Category Archives: Spain

Madrid reactivates anti-air pollution protocol 

The Madrid City Hall on Tuesday reactivated its anti-air pollution protocol and advised it would step up to level two of the protocol and its subsequent restrictions on traffic after levels of over 180 micrograms of nitrogen dioxide per cubic … Continue reading

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Air pollution in Barcelona rises by 48% on public transport strike days, study reveals

Air quality in the Spanish city of Barcelona deteriorates by as much as 48% during public transport strikes, researchers have found. The study found that alterations in public transport could trigger a rise in the number of private vehicle trips, which in … Continue reading

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Madrid to ban old cars by 2025 in crackdown on air pollution

Madrid’s city government announced plans on Monday to ban the oldest and most polluting vehicles from the city centre by 2025 in a bid to crackdown on air pollution. The local government will prohibit the use within the city’s limits … Continue reading

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Barcelona to ban old cars from roads to tackle air pollution 

Motorists will be prohibited from driving vehicles older than 20 years on weekdays from 2019 in effort to cut emissions Barcelona will ban cars that are older than 20 years from the roads during the week to cut traffic emissions … Continue reading

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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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