"twi-terre.net" website exists since 2012 and was meant as a French one ("terre" is the French word for earth and twi-terre is then a kind of pun). However, I am focusing on international topics and here are some news in English (translations or original articles).
The wet desert
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"Somewhere here, a landscape has been lost...". In UK, landscapes such as the Highlands of Scotland, The Lake District and Dartmoor are symbols of wilderness. However, these places have been farmed, mined and inhabited by people for millennia. In hidden corners of the moor, relics of its past cling on relics that point to the bizarre fact that when humans first arrived here, these open landscapes were temperate rainforests.
vidéo en VO
Think twice about roof racks: added items cost you as much as +25% in gas
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While you get ready to hit the road this summer, think twice before hitching a roof racks to your car: added items cost you as much as 25% more in gas! In US, the increasing usage of roof racks (+200% in 2040) may turn into a real concern: they already are responsible for almost 1% of fuel consumption.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researcher Alan Meier and Yuche Chen of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have estimated the fuel consumption penalty of roof racks.
What will be the cost of oceans' increasing acidification?
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Increasing acidification of the oceans is a frightening threat and it is still impossible to decide how huge its economic annual impact will be. But what is sure is that it will have a very longlasting footprint!
You never liked problems about pH at school? You will hate this news!
No. Actually, you will hate it in any case: it is about almost all sea animals finally disapearing because of ocean's acidification...
Under-taxing company cars cost 150 billions Euros a year
- Affichages : 1981
Lower rates applied by governments to company cars and diesel fuel in the 27 OECD countries & South Africa were a EUR 26.8 billion of foregone tax revenues in 2012.
But under-taxing of company cars in OECD means an overall cost much higher : an additionnal cost of EUR 150 billions follow from the increase of air pollution, carbon emissions, traffic congestions, road accidents and health ailments (EUR 116 billions additionnal annual cost).
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