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Trusting Science Over Air Conditioning at Athletes' Village

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In preparation for the 2024 Olympics in Paris, Mayor Anne Hidalgo emphasizes the importance of trusting scientific principles to combat extreme temperatures without relying on traditional air conditioning methods. The athletes' village for the upcoming Games has been meticulously designed to incorporate sustainable practices, such as utilizing a cooling system that draws water from underground and strategically orientating building facades to minimize direct sun exposure, all in an effort to maintain comfortable temperatures even during high heat.

Hidalgo's stance on prioritizing science and sustainability aligns with the organizers' goal of significantly reducing the carbon footprint compared to previous Olympic Games. However, this "green" initiative has sparked disagreements among various Olympic committees, with nations like Australia, Brazil, Canada, and Norway advocating for the inclusion of air conditioning in all athletes' rooms due to concerns over potential heat discomfort. Despite differing opinions, Hidalgo remains firm in her commitment to creating a sustainable environment, envisioning the athletes' village as a long-term neighborhood for Parisiens post-Games.

While some delegations, like the German Olympic Committee, show confidence in the effectiveness of the cooling systems implemented in the athletes' village, others have opted to explore additional air conditioning options. The contrasting viewpoints highlight the ongoing debate between embracing sustainable practices and catering to immediate comfort needs. Ultimately, the Paris 2024 Olympics serve as a platform where environmental consciousness and athletic well-being intersect, prompting discussions about the balance between tradition and innovation in hosting major sporting events.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09