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olympics.com | The Olympic Games of Paris 2024, 26 July-11 August
"Hosting the biggest event in the world is going to change our country—it's inevitable."
euronews | Paris plans river cleanup ahead of 2024 Olympics (07.04.23): "The Paris City Hall is aiming to lift the 1923 swimming ban by 2025 if all projects go to plan."
le monde | Macron promises to swin in Seine to show off Olympic clean up (01.03.24): "Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo also said she would take a dip in the Paris river, which French authorities have spent €1.4 billion on for upgrades."
metro | Parisians to 'take a sh*t' in seine ahead of Olympic games (27.05.24):"The hashtag #JeChieDansLaSeineLe23Juin, began trending on X last week after she announced the date of her dip."
bfmtv | 50.000 cubic meters of waste water dischard into the river Seine because of broken pumps in the Yvelines, 2 June
Une quantité astronomique de lingettes. On traite 14 millions de mètres cubes d'eau usée par an à la station d'épuration de Neuville-sur-Oise et malheureusement on retrouve des choses qui ne devraient pas être là", soulève Didier Moers, directeur général des services du SIARP.
ChatGPT | Unsafe levels of E. coli found in Paris' Seine River less than 2 months before Olympics, 15 June "colony-forming units"
after persistent heavy rain in Paris, showed bacteria such as E. coli and enterococci beyond limits judged safe for athletes. The report was published by monitoring group Eau de Paris one day after a senior International Olympic Committee executive said there were "no reasons to doubt" races will go ahead as scheduled in a historic downtown stretch of the Seine near the Eiffel Tower.
Earlier this week, Paris' mayor Anne Hidalgo doubled down on her promise to take a dip in the river before the start of the competition. On Tuesday, she confirmed that her swim was postponed until after the snap elections in France, which end on July 7.
by Cat on Mon Jun 17th, 2024 at 12:46:26 AM EST
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axios | Seine remains too polluted to host swimming events at Paris Olympics, 21 June
Paris region official Marc Guillaume said at a press conference Friday. However, he said he was "confident" the swimming events would go forward as planned, noting that heavy rains recently had hurt the results and likely don't reflect the weather anticipated for the Games' opening on July 26. "At one point or another, the weather will change, it's going to stop raining, and we're going to have sunshine ... It is in summer conditions that we must be able to examine swimmability," he added.
by Cat on Sat Jun 22nd, 2024 at 02:09:25 PM EST
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U.S. Olympic and other teams will bring their own AC units to Paris, undercutting environmental plan, 22 June
The U.S. Olympic team is one of a handful that will supply air conditioners for its athletes at the Paris Games in a move that undercuts organizers' plans to cut carbon emissions.
AU, CA, DE, IT, UK, US: 5 of 9 heads of the G7
"As you can imagine, this is a period of time in which consistency and predictability is critical for Team USA's performance," U.S. Olympic and Paralympic CEO Sarah Hirshland said.
"I want the Paris Games to be exemplary from an environmental point of view," Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has said about the plans for the Olympics.
needs mo' better applied Sciences of the Artificial
According to the International Energy Agency [IEA], fewer than 1 in 10 [< 10%] households in Europe has air conditioning, and the numbers in Paris are lower than that [< 10%]. The study said that of the 1.6 billion AC units in use across the globe in 2016 [?!], more than half were in China (570 million) and the United States (375 million). The entire European Union had around 100 million.
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by Cat on Sun Jun 23rd, 2024 at 08:12:47 PM EST
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