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« Reply #170 on: April 15, 2019, 12:03 PM »
Tonight, president Macron will address the French people in a press conference at the Elysee palace at 8pm on Monday night, the French presidential team announced on Sunday.

In his address to the nation, the president will be expected to detail measures as a way forward for the country in response to the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) movement.
The measures are expected to be based on the results of Macron's three-months-long "great national debate", which the French government published last week.
The Gilets Jaunes have been protesting every Saturday for 22 consecutive weeks.




Note that I received a pm of Maher saying that he's fine this morning.

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« Reply #171 on: April 15, 2019, 01:02 PM »
Note that Macron delayed TV speech due to Notre Dame fire.
The 850-year-old Notre Dame cathedral in Paris is currently on fire, and images and videos are starting to hit Twitter.

Flames are shooting out of the roof behind the nave of the 12th cathedral, one of the world's most visited landmarks.
Reports say the roof of the cathedral has "entirely collapsed."
What caused the Notre Dame fire isn't immediately clear, but France 2 television is reporting that police are treating it like an accident.


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« Reply #172 on: April 15, 2019, 03:18 PM »
The Northern belfry of Notre dame may burn pretty soon too.
In spite of 400 firefighters, it's not known if Notre Dame will be saved.
Cathedral spokesman Andre Finot told French media that the building had sustained “colossal damage” and that the Medieval wooden interior — an engineering and artistic marvel that has inspired awe and wonder for the millions who have visited over the centuries — had been gutted.
“Everything is burning,” he said. “Nothing will remain from the frame.”
The cathedral has been under renovation, and officials said they were considering the blaze an accident relating to construction.
The fire began in the late afternoon, with yellow clouds of smoke billowing into an otherwise perfect blue sky and orange flames assaulting the belfry. As evening began to fall over the city, a gaping hole could be seen where the enormous vaulted roof once had been. Flames continued to lick the night sky as an impromptu chorus in the streets below somberly sang “Ave Maria.”

a Photo taken on 29 July 2018 by me, on top of the Arab world institute.


I know that some of you are speaking Arabic like aa1234779 or panzer24.
Note that it's now possible to have a certification in the Arabic language.
Eight cities in the world (Paris, Geneva, Rabat, Tétouan, Cairo, Doha and Amman) will organize for the first time in the world an official certificate in Arabic developed by Institut du monde arabe in Paris. The selected institutions have been chosen for their quality education. The French Institute in Jordan is one of these institutions. This certification is intended for anyone over the age of 15 for either academic, professional or personal reasons, seeks a reliable and recognized validation of their knowledge and competence in Arabic.

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« Reply #173 on: April 15, 2019, 08:22 PM »
Sitting at work currently and watching it go down live. Interesting things.
Expected to see you post about it, so came here to read it :)

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« Reply #174 on: April 15, 2019, 08:59 PM »
Sitting at work currently and watching it go down live. Interesting things.
Expected to see you post about it, so came here to read it :)

Glad to see you back. What kind of work are you doing nowadays? Are you still in Vaxjö or did you move?

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« Reply #175 on: April 17, 2019, 03:59 PM »
Today I found 2 interesting articles in Le Monde newspaper. I'm going to paste them here. They are in French, but you can translate them easily with Google translate.



"A total loss of meaning": the growing malaise of young engineers facing climate change.


« Une perte de sens totale » : le malaise grandissant des jeunes ingénieurs face au climat
Tiraillés entre les réalités des entreprises et l’impératif climatique, de jeunes ingénieurs disent vivre une « dissonance cognitive ». Certains renoncent à une carrière traditionnelle.

C’est un discours de remise de diplôme plutôt inhabituel que Clément Choisne, jeune ingénieur de Centrale Nantes, a livré devant ses camarades, le 30 novembre 2018. A contre-courant des discours louangeurs de ce type d’événement, il a choisi de parler de son dilemme : « Comme bon nombre de mes camarades, alors que la situation climatique et les inégalités ne cessent de s’aggraver, que le GIEC [Groupe d’experts intergouvernemental sur l’évolution du climat] pleure et que les êtres se meurent : je suis perdu, incapable de me reconnaître dans la promesse d’une vie de cadre supérieur, en rouage essentiel d’un système capitaliste de surconsommation. »

