France aims to become the first country to ban all fossil fuel production

September 6, 2017 by  
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To meet its carbon neutral goal by 2050, the French government plans to phase out all oil and gas production in the country and its overseas territories by 2040. President Emmanuel Macron is introducing legislation to the French Cabinet with the hope of passing the measure by the end of 2017. If the bill passes, France would be the first country in the world to ban all fossil fuel production. As a result of the bill’s passing, the government would no longer issue any exploration permits for gas and oil, and all present allowances would be phased out over the next twenty-two years. Even though fracking is illegal in the country, the bill would go one step further and prohibit all methods — both current and proposed. “The law will halt the exploitation of hydrocarbons in our territory; existing concessions cannot be renewed beyond 2040,” states the bill draft. France, the same country that banned supermarkets from purposefully wasting food , is in an ideal situation to pass the ban. As Gizmodo reports, France’s dependence on fossil fuels is very low. The country only produces about six million barrels of hydrocarbons per year, ranking it 71st in the world. In contrast, the United States, Russia , Canada and a handful of Middle Eastern Nations rely heavily on fossil fuel extractions. Russia, for example, produces 10.5 million barrels each day. Related: Futuristic tiny homes in France look like they’re from Mars Because France’s present-day consumption of oil and gas represents just one percent of its total consumption, the country will continue to import and refine oil after 2040. France’s leading oil company, Total, has been granted permission to locate oil deposits in overseas territories. It is unclear how the new legislation will affect the company. Other measures adopted by France include plans to stop generating electricity from coal by 2022 and to reduce its share of nuclear in its power generation by approximately 25 percent. The move is largely symbolic, since France only gets 1% of its fuel within the country, but it is a clear indication that the country is taking its carbon goals seriously. Via  New York Times , Gizmodo Images via Pixabay , President of Russia , and Depositphotos

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Beautiful wooden lattice bathes the French School of Beijing in natural light

November 16, 2016 by  
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The campus is located on a site named after orchards that used to dominate the area. As of recently, new developments have started to sprout across this piece of land. High-end residential blocks, international schools and low-rise buildings have all introduced a new urban character. Related: Jacques Ferrier Architecture’s Cap d’Agde Hotel is enveloped in a delicate lace-like concrete skin Jacques Ferrier’s new addition, named The French school, is a continuous building of varying heights and several entrances connected by  walkways . Shared spaces occupy the ground floor, while the outdoor spaces open towards the canteen’s orchard; sports facilities are designed as separate pavilions. The classrooms are organized on the upper floors in a way that provides flexibility of use. The project’s most distinctive feature is the wooden lattice, which lets in natural light without sacrificing privacy. + Jacques Ferrier Architecture Via World Architecture News

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Paris to go completely car-free for an entire day this September

August 24, 2016 by  
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For one glorious day in September, the streets of Paris will be without traffic jams , car horns, or the smell of exhaust fumes. On “Journée sans voitures,” or Car Free Day, the city hopes to raise awareness of alternative transportation and the mindfulness that can come from experiencing all the city has to offer at a walking pace. Following in previous years’ footsteps, Car Free Day will take place on September 25 this year. From the hours of 11am to 6pm all motorized vehicles will be banned from the streets, inviting cyclists, skateboarders, and pedestrians to revel in the quiet atmosphere of a carless city. The Conventions and Visitors Bureau states, “People from the Paris region and visitors will be able to enjoy a peaceful and breathable city with 648.15 kilometers of car-free roads, equivalent to 45% of the area of the city.” Related: The streets of Paris will go completely car-free for one day this weekend The event is expanded this year to cover nearly ever neighborhood in the French capital. Car Free Day is the brainchild of non-governmental organization Paris Sans Voitures, Collectif Citoyen , who says the special day “emphasizes mobility issues, the fight against pollution, the reclaiming of public space.” There will be free outdoor activities for the public and a sense of camaraderie that is often missed when people buzz about in cars and buses. Via Forbes Images via Wikimedia ( 1 , 2 )

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Old French barn is converted into modern apartments for the elderly

March 11, 2016 by  
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France becomes world’s first county to ban supermarkets from throwing away food

February 5, 2016 by  
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In an effort to tackle the dual problems of food waste and poverty, France just passed a groundbreaking law that requires supermarkets to donate unsold food to charity, give it away as animal feed, or face fines of up to €75,000 ($82,324) and two years in jail. The law, which was passed unanimously this week by the French senate, is part of a greater drive to halve the 7.1 million tons of food wasted in the nation each year—some of which is intentionally destroyed by retailers to prevent ‘dumpster diving’ by those in need. Read the rest of France becomes world’s first county to ban supermarkets from throwing away food

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The UK will soon house the world’s largest offshore wind farm

February 5, 2016 by  
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A Danish wind energy giant recently announced a plan to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm  near the Yorkshire coast. The Hornsea project, as it’s being called, will take up more than 400 square kilometers about 120 km off the coast, and it should be fully operational sometime in 2020. The company behind this ambitious project is DONG Energy , Denmark’s state-backed energy utility. Read the rest of The UK will soon house the world’s largest offshore wind farm

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A’tolan House is a seafront home built with rocks excavated during its construction

February 5, 2016 by  
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Light-filled shipping container home is an artistic triumph in the French countryside

December 7, 2015 by  
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What climate action looks like in 3D for Dassault Systèmes

December 4, 2015 by  
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The French multinational software company is one of many large companies participating in the Paris climate talks.

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Wilmotte & Associés unveil the BREEAM-certified 6 Pancras Square in King’s Cross

August 10, 2015 by  
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