France: Public physically move climate change protesters
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Climate activists have damaged the snow cannons of a French ski resort in a bid to stop the “wasteful pastime for rich people” in the name of energy saving. The Les Gets ski resort reported power cables of two of its snow cannons were cut overnight by climate activists against the practice of artificial snow.
Damages to the snow cannons amounted to over £2,600.
Benjamin Mugnier, marketing director of SaGets which manages the ski area, said: “They sabotaged our work tools.”
He told broadcaster France3: “We’re doing all we can to best accommodate the many tourists during this period, which is also difficult because of the lack of snow.
“It saddens us to see something like this in the middle of the holidays.”
Though its logo was used in spray paint over one of the two cannons with the saying “No skiing without snow”, Extinction Rebellion have denied they had anything to do with the act.
So-called “ski bashing” has been increasing in France as ski resorts struggle to cope with changing climate conditions.
Jean-Luc Boch, the president of the National Association of Mountain Resort Mayor, told Le Figaro: “There is a real problem of ski bashing, of misunderstanding the economic model that sustains our territories.
“It has become complicated, we have to deal with extreme movements.”
He said his resort provides the economy with 400,000 direct and indirect jobs.
Climate change activists and scientists have been warning extreme weather conditions will become more and more the norm.
This year’s tumultuous weather is set to become the new “norm” — heralding “stark challenges” for nature if mitigating steps against climate change are not taken, the National Trust has warned.
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The last twelve months saw a warm January, back-to-back storms in February, and dry spring leading into a summer of record-breaking temperatures of up to 104.5F (40.3C), a lengthy heatwave and a drought that still endures in parts of the country.
The last few weeks, meanwhile, have seen a cold snap hit the UK bringing freezing temperatures, snow and ice.
The weather seen this year has led to many UK wildlife struggling to cope with extreme conditions.
According to the National Trust, the last twelve months have seen a number of wildfires on their land, devastating areas of Baggy Point in north Devon, Bolberry Down in south Devon, Studland in Dorset and Zennor Head in Cornwall.
At Studland, Trust experts said, fire has destroyed the homes of the silver blue butterfly, rare sand lizards and smooth snakes, while recent rains at Baggy Point have created large gullies, washing ash and soil down the slopes and impeding the land’s ability to regenerate.
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In contrast, the lack of rain over the summer has disorientated bats, impacted the breeding of various creatures from butterflies and birds to rare species like natterjack toads — and led to a shorter flowering season that has made life difficult for pollinators.
Meanwhile, a perfect storm of gales, torrential rains and tidal surges on Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland washed away the nests of multiple tern colonies at what the National Trust has called “a critical point in the breeding cycle”.
This year’s drought has also been reported to have caused problems for National Trust gardens, with lawns drying up and plants in summer borders going over earlier than normal.
The Trust also noted that tenant farmers in some areas have struggled with a lack of grass of livestock and the temperatures stunting the growth of arable crops.
The drought also helped contribute to the “false” autumn seen across much of the country which resulted in an early leaf drop.
However, the Trust said, the stress caused to the trees has helped the UK experience a bumper year for many species of berries and nuts.
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