Devant une assemblée de futurs diplômés, parents, familles, anciens élèves, professeurs, direction et industriels, l’ingénieur de 24 ans a profité de la tribune qui lui était offerte pour se faire le porte-parole d’un malaise que vivent de plus en plus de jeunes diplômés face au réchauffement climatique : « Quand sobriété et décroissance sont des termes qui peinent à s’immiscer dans les programmes centraliens, mais que de grands groupes industriels à fort impact carbone sont partenaires de mon école, je m’interroge sur le système que nous soutenons. Je doute, et je m’écarte. » La vidéo, qui a fait plus de 270 000 vues sur YouTube, est l’un des nombreux échos de ce désarroi éprouvé par les jeunes diplômés face à un monde économique qu’ils jugent en décalage avec l’urgence climatique.
Link: https://www.lemonde.fr/campus/article/2019/04/16/une-perte-de-sens-totale-le-blues-des-jeunes-ingenieurs-face-au-climat_5450927_4401467.html





Unjustified flights must be removed


« Les vols en avion non justifiés doivent être supprimés »
Pour lutter efficacement contre les gaz à effet de serre, Julien Goguel, auteur d’un manifeste appelant à boycotter l’avion, explique, dans une tribune au « Monde », que la transition écologique ne pourra se faire sans une amputation énergétique.

Dans une tribune publiée sur le site du Monde, samedi 13 avril, Jean-François Rial propose une alternative à la diminution du trafic aérien pour lutter contre le réchauffement climatique. Il propose de planter 1 200 milliards d’arbres.

Au-delà du fait que cela suppose qu’en plantant 1 million d’arbres chaque jour il faudrait plus de trente-cinq siècles pour y parvenir, cette idée baroque prouve que le chemin est encore long pour conduire certains de ceux qui se définissent comme écologistes à revoir complètement leur manière d’envisager la crise environnementale et ses conséquences.

Pour Jean-François Rial, une « compensation planète » pourrait financer une industrie de l’absorption. Or aucun artifice financier, quel que soit son nom, ne pourra rivaliser d’efficacité avec l’arrêt pur et simple d’une émission de carbone. Comme le demandait un collégien au président de la République Emmanuel Macron en mars, peut-on acheter une deuxième planète avec de l’argent ?

En signant l’accord de Paris en 2015, la France s’engageait à réduire ses émissions de gaz à effet de serre (GES) de 40 % à l’horizon 2030 par rapport à celles de 1990. Non seulement cet objectif ne sera pas atteint, mais nos émissions de GES continuent d’augmenter.

Les décideurs politiques, trop absorbés par la gestion des crises du quotidien, se montrent incapables de prendre des mesures susceptibles de nous éviter le chaos climatique et ses conséquences funestes. La préoccupation écologique est présente dans les discours sur l’ensemble de l’échiquier politique, mais le constat est sans appel : cela ne suffit pas et nous courrons à la catastrophe.
Link: https://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2019/04/16/les-vols-en-avion-non-justifies-doivent-etre-supprimes_5450895_3232.html

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« Reply #176 on: April 19, 2019, 04:43 AM »
Following the example of London, Climate protesters are blocking Ministry of Ecology and headquarters of multinationals at La Défense.



Hundreds of climate activists are blocking access to the French Ministry of Ecology, Energy and Sustainable Development and the headquarters of Société Générale, Total and EDF in Paris.

As part of the International Rebellion Week led by Extinction Rebellion, more than 14 climate groups called to ‘block the Republic of Polluters’. They denounce the ‘immobility’ of President Macron and his ‘toxic alliances with big polluters’.

This is one of the biggest civil disobedience mobilisations ever organised in France.

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« Reply #177 on: April 22, 2019, 11:49 AM »
A country is already preparing for the end of oil, even if the shortages of gasoline are not intentional. Factories are closing, there are no more noisy cars and many can't go to work any more, but on the face of it, most people are taking it well.


Today, I’m going to talk about Syria, and the shortage of gasoline.

Syria was a country at war, it is now a country at a standstill. While the fighting has almost stopped, except in the small pocket of Idlib in the North West, the population faces a calamity of a new kind: the shortage of gasoline. Recurrent since the beginning of the civil war in 2011, this problem worsened at the beginning of the month, because of the increased US economic pressures on Syria, paralyzing transport and activity in areas under government control.

A flow of photos and videos, taken in Damascus, Aleppo, Homs or Hama, the country's major cities, and broadcast on social networks, show scenes never seen in eight years of civil war: queues of hundreds of meters in front of the rare pumps still open, traditionally congested avenues almost empty of cars in the middle of the day, streets cluttered with garbage because the pick-up trucks can not start any more, and abandoned vehicles on the side of the roads.

