“Crazy” climate tech: enhanced rock weathering, solar geoengineering and direct air capture
Technologies are one of the levers in tackling climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental degradation, but they should not be the one and only solution, nor the most important one.
All things ocean: ocean acidification, blue carbon, fish carbon and the UN High Seas Treaty
Life on Earth, as we know it today, emerged from the ocean. The ocean accounts for about 71% of the Earth’s surface. How to protect such a massive ecosystem on Earth?
All things agriculture: nitrogen pollution, soil degradation, methane emissions and alternatives
Can we produce enough food in a sustainable way for 8 billion people without crossing the planetary boundaries?
Community-based business: creating sustainable projects for local well-being
What if we rediscover and promote local practices and know-how to build impact businesses and sustainable communities in tune with the environment in which they live and operate?
[Book review] 4 pillars of modern civilization: ammonia, steel plastics and concrete – How the world really works
This article summarises one chapter in the book “How the world really works” by Vaclav Smil, in which Vaclav highlights the importance and our dependence on ammonia, concrete, steel and plastics, the 4 key materials of our modern civilization.
“Desirable future”: a concept to encourage industries to create a more sustainable world
Some new narratives to encourage industries to take up their environmental shifts: 2 articles and 1 podcast from StimShift!
Why don’t we hear about the ozone layer anymore, and when will we stop hearing about climate change?
What can we learn from the collective endeavor against a thinning ozone layer in the 1908s, and how can we replicate this success in our fight against climate change and biodiversity loss today?
Over-consumption in pop music: not a fan’s fault
Her favorite band drops a new album, Trang, an office worker, pre-ordered eight CDs. “Why that many?”, you may ask. The reasons vary, but the roots of this excessive purchase lie between fans’ support for their artists, problematic music charts and music labels’ sale tactics.
Reinvention: moving away from the absurdity of single-use, single-buy and individual use
We examine the limitations of the “green economy”, the absurdity of single-use, single-buy and individual use, and discuss the need for reinvention in order to rethink these dominant designs of our time.
The 3 levers to decarbonize industries: their feasibilities and levels of efficiency
We’ll discuss 3 levers to decarbonize industries, including the modification of the energy mix; reduction of waste heat and electrification; carbon capture, storage and utilisation of hydrogen.
“Green” investments and savings: struggles and ideas
Why are investments and savings such an important discussion in the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss? We discuss the reality of “green” investments and savings, and ideas worth looking at as an investor.
A white paper and a change of mindset: roles & capabilities of industries & businesses in the environmental shift
We’re very happy to announce that with my colleagues at Stim, we just published a white paper called “Entreprises: how to reinvent to truly contribute to the environmental shift?”!
How to enjoy exotic flavors we have grown to love in Europe, without leaving a huge carbon footprint?
Today, it is quite unimaginable for Europeans to skip on chocolate, nor coffee or tea, or sugar, pepper, bananas, avocados…What are ways to enjoy these flavors without leaving too much ecological damage? We’ll discuss sailing, greenhouses using thermal mass, heat sink, geothermal energy, compost heater, and fruit walls.
Forest garden or edible garden: a quick and practical guide to the concept
Why should we introduce forests back to our agricultural system? In this article, we’ll discuss the history of forest gardening, the importance of creating a self-sustaining and low-maintenance agricultural system, with several practical information and resources for those who want to install their own forest garden.
Lesser-known renewables: tapping into the power of Nature
Wonders and damages have been done during the 300-year reign of fossil fuels. We are now presented with even more renewable energy sources to choose from. We’ll discuss low grade & high grade energy, heat and electricity, biomass, biogas, biomethane, geothermal energy and solar thermal.
Different sources of energy: which one is less “bad”?
Any choice we make on our energy source will have an impact on the environment. Something that does not have an impact simply does not exist. In order to make informed choices, we’ll examine here the advantages and disadvantages of different energy sources: coal, oil, natural gas, hydropower, wind power, solar power while comparing their…
Build our houses the way we build LEGOS?
What if we can build our houses the ways we build LEGOs, where nothing is wasted and can be reused for new structures almost infinitely? The same can be applied to other human-made objects? In this article, we’ll also discuss circular building, Earthship architecture and e-waste.
Less waste, less energy: better ways to heat places in a temperate climate
In a temperate climate, heating takes up a big part of your energy budget – and the current solutions are not optimal. What are better ways to heat our home? We’ll discuss underfloor heating, heat pump, passive house, tile stove, rocket mass heater and ancient thermal insulation objects such as folding screen, four-poster bed or…