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The Climate (of) Crisis in the French Media

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Villeneuve d'Ascq - FRANCE
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A translation project by students in the MéLexTra master's degree in translation at the University of Lille. The blog provides a press review consisting of English translations of a broad range of French articles on a different news topic every year. This year's project concerns responses to the climate crisis and related stories in francophone culture. (Image: Le Monde, "Understand global warming in 4 minutes", 28/04/2015,
  • Have We Heard The Last of The Four Seasons in France?

    Speaking on France's most intellectual public radio station, France Culture, to mark the 300th anniversary of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, writer Aurélien Bellanger meditates on the possible end of the seasons in France and the link to climate change.
  • Is Australia Becoming Uninhabitable?

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    Coralie Lemke, writing in popular French science magazine, Sciences et Avenir, provides an overview of the international science tracing the recent wildfires in Australia to global patterns of climate change that could render certain highly populated parts of the world uninhabitable for humans.
  • France First to Introduce Microfibre Filters on Washing Machines

    AFP reports on the last announcement made by French environmnent minister Brune Poirson before her diagnosis with COVID-19: the planned introduction of plastic microfibre filters in washing machines, making France the first country to introduce this regulation.
  • French Researcher Traces Economic and Demographic Shifts in Africa to Climate Change

    Interviewed in Les Echos, French international relations researcher Thierry Vircoulon highlights the economic importance of climate change in Africa, focusing in particular on its impact on demographic shifts, including the contribution of climate refugees to rapid and unplanned urbanisation.
  • French Government Plans to Introduce Specialised Environmental Judiciary

    AFP reports on the government's announcement that it intends to create a network of judicial task forces specialising in the prosecution of environmental crimes; the article questions whether the project will receive sufficient funding and points out that it will not deal with major incidents, such as last year's controversial fire at the Lubrizol chemical plant in Rouen.
  • French Study Shows Air Pollution Affects Women’s Health

    Olivier Monod reports in Libération on the results of a French research project that show a correlation between peaks in local air pollution and disruption of women’s menstrual cycles, linking the study to a burgeoning international interest in environmental impacts on women's health and reproduction.*
  • Q-Tips to Eco-Tips: Things We Can Do Without

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    Rookie reporter Marie Zafimehy, on the website of talk radio station RTL, provides an example of the kind of ‘lifestyle’ response to French Circular Economy legislation which downplays the gravity of the issue, offering little more than a tongue in cheek greenwashing of the disposable consumer advice articles churned out by online media as clickbait: can we call this single-use plastic journalism?
  • Extreme Weather Shock: France Ranked Fifteenth in Global Risk Table

    Reporting in Le Parisien on a climate risk study published by a German think tank, Frédéric Mouchon epitomises the shock expressed in the national press to France being classed in the same category as famously vulnerable countries like Bangladesh.
  • The Climate (of) Crisis in the French Media: Introduction

    In this blog about the climate (of) crisis, a group of Lille University master's students present a range of reports from the French media concerning the debates surrounding major environmental issues and their human impact. English versions of the articles, complete with glossaries and notes, provide an insight into how the French press is treating a range of controversial topics.
  • For a bioethics of vulnerability

    An ear, nose and throat specialist, Jean Lacau St Guily, Professor of Oncology at one of the Sorbonne's main teaching hospitals, argues that the current debates about bioethics in France tend to focus on expensive cutting-edge technology and thus exclude the realities of medicine for the underpriveleged and socially marginal patients who make up the majority of his practice.