For the Grande Boucle, no Green jersey

Between the Greens and the Tour de France, the balance of power is straining. Since this summer, elected ecologists, brought to power during the last municipal elections, have questioned the environmental and societal model of the race (Release August 29). The boss of the cycling event, Christian Prudhomme, responded very strongly on Wednesday to these political pressure blows. Before the departure of the 17e stopover in Grenoble, on the forecourt of the town hall, Prudhomme put on his politician’s clothes: “The Tour de France is an event that unites and brings people together. Do not break [cela] ! There are so many communities, communitarianisms, people who are separating! ” he drew, targeting without naming them the elected green. Under the gaze of Eric Piolle, the environmental mayor of the city, who had just declared that it was necessary “Let it move”. Left hand on the belt buckle, the organizer insists on the “we” when he declares “We talk to people” and awakens the patriotic flame: “The Tour is our country!”

Refusal

“But what has this to do with sauerkraut?” asks David Cormand. MEP EE-LV analyzes this political battle while reaffirming the majority point of view within his movement: “It is demagogue to suggest that we are leading a direct attack against France when we wonder about waste management, that we question the imagination of Tour advertising and consumption.” He recalls that Amaury sport organization (ASO), owner of the third world sporting event, “Is a private company that requires public funding”. As such, he judges, she has “Homeworks”.

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Cormand cites the example of the Belles Filles (Haute-Saône) board, where the finish of the decisive time trial will be judged this Saturday. “Ten years ago, green associations denounced the construction of a road to the top by the departmental council to host a stage of the Tour, explains Cormand to Release. Today, residents are wondering where the economic benefits they were promised have gone. “

The former national secretary of EE-LV ensures that no discussion has taken place within the party to adopt a common position on the Tour de France. The tension began in August with the refusal of the PS mayor of Rennes, Nathalie Appéré, at the instigation of the local Greens, to welcome the great start of the Tour 2021. Thus opening a breach. In Release, Pierre Hurmic, his counterpart in Bordeaux, says he will only host a stage on condition of “More sobriety” from ASO. Some environmental officials received the Tour this year on the basis of contracts signed by their predecessors. Léonore Moncond’huy (Poitiers) and Grégory Doucet (Lyon) took the opportunity to issue criticisms. The latter declares to Progress than “The Tour de France continues to convey a macho image of sport”.

“Dialogue”

Christian Prudhomme is annoyed by these interventions in the press: “Only discussion without speaking in the media first can help. It’s just common sense. ” David Cormand quipped: “Prudhomme is more used to interacting with elected officials whom he has invited in the race director’s car …” The MEP calls on ASO to engage in dialogue. A first in the history of the Tour de France, which had never been the subject of such a political challenge by local elected officials since its creation in 1903.

Romain Boulho special correspondent on the Tour

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Criticism of the new battery law: expiry date already built in

The federal government is regulating the take-back and recycling of batteries – and is receiving a lot of criticism for this.

The federal government is regulating the return and recycling of batteries, but not for the better Photo: Marius Schwarz / imago

BERLIN taz | The new law is “a step backwards for environmental protection”, the indignant Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH). “The draft does not contain any ecologically or environmentally relevant improvements,” says the Remondis waste disposal company. There is a threat of “competition for the lowest possible collection quotas and quantities,” warns the Foundation for the Joint Take-Back System for Batteries (GRS). On Thursday evening, the Bundestag is supposed to pass the federal government’s new battery law. It received mostly bad reviews from experts and the opposition.

Up until last year there was a common take-back system for batteries in Germany, but this collapsed when more and more dealers withdrew from it and joined their own, manufacturer-oriented take-back systems. The new law responds to this and now envisages a competitive model. The GRS Foundation now appears as a profit-oriented company. Collection rates of 50 percent are provided for device batteries.

Similar to packaging disposal, manufacturers and retailers can look for a service company with whom they can commission the return and disposal of the batteries they have sold. In future, “all take-back systems should be able to compete fairly with one another in free competition,” explains a spokesman for the Federal Environment Ministry. “The current amendment creates legal security for all actors,” he said.

The “turning away from a jointly supported system is very critical to us,” says the statement of the municipal umbrella organizations on the law. Only such a system would reliably ensure that old batteries are collected and recycled across the board.

Decentralized collection points will have a harder time

The Association of Municipal Enterprises (VKU) is also critical of the amendment: “We fear that central collection points with a large number of used batteries may be preferred by the take-back systems, while decentralized collection points will have a harder time finding a partner who can handle the used batteries a spokesman for the association. That endangers the security of disposal.

