Category Archives: France

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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In legal first, court faults France over air pollution

A court on Tuesday (25 June) found the French state had failed to take sufficient steps to limit air pollution around Paris, a legal first in the country hailed by environmental campaigners as a victory for victims of dirty air. … Continue reading

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Air pollution hotspots in Europe

Big cities beset with gridlocked traffic, major regions producing coal, pockets of heavy industry encased by mountains—Europe’s air pollution hotspots are clearly visible from space on most sunny weekdays. All across the continent, tens of millions of people live and … Continue reading

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What are the ten towns with the worst air pollution in France?

Residents of Brittany and Normandy were warned this week that sand particles from the Sahara desert were adding to already high pollution levels in their regions. But where are the ten towns with the worst air pollution in France? Earlier … Continue reading

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