Gemma Bloomfield & Shannon Holland

1. Determine the population of the country you have selected and any other facts/stats on your country that you deem relevant (geographic location, climate etc). A picture of the country’s flag should also be provided.
Capital: Paris.
Population total: 64,057,792
Climate: metropolitan France: generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean; occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as mistral
French Guiana: tropical; hot, humid; little seasonal temperature variation
Guadeloupe and Martinique: subtropical tempered by trade winds; moderately high humidity; rainy season (June to October); vulnerable to devastating cyclones (hurricanes) every eight years on average
Reunion: tropical, but temperature moderates with elevation; cool and dry (May to November), hot and rainy (November to April)

What is the overall environmental health status of your country? Identify a major landmark/area within your country that is experiencing environmental issues.
Current issues:
Some forest damage from acid rain; air pollution from industrial and vehicle emissions; water pollution from urban wastes, agricultural runoff
3. Discuss the human impacts that may lead to the environmental damage highlighted above.
Forest damage from acid rain/ Air pollution from industrial and vehicle emissions- humans impacts on this would be from all the chemicals and cars which humans use, all the chemicals would go up into the sky then come down as acid rain.
Water pollution from urban wastes- all the rubish we distribute and the chemicals from factories, would get in the gutters and run into the sea.

4. What strategies are the government bodies or other groups within your country implementing to combat the environmental issues?

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5. Are the strategies being implemented above going to make a significant difference? How/why? Is there another way they could combat the issue? What is your opinion?

6. Looking at the effects of climate change on a global scale, will your country be affected by a rise in sea levels? Discuss how the Antarctic melting may lead to dire effects on the land and broader population.
I don't think that France will realy be affected by rissing Sea Levels, unless it rises 14 feet. If you want information about the rising Sea Levels all over the world, enter this Hyper Link.
7. What is your country doing in regards to sustainable energy sources?
France is Europes second biggest producer of power, selling gas, electricity and services, so they need to find a sustainable source of energy badly. The leading producer is Germany. They had a Sustainable energy conference in France (Paris) on the 13 to the 15 of October, 2008, to try and inforce a law on the big energy companies.

Has your country signed on the Kyoto protocol?
Yes, France has signed the Kyotot protocol, because on the DVD An Inconvenient Truth, the only countries that hadn't were Australia and USA, and Australia digned it when Kevin Rudd became Prime Minister.