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A SERIES OF ARTICLES ON THE HAUTES-ALPES (2018)

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1. DRIVING SAFELY TOWARDS GLOBAL WARMING (5/2018) for free  PDF (€1.00)  eBook (.epub and .mobi) (€1.50)

2. SUMMERS OF SHEEP (6/2018) for free  PDF (€1.00)  eBook (.epub and .mobi) (€1.50)

3. THE LOWNESS OF LARGE LANDOWNERS ON TOP OF THE HAUTES-ALPES (COURTESY OF FRENCH LEGISLATORS) (7/2018) for free  PDF (€2.00)  eBook (.epub and .mobi) (€3.00)

4. UNWELCOMED WILD MIGRANTS (10/2018) for free  PDF (€2.00)  eBook (.epub and .mobi) (€3.00)

In the Hautes-Alpes in southern France as in other parts of the world, one can always focus on environmental and social accomplishments: the adequate protection of certain wildlife species; the welcoming of foreign migrants within organized groups and families; the efforts made by small farmers and consumers to sustain organic farming; the collection and treatment of compost at the municipal level; etc. But the scope of these accomplishments remains limited. They are never part of a lifestyle that could be considered truly balanced from economic and environmental standpoints. We don’t need to impose this lifestyle on others, but we need to be able to lead it without obstacles put in our way by hateful opponents. Prevailing trends, namely the immense social inequity rooted in our economic and legal systems and environmental mismanagement, stand in our way. In order to liberate people who want it from these scourges, we have to identify and explain them as clearly as possible. It helps us minimize cooperation with the insane established order and implement solutions consistent with both our needs as human beings and the needs of our environment. These are the two goals of this series of articles on the Hautes-Alpes.

THE EUROPEAN UNION OF WATER POLLUTERS (11/2017)

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USUALLY, NEITHER JOURNALISTS NOR SCIENTISTS TELL YOU THE TRUTH about the law of the European Union (EU) related to the quality of groundwater and surface water. Typically, they merely address small fragments of the law. They focus neither on the core of the law nor its critical elements. Within the EU, the commercial, financial, judicial, industrial and political ruling classes all have a vested interest in downplaying or hiding water pollution due to EU law. I explore the hidden depths of this law. I emphasize key legal paragraphs responsible for continuing pollution of groundwater and surface water and for the countless aquatic ecosystems in poor environmental conditions. I give examples of the impacts of that toxic law in a river basin district I know well for having lived there for years: Artois-Picardie in northern France. I sometimes look at other basins within the EU. Lawmakers knowingly mislead people into believing that their law protects water quality. I clarify the content of that law so that everyone could understand how it perpetuates the unacceptable poisoning of our common source of life.