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Theconversation. What would happen to the world if, with the snap of our fingers, we shifted all our energy supplies to renewable sources overnight?

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You might be surprised at the answer: not much, at least for biodiversity and ecosystems. Certainly, it might solve the climate problem, but I have canvassed this question in a number of different places, and the answers usually converge on this: we would still wreck Earth’s ecosystems. And what’s more, we’d still wreck them on a timescale similar to the trajectory that we’re on already. The reason is that climate change is a problem, not the problem. At the moment much of the focus is on climate and there’s no doubt this is a problem that requires emergency action now to see if we can avoid the worst of the tipping points. Something other than climate change is driving the current mass extinction. We are well outside the reasonable limits of our energy and material use.

So what are the reasonable limits within which we can operate? Barcelona Announces Europe's Largest Ban on Older Cars - CityLab. Get ready for Europe’s biggest car ban yet.

Barcelona Announces Europe's Largest Ban on Older Cars - CityLab

Cities across Europe are placing ever-stricter controls on cars and pollution, so it’d be easy to mistake Barcelona’s latest regulation as just another car ban. Under a new plan announced this week, starting in 2019, cars built before 1997 and vans and trucks built before 1994 will not be allowed to drive in the city on weekdays.

Barcelona has also promised to set up an observatory to monitor air pollution and its effects on public health, while its region is considering a new fuel tax to fund public transit as well as a congestion charge zone. If some of these measures sound familiar, that’s because they are. Paris introduced a similar weekday ban on older, more polluting vehicles this January. What makes Barcelona’s scheme different, however, is scale. Barcelona’s ban on older cars, by contrast, will cover most of its metro area. Aware of this, the region is providing a welcome sweetener for people giving up older cars.

This matters. Reciclaje con Inclusión. El eslabón más débil son los recicladores Por María Eugenia D’Alessio | LA NACION El reciclador es el punto más vulnerable de un conflicto que tiene varias caras.

Reciclaje con Inclusión

“Estas cosas ocurren, en términos macro, porque no hay ningún tipo de obligación ni control sobre a quién le entregan el material de la separación en origen”, explica Alicia Montoya, responsable del equipo técnico de la cooperativa El Álamo. Según ella, la formalización de la actividad a través de esas asociaciones es una manera de combatir esta situación. “En el caso particular de El álamo eso no existe, porque se le hace una denuncia”, asegura aunque reconoce que estos hechos ocurren: “Cualquier cartonero te lo va a comentar”, agrega. Lezcano, por su parte, es tajante: “A los que están acá no les pasa, porque si alguien les quiere vender, hacemos la denuncia”. Sin embargo, algunos señalan que alertar a las autoridades no funciona. Europa abre un expediente sancionador a España por la contaminación de Madrid y Barcelona. La Comisión Europea ha enviado este jueves una Carta de Emplazamiento a España por el incumplimiento de los niveles máximos de contaminación en Madrid, Barcelona y el área del Llobregat (Cataluña), según han confirmado a eldiario.es fuentes del Ejecutivo comunitario.

Europa abre un expediente sancionador a España por la contaminación de Madrid y Barcelona

Este es el primer paso en el procedimiento sancionador de la Unión Europea. El problema viene por la acumulación de dióxido de nitrógeno (NO2) en el aire. Superblocks to the rescue: Barcelona’s plan to give streets back to residents. In the latest attempt from a big city to move away from car hegemony, Barcelona has ambitious plans.

Superblocks to the rescue: Barcelona’s plan to give streets back to residents

Currently faced with excessive pollution and noise levels, the city has come up with a new mobility plan to reduce traffic by 21%. And it comes with something extra: freeing up nearly 60% of streets currently used by cars to turn them into so-called “citizen spaces”. The plan is based around the idea of superilles (superblocks) – mini neighbourhoods around which traffic will flow, and in which spaces will be repurposed to “fill our city with life”, as its tagline says. This plan will start in the famous gridded neighbourhood of Eixample. That revolutionary design, engineered by Ildefons Cerdà in the late 19th century, had at its core the idea that the city should breathe and – for both ideological and public health reasons – planned for the population to be spread out equally, as well as providing green spaces within each block. MEDIACCIONA: Cuando la resistencia es la única opción de participación ambiental.

En muchos casos nos encontramos con que la resistencia ha sido, prácticamente, la única opción de participación de la que disponía la población, amén de la costosa y larga vía judicial.

MEDIACCIONA: Cuando la resistencia es la única opción de participación ambiental.

Hoy nos centramos en dos ejemplos ubicados en València y su área metropolitana.