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Renewables in France – good targets, slow progress

By Dave Elliott

Although progress has been relatively slow, France has a quite ambitious energy policy, with nuclear to be cut back by around 25%, by 2025, so that it supplies a maximum of 50% of power, and renewables accelerating to supply 32% of energy by 2030 and double their share of electricity to 40% by the same year. Last year, according to BNEF data, France invested $5bn in Clean Energy, up 15% on 2016.

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Swarming Landscape – the art of designing for climate adaptation

Book review by Tiziana Susca (MCC Berlin)

In the last decades cities have been responsible for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions. In turn, the effects of climate change such as extreme natural events – for instance hurricanes – have violently plagued cities creating social and economic losses. The current ways of planning no longer guarantees safe urban environments. Since cities are the responsible of climate change they also have the potential to solve the problems in the long run both mitigating climate and decreasing their own vulnerability. In order to decrease the vulnerability of the urban environments new planning strategies should be developed to deal with the “new” climatological conditions.

Starting from these critical reflections, Rob Roggema (2012), proposes the Swarm Planning Theory to provide support to spatial designers and planners to make cities – the place in which most of the world population currently lives – climate change resilient.

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