Paris is suffering from the worst air pollution in 10 years with thick toxic smoke clouds blanketing the city skyline.
In a bid to cut smog levels, authorities have taken drastic measures, including making all its public transport free and clamping down on car traffic by banning those with odd-numbered license plates on one day and those with even numbers another.
Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris has taken to social media to stress the importance of the measures, tweeting a photo of the city, showing it covered in thick clouds of smog.
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) December 6, 2016
The measures come just days after Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens announced to ban diesel vehicles by 2025.
“Mayors have already stood up to say that the climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face,” said Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and new Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. “Today, we also stand up to say we no longer tolerate air pollution and the health problems and deaths it causes – particularly for our most vulnerable citizens. Big problems like air pollution require bold action, and we call on car and bus manufacturers to join us.”
Airparif, the institution in charge of monitoring pollution in the city noted that it has recorded readings of PM10 at more than 80 microgrammes per cubic metre of air particles for over a week.
PM10 is particulate matter 10 micrometers or less in diameter, can penetrate the deepest part of the lungs such as the bronchioles or alveoli