Paris to decide fate of ‘mega’ gold mine in forests of French Guiana

Indigenous people warn the mine poses a serious threat to biodiversity, but their future and that of the forest lies in the hands of the French government Through the window of the small propeller plane leaving the capital Cayenne, the jungle’s canopy stretches out as far as the eye can see. More than 90% covered […]

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The 20 photographs of the week

Pollution in China, Europes refugee crisis, the aftermath of Storm Desmond the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week Read more: www.theguardian.com

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

The Catalan capitals revolutionary new strategy will curtail traffic to a number of big roads, drastically reducing pollution and turning secondary streets into citizen spaces for culture, leisure and the community In the latest endeavor from a big city to move away from automobile hegemony, Barcelona has ambitious plans. Currently faced with excessive pollution and […]

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Paris to decide fate of ‘mega’ gold mine in woodlands of French Guiana

Indigenous people caution the mine is a serious threat to biodiversity, but their future and that of the forest lies in the hands of the French government Through the window of the small propeller plane leaving the capital Cayenne, the jungle’s canopy stretches out as far as the eye can see. More than 90% covered […]

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Bike-sharing revolution aims to set China back on two wheels

From Shanghai to Sichuan, strategies are being rolled out to slash congestion, cut air pollution and spin a profit Even through Beijings nicotine-tinged smog you can make out the multi-coloured frames, gliding through the pea soup towards a greener future. In recent months an unmissable fleet of fluorescent orange, canary yellow and ocean blue bicycles […]

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High-vis, low-conflict: Kampala gets its first Critical Mass cycle ride

Ugandas first ever Critical Mass is missing the air of protest usually found in Europe or the US. This may be for the best in a country where dissent is often quashed with rubber bullets and tear gas City Cycling the city High-vis, low-conflict: Kampala gets its first Critical Mass cycle ride Uganda’s first ever […]

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