The amendment does not deal with the changing battery market with more and more lithium-ion batteries. “Further changes with regard to batteries for electromobility or the increase in collection and recycling quotas will only be on the EU agenda in October 2020,” says a spokesman for the Federal Environment Ministry. One does not want to anticipate that.

There is a threat of a flood of old lithium-ion batteries

“With this draft law, the grand coalition is weakening the battery collection in Germany,” says Bettina Hoffmann, environmental policy spokeswoman for the Greens in the Bundestag. This lack of any ambition on the part of the federal government is also a disastrous signal to Brussels, where an amendment to the battery directive is currently being worked on. “The expert hearing in the Bundestag was clear,” said Hoffmann, “the federal government should have withdrawn this draft law and presented a fundamentally revised amendment.”

However, experts have long been calling for the flood of new lithium-ion batteries to be regulated by law, which are being used in more and more devices – and will soon also be used en masse in cars. At the end of August, for example, the Freiburg Öko-Institut presented the paper “Status and perspectives of the recycling of lithium-ion batteries from electromobility” and stated: “Because a considerable share of the market growth of global electromobility is expected in Europe and in this context Many gigafactories for the production of lithium-ion cells are to be set up in Europe, the optimization of the recycling of lithium-ion batteries to strengthen an environmentally and socially compatible source of secondary raw materials for key materials is of great strategic importance. “

In the next 10 to 30 years, the demand for raw materials can be expected to grow considerably. In the case of an “ambitious recycling of lithium-ion batteries”, an increasing demand for lithium, cobalt and nickel compounds for new battery cells can also be met from recycling, according to the paper. In order to strengthen an environmentally and socially compatible source of secondary raw materials for key materials, recycling is therefore of great strategic importance.

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Bercy resolves not to claim nearly 40 million euros from retirees

Good news for 206,000 retirees: they will not have to reimburse the state the sums they owed it, following an administrative error causing a pension overpayment. The announcement was made on Friday by the Minister for Public Accounts, Olivier Dussopt, and the Secretary of State for Pensions, Laurent Pietraszewski.

The subject was revealed by Capital magazine a few days ago. During the summer, more than 200,000 retirees received a letter from the National Old Age Insurance Fund (Cnav) asking them to reimburse an overpayment of pension since January, caused by a calculation error of CSG. It all goes back to the change in the CSG desired by the government, in 2018, when the rate for the wealthiest retirees, receiving between 1,200 and 2,000 euros in pension, had fallen from 6.6% to 8.3%. Faced with the challenge, the executive had backed down, restoring the rate to 6.6% for retirees whose benchmark tax income did not exceed 22,941 euros.

This modification was accompanied by a smoothing device, ensuring that the CSG does not increase even after having exceeded this threshold, on condition of not spending two years in a row above. However, the increase that should have taken place in January was not achieved in time, causing it to catch up during the summer. The Cnav, specifies Capital, proposed a schedule for people receiving small pensions, in order to facilitate repayment.

The “right to error“Must benefit users

But, for the Confederal Union of FO retirees (UCR-FO), there is no question of paying the requested amounts. The organization had sent a letter to Olivier Dussopt, explaining to him “that, if the right to make mistakes exists in public bodies, it must work in favor of the insured social».

This Thursday, the Deputy Minister and Laurent Pietraszewski confirmed that the executive ultimately did not intend to recover this money. “Retirees should not suffer administrative errors“, Wrote on Twitter the Secretary of State for Pensions, explaining that he had asked the Cnav not to claim”the remainders to be collected from CSG». «Between January and August, following a management error, the CNAV applied a lower CSG rate than it should haveHe describes. The error concerned 206,000 “middle class retirees“, For an average amount of 190 euros, specifies the Secretary of State, or more than 39 million euros. Something to rejoice the individuals concerned as well as the UCR-FO, who “learned with satisfaction»Olivier Dussopt’s decision. Some silver lining.

SEE ALSO – How the Covid blew up the Social Security accounts

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Bercy resolves not to claim nearly 40 million euros from retirees

Good news for 206,000 retirees: they will not have to reimburse the state the sums they owed it, following an administrative error causing a pension overpayment. The announcement was made on Friday by the Minister for Public Accounts, Olivier Dussopt, and the Secretary of State for Pensions, Laurent Pietraszewski.

