When Autolib’ launched, Varin says he told staff: “Warn your families, this whole thing could be a complete disaster.” But the Paris scheme appears to have cleared its early hurdles and now, he says, the chief logistical problems are keeping the cars clean (“This is Paris; people aren’t always public-spirited”), ensuring cars are distributed evenly across the network (a problem partly solved by offering free rentals to members willing to take cars where they’re needed), and pigeons. “We had not altogether counted,” says Varin, “on the workload Paris’s pigeons would represent for a fleet of 2,000-plus cars …” … [Read more...] about Electric ‘Boris cars’ are coming to London – how do they work in Paris?
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These days, the construction of virtually all mainstream pop albums is exactly the same. A huge and varied array of writers is assembled. By law, this array must include at least one artist who was big in the 90s, someone unlikely from a critically acclaimed alt-rock band, a couple of hip-hop/R&B producers, a cabal of shadowy Scandinavian pop auteurs whose presence leaves the album credits looking like IFK Göteborg’s starting XI, and Sia Furler. Song submissions are elicited, choices are made, a finished product delivered. … [Read more...] about Carly Rae Jepsen: Emotion review – near-perfect pop with one major flaw
"This should not come as a surprise," ACEA commented, explaining that the sales drop followed a year-on-year surge of 31.2 percent registered in August when cars were not compliant with new emissions standards introduced on September 1 and were sold at huge discounts. … [Read more...] about EU car sales slump as new test cycle kicks in
The generally sparse scoring at least means that a great deal of Proulx's text gets across in the performance, but that's a mixed blessing. There are far too many words: her original short story is a model of economy, but where most librettists pare down their sources, Proulx too often expands hers, adding explanations and back story, even whole scenes, that are not to be found in her original narration. Some subsidiary characters just aren't needed, and though the opera is played straight through, in two acts of 11 scenes each without an interval, the pacing is uneven and the drama sometimes holds fire just when it needs to be moving remorselessly on. … [Read more...] about Brokeback Mountain – review
Christiana Figueres, a former executive secretary of the UN’s framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC), hailed the draft Spanish law as “an excellent example of the Paris agreement”. She added: “It sets a long-term goal, provides incentives on scaling up emissions technologies and cares about a good transition for the workforce.” … [Read more...] about Spain plans switch to 100% renewable electricity by 2050