Aron, Professor of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego writes on The Conversation website about the results from his recent books that explains three reasons why local action addressing climate change is more powerful than many people realise.   3 reasons local climate activism is more powerful than people realize Global warming has … Continue reading Our climate and energy transition: when people speak up and work together, they can spur powerful changes

Universities starting to adopt fossil-free careers service

Four British universities have now banned fossil fuel companies from recruiting through their career services as a way to promote the zero-carbon pathway. Damian Carrington discusses latest developments in an article on The Conversation website. Is this happening in other countries?   Fossil fuel recruiters banned from three more UK universities Three more UK universities … Continue reading Universities starting to adopt fossil-free careers service

“Why can’t we do what we need to do to stop destroying our planet while we still have the chance?”

That question animates Dr. Ann-Christine Duhaime’s new book, “Minding the Climate: How Neuroscience Can Help Solve Our Environmental Crisis,” published by Harvard University Press. A neurosurgeon explores how our tendency to prioritise short-term consumer pleasures spurs climate change, but also how the brain’s amazing capacity for flexibility can—and likely will—enable us to prioritise the long-term … Continue reading “Why can’t we do what we need to do to stop destroying our planet while we still have the chance?”

“It’s easier to save energy when you can see the energy you’re using”

In an article in the November/December issue of Energy in Business & Industry magazine, Andrew Warren, Chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation, questions quite how successful attempts to use the residential smart metering system to alter demand peaks this winter can possibly be.  There is no longer any requirement for an energy company to … Continue reading “It’s easier to save energy when you can see the energy you’re using”