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Paris Climate Talks to Draw 25,000 Delegates But Is Climate Change Yesterday’s Child?

Paris Climate Talks to Draw 25,000 Delegates But Is Climate Change Yesterday’s Child?

Paris climate talks to draw up to 50,000 (via AFP) As many as 50,000 people are likely to attend the December 2015 talks in Paris aimed at forging a UN pact on climate change, host France said on Tuesday. “Between 40,000 and 50,000 people from 195 countries are expected,” Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius…  

Fracking: Big Business Wants U-Turn

Fracking: Big Business Wants U-Turn

Will French energy and oil interests succeed in their current push to overturn the country’s outright ban on fracking, a move which would likely ignite instant uproar in the fiercely-opposed countryside? On July 14 last year President François Hollande made a formal commitment opposing fracking which effectively established a moratorium on the matter through to […]

Global Warming? Words of Cold Comfort

Global Warming? Words of Cold Comfort

Climate warming warriors may be on the backfoot but it remains unclear whether at their next COP-21 global gathering in Paris in December 2015 – to conclude a new global greenhouse gas emissions agreement — the retreat will be graceful or bloody. Cold Comfort On Global Warming MYRON EBELL January/February 2014 This piece by Myron […]

Hans Blix urges a Switch to Thorium

Hans Blix urges a Switch to Thorium

Hans Blix the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency is urging the nuclear power industry to move towards thorium as its primary fuel source, writes John Preedy.   John Preedy who lives in France, where thorium enjoys a certain level of ongoing research support,  blogs at Living in the Lot. In his presentation to the Thorium Energy Conference […]

French Socialists: Yes We Can/No We Can’t

French Socialists: Yes We Can/No We Can’t

There will be no fracking in France while I am President, says François Hollande (*) clearly hoping that such unequivocal words — delivered as fellow citizens languidly basked in a hot sunny 14 Juillet holiday — will finally put a hugely sensitive public issue to rest. But this is an increasingly unpopular president, one with […]

Shale Gas: Schuepbach challenges French Ban

Shale Gas: Schuepbach challenges French Ban

The Texas-based oil company Schuepbach Energy has won a partial legal battle to review the current ban on hydraulic fracking in France and challenge the revocation of its two shale gas exploration licenses, a development being intently watched by supporters and opponents of shale fracking.  (Minister of Ecology, Delphine Batho, was sacked from her cabinet […]

Toulouse Unveils Sunflower Power on the Streets

Toulouse Unveils Sunflower Power on the Streets

Toulouse is set to use sunflower power to light the city’s streets as it test-beds a locally manufactured solar energy concentrator.  Toulouse is betting on a revolutionary rotating solar unit to light the streets. (Credit Marie de Toulouse) Imitating the sunflower Toulouse’s newest range of solar-powered public street lights follow the sun, absorbing power that makes […]

Fracking Sparks Fresh French Concerns

Fracking Sparks Fresh French Concerns

The French parliament has reopened the explosive issue of shale gas fracking in the face of grassroots opposition and amid signs of cabinet level schizophrenia. According to La Depeche citing the AFP-Agence France Presse news agency: “The all-party Parliamentary Office for Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Choices (OPECST), comprising members of the National Assembly and the […]

Thorium – An Energy Source Cheaper than Coal

Thorium – An Energy Source Cheaper than Coal

John Preedy lives in France where thorium enjoys a certain level of ongoing research support, and writes the Living in the Lot blog. Here he reviews a recent book on Thorium — a potential nuclear energy source whose future is being increasingly talked about.    Thorium – Energy Cheaper than Coal – A Review Robert Hargraves in his […]

Asia Nibbles Away at French Thorium Lead

Asia Nibbles Away at French Thorium Lead

Despite Grenoble’s efforts to stay ahead in the thorium loop, Asia is leading the way in large-scale investment to make thorium the next generation of its nuclear power programme. Indeed French scientists are warning that unless more government backing and industry support (read EDF, the French electricity giant) is forthcoming, China, India and Japan will […]