The subject was revealed by Capital magazine a few days ago. During the summer, more than 200,000 retirees received a letter from the National Old Age Insurance Fund (Cnav) asking them to reimburse an overpayment of pension since January, caused by a calculation error of CSG. It all goes back to the change in the CSG desired by the government, in 2018, when the rate for the wealthiest retirees, receiving between 1,200 and 2,000 euros in pension, had fallen from 6.6% to 8.3%. Faced with the challenge, the executive had backed down, restoring the rate to 6.6% for retirees whose benchmark tax income did not exceed 22,941 euros.

This modification was accompanied by a smoothing device, ensuring that the CSG does not increase even after having exceeded this threshold, on condition of not spending two years in a row above. However, the increase that should have taken place in January was not achieved in time, causing it to catch up during the summer. The Cnav, specifies Capital, proposed a schedule for people receiving small pensions, in order to facilitate repayment.

The “right to error“Must benefit users

But, for the Confederal Union of FO retirees (UCR-FO), there is no question of paying the requested amounts. The organization had sent a letter to Olivier Dussopt, explaining to him “that, if the right to make mistakes exists in public bodies, it must work in favor of the insured social».

This Thursday, the Deputy Minister and Laurent Pietraszewski confirmed that the executive ultimately did not intend to recover this money. “Retirees should not suffer administrative errors“, Wrote on Twitter the Secretary of State for Pensions, explaining that he had asked the Cnav not to claim”the remainders to be collected from CSG». «Between January and August, following a management error, the CNAV applied a lower CSG rate than it should haveHe describes. The error concerned 206,000 “middle class retirees“, For an average amount of 190 euros, specifies the Secretary of State, or more than 39 million euros. Something to rejoice the individuals concerned as well as the UCR-FO, who “learned with satisfaction»Olivier Dussopt’s decision. Some silver lining.

SEE ALSO – How the Covid blew up the Social Security accounts

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Eating four eggs a week is healthy for your heart

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How many eggs can I eat a week? If there is a food in which the frequency of consumption recommendations have varied more, it is the egg. Years ago it was advised not to exceed two weeks a week and it was attributed the responsibility of raising cholesterol. In recent times, scientific evidence has been showing that its influence on blood cholesterol was little and that its nutritional benefits were much more, so that, in healthy people, up to one a day could be consumed without problems. Now, an international investigation, the most exhaustive that has been published to date on egg consumption and cardiovascular health, in which the CIBEROBN participates, has concluded that the consumption of four eggs a week is healthy for your heart.

The study, published in the “European Journal of Clinical Nutrition”, has been carried out by ten experts from universities in Italy, Poland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Spain. Among them, Miguel A. Martínez González and Estefanía Toledo from the University of Navarra.

The research concludes that there are no risks to maintain a habitual consumption of up to four eggs a week. Even eating an egg a day on average was not associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, except for heart failure and only in studies that had been carried out in the US or those that had been carried out among those who were previously diabetics.

“To the diabetics they should be recommended to maintain consumptions of up to 4 eggs a week, but no more ”, explains Estefanía Toledo, a researcher at CIBEROBN.

The study, which analyzes all the scientific evidence accumulated so far on the egg, has taken into account the data of 39 investigations, with a total of 1.8 million participants.

Antioxidant and antimicrobial functions

“The bottom line is that there is probably no serious scientific reason to discourage egg consumption in the general population,” explains Toledo. “Except for the aforementioned adverse relationship – only present in diabetics and only in Americans – for heart failure, for all other aspects of cardiovascular disease (heart attacks, strokes, cardiovascular deaths, total cardiovascular disease), egg consumption tends to be protective rather than harmful», He emphasizes.

Estefanía Toledo clarifies that these results allow to defend that most of the population can maintain a consumption of up to 4 eggs a week. «It is speculated that the controversy that some study conducted in the US it could be because the egg is usually accompanied there by other less healthy foods like bacon, especially at breakfast. It is not clear that it will have these adverse effects when it is part of a healthy eating pattern such as the traditional Mediterranean eating pattern.

The expert adds that there are many positive aspects of this food, “a source of high quality protein and many micronutrients with beneficial effects, such as antioxidant and antimicrobial functions. In addition, it has other advantages due to its great culinary versatility and its affordable price ”.

The international research includes experts from the universities of Catania, Copenhagen, Jagelónica de Cracovia, Insubria de Varesse, Ersmus de Rotterdam, Bern, Harvard and Navarra.

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CO2 labeling of food: muesli with a climate crisis

The petitions committee of the Bundestag advises on Monday about CO2 labeling of food. There are no simple solutions.

