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Jet-setting Davos elite frets about climate

The World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos is one of the few places where environmental activists attend the same events as the private jet crowd, and get a chance to try to convince them to change their ways face-to-face. Coming is "not for us a given, because this is a group of elites who have gotten us into the lot of messes that we have around the world right now," the environmental organisation's executive director Jennifer Morgan told AFP. Last year, US President Donald Trump came to addres...
Tags: Science, US, Davos, Paris, Donald Trump, Afp, Wef, World Economic Forum WEF, Jennifer Morgan


Franco-Italian relations not at risk despite migrant row: Italy's PM

ROME (Reuters) - Relations between Italy and France remain strong despite recent rows over immigration, Italy Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Tuesday, looking to ease an increasingly harsh war of words between Rome and Paris. "This (row) does not call into question our historic friendship with France, nor with the French people. This relationship remains strong and steady in spite of any political dispute," Conte said in a statement. On Monday France summoned Italy's ambassador after D...
Tags: Science, France, Rome, Paris, Italy, Conte, ROME Reuters, Luigi Di Maio, Giuseppe Conte


Italy's Salvini bashes France over Libya role in new diplomatic spat

Relations between Italy and France, traditionally close allies, have grown frosty since the far-right League and anti-establishment 5-Star Movement formed a coalition last year and took aim at pro-EU French President Emmanuel Macron. France's Foreign Ministry and the French president's office declined to respond immediately. On Monday France summoned Italy's ambassador after Salvini's fellow deputy prime minister, Luigi Di Maio, accused Paris of creating poverty in Africa and generating mass m...
Tags: Science, France, Africa, Eu, Paris, Italy, Libya, Foreign Ministry, Star Movement, Salvini, Emmanuel Macron France, Luigi Di Maio


Italy's Salvini says France has no interest in stabilizing Libya

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, continuing a war of words between Rome and Paris, said on Monday that France had no interest in bringing calm to violence-ravaged Libya because of its energy interests. "In Libya, France has no interest in stabilizing the situation, probably because it has oil interests that are opposed to those of Italy," Salvini told Canale 5 TV station. ...
Tags: Science, France, Rome, Paris, Italy, Libya, ROME Reuters Italy, Matteo Salvini, Libya France, Salvini, Canale


'A List' climate change firms outperform on stock market - survey

Apple , L'Oreal and Mitsubishi Electric are among more than 120 global firms which scored top marks in a ranking of corporate efforts to slow climate change. Many companies say they are stepping up action on climate change since almost 200 governments struck the 2015 Paris climate agreement to phase out greenhouse gas emissions this century by shifting from fossil fuels. London-based CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, said its data showed the shares of its index leaders tend to ...
Tags: Science, London, Carbon Disclosure Project, Paris, Oreal, Mitsubishi Electric


World to miss 2020 climate 'turning point': analysis

The world is on course to miss its "best chance" of preventing runaway climate change by ensuring global greenhouse gas emissions peak in 2020, researchers warned Tuesday. In 2017, experts identified six key milestones that mankind must hit by 2020 if the Paris climate goal of limiting global temperature rises to 1.5 Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) is to have a fighting chance of being met. Chief among these are an immediate phasing out of fossil fuels, including a total halt to new coal power plant ...
Tags: Science, Paris, Celsius


'A List' climate change firms outperform on stock market: survey

Apple, L'Oreal and Mitsubishi Electric are among more than 120 global firms which scored top marks in a ranking of corporate efforts to slow climate change. Many companies say they are stepping up action on climate change since almost 200 governments struck the 2015 Paris climate agreement to phase out greenhouse gas emissions this century by shifting from fossil fuels. London-based CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, said its data showed the shares of its index leaders tend to outper...
Tags: Science, London, Carbon Disclosure Project, Paris, Oreal, Mitsubishi Electric


Europeans contemplating moon mission by 2025

PARIS (AP) — The ArianeGroup wants to send a scientific mission to the moon before 2025. Nearly 50 years after Neil Armstrong walked on the Earth’s satellite, the Paris-based company said on Monday it has signed a one-year contract with the European Space agency to study the possibility of preparing a mission, with the aim […]
Tags: Science, News, Ap, Earth, Nation, Paris, Neil Armstrong, ArianeGroup, European Space


U.S. crude gains, slowing global economy challenge oil market in 2019: IEA

The IEA, which coordinates the energy policies of industrial nations, said it was keeping its estimate of oil demand growth for this year unchanged at 1.4 million barrels per day, close to 2018 levels. "The impact of higher oil prices in 2018 is fading, which will help offset lower economic growth," the Paris-based IEA said in its monthly report. Oil rallied above $85 per barrel in the second half of 2018 on concern about lower supplies from Iran due to new U.S. sanctions.
Tags: Science, Iran, Paris, IEA


Gas blast kills three in Paris amid lockdown for yellow vest protests

Large parts of the city were blocked off by riot police, although the protests have reduced in scale compared with November. "As firemen were looking for a gas leak in the building, a dramatic explosion took place," Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said, adding that one fireman had been buried under debris for several hours. Castaner said on his Twitter feed that two firefighters had died and 10 people, including one other firefighter, had serious injuries.
Tags: Science, Paris, Christophe Castaner, Castaner