"This crisis is much more severe than the previous ones," says Saeed Abu Zafer, an Aleppo engineer, joined by WhatsApp. The streets of the city are deserted, it is as if there was a curfew. "I had to give up going to work, because there are almost no collective taxis," says Mohamed Abu Ahmed, a teacher, who lives in the same city. "Most of the factories have stopped working and the ones that are running still have a little bit of fuel left," said Mohamed Nahhas, an economist from Damascus. "It's like being sent back to the Stone Age. "

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« Reply #178 on: April 23, 2019, 06:31 AM »
Today, I'm going to hold a conference about the lemurs.




Under a leaden sky, six rangers walk silently in single file through Vohibola, one of the last primary forests in eastern Madagascar.

Alert to the slightest movement and sound, Michael Tovolahy's patrol is tracking poachers who are inflicting grievous harm to this jewel of biodiversity.

The poachers are targeting lemurs, primates battling the threat of extinction, and are chopping down trees, some of them rare hardwoods, to burn for charcoal.

"In this forest, there are at least 20 indigenous animal species, including six types of lemur, and 150 species of tree," says Tovolahy, whose nickname is Nabe.

"Because of these logger-poachers, I fear that this forest will one day be no more -- it will be just an empty space, where developers will grow walls of concrete."

A terrible irony is that a 2014 documentary, "Island of Lemurs," which did so much to draw attention to the cuddly animals' plight, unwittingly encouraged a market to have them as caged pets.

Some kill the harmless creatures for food, others sell them as pets -- and to get to their prey, they chop down precious tropical trees.

"Nocturnal lemurs are very easy to capture because they sleep in the daytime," explains Tovolahy.

The poachers cut down the trees surrounding their nest, which provides the lemurs with a means of flight. All they have to do then is to shake the tree until the animal falls out.

Lemurs are among the many wildlife treasures that are unique to Madagascar.

Out of 111 recorded lemur species, 105 face the threat of extinction, says the Lemur Conservation Network (LCN).

Other damage to Vohibola and its natural population is being inflicted by the simple need for wood for cooking.

The forest patrol frequently encounters the dismayng sight of empty spaces and mounds of bark -- the traces of illegal logging to take trees, burn them and sell the charcoal to Madagascans.

Vohibola itself is a haven for an extraordinary species -- the mouse lemur.

From its head to the tip of its tail, this nocturnal animal (genus Microcebus) measures under 27 centimetres (11 inches), making it the world's smallest primate -- and, according to the International Conservation of Nature (IUCN), among the most endangered of all vertebrates.

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« Reply #179 on: April 23, 2019, 11:05 AM »
Tonight, I'm going to talk about the International non-profit organisation Global Witness that published a report yesterday, stating that the $4.9 trillion invested in oil and gas exploration is incompatible with global climate goals.



Exxon Mobil is forecast to spend the most in new fields over the next decade.


The report, Overexposed, compares industry forecasts for investment and production with climate scenarios used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Overexposed finds that oil and gas production from fields in development or not in production would exceed what climate scenarios indicate could be produced while still limiting global warming to 1.5°C, as per the terms of the Paris Agreement.

According to the report, the $4.9 trillion worth of investments in oil and gas are only compatible with the Paris climate goals scenarios that assume massive carbon capture and removal are used in the future. Overexposed claims this cannot be assumed as the technologies for such carbon removal are unproven at scale, with only two power stations in the world capturing CO₂ following investments of $28bn.

The report adds that ExxonMobil is expected to spend the most in new fields over the next decade, followed by Shell. These two multinationals, along with Total, BP and Chevron are expected to spend over $550bn on oil and gas production and exploration.

Senior campaigner at Global Witness and author of the report Murray Worthy said: “There is an alarming gap between the plans of oil and gas majors and what the latest science shows is needed to avoid the most catastrophic and unpredictable climate breakdown.”

“Investors will rightly be concerned that despite industry rhetoric to the contrary, the oil and gas sector’s spending plans are so drastically incompatible with limiting climate change. This analysis should encourage the escalation of investor engagement efforts to challenge oil and gas majors to credibly align their business plans with the Paris goal.

“Blindly pushing ahead comes with huge financial risks for investors, either as a result of the transition to a low carbon economy, or as the devastating consequences of a changing climate stack up.”

The report comes ahead of BP and Shell’s annual general meetings in May, in which they are expected to face questions from investors about their global climate goals. Both oil majors have recently made efforts for transparency in its climate change targets, with BP and Shell publishing an audit of its trade associations’ climate positions on 3 April.

Despite this, Global Witness reports that “both companies forecast investments are far from aligned with achieving the Paris goals”. BP also came under criticism in March for lobbying against key methane regulations in the US despite claiming to support the Paris Agreement.