A good breakfast: delicious and healthy – but also climate neutral? Photo: dpa

BERLIN taz | How much climate crisis do I add to my muesli in the morning? Is my guilty conscience really necessary at the barbecue evening? There will soon be an answer to such agonizing questions, at least the initiators of a petition that will be discussed on Monday in the responsible committee of the Bundestag hope: a CO2-Labelling of food.

That doesn’t sound bad: When customers see how much CO2 If there is quark in a cup (because of the milk and the associated methane and nitrous oxide emissions from the cattle), even the vegetarian gets the quark ball stuck in the throat. Not to mention meat or cheese.

The climate-conscious buyer quickly reaches for a soy or oat drink. At least that’s what the company Oatly, which produces such drinks, hopes – and which started this petition last year with a large advertising campaign. “Hey, Bundestag!”, It was then said in full-page advertisements, you have to talk about it – because 57,067 people had signed.

And that’s how it should come on Monday. The committee will hear the petition and the reasoning that the food industry accounts for around 25 percent of all greenhouse gases. And that as a responsible consumer you should be able to choose what you expect from your mouth and the atmosphere.

The carbon footprint depends on many factors

The idea is sure to be well received from many sides. Many climate protectors are paying less attention to meat and animal products, many scientists who research the climate every day are now eating vegetarian food. However, experts also point out that it is not that easy with a label. Because how big the CO2-Footprint is also related to the transport: A liter of milk from Bavaria can have good values ​​at first – if it is carted to Hamburg, it looks quite different. How is that supposed to depict a simple, easy-to-read seal? And what about regional, ecological and social aspects?

It’s not that easy. Perhaps the experts at the hearing will have ideas about this. Or after appearing in the petitions committee, a few clever people sit down and make a proposal. Even if it was only to save the mood with the muesli.

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The better off we are, the more we spend on our car and less on our house

Transport and housing are radically reversed depending on the standard of living, according to the latest Focus from INSEE.

Households spend differently, and not in the same areas, depending on their standard of living.
Households spend differently, and not in the same areas, depending on their standard of living. Lucky Business/luckybusiness – stock.adobe.com

It is certainly obvious, but some truths deserve to be recalled: the French are not equal in terms of transport and housing. And not only because of where they live in the area and their lifestyle choices. According to the latest INSEE Focus on 2017 figures (but which remain valid), it appears that these two consumption items are radically reversed depending on the standard of living.

“In France, housing represents on average 22% of expenditure by the poorest households (1is quintile of standard of living) and thus constitutes their first item of consumption, ahead of home food (18%), transport (14%) and various goods and services such as insurance, hairdressers, etc. (14%), indicates the institute. For the 20% of the wealthiest households, transport represents the first item of expenditure (18% of their budget), ahead of various goods and services (16%) and food (14%). Housing is only their fourth expense item (12%). ”

In other words, the richer you are, the more money you put in your car and the less you spend on your house. And reciprocally. The reason? It is partly due to the fact that the most modest are more often tenants (62% in the 1is income quintile, compared to 20% in the 5e) and that the weight of housing expenditure in a category of households depends on the proportion of owners (buyers or not) and tenants who compose it.

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Second wave crisis, like the virus

Towards the end of the holidays, the owner of a central bar in Maó (Menorca) made a very pertinent comment in relation to the effects that the coronavirus pandemic. He tourism sector, fundamental in the Balearic Islands, is one of the most affected. He was not referring only to the undeniable effects that covid-19 has and is having in this year’s summer campaign, but also to the second derivative, as if of a new wave of the virus it will be.

The impact on hostelry, he Commerce, the airlines& mldr; it is undeniable so far. The statistics reveal it. For example, him Barcelona-El Prat airport recorded a 79.5% drop in passengers in August, in the middle of the summer season. And, if what we want is to ‘touch’ reality, just take a walk through downtown Maó or through Barcelona, ​​a leading tourist city. We found hotels closed; those that are open, with very few guests, establishments with the sign of “in traspaso & rdquor; or “for sale & rdquor; and few, very few, tourists. And the majority, national. Lucky for them.

But the owner of the bar insisted, not on the damage already caused, which no one can deny and the extent of which is still unknown. “The executive or manager who spends 15,000 or 20,000 euros on a villa and a boat to spend a few days in Menorca has continued to come because the money he (still) earned last year is being spent. The problem will be next summer, in which they will affect him 2020 losses. Then you probably decide not to come. We will then see how nautical and other businesses close & rdquor ;, he affirmed convinced and pessimistic. And let’s not even talk about those who lack that economic capacity.

