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Paris bans certain cars from roads, makes public transport free
Paris is doing everything it can to combat its air pollution problem. Now, for the second day in a row, it’s taking some drastic measures.
France’s capital city has made public transportation free today, along with banning cars that have license plates ending in odd numbers, the Independent reports. Yesterday, only even-numbered plates were allowed to drive in the city. Drivers can be fined up to €35 ($37.64, £29.85) for violating the ban, and more than 1,700 were ticketed yesterday.
Tonga’s youth urge action on climate change with powerful message
On a little stage in Nuku’alofa, a powerful resonating message has emerged from a small group of young performers who, in raising awareness of climate change, are urging everyone to take heed of the imminent danger.
Tonga’s youth in a powerful and passionate display of dance and drama as part of the opening ceremony of the Mahina Festival held on 14 November in Nuku’alofa, asked:
“Are we so blinded now that we do not see the sky covered in confused and strange clouds?
What has happened to our warrior voices that we do not announce the danger and prepare our children?”
The adverse effects of climate change pose a real threat to Pacific Island countries and Tonga’s youth are taking it very seriously, given rising sea levels and the increasing occurrence and force of natural disasters…
How a Texas Town Is Overhauling Disaster Relief
When Hurricane Dolly struck the gulf coast of Texas in 2008, the storm left behind $1.35 billion in damages, much of it inflicted on houses. Over 38,000 families in the Rio Grande Valley applied to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for assistance with home repairs; around half of those applications were denied.
In the Rio Grande Valley, the poverty rate hovers around 35 percent. It’s one of the poorest regions in the United States, and its coastal location renders it one of the most susceptible to disasters. In the aftermath of such events, low-income people of color may be especially vulnerable. It is FEMA policy to…