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World voices solidarity with Spain after terror attack

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‘TERRORIST ATTACK.’ Policemen stand together on the Rambla boulevard after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing at least 13 people and injuring around 100 others on the Rambla in Barcelona on August 17, 2017. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Spanish and world leaders condemn the Barcelona van attack, expressing outrage and solidarity with the victims

BARCELONA, Spain (Aug. 18, 2017) — Spanish and world leaders on Thursday, August 17, condemned the Barcelona van attack, expressing outrage and solidarity with the victims. Continue reading World voices solidarity with Spain after terror attack

Britain to ban sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040

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The decision was hailed as the beginning of the end for the internal combustion engine’s dominance of motor transport after more than a century. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Plans follow French commitment to take polluting vehicles off the road owing to effect of poor air quality on people’s health

July 25, 2017 — As part of a government strategy to improve air quality, Britain is to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide pose a major risk to public health. Continue reading Britain to ban sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040

122 countries adopt global treaty banning nuclear weapons

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Nuclear-armed states dismiss the ban as unrealistic, arguing it will have no impact on reducing the global stockpile of 15,000 atomic weapons

UNITED NATIONS (Jul. 7, 2017) — A global treaty banning nuclear weapons was adopted at the United Nations on Friday, July 7, despite opposition from the United States, Britain, France and other nuclear powers that boycotted negotiations. Continue reading 122 countries adopt global treaty banning nuclear weapons

France pledges $34 million for foreign climate experts

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CLIMATE CHANGE. French president Emmanuel Macron launches a website inviting academics and scientists to come to France to pursue efforts to fight climate change. Screenshot from www.makeourplanetgreatagain.fr

French officials ‘have decided to set up a priority research program for the fight against climate change,’ says the environment ministry

PARIS, France (Jun. 18, 2017) — France on Saturday, June 17, made good on its promise to invite foreign climate change experts to the country, pledging 30 million euros to fund the work of up to 50 researchers. Continue reading France pledges $34 million for foreign climate experts

Pollution from rigged German Volkswagens to kill 1,200 – study

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EMISSIONS SCANDAL. This file photo taken on September 22, 2015 shows the logo of German car maker Volkswagen in Hanover, central Germany. File photo by Julian StratenSchulte/ DPA/ AFP

‘The researchers estimate that 1,200 people in Europe will die early, each losing as much as a decade of their life, as a result of excess emissions generated,’ the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which took part in the study, explains

PARIS, France (Mar. 4, 2017  ) — Pollution from 2.6 million Volkswagen cars sold in Germany between 2008 and 2015, rigged to appear eco-friendly, will cause 1,200 premature deaths in Europe, a study of the fraud’s health impacts said Friday, March 3. Continue reading Pollution from rigged German Volkswagens to kill 1,200 – study

Paris mayor unveils plan ​to restrict traffic and pedestrianise city centre

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People on the Champs-Élysées during a car-free day in Paris. Photograph: Aurelien Meunier/Getty

Anne Hidalgo says she wants to cut the number of private cars in French capital by half as part of campaign to tackle pollution

January 8, 2017 — The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has unveiled plans to restrict traffic in the French capital and pedestrianise the city centre in an attempt to halve the number of private cars on the roads.  Continue reading Paris mayor unveils plan ​to restrict traffic and pedestrianise city centre

After Calais, France clears Paris migrant camp

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CLEARING. Migrants carry a tent across a migrant tent camp in Paris on November 3, 2016, near to the Stalingrad metro station, one of several camps sprouting up around the French capital. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

We’ve got to grips with this issue. Their conditions were disgraceful, unbearable,’ says Prime Minister Manuel Valls

PARIS, France (Nov. 5, 2016) — Hundreds of French police cleared a huge migrant camp in northeast Paris on Friday, November 4, in a fresh sign of the government’s determination to take refugees off the streets and into shelters.  Continue reading After Calais, France clears Paris migrant camp

Last ‘Jungle’ children moved to shelters around France

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OUT OF THE ‘JUNGLE’ Unaccompanied migrant minors, from the recently-demolished ‘Jungle’ migrant camp in Calais, arrive to a reception centre in Cerdon, near Orleans, central France, on November 2, 2016. Guillaume Souvant/AFP

French authorities have said that Britain, which has taken around 300 child refugees from Calais since mid-October and promised to take more, will continue to review applications from minors seeking to be transferred there

CALAIS, France (Nov. 3, 2016) — Over 1,600 unaccompanied minors left in Calais after the demolition of the infamous “Jungle” migrant camp were bussed to shelters across France on Wednesday, November 2, even as many still hoped to be admitted to Britain.  Continue reading Last ‘Jungle’ children moved to shelters around France

France to move migrant youths from razed ‘Jungle’ camp

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A migrant walks in the ‘Jungle’ migrant camp, in Calais, northern France, on November 1, 2016, a day after a massive operation to clear the squalid settlement where 6,000-8,000 people have been living in dire conditions. Philippe Huguen/AFP

The minors have been awaiting news of their transfer to Britain or alternative housing in France, with their fate a source of enduring tension between London and Paris

CALAIS, France (Nov. 2, 2016) — Around 1,500 unaccompanied minors living near the demolished “Jungle” migrant camp in Calais will be moved to reception centers around France starting on Wednesday, November 2, authorities said.  Continue reading France to move migrant youths from razed ‘Jungle’ camp

France clears Calais camp as concern mounts in Paris

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Workers watch as a crane destroys a caravan, once used as a makeshift shelter, at the site of the ‘Jungle’ migrant camp, on October 31, 2016 in Calais, northern France, as a massive operation to clear the settlement nears completion. Philippe Huguen/AFP

While the Calais camp is now demolished and thousands have been sent to lodgings elsewhere, the fate of the unaccompanied minors housed in containers near the site remains unresolved

CALAIS, France (Nov. 1, 2016) — French demolition teams cleared the last shacks in the Calais “Jungle” on Monday, October 31, signaling the end of the notorious camp as concerns mount for thousands of migrants sleeping rough in Paris.  Continue reading France clears Calais camp as concern mounts in Paris