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France: huge demand for electric car lease scheme

France: huge demand for electric car lease scheme

Traffic on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. The government said the scheme had received more than 90,000 applications by the end of January. Photograph: Anadolu/Getty Images By Kim Willsher Tue 13 Feb 2024 12.23 GMT Minister says scheme to help low-income households and...

Deep Retrofits

Deep Retrofits

How Canada can climate-proof more than half a million homes A report from Pembina Institute says weak regulations and a skilled labour shortage are creating a retrofit bottleneck BY GAYE TAYLOR FEBRUARY 12, 2024 Weak regulations, low demand, and a lack of skilled...

Britain: Happy, Healthy Commune

Britain: Happy, Healthy Commune

It was a total leap of faith’ … the residents of Cannock Mill. Photograph: Jill Mead/The Guardian ‘We just held hands and jumped!’ How one of Britain’s happiest, healthiest communes was built It took 13 years of dreaming, peril and hard graft before the first...

Uruguay’s green power revolution

Uruguay’s green power revolution

A wind farm in Florida, Uruguay. Up to 98% of the country’s power comes from renewables. Photograph: Alessandro Cinque Uruguay’s green power revolution: rapid shift to wind shows the world how it’s done Stung by 2008’s oil price spike, Uruguay now produces up to 98%...

Factory-Built Homes

Factory-Built Homes

Why Do We Build Houses in the Same Way That We Did 125 Years Ago? By Binyamin Appelbaum Photographs by Zeke Bogusky Mr. Appelbaum is a member of the editorial board. He reported this story from Buena Vista, Colo. Mr. Bogusky is a photographer based in Boulder, Colo....

Missing Middle Housing Solutions for Vancouver

Missing Middle Housing Solutions for Vancouver

TOMO HOUSE OFFERS MISSING MIDDLE SOLUTIONS IN VANCOUVER By Jay Fox Vancouver is facing an affordability crisis. With housing prices rising faster than income in the British Columbia city, the need for more diversity in housing choices for middle-income households has...