These would be the so-called second-round effects, such as when the price of a certain raw material rises and then, sooner rather than later, products made with it and derivatives thereof do so. A crisis like the current one, arising from an abrupt halt in activity and, therefore, of the offer, ends up also affecting the demand, which is also reduced.

Less business with benefits, more with losses, less employment, less family income and therefore less consumption, either due to the loss of the job or in prevention before that possibility. A negative chain reaction occurs. This is what must be avoided at all costs, because the longer the crisis lasts, the more damage it will cause and the more it will cost to overcome it. Just look back a decade, with the financial crisis that exploded in 2008. Considering what has been seen, the current one can be –it is already being- much worse. And even more if the pandemic worsens. Aren’t they more than enough reasons for politicians stop sterile fighting and agree on measures to avoid a economic hecatomb?

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What are the real numbers of social fraud?

THE CHEKING PROCESS – While the evaluations range from 140 million euros to 30 billion, difficult to navigate! Even the Court of Auditors is unable to put forward an estimate.

“What can't be reliably encrypted, well we don't.  Our priority is to examine duly substantiated facts ”, declared the first president of the Court of Auditors, Pierre Moscovici.
«What can’t be reliably encrypted, well we don’t. Our priority is the examination of duly substantiated facts», Declared the first president of the Court of Auditors, Pierre Moscovici. Delphotostock – stock.adobe.com

For months the controversy has swelled over the extent of social benefit fraud, between defenders and detractors of the French system, one of the most generous in the world. Tuesday, when submitting its report on the subject, the Court of Auditors declared itself unable to quantify the fraud. “What can’t be reliably encrypted, well we don’t. Our priority is the examination of duly substantiated facts“, Kicked in touch Pierre Moscovici, first president of the Court of Auditors. Others, however, have tried this delicate exercise, but with results which vary in a ratio of 1 to 100!

The first to have launched a paving stone in the pond is the magistrate specialized in the tax and social fraud Charles Prats, who leaves these days the “Cartel of the Frauds” (ed. Ring, to be released September 17). Denouncing a “state scandal”, Charles Prats, set fire to the powder in December 2018, claiming that 14 billion euros in social benefits

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Coop, the pandemic changes the habits of Italians but the attention to food remains

Consumption outside the home collapsed by three decades, the rediscovery of raw materials and more attention to food safety. This is the photograph taken by the Coop 2020 Report on the Economy, Consumption, and Lifestyles of Italians.

On the economic front, the Italians – highlights the study prepared by the Ancc Coop Research Office – are still today the most pessimistic in Europe: 38% think they will have to face serious economic problems in 2021 and among these 60% fear that they will have to dent their savings or be forced to ask the government, friends, relatives or banks for financial help.

Covid has also had the effect of a time machine on lifestyles. On the one hand, there is the Italy of renunciations with the decline in GDP per capita to the levels of the mid-1990s and travel spending dragged back 45 years to the levels of 1975. To abandon the planned idea of ​​having a child due to the health emergency is 36% of young people between 18 and 34 years of age compared to 17% of French and even 14% of Germans, with the risk of losing 30,000 births in 2021. Marriages, transfers, house purchases and the opening of new businesses are among the postponed or canceled projects, choices that involved a total of 84% of Italians. On the other hand, smartworking (+ 770% compared to a year ago), e-grocery (+ 132% online food purchases), digitalization in the private sphere but also in professional activities (teaching, services, health).

Food becomes “homemade, digital, safe and sustainable”. Italians do not give up on food shopping and only 31% say they want to buy cheaper packaged consumer products (last year it was 50%). The trend is reversed with respect to the escape from the stove recorded in recent years. Thanks to the lockdown, the Italians put their hands in the dough also in the postcovid sector, causing a strong growth in the sales of basic ingredients (+ 28.5% in large-scale distribution on an annual basis) against the contraction of ready meals (-2.2%) . After the boom of the months of blockade there is no sign of decreasing the rush to online shopping. Finally, the development of the green economy is one of the trends, with Italians in first place in Europe (27%) for the purchase of sustainable and eco-friendly products.

«There is no doubt – commented the CEO of Coop Italia, Maura Latini – that Covid has changed the behavior of Italians as the Report tells us. We are comforted to find in these changes the confirmations on trends already identified by Coop and on which we are strongly positioning ourselves, also distinguishing ourselves from competitors: the green sensitivity of the Italians in the first place on which we are investing a lot and which we have seen reconfirmed also during and after the lockdown in our internal data ».



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