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6.2 The Environment: L'environnement 🌏

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The Environment: L'environnement 🌏 🏭 🔥🚰

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With the increase in industrialization 🏭 and greater demand for products 🚗 💻 , the environment has been placed under ever-growing stress. The rate at which our planet is degrading is also increasing 📈. Unfortunately, many human actions, especially since the mid-20th century, have not been taken in the best interest of the planet, leading to global challenges including global warming 🌡️, air pollution, ozone layer depletion, water depletion, and climate change.
According to NASA 🚀, the evidence for rapid climate change is compelling. This evidence includes (but is not limited to):
  • Global temperature rise 🌎 🌡️ and warming oceans 🌊 🌡️
  • Shrinking ice sheets 🏔️ and decreased snow cover 🌨️
  • Rising sea-levels 🌊 ⬆️
  • Extreme weather events 🌪️
Information gathered from NASA

Strive for Five Vocabulary 🔑

  • Réchauffement climatique - global warming
  • Pollution atmosphérique - air pollution
  • Destruction de la couche d'ozone - ozone layer depletion
  • Épuisement de l'eau - water depletion
  • Changement climatique - climate change
  • Hausse de température - temperature rise
  • Réchauffement des océans - warming oceans
  • Rétrécissement des calottes glaciaires - shrinking ice sheets
  • Diminution de la couverture de neige - decreased snow cover
  • Hausse du niveau de la mer - rising sea-levels
  • Événements météorologiques extrêmes - extreme weather events

Environmental Issues of France

Problèmes environnementaux de la France : 🇫🇷

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The past 30-40 years have seen a shift away from industry in France, leading to a reduction 📉 in industrial pollution and therefore improved air quality. However, an increase in France's transportation infrastructure 🚗 🚉 has caused emissions from that sector to remain constant. In order to reduce the amount of smog in Paris, has taken two steps:
  1. implementing an odd/even car band 🚘
  2. implementing a sticker scheme, in which anti-pollution stickers are displayed on any vehicle. The goal is to ban less clean vehicles from the city when pollution is particularly high 🏙️.
Parisian government officials have also recommended making entire areas of the city pedestrian only 🚸, banning all diesel vehicles, and closing certain roads to traffic 🛣️.
In addition to air pollution, France is also dealing with water pollution, great demand for natural resources, and an increase in waste production.
Of particular note:
  • 80% of France's electricity is produced using nuclear power plants 🔌 ⚡
  • In 2015, it was estimated that 1.5 million French citizens didn't have access to clean water 🚰
  • France was the first country to introduce specific legislation addressing food waste 🥒 🗑️
  • The French government is embracing the use of clean technologies ⚡ 🚗
Information gathered from AZO CleanTech

Strive for Five Vocabulary 🔑

  • Pollution industrielle - industrial pollution
  • Qualité de l'air - air quality
  • Gaz à effet de serre - greenhouse gases
  • Ressources naturelles - natural resources
  • Centrales nucléaires - nuclear power plants
  • Déchets alimentaires - food waste
  • Technologies propres - clean technologies
  • Énergie renouvelable - renewable energy

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