Monday, June 27, 2016

Air Pollution: Paris announces the creation of a “global urban observatory” – Les Echos

the report of the public Health agency France, released last week, aurait- it permi to make things happen? It was announced that the pollution from fine particles was losing at least 15 months of life expectancy in cities. Worse, no fewer than 48,000 deaths are caused each year in France, these substances emitted by industry, agriculture, transport, heating especially from fossil fuels.

This is only slightly less than alcohol, second cause of death in the hexagon with 49,000 deaths per year.

Still, that the Socialist Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and the president LR of the Grand Paris (PGM) Patrick Ollier, announced Monday the creation of a “global Urban Observatory” that will broadcast the “innovative solutions” to fight against the “scourge” of air pollution. This observatory dubbed GUAPO (Global Urban Air Pollution Observatory) could be operational by the end of the year. This observatory will aim to share knowledge on air pollution and its effects, identify the progress made by the participating cities and share best practice.

Seven million people killed each year in the world

the world health Organization is associated with this initiative qualified as “huge contribution to the cause of public health “said Maria Neira, Director of public Health and Environment WHO. She had just remembered that air pollution kills seven million people per year worldwide.

Membership in GUAPO will be offered to cities in the coming weeks including through networks of cities such as C40 (cities climate Leadership Group) that fight against climate change, including Ms. Hidalgo running for president.

it’s absolutely time to act. There is an ecological emergency, a public health imperative

Paris lodges an appeal to the European Court of Justice

“It’s absolutely time to act. There is an ecological emergency, a public health imperative, “commented Anne Hidalgo recalling also the number of deaths due to pollution.

She also noted that Paris had formally filed an appeal with the European Court of Justice with the aim to overturn a recent decision of the European Commission to increase the allowed thresholds ‘diesel emissions, it calls a “license to pollute” .Other European cities use the same deposit by 20 July when some 4,600 people associate them individually through the site according to the city.

Anne Hidalgo also recalled the decisions, controversial ban in the capital July 1 of the most polluting vehicles to cars and closing in September lanes on right bank of river banks.

A metropolitan assistance to artisans wanting to replace a polluting vehicle

The majority of the right of the MGP Friday adopted a vow, at the initiative of the Republicans to demand a moratorium on draft river banks. The city passed a vow on enlargement “studies the neighboring departments,” has insisted Monday Patrick Ollier. “We have to be constructive to the challenge that must be met, that of public health. We must implement the teaching necessary to reassure those who are worried, “he said.

have to be constructive in relation to challenge that must be met, that of public health

the group Republicans of Paris Council is also seized of the announcement of the creation of this global observatory to request a “measurement campaign” on pollution and nuisance “before, during and after” the project embankment roads. The president of the MGP has announced a metropolitan assistance to artisans wanting to replace a polluting vehicle and the establishment of a “bike plan” Metropolitan to create a network of cycle paths.

Source AFP

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