Roland De Bleser

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COP21: 2015 likely to be warmest on record, says UN weather body

<b>Global average temperatures in 2015 are likely to be the warmest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).</b><p>Data until the end of October showed this year's temperatures running "well above" any previous 12 month period.<p>The researchers say the five year period from 2011 to …

COP21: Coal plans would derail 2 degree warming target

<b>Attempts to keep global warming to 2 degrees will be wildly off course if all planned coal fire plants are built.</b><p>That's the conclusion of a new analysis presented here at the UN climate conference near Paris.<p>Researchers said construction would see emissions four times higher than the 2 degree …

COP21: India signals willingness to cut coal for climate cash

<b>A senior Indian negotiator says his country will cut back its use of coal, if sufficient cash for renewables emerges from a Paris deal.</b><p>Dr Ajay Mathur said coal would be restricted if there was help to pay for "more expensive" green energy.<p>India is expected to become the world's biggest importer of …

How can we store more energy from the sun and the wind?

<b>It could be a scene from a science fiction movie.</b><p>Deep in the Nevada desert, thousands of mirrors arrayed in concentric circles face the sky, lit up by the sun.<p>All this reflected sunshine is directed to the top of a 640 ft (195m) tower standing in their midst.<p>It's an innovative power plant …

COP21: Climate delegates agree draft deal text

<b>Delegates at a UN climate conference in Paris have approved a draft text they hope will form the basis of an agreement to curb global carbon emissions.</b><p>The 48-page document will be discussed by ministers on Monday.<p>They will try to arrive at a comprehensive settlement by the end of next week.<p>The …

COP21: Ministers in final push for Paris climate deal

<b>Ministers from all over the world gather in Paris on Monday in a final push for a new global climate compact.</b><p>The politicians will attempt to craft a deal from a draft negotiating text signed off by delegates here on Saturday.<p>Poor countries warned the talks would fail if the rich tried to limit …

Leonardo da Vinci

• <b>Auteur:</b> Charles Nicholl<p>‘Nicholls boek is een zuivere biografie, vol met zorgvuldig onderzochte en soms weinig bekende feiten, meesterlijk door ineengevlochten. Vanaf de eerste bezoeken aan de plaatsen waar Leonardo’s vroegste jeugd zich heeft afgespeeld tot het relaas van zijn laatste jaren in …

Okinawa

• <b>Auteur:</b> Robert Leckie<p><b>Penguin delivers you to the front lines of The Pacific Theater with the real-life stories behind the HBO miniseries.</b><br>Former Marine and Pacific War veteran Robert Leckie tells the story of the invasion of Okinawa, the closing battle of World War II. Leckie is a skilled military …

De man die nee zei

• <b>Auteur:</b> H.L. Wesseling<p>Charles de Gaulle werd in 2005 gekozen tot grootste Fransman aller tijden. Hij wordt tegenwoordig inderdaad door vrijwel alle Fransen van links tot rechts bewonderd en zijn ideeën zijn algemeen aanvaard, maar dat is niet vanzelf gegaan. Deze eerste Nederlandstalige biografie …

De Kozakkentuin

• <b>Auteur:</b> Jan Brokken<p>In De Kozakkentuin beschrijft Jan Brokken de bijzondere vriendschap tussen Alexander von Wrangel en Fjodor Michaïlovitsj Dostojevski. De levensgeschiedenis van de familie Von Wrangel werd door Brokken eerder beschreven in zijn magistrale Baltische zielen. De nazaten van de …

De ondergang van de Batavia

• <b>Auteur:</b> Mike Dash<p>De psycho-historische thriller over een van de bloedigste hoofdstukken uit Nederlands maritieme geschiedenis<p>In de vroege morgen van 4 juni 1629 loopt de Batavia, een pronkschip van de VOC, op haar eerste reis naar 'de Oost' op een rif voor de kust van Australië. Terwijl …