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Contaminated cities: New figures deal fresh blow to Spain’s fight against air pollution

2017 data released by the government show slight spike in nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter Spain’s Ministry for Ecological Transition on Thursday released air quality data for 2017 that show a slight spike in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter … Continue reading

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SMOKESCREEN: 13 Spanish cities accused of cover-up over ‘dangerous’ air pollution

AN ENVIRONMENTAL group in Spain has claimed that 16 cities “regularly surpass” harmful levels of air pollution but only three have told their residents. Ecologistas en Accion claim that A Coruña, Aviles, Bailen, Barcelona, Granada, Huelva, Lleida, Madrid, Murcia, Puertollano, … 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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Air pollution, Europe’s largest environmental health hazard

Health issues surrounding air quality were brought into the spotlight this week with World Asthma Day, which takes place every year in May. There is no doubt that air pollution is unhealthy and that it aggravates conditions such as asthma. … 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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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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Green spaces improve schoolchildren’s mental development, study finds

Green spaces within and around city schools improve the mental development of young children, a study has found. The findings may partly be explained by reduced exposure to traffic pollution, experts believe. Other influences could include the psychological effect of … Continue reading

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Researchers detect students are exposed to high levels of air pollution during trips to school

Using a new smartphone app and air pollution sensor researchers from the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) have found that levels of air pollution were more than twice as high during the journeys to school (2.8 microgram/m3) than … Continue reading

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