Play the Nuclear Ball not the Green Man

Play the Nuclear Ball not the Green Man

If France were playing a rugby match between pro- and anti- nuclear teams, the results, at ten minutes into the game, would be looking pretty dodgy.     The Hollande-Ayrault-Montebourg-Batho team deployed in these vital energy quarter-finals has plunged into the melee with pledges, statements and clarifications that appear to have pleased industrialists, angered Greens, […]

A Thorium Review: Superfuel by Richard Martin

A Thorium Review: Superfuel by Richard Martin

John Preedy reviews Richard Martin’s recently published “Superfuel” — a book on thorium as an alternative energy source — and finds the writing somewhat over-technical. John Preedy who lives in France, where thorium enjoys a certain level of ongoing research support,  blogs at Living in the Lot. Richard Martin, like many in the Thorium renaissance, is a […]

No Fracking in France … Well Perhaps

No Fracking in France … Well Perhaps

Delphine Batho, France’s new Environment and Energy Minister is adamant there will be no fracking in France. Yet the pressures continue with the latest coming, surprisingly, from leading scientist Claude Allègre, no friend of climate warmists. “The government clearly and distinctly maintains the ban on exploiting shale gas because nowhere in the world has it been proven […]

Wind Turbines- a Danger to Human Life

Wind Turbines- a Danger to Human Life

The installation of eight giant wind turbines in the Bourbonnaise Mountains in the Auvergne, has led to a legal complaint against parties unknown for ‘deliberately endangering the lives of others’ — a first in France. (Read more online French News here) According to the rue 89 website the townsfolk of Allier, a remote village about an […]

French Greens have anti-Nuclear field day

French Greens have anti-Nuclear field day

  Greens, climate-warmers, and assorted protest groups across France and indeed much of the globe, have rushed to use the terrible Japanese tsunami tragedy as a big radiated stick with which to beat up nuclear energy. Media reports, shriller than radiation warning sirens, filled airwaves and digital highways with trigger terror words like ‘Chernobyl’ while […]

Drôme Beware: Fracking Has a Record

Drilling Industry Says Diesel Use Was Legal by Abrahm Lustgarten ProPublica, Feb. 2, 2011, 6:14 p.m. Nicholas Kusnetz contributed to this report. After three members of Congress reported this week that drilling companies have been injecting large amounts of diesel fuel underground to hydraulically fracture oil and gas wells, the industry is fighting back — […]

Shale Gas threat to France’s Nougat Capital

Shale Gas threat to France’s Nougat Capital

The self-styled Nougat Capital of the world — Montélimar in the Drôme may soon find itself transformed into shale capital of France against the wishes of its inhabitants and others in the south eastern départements of Hérault, Aveyron, Lozère and Ardèche. That is if Big Oil has its way. For France awarded three exploration licenses […]

Powered Off the Ocean Floor

Powered Off the Ocean Floor

The state-owned French naval defence firm DCNS (Direction des Constructions Navales) says it plans to install small scale nuclear reactors in submarines, anchored off the French coast each of which can provide power to about 85,000 homes connected by submarine cable. The number of submarine plants to be deployed has not been revealed but each […]

EU Carbon Tariff Scheme Hits Buffers?

EU Carbon Tariff Scheme Hits Buffers?

A Le Monde report suggests plans for an EU carbon tariff scheme may have hit the buffers amid signs that the climate change industry is in disarray.

Paris Homes to Get Geothermal Heating

Paris Homes to Get Geothermal Heating

Paris is going geothermal (at least some parts are), as a 31 million euro scheme is launched to heat 12,000 residential apartments and buildings in the capital’s 19th arrondissement.     Using the Earth as a Free Heat Source The project is due to come on stream by 2011, and will provide 54% of the […]

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