Demonstrations were held in Menton, Beausoleil and Nice on Sunday by protesters wanting the French government to give more weight to a new climate law conceived by the Citizens’ Convention.
Environmental associations around the Riviera organised the marches on the eve of the examination of the climate bill in France proposed by the Citizen’s Convention for the Climate.
The Citizen’s Convention was dubbed a social experiment of the highest order, involving 150 randomly selected people who made proposals to the government to help lower emissions by 40% compared to 1990 levels in “the spirit of social justice.”
On Twitter, Citoyens pour le Climate said, “We recall that the health situation – whose origins are common to climate change – is tense. We will dissociate ourselves from all those who would like to take advantage of the event to disseminate their denialist theories.”
On Facebook, Citoyens pour le Climate published a poster of Marianne, a symbol of France herself, wearing a daisy in her hair with the slogan “let’s take back power over lobbycracy.”
The members of the Citizens’ Convention denounced the “too important influence” of lobbies in government which, according to them, “diluted” their proposals. The fight for the climate is concentrated in the corridors and offices of the National Assembly where lobbyists from industry, companies, unions or economic sectors have stated their concerns about how the new climate laws impact them.
Some of these factions ask for the laws to be watered down or not implemented at all, as they are counter to their purposes. Others ask for stronger implementations.
It is politics as usual say the climate people and a question of whose voices are heard comes down to deep pockets.
Monaco-based GasLog has announced that it has signed a time charter contract with Total Gas & Power Chartering Limited to charter a newbuild, still under construction, for a period of seven years...
Hull 2801 was GasLog's only newbuild vessel without a multi-year contract. The vessel is currently under construction at Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea and is due to be delivered in 2018.
Total will charter the vessel from GasLog for a period of seven years, commencing in mid-2018 at a date to be finalised ahead of the start of the charter. A further option period of three years has been granted at the charterer's option.
Following the successful charter of this vessel, all of GasLog's six remaining newbuild vessels have firm, long-term charters of between seven and 10 years. The daily charter rate is in line with GasLog's average long-term charter rate and the gross contracted revenue from the contract is approximately $190 million over the seven-year firm period.
Since mid-2016, disposable plastic bags have been prohibited in the Principality. On January 1, 2017, this ban was extended to all plastic bags intended for packing goods in shops, including supermarkets, butchers, markets, pharmacies and other retail outlets.
Only biodegradable bags containing at least 30 percent bio-sourced material will remain authorised. This proportion will increase progressively to at least 40 percent on January 1, 2018, then 50 percent on January 1, 2020, and 60 percent on January 1, 2025. Compostable bags display the NF T51-800 standard or the "OK compost Home" label.
In practice, this prohibition concerns the packaging of bulk goods on the shelves of food shops or on market stands (weighing fruit and vegetables, packing fish, dried fruit, etc.). The move is a strong commitment that constitutes a new step in favour of more environmentally friendly trade. Its implementation rests on the commitment of the merchants and consumers of the Principality.
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