Pollution: fine particle alert in Haute-Garonne

The Haute-Garonne prefecture triggered the PM10 suspension particle warning procedure (the diameter of which is less than 10 micrometers) on Sunday, the air quality observatory in Occitan announced in a statement. , Atmo Occitanie.

In this department, the speed was reduced for the day of 20 km / h on roads and highways, according to a tweet from the prefecture.

"The main cause of this pollution is the 'accumulation of suspended particles due to a very stable atmosphere and low wind', explains Atmo Occitanie

"These particles can be emitted by road traffic, heating devices, industries, or can to be of natural origin, "observes the observatory in its communiqué.

The episode of pollution also affects the Tarn department, but at a lower level, the department being placed in information procedure.

the general population, the authorities recommend reducing intense physical activity and sports, and for the vulnerable to avoid traveling along major highways and their surroundings at peak periods.

France: the cold wave could be accompanied by a pollution spike

The cold has not come alone … Since February 21, 2018, France shivers and this is just the beginning. Extremely low temperatures are expected throughout the country from the beginning of next week, they can reach – 10 ° C in the North and East. They are the result of an anticyclone above Scandinavia that propels us to icy cold air from Russia. A current called "Moscow-Paris" by specialists. But this air that flows through Europe drains with it the pollutants it recovers, mostly fine particles that come to pile up in the skies of the hexagon.

Two difficult days, a sequel uncertain

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 and Thursday 22, France has experienced a peak pollution fine particles over much of its territory, especially over large cities such as Paris, Bordeaux or Marseille. This episode coincided with the decision of the Administrative Court of Paris, which annulled on Wednesday the pedestrianization of the riverbank lanes in the center of the capital, the flagship measure of the socialist mayor to fight against pollution. the air. On February 23, 2018 the situation improved overall in Paris, Bordeaux but remains above the information limit in a small north-west of the country and in the Rhone Valley. For the weekend, "l levels of particulate concentrations in France will be moderate to fairly high with locally possible exceedances of the information threshold and possible recommendations on a large northwestern quarter of the country " estimates the national prediction platform for air quality, PREV'AIR .

On the other hand, next week could take place a new episode of pollution with fine particles with a " flow from North-East to East which should be accentuated in an environment more and more cold", warns the body . To Europe's imported pollution will be added local particulate emissions: with the cold more people are taking their vehicles and the heaters are running at full speed.

China Becomes The Country With The Most Deadly Air Pollution In The World

The global issue that continues to be a concern is air pollution. The World Health Organization (WHO) says 5.5 million people die from air pollution each year.

Quoted from The Independent on Wednesday (14/2/2018), Imperial College London respiratory specialist Professor Kian Fan Chung said, China and India are the two most polluting countries in the world.

"The most polluted areas are in China and India and also in some other parts of the world," Chung said.

Chung calls air pollution in London beyond the normal limit set by the EU. Even so, pollution in London is nothing compared to major cities in China and India like Beijing and New Delhi.

Among China and India, China is the country with the most deadly air pollution in the world. About 1.6 million people die from this pollution in China every year.

Related to this, the Chinese Government has promised to make their sky 'blue back'. One of them is by shifting the focus to new renewable energy than steel or coal.

The controversial thing that China has to say about it is their intention to limit the population of Beijing and Shanghai. China wants them to fight the so-called 'big city disease'.

As is known, the Beijing population will reach 23 million by 2020 while Shanghai will have a population of 25 million in 2035.

(rna / ita)

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Eight States of America Demands EPA for Air Pollution

Eight of the eastern states of America are demanding the Environmental Protection Agency, or the EPA and asking the agency to tighter air pollution control in some of the midwestern states of America because of the air pollution spreading eastwards.

New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, led the lawsuit, saying the President of Trump's administration failed to impose the necessary anti-pollution standards required by Congress for the western half of America.

"Millions of New Yorkers are forced to breathe unhealthy air due to air pollution and smoke coming from other parts of the world, "said Schneiderman.

New York – Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont are the states filing the lawsuit.

They want the court to overturn the EPA decision that excludes nine states in the middle west Americans who still use power plant centers

The area is part of the Clean Air Act that requires the states to control emissions from coal-fired power plants and other sources.

EPA chief Scott Pruitt refuses to add those countries into list of areas that must control the emissions of greenhouse gases. The EPA said it could not comment on the ongoing legal issue. [sp/ii]