Three dead in Paris gas blast amid lockdown for yellow-vest protests

Large parts of the capital were blocked off by riot police, although the protests have reduced in scale compared with November. "As firemen were looking for a gas leak in the building, a dramatic explosion took place," Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said, adding that one of the firemen had been buried under debris for several hours. Castaner said on his Twitter feed that two firefighters had died and 10 people, including one other firefighter, had serious injuries.
Tags: Science, Paris, Christophe Castaner, Castaner


Two dead in Paris gas blast amid lockdown for yellow-vest protests

The accident occurred with Paris under security lockdown for a ninth consecutive Saturday of "yellow vest" protests, with large parts of the French capital blocked off by riot police. "As firemen were looking for a gas leak in the building, a dramatic explosion took place," Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said, adding that one of the firemen had been buried under debris for several hours. Castaner said on his Twitter feed that two firefighters had died, and that 10 people, including one ...
Tags: Science, Paris, Christophe Castaner, Castaner


Gas explosion rocks central Paris shopping district, 12 injured

A huge explosion probably caused by a gas leak gutted the ground floor of a building in a central Paris shopping district on Saturday, seriously injuring at least 12 people, authorities said. In recent years France has suffered jihadist militant attacks in Paris, Nice, Marseille and beyond. "We still need to determine the circumstances and cause of the explosion but at this stage we can say it is clearly an accident, presumably a gas leak," he told reporters.
Tags: Science, France, Paris, Paris Nice Marseille


The Magical Gaze of 'Mona Lisa' Is a Myth

It's common knowledge that the woman in Leonardo da Vinci's most famous painting seems to look back at observers, following them with her eyes no matter where they stand in the room. But this common knowledge, it turns out, is wrong. The eyes of the woman in the "Mona Lisa" don't follow viewers. A new study finds that the woman in the famed painting is actually looking out at an angle that's 15.4 degrees off to the observer's right -- well outside of the range that people n...
Tags: Science, Germany, Paris, Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci, Louvre Museum, Bielefeld University, Horstmann, Gernot Horstmann, Sebastian Loth


In Climate Change Fight, Brazil Owes Nothing, Minister Says

For Ricardo Salles, the Paris Accord in itself is neither good nor bad, but it must bring economic benefits to Brazil. If the agreement limits production or the use of land, Brazil could withdraw. "Brazil is not a debtor.
Tags: Science, Paris, Brazil, Ricardo Salles


In Climate Change Fight, Brazil Owes Nothing, New Minister Says

For Ricardo Salles, the Paris Accord in itself is neither good nor bad, but it must bring economic benefits to Brazil. If the agreement limits production or the use of land, Brazil could withdraw. "Brazil is not a debtor.
Tags: Science, Paris, Brazil, Ricardo Salles


Guess what? U.S. carbon emissions popped back up in a big way

For three straight years, carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. dropped. But in 2018, emissions of the potent greenhouse gas shot back up.  A new report by the Rhodium Group -- a research institution that analyzes global economic and environmental trends -- found that in 2018 carbon dioxide emissions rose 3.4 percent from the prior year. That's the second largest gain in the last two decades.  This rise comes at a time when global scientists have repeatedly urged nations to ambitiously cut ...
Tags: Science, Obama, Obama Administration, Los Angeles, Earth, Paris, Un, Mcgrath, Trump, United States of America, Rutherford, Environmental Protection Agency EPA, U S Energy Information Administration, Larsen, Robert Rohde, International Council on Clean Transportation


Rolls Royce Hired Formula E Engineers To Build A Really Fast Electric Plane

Rolls Royce leads a group of UK Government funded projects under the name ACCEL, which is an abbreviation of “Accelerating the Electrification of Flight” somehow. With the group’s newest flight project, the Spirit of Innovation, they aim to exceed 300 miles per hour, and sustain speed for at least forty minutes, enough to cross over from London to Paris. It’s an ambitious project, and one that Rolls hopes will kick off a “third wave of aviation.”
Tags: UK, Science, London, Paris, Accel, Royce


Apple Fallout Hits Europe With AMS, Dialog Semi Dropping

STMicroelectronics NV also declined in Paris, mimicking the pressure that earlier sent down shares in Apple’s suppliers in the U.S. and Asia. “Expect a ton of Apple supplier warnings in coming days,” Neil Campling, analyst at Mirabaud, said in emailed comments.
Tags: Apple, Asia, Science, Paris, STMicroelectronics NV, Mirabaud


A model for describing the hydrodynamics of crowds

By studying the movement of runners at the start of marathons, researchers from a laboratory* affiliated with the CNRS, l'ENS de Lyon, and l'Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 have just shown that the collective movements of these crowds can be described as liquid flows. The flows observed before a 2016 race in Chicago subsequently helped predict those of thousands of runners in the starting corral of the 2017 Paris marathon.
Tags: Science, Chicago, Paris, CNRS, ENS de Lyon, Université Claude Bernard Lyon


