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Taxes on CO2 emitting vehicles are due to get tougher in the new year with higher penalties for drivers buying new vehicles – in some cases quadruple what they would have paid this year.
A radical water treatment garden has won wine-makers in the south-west a leading environmental award as the culmination of 12 years of work to boost biodiversity and make zero-chemical wines.
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Volunteers regularly clean up debris from France’s beaches along the Channel and Atlantic coasts but several also try to trace the origin of the tonnes of rubbish and, perhaps, work to stop it.
This rentrée will see some pupils adding a green topic to the timetable as part of projects to make schools more environmentally friendly.
Only one in two plastic bottles is recycled in France but the recycling firm Réco-France aims to boost this with new-style recycling bins that give cash vouchers in return for bottles.
Readers should beware a scam targeting drivers buying the Crit’Air pollution vignette that is obligatory in Paris and some other cities.
Growing numbers of ring-necked parakeets may be threatening native birds and habitats, but authorities are yet to create a plan of action to halt their spread.