More than 10,000 signatures for pedestrian lanes in Paris

More than 10,000 people have signed a petition demanding the maintenance of pedestrian lanes in Paris, canceled last week by an administrative tribunal, and call to protest in March to support this measure dear to the mayor of the capital Anne Hidalgo

"Leave us the banks," asks the text published on the platform exchange.org, which had collected nearly 12,000 signatures Wednesday at midday, on the initiative of the association Respire. [19659002] The pedestrianization of the Georges Pompidou Way along the Seine right bank in the heart of the capital "is part of a great transformation of Paris to make it more friendly, more breathable and more modern," say the signatories. [19659002"Toreducethepollutionthatkillsthousandsofpeopleeveryyearwemustpersevereinthisdirectionandnotreintroducepollutingvehicles"addsthetext

The Administrative Court of Paris it canceled February 21 flagship measure of the mayor to fight against air pollution, passed and was the subject of a municipal by end of 2016. Anne Hidalgo announced in the wake that the city was going to appeal.

The petition also calls for a demonstration on Saturday, March 10 at 3:00 pm on the docks, like several associations of cyclists or environmental activists.

It is a question of saying, beyond the quarrels of parties that this measure goes in the direction of evidence and history. It's a change of society, "Thomas Kerting, a founding member of the Airpublica collective, told AFP that groups associations, researchers and companies working on air quality.

A dozen local entertainment venues gathered in the Group of Cultural Establishments of the Berges de la Seine also published a tribune in the cultural publication Trax Magazine to defend the pedestrianization which, in addition to the fight against pollution, "the banks of the Seine have become a place of conviviality incomparable for Parisians, day and night ".

While a cold snap hits Europe, it is unusually hot in the Arctic

As Europe shivers under a cold snap late, mercury breaks records at the North Pole, with temperatures 30 degrees above seasonal norms. An exceptional phenomenon which is part of the warming of the Arctic . While the thermometer descending to -35 ° C in parts of central Russia on February 25, 2018 and reaching -10 ° C in eastern France, the North Pole, immersed in the permanent darkness of the polar night, recorded positive temperatures thanks to gentle waves of air

"The peak of softness on the North Pole and the cold wave on Europe are directly linked"

It happened "a situation of anticyclonic blockage on northern Scandinavia (…) with a rise of fresh air from Iceland to the North Pole on one side and on the other side of the anticyclone, descents of cold air from the Urals and Western Russia to Western Europe "told AFP Tuesday Etienne Kapikian, forecaster at Météo-France. "The peak of softness on the North Pole and the cold wave on Europe are directly related ", he continues.

+ 30 ° C. As a result, "it is estimated that it was about zero degrees Celsius at the North Pole" said Kapikian, according to estimates obtained by modeling, because no meteorological station is established in this area. To have a more precise measurement, it is necessary to go to the extreme north of Greenland, where "one rose Sunday 6.2 ° C" adds Etienne Kapikian. "This is an exceptional value, about 30 ° C above normal season, or 35 ° C for this very precise measurement" he continues.

An exceptional winter in Arctic

According to scientists, this is an exceptional episode. "Positive temperatures near the North Pole in winter were found four times between 1980 and 2010 (…) They have now been recorded in four of the last five winters" explains to the AFP Robert Graham, climatologist at the Norwegian Polar Institute. Sign that the trend is increasing "We have an exceptional winter on the Arctic, the previous winter had already been and we do not take too much risk saying that the following will be. background is very clear, it is the warming of the Arctic "adds Etienne Kapikian.

BANQUISE. Is this phenomenon attributable to global climate change? "It is difficult to say that an event is linked to global warming But this trend we see, a warm Arctic, a cold continent, may be related to climate change", ] meets Marlene Kretschmer, a climatologist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Change Research. These episodes of rising temperatures are in any case not good news for the pack ice, whose surface has never been smaller for the season since measurements began more than 50 years ago.

Arctic free of ice in summer by 2050

Around the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, east of Greenland, the ice surface measured on February 26, 2018 was 205.727 km 2 less than half of the average area over the period 1981-2010, according to Norwegian data. More generally, climatologists consider it likely that the Arctic Ocean will be ice-free by 2050 during the summer.

S.S. with AFP

The mayor of Rome announces the prohibition of diesel from 2024

The mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, a member of the 5-star Movement (M5S, populist) announced that the center of the Italian capital would be banned from private diesel cars from 2024.

Mrs. Raggi made this announcement Monday during a speech in Mexico City in front of women mayors gathered at a meeting called "Women4Climate" (women for climate) and broadcast his speech on social networks on his return to Rome.

"From 2024, it will be forbidden to use diesel cars in the center of Rome," she said, without giving details.

The diesel has been in decline for several years in Europe and in the world, forcing manufacturers to massively return to petrol engines and accelerate the electrification of vehicles.

Two days ago, the Financial Times claimed that the Italian-American carmaker Fiat Chrysler (FCA) was going to announce in June the abandonment diesel to drive its passenger cars by 2022 due to falling demand and rising costs

And on Tuesday, German justice paved the way for bans on old diesel in cities , plunging millions of motorists into uncertainty.

