Category Archives: France

Sahara dust causes air pollution spike in Europe

A plume of Sahara dust that has blanketed parts of southern and central Europe in recent days caused a short, sharp spike in air pollution across the region, researchers said Tuesday. The European Commission’s Copernicus satellite monitoring program said measured … Continue reading

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Skies and snow turn orange as massive Saharan Dust load spreads across south-central Europe this weekend

A massive amount of Saharan Dust has advected across the Mediterranean into central Europe this weekend, thanks to the favorable pattern turning the jet stream into southerly directions. High dust concentrations have turned skies and snow to orange across southern … Continue reading

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European cities with the highest mortality due to air pollution

84% of the population in European cities is exposed to PM2.5 levels above the maximum recommended by the World Health Organization A new study has for the first time estimated the mortality burden attributable to Air Pollution in 1,000 European cities by ISGlobal … Continue reading

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Pollutionwatch: European air-quality map exposes dangers

From diesel-stricken Paris to coal-reliant Poland, study of pollution hotspots underlines need for reform The European Environment Agency has shed fresh light on the continent’s air quality. Following the prevailing winds from west to east there is a clear gradient, … Continue reading

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Sources of Air Pollution in Europe

Air pollutants are emitted from a range of both man-made and natural sources including: burning of fossil fuels in electricity generation, transport, industry and households; industrial processes and solvent use, for example in the chemical and mining industries; agriculture; waste … Continue reading

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Anchors away: Cannes bans cruise ships over air quality concerns

The Mediterranean resort town of Cannes, France’s fourth-biggest cruise ship port, will ban the most polluting cruise ships from next year in a bid to boost air quality in the city. The ban will target ships that do not respect … Continue reading

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Paris region bans cars and cuts Metro ticket prices over pollution spike

Tens of thousands of motorists in the Paris region were unable to take their cars to work on Tuesday after authorities took the step of banning vehicles due to a pollution spike linked to the arrival of the new heatwave. … Continue reading

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Paris bans old diesels to tackle pollution

Paris on Monday banned all diesel vehicles aged 13 years or over from the city centre, the latest move in a campaign to tackle pollution on the city’s streets. Diesel vehicles over 18 years old and petrol vehicles over 21 … Continue reading

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