Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies: Prevention through Design

Source: Position Paper 2 Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies: Prevention through Design – Safety and health at work – EU-OSHA The EU 2020 strategic goal of sustainable growth means building a resource efficient, sustainable and competitive economy. This includes developing new Read More …

Towards a more urban world

Urban areas in developing countries will absorb most of the global population increase, with 67 % of people living in cities by 2050. Most of the growth is expected to be in megacities, particularly slums. Compact cities are the most Read More …

August 13, Earth Overshoot Day 2015

Yesterday, August 13, was the day in which the yearly humanity´s demand of natural resources, as of January 1, exceeds what the Earth can regenerate within the whole year (biocapacity). I.e., yesterday was the 2015´s Earth Overshoot Day. The Earth Overshoot Day -an initiative by Global Footprint Network– Read More …

Tesla, a paradigm of disruption and a threat to weak states

Tesla´s home battery released last April 30 gathers many features to become a disruptive milestone from several points of view. From the product´s point of view, the Tesla batt provides an added value out of the reach of the existing Read More …

Tesla, a disruptive milestone in the use of the energy

Last Thursday, April 30, this happened in Los Angeles, USA: It´s the official launch event of the Tesla´s “Powerwall” home energy storage system. “Powerwall is a home battery that charges using electricity generated from solar panels, or when utility rates Read More …

Are we prepared for a progress based on simplicity?

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” This statement, attributed without proved evidences to Leonardo Da Vinci [1], explains very accurately the problably most important and desired feature of any thing we make, be it an artwork, a good work, an exquisite food…. (write Read More …

Aragon Valley Classic: 1972, when scientists dreamed of sheep in energy plants

In November 1972, National Geographic released its official magazine nº 142/5. This was the magazine´s cover: One of the edition´s articles was entitled “The search for tomorrow´s power” and is about the progresses happening, at that time, in the field of Read More …

Last august 19 was the Earth Overshoot Day 2014

Last tuesday, august 19, was an important day in the Earth´s history. It was the Earth Overshoot Day of the year 2014. The Earth Overshoot Day is released by the Global Footprint Network and shows the date in which the yearly Read More …

I am not in Brussels, but I follow this conference almost as I were there

This week is being held the European Sustainable Energy Week. It is an important event in the field of energy and sustainability -including the Brussels´conference as a summit- and embraces a number of interesting activities. Unfortunately, I could´t go to Read More …

Earth Overshoot Day: The yearly over-explotation of resources has its own anniversary

SInce several decades ago, there is an indicator measuring the utilization of natural resources. This indicator is a specific calendar date: the day on which human´s resources consumption for the years exceeds Earth´s capacity to regenerate those resources that year. Read More …

An example of citizen’s participation in Germany towards a public management of energy

There is a country in Europe where a relevant social movement is arising in search of a responsible and sustainable energy system. This is Germany. It is a bipolar country in this sense: while some lands along its territory obtain Read More …

#ActOnClimate: Benefits of a cleaner, more efficient power sector

On August 3, President Obama and the EPA announced the Clean Power Plan – a historic and important step in reducing carbon pollution from power plants that takes real action on climate change. Shaped by years of unprecedented outreach and Read More …