One million seeds saved in a plant Noah ark at Svalbard

In near-polar temperatures, more than 70,000 new samples of rice, wheat, maize, cowpea and sorghum seeds joined on Monday, February 26, 2018, the fortified lair located on this archipelago in the Arctic half path between mainland Norway and the North Pole. With this new arrival, the "Last Judgment Vault" (as it is also nicknamed), buried more than 120 meters inside a mountain, has received in 1,059,646 varieties of cultures preserved in boxes lined up on shelves.

A Reservoir Threatened by Warming

" I am very pleased to announce that more than a million seeds have gone through this door to be permanently safe ", Norway's Minister of Agriculture, Jon Georg Dale, welcomed the solemn deposit. This most diverse collection of seeds in the world is a safety net for the 1,700 or so gene banks around the world that face the risks of natural disasters, wars, climate change, men's diseases and disabilities. [19659004] The warehouse is the property of Norway but the seeds belong to the States and the depositary institutions, which can recover them at their convenience. The World Seed Reserve has so far been solicited by only one institution: the gene bank in the city of Aleppo was damaged by the Syrian conflict, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) requested recover seeds. As a result, the ark currently contains 967,216 seed varieties. It can accommodate about 4.5 million.

Designed to resist disasters, the attic of the planet was itself a victim of global warming: the increase in temperatures in the Arctic led a melting permafrost (soil supposed to be frozen permanently) and caused a water leak at the tunnel entrance in 2016, without any seed being damaged. Oslo announced Friday the release of 100 million crowns (about 10 million euros) in 2018 to carry out work, including the construction of a new access tunnel and the erection of a service building to away from heat sources.

The cold, which has already killed four, continues its offensive

The cold offensive, which peaked on Tuesday and caused a fourth death, is expected to continue Wednesday with the appearance of snow and ice in southern France where thirteen departments were placed in vigilance

The body of a nonagenarian, presumably died of cold, was found Tuesday by a delivery man in Belley (Ain) in front of the gate of the retirement home where she was living.

This is the fourth victim in France of this cold wave called "Moscow-Paris", which has made more than twenty deaths in Europe since Friday.

The temperatures will be still freezing Wednesday especially on the North with a minimum of -6 to -12 degrees, and 0 to -6 degrees south, where a change will begin with the arrival of a disturbance from Spain, and a marked snowy Mediterranean episode on Southeast. Thirteen departments were placed in orange and snow ice alert: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Hautes-Alpes, Ardeche, Aveyron, Gard, Haute-Garonne, Herault, Landes, Lozere, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Tarn, Var and Alpes-Maritimes.

For the authorities, in addition to people with fragile health, the priority remained the sheltering of people living on the street.

Thus in Paris, on the night of Monday to Tuesday, 169 people were housed in an emergency center open door de la Villette.

In Calais, the "sheltering" of migrants was activated as part of the "Plan Grand Froid", for the 39th time since December 9.

– 'No one out' –

Health Minister Agnès Buzyn called for civility. "If I can ask for a service to the French, it is to call 115 (the number of Samu social, Ed) when they see a person in the street because it does not necessarily (this) reflex", she said.

About fifty elected officials of Ile-de-France have decided to spend the night from Wednesday to Thursday in the streets of the capital to symbolically claim a better care for the homeless , with a slogan: "no one out."

They intend to denounce a "denial of dignity and solidarity" and "the explosion (…) unacceptable" the number of homeless in France. At the end of January, the Secretary of State for the Cohesion of the territories Julien Denormandie had caused an uproar by speaking about a "fifty isolated men in Ile-de-France" while they would be several thousand.

Tuesday evening The Ministry of Territorial Cohesion has announced that the number of departments involved in the Cold Weather Plan has increased from 68 to 72 and that an additional 5,647 places for the homeless have been created, of which 1,926 in Paris.

many other cities in France, in Strasbourg, where mercury was -7 ° C in the night from Monday to Tuesday and up to -12 ° C felt, charities, Red Cross and Restos du Coeur, provide night maraudes

"The soup and the coffee are a pretext to go to meet the people.The objective n ° 1 is to be a social link with those who sleep outside", explains Gaëlle, 32 years old, volunteer of the Restos of the heart

– Redoux 'brutal' expected –

Météo-France is forecasting a "brutal" drought over the weekend in the south, which should spread gradually over the rest of the country before a spring weekend.

After snowfall on Bastia and the Promenade des English in Nice Monday, the bay of Ajaccio woke up on Tuesday under a white coat, unprecedented since 1986, according to Météo-France.

Consequence: flights to and from Ajaccio and Figari have temporarily suspended

On the energy front, nuclear power plants remain in great demand. In Drôme, EDF has decided to postpone, due to the cold snap, the maintenance visit of the Tricastin power station's production unit No. 4.

After a historically mild January and a start February snowy, this episode of cold is striking because of its late character. France had not experienced such a cold spell at this time of year since 2005.