Paris bans up to 60% of cars amidst record heat wave

June 28, 2019 by  
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As France suffers through a record heat wave, air pollution rates intensify. The solution? A Parisian car ban for less eco-friendly automobiles — as much as 60 percent of total vehicles in the city — until the hot weather breaks. The car ban has been creeping up on Parisians since 2017, when Paris issued a system of “Crit’Air” colored stickers with numbers ranging from 0 to 5. The worst polluters, diesels made in the year 2000 or earlier, get the 5 ranking and have been banned from central Paris since July 2017. This July, the ban extends to cars with level 4 stickers: diesel cars registered from 2001-2005, pre-2004 motorbikes and trucks from 2006-2009. These vehicles aren’t allowed within Paris’ A86 ring road area weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Related: Amsterdam announces plan to ban all polluting cars by 2030 But during this hot weather, level 3 vehicles are temporarily banned from A86. This affects 60 percent of Parisian drivers. Only hydrogen or electric vehicles, petrol cars registered after 2006 and diesels from 2011 or later can legally drive during the heat wave. Hydrogen and electric cars warrant a green sticker with the coveted 0 ranking. Many drivers are upset. Some are risking the fines — €68 for cars and motorbikes and up to €135 for trucks. “You have to face reality, which is the increase in air pollution when there is a heat wave, like the one we are experiencing at the moment,” France’s Minister of Ecological Transition, François de Rugy, told the French press. Other anti-air pollution measures include offering more free residential parking to encourage public transport usage and significantly reducing speed limits on motorways. Christophe Najdovski, deputy transport director for the city of Paris , told the French press, “The quality of the air is improving in Ile-de-France, but we want to speed up the process. It’s a question of public health .” Via Reuters Image via Pedro Szekely

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Fantastic Cities is an architecture-themed coloring book for adults

April 8, 2015 by  
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Do you love architecture? Do you also love to colour? Then you’ll probably love this unique coloring book from Chronicle Books, which features immersive aerial views of real cities from around the world alongside gorgeously illustrated, Inception-like architectural mandalas . Artist Steve McDonald ‘s beautifully rendered and detailed line work offers bird’s-eye perspectives of global locales from New York, London, and Paris to Istanbul, Tokyo, Amsterdam , and more. The adult coloring book’s distinctive large square format offers absorbingly complex vistas to color—nearly 60—including a selection of mind-bending labyrinthine architectural illustrations for deep, meditative coloring adventures and imaginative flights of fancy. Steve’s unique vantage points allow us to see habitation from a new point of view and further contemplate the effects of urban development and growth on the planet. The book is available for pre-order on Amazon and will be released this July. + Fantastic Cities on Amazon + Steve McDonald The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aerial cities , aerial coloring book , architecture coloring book , architecture colouring book , city coloring book , city colouring book , coloring book for adults , coloring book for grown-ups , Fantastic Cities , Steve McDonald , urban coloring book

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Scientists Propose Planting Trees in the Desert to Combat Climate Change

August 5, 2013 by  
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Desert photo from Shutterstock A group of German scientists led by Klaus Becker of the University of Hohenheim believes that planting drought-tolerant vegetation in arid regions could capture CO2 and mitigate the effects of climate change . In an article published in the July edition of Earth System Dynamics , the team identifies the species Jatropha curcas as the ideal tree for their method of “carbon farming”. The tree is able to withstand high temperatures, and it can flourish in coastal desert regions when supplied with desalinated seawater . The scientists posit ares in Egypt, India and Madagascar as the best locations for cultivation. Read the rest of Scientists Propose Planting Trees in the Desert to Combat Climate Change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arabia , CO2 , desert , earth system dynamics , egypt , germany , India , jatropha curcas , klaus becker , madagascar , stuttgart , university of hohenheim        

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Scientists in Croatia Train Honeybees to Detect Landmines

May 22, 2013 by  
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Honeybees have already done a great service to the human race. Between pollination, curing disease , and producing honey, it is hard to image how to be more appreciative. In Croatia, scientists have found another role for the intrepid insect. The country, which is set to join the European Union this July, contains thousands of unexploded landmines left over from the Balkan wars. Researchers at Zagreb University are working towards training honeybees to sniff out these underground weapons over a 750 square-kilometer where the devices are believed to remain. Read the rest of Scientists in Croatia Train Honeybees to Detect Landmines Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: balkan war , croatia , dogs , EU , european union , honeybee , landmine , nikola kezic , rats , sugar , tiramisu , tnt , train , zagreb university        

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Sundown at Ecotrust

May 17, 2012 by  
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Join us at the Natural Capital Center, a hub for ideas and urban community, for a unique series of free outdoor concerts each Thursday in July.

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shady business.

August 8, 2011 by  
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Gasoline evaporation occurs in your vehicle when the engine is hot whether it’s running or not. Obviously nothing can be done about this when the car is on but parking in the shade can significantly lower the temperature of parked vehicles and thereby reduce the amount of volatile organic materials released into the air. So seek out your own private canopy and ask your boss, business or local shopping mall to consider planting shade trees if they haven’t already. Shade trees increase property value, save customers on gas and save businesses on electric bills (if the shade extends to the building).  Well shaded consumer areas also tend to encourage customers to spend more time and money at retail stores.  Who knew shady could be so cool?

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nice rack.

July 3, 2011 by  
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Nothing says summer like clothes drying on the line . But if you don’t have a back yard or if the bad weather won’t dry your clothes, get an indoor drying rack. Drying racks are inexpensive and you’ll make the money back in no time by saving on the electricity consumed by your dryer. Just be sure to get a good one that won’t fall down!  Here’s a sexy tip to stay cool:  in the summer months, place a fan in front of your wet hanging clothes to help bring the room temperature down a little.  Another bonus: drying your clothes in your bedroom during the winter months can help bring a little moisture back into the dry winter air, and your dry winter skin – how neat is that?!

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The World is Changing Every Second

October 22, 2010 by  
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Every second is important for us when we advocate on climate crisis… When we think about our selves, our lives and our limited surroundings, we rarely believe the urgency of issues in its true spirit. Often we realize issues in depth when we personally experience them and then we start sharing with friends, family members and people in our lives. Perhaps this is the reason that after massive flooding this July-Aug in Pakistan, we are asking the world leadership to take real action to fight against climate crisis

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get your walk on.

July 31, 2010 by  
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Walking is said to be the absolute best exercise of all time. You can stop to smell the roses, feel more connected to your neighborhood or just spy on your neighbors. It costs less than a bike or a bus pass

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full of sheet.

July 26, 2010 by  
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An average top-loading washing machine uses 50 gallons of water per load, and 933 kWh of electricity per year. Since Americans alone wash over 35 billion loads of laundry per year, the numbers are more than a little scary. Reduce your impact by running only full loads of laundry

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