Category Archives: Spain

From Oslo to Paris, these major cities have plans to go car-free

In late 2016, Madrid’s Mayor Manuela Carmena reiterated her plan to kick personal cars out of the city center. On Spanish radio network Cadena Ser, she confirmed that Madrid’s main avenue, the Gran Vía, will only allow access to bikes, … Continue reading

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Madrid and Barcelona issued EU ultimatum over pollution levels 

The European Commission has given Spain two months to comply with EU air pollution standards or face a hefty face. Spain was among five member states to be issued the ultimatum  for failing to address repeated breaches of air pollution … Continue reading

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Air quality on cruise ships ’20 times worse’ than in a busy city centre

Passengers on a cruise ship could be inhaling “60 times higher concentrations of harmful air pollutants ” than they would in natural air settings, Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU), a German environmental association, has warned. The air quality on board a cruise … Continue reading

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Luxembourg and much of Europe choke under freezing smog

Heavy pollution enveloping much of Europe prompted emergency measures across the continent on Tuesday. A toxic cocktail of extreme cold, no wind and heavy burning of coal and wood for heating has left many regions shrouded in smog. In many … Continue reading

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How European cities are trying to cut deadly air pollution 

As Paris steps up its crackdown on the city’s worst-polluting vehicles (in French), Euronews looks at what other European cities are doing to tackle the deadly problem. From today (Monday, January 16), the French capital will begin enforcing a scheme … Continue reading

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Madrid bans half of cars from roads to fight air pollution 

Odd- and even-numbered vehicles will swap use of roads in Spanish capital until smog eases Madrid has ordered half of most private cars off the roads on Thursday to tackle worsening air pollution, a first in Spain. The restrictions will … Continue reading

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Air pollution in Europe

France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain or Bosnia-Herzegovina…. All these countries, whether big or small, are being threatened with the same problem: air pollution. According to the World Health Organisation, this is now the environmental factor causing the greatest concern … Continue reading

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Traffic calming measures in Madrid: Madrid City Hall ups traffic-calming measures in bid to control pollution 

“Level 2” protocol will see parking restrictions for non-residents inside M-30 beltway until nitrogen dioxide levels fall High pollution levels in the Spanish capital will once again see Madrid City Hall impose traffic calming measures tomorrow, according to an announcement … Continue reading

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