Archive for the ‘Cities’ Category

Viva la France

To be honest I don’t think I post lot of article about what’s going on in other parts of the world but as my kids well know, I’ve always been partial to France. From learning (or trying to learn) french in high school to going to Paris many years ago, so tonight’s posting shouldn’t be a surprise to them.

The article is entitle “A Revolution in Brittany: Mayors Defy French State to Ban Pesticides” by Adam Nossiter over at the New York Times. Safe to say what goes on in other parts of the world concerning the environment, affect us all. Also, it kind of makes me long to visit France again.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

 

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Green space

As someone who grew up with a lot of green space as a kid, who use to play in the woods and stay outdoor every night until my mom called me in, it’s nice to see a city taking back some green space and a school yard is a great place to start. Add to the fact that Paris is one of my favorite European cities, it’s a very cool story.

So tonight’s article is entitled “Green Space in Every Schoolyard: The Radical Plan to Cool Paris” over at The Guardian. With a week full of parental school work now over, hopefully I will get back into my usual blogging routine next week. I might try and post again this weekend. We’ll see.

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Green Librarian

To Paris and back

It’s been a long time since I walked along the Seine river but when I came across this  article, it definitely took me back. The article is entitled “Why Paris is transforming a riverside highway into a pedestrian promenade: Cars will be banished from a congested stretch of the Right Bank ” by Matt Hickman at Mother Nature Network.

When my youngest son graduates high school however, I promised him I would take him to Paris, so with a little luck soon I’ll be walking back along the Seine and checking out the pedestrian promenade. Meanwhile, maybe I need to check out the mighty Mississippi river or think back to when…

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Green Librarian

Ice map

Just yesterday my mom, my daughter and I were talking about maps and how much we like them. This map unfortunately, is one that tells a sad story. The story is about how much ice were losing these days.

The article and the aforementioned map is entitled “Rainbow satellite image shows Antarctica’s ice fleeing into the ocean and can be found over at the Grist.We really need to find a better way because just like with my previous post, Fort McMurray, we’re losing a lot of really good stuff.

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Green Librarian

Biking through Paris

Okay, I’ve been to Paris and I’ve definitely biked but never have I biked in Paris. That said, it seems like Paris is way ahead of us when it comes to biking and the roads.

The city I live in has some bike roads but the one thing I’ve noticed is that not everyone reads the directions the same way. To stop or not to stop at a red light, signaling to turn or even which side of the road to bike on.

According to this article, “City of Paris to let cyclists go through (some) red lights” by Lloyd Alter over at Treehugger, the Parisians are making an attempt. At this point, I need to make an attempt to get my biking working again. The last time I road it was probably sixteen years ago, the age of my oldest son.

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Green Librarian