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Artificial reef: the tire fiasco at sea in the Alpes-Maritimes

In the 1980s, 25,000 tires were dumped off Golfe-Juan to serve as an artificial reef. Faced with the failure of the operation and the risk of pollution, they are being removed. They were to promote wildlife and underwater flora and attract fish. Between 1980 and 1989, 25,000 tires, or 8,141 cubic meters, were immersed in…
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Photovoltaics: France bets on research

Today, China dominates the world market for solar panels. But thanks to its new Photovoltaic Institute inaugurated this week, France hopes to be able to develop unique know-how in terms of breakthrough technologies. It was in 2013 that the Ile-de-France Photovoltaic Institute (IPVF) was labeled Institute for the energy transition . It brings together both academic partners such…
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The world’s largest oil field is declining at an alarming rate

The Ghawar deposit, east of Saudi Arabia, accounts for half of the oil drawn from the kingdom. Its output has nevertheless mysteriously dropped according to figures from the national company Saudi Aramco revealed for the first time in 40 years. It has been a well-kept secret for decades. Saudi Aramco, the Saudi oil company published on…
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The first floating solar power plant in France sets up in Provence

The first floating solar power plant in France will come into service next September and the 47,000 photovoltaic panels will float on the water of an old disused quarry that has turned into an artificial lake. The project will have taken ten years to materialize in the small town of Piolenc, near Orange, in the…
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The future European agricultural policy criticized by scientists

German researchers have analyzed the proposals of the European Commission for post-2020 agricultural policy. According to their conclusions, the reform would not be up to the environmental challenges. The common agricultural policy (CAP), which represents around 40% of Europe’s budget, is currently the subject of negotiations for the period 2021-2027. In June 2018, the European…
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Global warming and agriculture: the Earth’s lands are dying, warns the IPCC

Subject to the pressure of human activities and climate change, the land is suffering. However, rapid and far-reaching measures for sustainable management and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions could save them. And be part of the solution against global warming. This is what emerges from the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change…
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The first floating nuclear power plant begins a 5,000 km journey

It is Russian, weighs 21,000 tonnes, is 144 meters long and 30 meters wide. It is the world’s first floating nuclear power plant, equipped with two reactors with a capacity of 35 MW each. The Akademik Lomonossov will cross the Arctic to reach its home port in eastern Siberia, a high-risk crossing and an energy…
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Renewable energy has a bright future thanks to small solar units

It is through small solar units that renewable energies will find their place in the sun. By 2024, the number of installations, in private homes and private companies, is expected to grow by 50% worldwide. Growth that is likely to transform the way electricity is produced and consumed, according to the director of the International…
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Offshore wind power, almost limitless potential, within our reach

The potential of offshore wind power is almost unlimited according to the IEA, which is based on a very comprehensive report based on a geospatial analysis. Offshore wind energy production is expected to explode by 2040 around the world and could help achieve carbon neutrality by becoming the first source of electricity in the European…
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Germany to commission additional coal plant

While it has committed to get out of coal by 2038, Germany has just authorized the commissioning of a new plant which should therefore produce until … 2060. A decision which illustrates the dilemma facing many countries, torn between demand for production and profitability on the one hand, and on the other, respect for their…
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