Keyword: pollution

The dirty side of sea travel

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The fast-expanding cruise ship fleets are forecast to carry 17.2 million passengers worldwide in 2018. © Reuters The fast-expanding cruise ship fleets are forecast to carry 17.2 million passengers worldwide in 2018. © Reuters

The expanding cruise ship industry estimates more than 27 million people worldwide will this year holiday on the giant vessels, some of which are longer than an aircraft carrier, often dwarfing the landscapes of the ports they dock in. Environmentalists warn that they also leave behind them a noxious blend of particulates and gases that represent a serious health risk to the populations of the locations they visit, the tip of the iceberg of the problem of pollution caused by maritime traffic. Dorothée Moisan reports on the dirty side of sea travel.

Paris aims to ban all petrol-fuelled vehicles by 2030

Paris City Hall said it is working towards a ban on petrol-powered vehicles in the capital by 2030, following its recent announcement of a similar ban on diesel-driven vehicles by 2024, in a drive to reduce chronic air pollution. 

How Dakar uses the Atlantic Ocean as a septic tank

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The Ngor Canal in Dakar flows into Soumbédioune Bay on the Atlantic coast. © DR The Ngor Canal in Dakar flows into Soumbédioune Bay on the Atlantic coast. © DR

Despite the poor quality of its water, the Senegalese coast remains a popular destination. But the planned construction of a local desalination plant on the shores of the West African nation next year has roused opposition from locals who believe the project will do long-term damage to the environment. Fabien Offner reports from the capital Dakar.

France plans new incentives to phase out polluting vehicles

Environment minister wants financial inducement to switch to a less polluting vehicle to be available to all owners of older cars from 2018.

Heatwave poses health, pollution dangers to France

French weather service issues a heatwave alert in 66 counties, warning people to avoid going out during the hottest hours of the day.

Paris woman sues French state over pollution health hazard

Clotilde Nonnez, a 56-year-old yoga teacher who has lived in Paris  for 30 years, claims that she suffers numerous health problems, ranging from chronic asthma to pneumonia, because of the French state's failure to contain pollution in the capital.

Paris begins applying new vehicle ban scheme as pollution levels soar

A new windscreen sticker scheme called Crit'Air which all vehicles must display and which grades them according to age and fuel type was introduced for the first time in a temporary ban of most-polluting categories from the French capital which is witnessing a particularly high level of pollution this week. 

Paris air pollution hits 10-year peak

The extreme levels of air pollution in the capital, exacerbated by many days of dry weather and little wind, have prompted a partial vehicle ban, free parking on public roads and free use of the city's public transport system.

Paris stages ambitious second car-free day

The Sunday car ban covered larger part of the city than last year's event, closing off more than 400 miles of roads in fight against air pollution.

Bold Paris anti-pollution plan clouded by social divisions

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Pollution cloud over Paris, March 2015. © Reuters Pollution cloud over Paris, March 2015. © Reuters

Every year in France, atmospheric pollution causes the deaths of an estimated 48,000 people and annually costs the country’s economy more than 100 billion euros. The authorities in Paris, where pollution has reached record peaks in recent years, this month introduced a programme to restrict access to the capital by most-polluting vehicles and incentives for inhabitants to give up ownership of cars. But, as Laurent Geslin reports, the plan has been attacked as discriminating for lower-income groups of the population amid wide disagreement between government, city authorities and political parties on how to tackle a growing health crisis.

Paris to restrict city access to pre-1997 cars from July 1st

The anti-pollution move concerns Monday to Friday daytime access and will become an outright ban in 2020, when access for pre-2011 cars will be restricted.

French oil firm's polluting presence in Peruvian Amazon

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The French oil company Maurel & Prom has come under fire from French and local non-governmental organisations after it abruptly left a drilling platform in the Peruvian Amazon that was no longer deemed economically viable following the fall in world oil prices. In particular it has been accused of leaving behind environmental problems and of playing down the risks of pollution to local communities. Meanwhile the French Parliament has been considering a law that would force multinationals to operate a “vigilance plan” to avoid environmental and other problems in the future. Karl Laske reports.

French minister calls for Europe-wide probe after VW pollution revelations

 Michel Sapin said tests are also needed on French-made cars though he says he has no 'particular reason' to suspect wrongdoing.

French farmers 'ordered to destroy milk polluted by World War One ordnance'

The affected farms are near the north-east town of Verdun, scene of heavy battles during WW1, where many unexploded munitions lie in the soil.

Parliamentary study finds air pollution costs France 100bln euros per year

A Senate report said the estimated costs were mostly on medical care, but included lower crop production and cleaning of blackened buildings.