France upholds nationwide ban on fracking
But is it enough? Post to Facebook France’s retirement reform: Too little, too late? on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1aFlQMF Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 3 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs France’s retirement reform: Too little, too late? USATODAY 3:22 p.m. EDT October 14, 2013 French President Francois Hollande French President Hollande managed to changed the pension system by working with unions Still, they plan protests Tuesday And critics says he succeeded by making small changes that won’t achieve what’s necessary SHARE 5 CONNECT 26 TWEET 3 COMMENTEMAILMORE PARIS (AP) President Francois Hollande has managed to do what was once thought impossible: Make changes to France’s cherished and generous retirement system with little resistance from unions. His secret? The changes are so small and put off so far into the future that economists say they aren’t worthy of the name “reform.” Labor unions were calling for protests across France on Tuesday. But the demonstrations are not expected to turn into the massive protests that brought cities to a standstill in 2010, when Hollande’s predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy, raised the retirement age. Partially that is because Hollande, a Socialist, consulted with union leaders when drawing up the reform. Also, the changes, which the lower house of parliament votes on this week, will fix only a part of what needs changing, analysts say.
Goals from Franck Ribery and Yohan Cabaye either side of an Olivier Giroud double had the hosts 4-0 up within half an hour and Mathieu Debuchy and Karim Benzema, who scored his first France goal in 1,222 minutes of football, added further gloss to the victory after the break. Newcastle striker Loic Remy made his first appearance for France since March as he was named in the starting XI, while Australia’s side featured six changes from its 6-0 defeat to Brazil last month. France almost took the lead inside four minutes as Mitchell Langerak produced a fine save to deny Giroud from close range. However, just four minutes later it did find an opening goal when Ribery slotted home from the spot after David Carney had handled in the area. The hosts continued to dictate in the early stages, and they soon doubled their advantage, Giroud latching on to Ribery’s pull back before lifting a sublime finish over Langerak and into the bottom corner. Australia offered little as an attacking force in the opening half, and it conceded its third after just 27 minutes as Giroud tapped in at the end of a sublime move between Ribery and Samir Nasri. France continued to surge forward and duly added a fourth on the half-hour mark through Cabaye, who lashed a powerful finish into the bottom corner from the edge of the area after meeting Ribery’s layoff. Raphael Varane and Cabaye went close before the break, but Australia did not heed those warnings as Debuchy capitalized on poor defensive work from Australia to make it 5-0 after 47 minutes with a brilliant left-footed volley. France refused to relent and dished out further punishment shortly after, substitute Benzema turning home Ribery’s left-wing cross to score his first goal for the national team since June 2012. Tim Cahill created Australia’s only chance as he curled over from distance, while Remy, Nasri and substitute Moussa Sissoko all went close at the other end, but it mattered not as France coasted to an easy win. Follow GOAL.COM on Goal.com Man of the Match Goal.com Flop of the Match Top & Flop Global Ranking
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Passed in 2011 under then President Nicolas Sarkozy, the ban has since been upheld by current President Francios Hollande. “This law has been contested several times,” Hollande said on Friday as reported by the New York Times. “It is now beyond dispute.” The ban was passed over concerns that fracking for shale gas could lead to polluted freshwater supplies, greenhouses gases, and even mini-earthquakes. The U.S. Energy Information Agency has estimated that France may contain as much as 137 trillion cubic feet of recoverable shale gas. However, studies have not been done to confirm this estimate and given the council’s decision it’s unlikely they will be anytime soon. Although shale gas is less carbon intensive than other fossil fuelssuch as coalscientists say exploiting these reserves risks leaking methane, which is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon. According to the most recent mega-report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), many of the world’s fossil fuel deposits will have to be left unexploited. Not only did the report reiterate that humans are responsible for current warming (with 95-100 percent likelihood), but also for the first time calculated how much greenhouse gases could be emitted if the world is to avoid catastrophic climate change. According to the group, human society could emit 800-880 gigatonnes of greenhouse gases in total until temperatures would begin to rise two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, a benchmark agreed on by scientists and governments. However, humanity has already emitted over 60 percent of this530 gigatonnes as of 2011.