Keyword: climate change

Saving biodiversity 'just as crucial' as tackling climate change, says French academic

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Marine park at Tenia Island in New Caledonia in the South Pacific. © Photo Nicolas-Alain Petit / Biosphoto via AFP Marine park at Tenia Island in New Caledonia in the South Pacific. © Photo Nicolas-Alain Petit / Biosphoto via AFP

The International Union for Conservation of Nature, which is currently holding its annual conference at Marseille in the south of France, has hit the headlines for its latest update on the number of animal species which face imminent extinction on the planet. But there are some experts who query whether the NGO's conserving strategy of preserving species in designated areas such as natural parks is the right one. Mediapart spoke with French geographer Estienne Rodary who argues that this modernist and colonial approach to the environment has become outdated in an inter-connected world. He says that the issues of biodiversity and climate change are interlinked and that when it comes to conserving nature the “carbon cost” of any policies needs to be taken into account. Amélie Poinssot reports.

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French court gives government ultimatum on climate change action

In a case brought before it by a low-lying northern coastal town, France's Council of State, the country's highest administrative court, has ruled the government has nine months to meet its pledges on addressing climate change or face hefty fines.

French oil giant Total rebrands as TotalEnergies in climate push

Total has begun to invest more in solar and wind power, but it is under pressure to do more as climate issues rise closer to the top of investors’ agendas.

Draft law on climate change wins first hurdle in French parliament

The French lower house, the National Assembly, on Tuesday approved draft legislation on new measures to tackle climate change, including bans on some domestic flights and the creation of a new 'ecocide' crime to punish polluters, before the bill, which Greanpeace called 'a lost opportunity', goes to the Senate.

Court rules France failed to respect its climate change goal

President Macron’s lobbying for global climate action is not backed up by sufficient domestic measures, say environmental groups.

France to hold referendum on placing environment in constitution

President Emmanuel Macron has announced plans to hold a referendum in France on whether the issues of battling climate change and protection of the environment should be included in the country's constitution.

French climate council urges referendum on making 'ecocide' a crime

The "ecocide" proposal topped dozens of ideas presented by the 150 randomly picked members of the Citizen's Convention on Climate, along with inscribing the fight against global warming in the French Constitution.

Macron kicks off climate measures with visit to shrinking Alps glacier

After a government 'environmental defence council' meeting at which the French government announced a series of measures to combat climate change and protect bio-diversity, President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday visited a vast, shrinking glacier at the foot of the Mont Blanc where he said its melting 'is irrefutable proof of global warming'.

French climate change protestors join Friday's worldwide rallies

Thousands of people joined a demonstration in Paris on Friday to demand greater political action to combat climate change, although estimates of the turnout, ranging from a police figure of 10,000 to the 30,000 claimed by organisers, were well below massive rallies held simultaneously in Germany and the US.

The dramatic melting of France's largest glacier

The Mer de Glace  – the “sea of ice” – near the Alps’ highest summit, the Mont Blanc, has lost around 800 metres in length over the past 30 years in a stark example of the effects of global warming on the world's glaciers, the subject of a UN report due to be presented next week.

France failing to tackle climate emergency, report says

Warning from independent body comes as eurozone’s second-biggest economy attempts to present itself as world leader on climate emergency.

French government faces landmark lawsuit over climate inaction

Four French NGOs, including Greenpeace France and Oxfam France, have filed a lawsuit against the French government accusing it of failing to act upon its environmental obligations, a move that was backed by 2.1 million signatures in an online petition.

Petition to sue French state on climate inaction nears two million

An online petition backed by Greenpeace and Oxfam calling for legal action against the French state for its alleged inaction over measures to combat climate change has attracted nearly two million signatures.

Fears over France's backwards steps on climate and energy

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Paris, March 18th, 2015. © Reuters Paris, March 18th, 2015. © Reuters

The French government is shortly due due to announce its plans on energy use and carbon dioxide emission reductions to be implemented up to 2028. Environmental groups are worried the country is set to reduce its ambition on emissions targets and on the decommissioning of its nuclear power stations. Figures meanwhile show that Paris is not currently meeting its existing carbon emission commitments, a revelation that comes just weeks before the next climate change summit, COP24, takes place in Poland. Christophe Gueugneau reports.

France, China launch first joint satellite to study climate change

The satellite, launched from China, will study ocean surface winds and waves around the clock and aims to help the better prediction of cyclones.