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A woman on a bicycle by the river Seine

No cars please, we’re Parissienne.

Tonight’s music video is “Letter From Down the Road … And Other Things” by Della Mae from their album This World Oft Can Be. I discovered Della Mae at SXSW where they performed a stunning cover of “Factory Girl” at the Grammy Museum’s Rolling Stones Tribute last Friday.

Grist reports that Paris is taking extreme steps to fight smog:

Unseasonably warm weather has triggered unprecedented air pollution levels in Paris. Over the weekend, the city responded by offering free public transportation and bike sharing. (Similar measures were taken throughout nearby Belguim, which also reduced speed limits.) But that wasn’t enough to fix the problem, so Paris and 22 surrounding areas are taking more extreme steps, banning nearly half of vehicles from their roads.

Private cars and motorcycles with even registration numbers will be barred from the streets on Monday. Unless the air quality improves quickly and dramatically, odd registration numbers will be banned from the roads on Tuesday. Electric vehicles and hybrids will be exempted, as will any cars carrying at least three people. About 700 police officers will be stationed at checkpoints, handing out $31 (€22) fines to violators.

Of course this has been tried in places like Mexico City with decidedly mixed results.

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Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and