Notable deaths in 2018

Paris (AFP) - From soul diva Aretha Franklin to astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and former UN chief Kofi Annan, here are some of the notable figures who passed away in 2018:
Tags: Science, Aretha Franklin, Paris, Stephen Hawking, Un, Kofi Annan


Frenchman trying to cross Atlantic in barrel capsule

PARIS (AP) — A 71-year-old Frenchman has departed on a journey across the Atlantic in a specially designed barrel capsule, which will use ocean currents alone to propel him across the sea. Jean-Jacques Savin set off from El Hierro in Spain’s Canary Islands on Wednesday and is aiming to complete his 4,500-kilometre (2,800-mile) journey to […]
Tags: Science, News, Spain, Ap, Atlantic, Nation, Paris, Canary Islands, El Hierro, Jean Jacques Savin


Automakers denounce 'unrealistic' EU emissions targets

German and other European automakers warned Tuesday that EU plans to slash carbon dioxide emissions from new cars and vans by 2030 are "totally unrealistic" without a network to recharge electric cars and more effort to retrain workers. European Union countries and the European Parliament agreed in principle on Monday to require new cars in 2030 to emit 37.5 percent less carbon dioxide on average compared to 2021 while van emissions will have to drop 31 percent. Ambassadors from EU countries a...
Tags: Science, Eu, European Union, Paris, Brussels, European Parliament


EU to cut new car emissions by 37.5 percent by 2030

EU member countries and the European Parliament struck the ambitious deal late Monday that Brussels said would help the bloc meet its commitments under the Paris climate accord. The targets will require new cars sold in 2030 to emit 37.5 percent less carbon dioxide on average compared to 2021 levels. "With these ambitious targets, Europe is once again showing how to turn the #ParisAgremeent and #COP24 into action," tweeted Miguel Arias Canete, the European Commissioner for Climate Action and E...
Tags: Europe, Science, Eu, Paris, Brussels, European Parliament, Miguel Arias Canete


EU to cut new car emissions by 37.5 percent by 2030

EU member countries and the European Parliament struck the ambitious deal late Monday that Brussels said would help the bloc meet its commitments under the Paris climate accord. The targets will require new cars sold in 2030 to emit 37.5 percent less carbon dioxide on average compared to 2021 levels. "With these ambitious targets, Europe is once again showing how to turn the #ParisAgremeent and #COP24 into action," tweeted Miguel Arias Canete, the European Commissioner for Climate Action and E...
Tags: Europe, Science, Eu, Paris, Brussels, European Parliament, Miguel Arias Canete


Talks adopt 'rulebook' to put Paris climate deal into action

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Almost 200 nations, including the world's top greenhouse gas producers, China and the United States, have adopted a set of rules meant to breathe life into the 2015 Paris climate accord by setting out how countries should report their emissions and efforts to reduce them.
Tags: Science, China, United States, Paris, Katowice Poland


Nations at climate talks back universal emissions rules

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Nearly 200 countries at the U.N. climate talks have agreed upon universal, transparent rules on how nations can cut greenhouse gas emissions and curb global warming, putting the principles of the 2015 Paris climate accord into action. But to the frustration of environmentalists and a group of countries who were urging […]
Tags: Business, Science, News, Paris, Katowice Poland, Nation & World, Nation & World Politics


Green Groups Are Set to Crash Into Global Populists Over Pollution Cuts

Fresh from endorsing rules to implement the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, diplomats, along with pressure groups and United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, are shifting toward persuading governments to back deeper cuts in fossil fuel emissions. It’s taken the form of Yellow Jacket protests in France, the Australian government being ousted, and U.S. President Donald Trump’s support for coal mining.
Tags: Science, France, Paris, United Nations, Donald Trump, Antonio Guterres


Nations overcome last-minute divisions to forge climate deal

Nearly 200 countries overcame political divisions late on Saturday to agree rules for implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, but critics say it is not ambitious enough to prevent the dangerous effects of global warming. Eleventh hour disagreements over carbon markets almost derailed negotiations and delayed a final agreement by a day. In the end it took two weeks of talks in the Polish city of Katowice to turn the aim of the Paris accord - limiting limiting global temperature r...
Tags: Science, Saudi Arabia, US, Ipcc, Earth, Paris, Brazil, Un, Donald Trump, Kuwait, Antonio Guterres, Katowice, Alden Meyer, Michal Kurtyka, Unites States Russia


Nations agree on global climate pact rules, but they are seen as weak

After two weeks of talks in the Polish city of Katowice, nations finally reached consensus on a more detailed framework for the 2015 Paris Agreement, which aims to limit a rise in average world temperatures to "well below" 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. After he struck the gavel to signal agreement had been reached, ministers joined him on the stage, hugging and laughing in signs of relief after the marathon talks. The unity which underpinned the Paris ...
Tags: Science, Paris, Donald Trump, Katowice



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