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Publié dans LE FIGARO, par Mathieu Bock-Côté le 22/12/2017

TRIBUNE – Figure de la vie intellectuelle québécoise, Mathieu Bock-Côté s’inquiète de la disneylandisation d’un monde affadi et uniforme, soumis à la logique consumériste au détriment des populations locales.

A guide talks to tourists as they enjoy a view of the city from Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, July 19, 2016. REUTERS/David W Cerny – S1AETQMXHZAA

Un quotidien québécois révélait récemment une surprenante étude menée par l’Office du tourisme de Québec, à propos du potentiel touristique de la vieille capitale de la Belle Province. On y apprenait que les touristes américains sont globalement charmés par la ville mais rebutés par la langue et la culture françaises: apparemment, elles les Lire la suite »

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THE GUARDIAN 12/12/2017 by Julia CARRIE WONG

Chamath Palihapitiya, former vice-president of user growth, expressed regret for his part in building tools that destroy ‘the social fabric of how society works’

A former Facebook executive has said he feels “tremendous guilt” over his work on “tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works”, joining a growing chorus of critics of the social media giant.

Chamath Palihapitiya, who was vice-president for user growth at Facebook before he left the company in 2011, said: “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse, no cooperation, misinformation, mistruth.”

The remarks, which were made at a Stanford Business School event in November, were just surfaced by tech website the Verge on Monday. Lire la suite »

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https://www.commondreams.org/ byJessica Corbett, staff writer 2017/09/07

« It is past time to call out Trump and all climate deniers for this crime against humanity. No more treating climate denial like an honest difference of opinion. »

Satellite image of Hurricane Irma when the island of Barbuda was in the center of the storm’s eye. (Photo: NASA/NOAA/UWM-CIMSS, William Straka III)

As Houston begins its long recovery from Hurricane Harvey, epic wildfires burn throughout the western U.S., and Irma charges toward Florida after devastating several Caribbean islands, while two other storms build strength in the Atlantic basin, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is among those helping to expose the deadly consequences of climate change denialism by claiming threats posed by such global warming-related events are being exaggerated.

And so while climate activist Bill McKibben on Thursday morning warned that « we’ve never Lire la suite »

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BBC NEWS 31/05/2017

US President Donald Trump is poised to pull the country out of the Paris climate accord, US media report, quoting senior officials.

The 2015 accord for the first time united most of the world in a single agreement to mitigate climate change.

It was signed by 195 countries out of 197 in a UN group on climate change, with Syria and Lire la suite »

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Published in LUXEMBURGER WORT, 21 April, 2017

by Steve Hoscheit

Most people know of Luxembourg as a financial powerhouse. Some know it for its international profile and as the seat of many European institutions. For others, it is one of the countries taking the lead on space-mining initiatives.

But few people are aware that Luxembourg has actually developed into quite an important player in the logistics sector. The small country is ranked second on the World Bank’s international benchmark for logistics performance (LPI), with a score of 4.22, just behind industrial heavyweight Germany (4.23).

source Luxembourg BusinessLuxembourg’s government is pushing logistics as one of five prioritised areas, covering ICT, space technologies, health science and technologies, and eco-technologies.

The digital natives

The continued success of Luxembourg’s logistics sector will be assured by the so-called « digital natives », according to Mathias Weinmann. Weinmann and his colleague Johannes Lire la suite »

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Published in THE NEW-YORK TIMES, by ADAM NOSSITER MARCH 7, 2017

ALBI, France — La peinture est défraîchie, mais le mot est encore lisible : ALIMENTATION. On dirait un décor de théâtre pendu au-dessus de la vitrine de ce vieil établissement vacant. En face, un salon de tatouage. Personne n’y entre ni en sort. La rue est déserte.

Continuez votre chemin et vous découvrirez d’autres devantures closes, çà et là dans le

Centre ville d’Albi – source « Actu côté Toulouse »

centre historique de cette ville dominée par l’imposante cathédrale en briques du XIIIe siècle, l’un des joyaux de France. Les boutiques pour touristes et les grandes chaînes de l’habillement sont ouvertes, mais les épiceries, les cafés et les boucheries, tous ces établissements qui au cours des siècles animaient le cœur des villes comme celle-ci, ont disparu.

Dans un pays comme la France, qui foisonne de beauté et dont les traditions semblent immuables, il n’est pas aisé de prendre la mesure des changements, voire de la décomposition en cours. Elle saute pourtant aux yeux, à Albi comme dans des centaines d’autres communes. La France perd, une à une, ses villes de Lire la suite »

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Powering the Future We Want

New York, 14 December 2016 – A partnership working to promote solar-powered electric vessels in Tunisia and in the Middle East and North Africa was awarded the $1 million 2016 Energy Grant from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affair (UN-DESA), it was announced today.

The project « Solar Fuelled Electric Maritime Mobility » by SINTEF, an independent non-profit research institute based in Norway, seeks to demonstrate the feasibility and the social, economic and environmental benefits of solar-fuelled electric boat transport in Tunisia and the wider region. It is implementing this demonstration project with the National Agency for Energy Conservation of Tunisia.

« We are extremely honoured to receive this grant from the United Nations, rewarding SINTEF for leadership and Lire la suite »

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