Paris Establishes New Pollution Measures As Temperatures Rises


Parisian officials have established several new measures intended to staunch the effect of pollution in an scenario where much of Europe tries to cope with a record heat wave.

Thursday, the Parisian government put new restrictions on motorists traveling throughout the capital; residents are urges to leave their cars parked in order to reduce pollution of the air. The government also put an alternating ban on driving into play, limiting which fuel-inefficent vehicles could drive on a given day. Some areas have also seen a reduced speed limit or have diverted the routes of shipping vehicles.

Anne Hidalgo, mayor for the City of Lights, stated that Vélib', the city-wide bike-share program, and residential parking, would be free on Wednesday and Thursday. RATP, a regional transport network, has cut fares for two consecutive days; all-day passes for Paris and its surrounding suburbs was seen going for €3.80. Normally, an all-day pass covering each of Paris' five zones would go for €24.50.

As far as the pollution issues are concerned, 30 different departments across the entire country put out an alert for excessive levels of ozone, with several other cities responding similarly to Paris; Marseille's regional government has reduced its speed limits by 20 km/hr while Lille has cut the cost of fares for its own regional transport network.

The rising heat that France and the rest of Europe are currently contending with has already set records throughout the continent.

  • This June marks the first time since '95 that Britain has seen a five-day span of temperatures above 30°C; notably, west London saw a new record temperature of 33.9°, beating previous records from '76.
  • The heat within Portugal has contributed to ongoing forest fires, even though the primary blaze has been thoroughly quenched. The continued burning can be attributed to the temperatures that have overextended the work of firefighters.
  • Italian forecasters believe that the temperatures connected to this heat wave could reach the records not seen in over a decade. Temperatures are currently averaging 8° above the average, with Milan seeing temperatures around 39°.
  • Despite being known as a land of fierce chill and bone-freezing temperatures, even Siberia is seeing ice-melting temperatures as high as 37° in Krasnoyarsk.

American readers can convert Celsius into Fahrenheit by multiplying the temperature by nine-fifths and then adding 32 to the sum total; thus 39°C equals 102.2°F.

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