To protect biodiversity, scientists call for major changes

A black-tailed godwit, an endangered species, and many other waders in the national nature reserve of Lilleau des Niges, in New Aquitaine, on January 14, 2022. MATHIEU PUJOL FOR “THE WORLD” Twenty-one targets, ten milestones, four major objectives… The project for a new global framework on biodiversity is, to say the least, dense. To help … Read more

Removing doubts about French nuclear power

Editorial of the “World”. On November 9, 2021, Emmanuel Macron enacted the principle of a relaunch of the construction of nuclear reactors in order to guarantee the“energy independence from France”. Two months later, the terms of this decision are still not known. But in the meantime, the conditions for the return to grace of the … Read more

Nuclear, tariffs, financing: the setbacks of EDF and the State shareholder

A rope access technician performs scouting on the walls of the reactor of the Civaux nuclear power plant, in Vienne, on September 8, 2021. MATHIEU HERDUIN / PHOTOPQR/THE NEW REPUBLIC/MAXPPP First days of the year, and already first setbacks for the EDF group. Between State injunctions, liberalization of the energy market in Europe, and technical … Read more

Hamsters, new targets of Hong Kong’s zero Covid policy

Wildlife officers in personal protective equipment enter a temporarily closed pet store, after the government announced the euthanasia of around 2,000 hamsters in the town, following the discovery of evidence, for the first times, of possible animal-to-human transmission of the COVID-19 disease, in Hong Kong, China on January 18, 2022. TYRONE SIU / REUTERS Since … Read more

Nuclear reactors shut down due to ‘serious and unexpected’ corrosion problem

The Civaux nuclear power plant (Vienna), October 8, 2021. STEPHANE MAHE / REUTERS Which will be, in fine, the extent of the problem? Although it is still too early to say, the shutdown in recent weeks of several nuclear reactors, including the most powerful in the fleet, due to a hitherto unexplained corrosion phenomenon, has … Read more

Covid-19: 20% of hospitalizations have a cause other than the virus

In an intensive care unit at the Strasbourg University Hospital, January 13, 2022. JEAN-FRANCOIS BADIAS / AP More than 25,000 people declared to have Covid-19 are currently hospitalized in France. However, a significant portion of them are for reasons other than the effects of the disease. This bias, identified since the beginning of the epidemic … Read more

More intense and longer, heat waves lead to the loss of hundreds of billions of working hours

A worker rests inside a concrete tube while shielding himself from the sun at a construction site of Egypt’s ‘new administrative capital’ megaproject, 45 kilometers east of Cairo, on 3 August 2021. KHALED DESOUKI / AFP The Covid-19 pandemic is not the only one to damage the economy and employment around the world. Global warming, … Read more

“The continued operation of EDF’s nuclear reactors should not be the adjustment variable for French energy policy”

The president of the Nuclear Safety Authority, Bernard Doroszczuk, in Paris, January 20, 2020. ASN First, the president of the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), Bernard Doroszczuk, wishes to emphasize a reassuring point. Despite the complications due to the health crisis, “the level of nuclear safety and radiation protection was completely satisfactory in 2021, he says … Read more

The Omicron variant undermines the zero Covid policy in China

China made it a point of honor. Unlike Japan, which had not admitted any visitors to the Tokyo Olympics during the summer of 2021, the Chinese would be able to attend the Winter Olympics which take place in Beijing from February 4 to 20. Only foreigners would be deprived of it. A logical decision since, … Read more

Covid-19: Brazil and Germany record an unprecedented number of cases since the start of the pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic “is far from over”, warned Tuesday, January 18, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), warning against the idea that the Omicron variant is benign. Brazil, already one of the most bereaved countries in the world, recorded its highest rate of contamination in twenty-four hours. People wait … Read more