Shots of freshness: 10 solutions to lower the temperature



► Marseille: in Catalans, we go to the beach in the evening “to breathe a little”

To escape the summer heat, the city of Marseille has decided to postpone the closing hours of its Catalans beach. The tongue of sand, which stretches a fifteen-minute walk from the Old Port, remains accessible until 10 p.m. on weekdays and all night on Saturday evening. On the still warm sand of the beach, holidaymakers and Marseillais come together to enjoy the cool of the evening.

► In Issy-les-Moulineaux, geothermal energy as a source of cold

This Hauts-de-Seine commune wishes to develop a collective cooling system using geothermal energy. Four wells 35 meters deep have already been dug in the “Issy Coeur de Ville” district, with the aim of successfully dispensing with individual air conditioning systems, which are very polluting.

► In the heart of Montpellier, a “dry” fountain creates life and links

In the popular Antigone district, the “dry” fountain on the Golden Number Square has become a benchmark. In periods of strong heat, the installation allows residents to enjoy an unexpected moment of freshness … or to chat with their neighbor, under the roar of the 41 water columns.

► During the holidays, the rental of swimming pools in full boom

A small above ground swimming poolat 10 € for half a day, an indoor swimming pool with “Sauna, hammam, gym and massage bench” at 100 €… there is something for all tastes and all budgets! In this period of pandemic, the rental of private swimming pools is very popular with the French, who can find themselves despite the restrictions.

►In Guadeloupe, we focus on trees

Forget the pergolas and canopies: in Guadeloupe, the inhabitants favor a more natural alternative, that of planting trees. Some, like the majestic tamarind tree, are true sources of freshness thanks to their dense foliage. But be careful to follow a few rules, because trees need space to thrive.

► Build in adobe to stay cool

Widely used in the Rhône-Alpes region until the 1950s and then abandoned, the construction of adobe houses is making a comeback. This ancestral technique, which consists of compacting clay soil in a formwork, guarantees great thermal comfort as well as low energy consumption.

Towards Compostela, a stop at the Saint-Roch chapel

From Le Puy-en-Velay, you have to travel 16 km on foot to get to Montbonnet, the first stage of the road to Compostela. A beautiful walk, for which the pilgrims are rewarded on their arrival at the Saint-Roch chapel. In this 13th century haven of freshnesse century, two associations welcome them and offer them bottles of water, as well as a moment of exchange and prayer.

The “Tierce forest” refreshes the summers of Aubervilliers

How to fight against urban heat islands? In Seine-Saint-Denis, the Foyer for young workers Alteralia, in Aubervilliers, has found the solution: an old car park converted into a shady garden, where the trees help to lower the temperatures. up to 6 ° in the event of extreme heat “, according to the architect of the project.

► In Brittany, hiking at nightfall

Every Wednesday in summer, at 7:30 p.m., walkers set off from the small village of Noyal-sous-Bazouges, in Ille-et-Vilaine. For two hours, seven kilometers will be traveled between hills and valleys where streams flow. Created twenty years ago, this “cool hike” organized by the Rando Bazouges association allows participants to enjoy nature and milder temperatures at nightfall.

► Val-de-Marne brings back a forgotten river

Let the Bièvre flow again to soften the effects of global warming: this is the project of the Val-de-Marne department, which plans to reopen this segment of the river between Arcueil and Gentilly in the near future. With the Verdon gorges as a model, where “When you walk there, you immediately feel the fresh effect of the water”, explains the project manager.

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