Keyword: pollution

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.

Paris chokes under continuing pollution cloud

The French capital was again placed on alert for Friday, with heavy trucks banned, after three days of particularly high pollution levels.

Smog prompts Paris region vehicle-ban for half of drivers

Vehicles allowed to circulate in the city will be only those with odd-number registrations on odd-number dates, and the reverse on even dates.

Smog-hit Paris topped world air pollution chart

The pall of pollution that has shrouded the French capital for days briefly made it the most polluted of 60 cities monitored around the world.

Mussel 'catastrophe' puts French moules-frites at risk

Restaurants relying on foreign imports and west coast growers call for emergency state aid as mussel production plummets 90 per cent.

France fears pollution risk when towed Costa Concordia heads for scrapping

The French government, fearful of seepage from stricken liner as it passes near Corsica for demolition in Genoa, demands assurances from Italy.

The Great War time bombs scattered around France

Paris air pollution 'smogging' London

The Environmental Research Group at King’s College London claims the French capital's chronic pollution is affecting south-east England.

Gloves off as Paris pollution dirties city’s mayoral debate

Candidates to become the next mayor of the French capital have seized on row over pollution to try to score points over opponents.

Thousands fined as Paris curbs car use for a day

Around 4,000 motorists faced on-the-spot fines for defying curbs on car use as pollution eased in French capital.

Parisians driven to revolt by car ban in fight against pollution

Around 700 police will enforce number plate scheme where only half of city's drivers will be allowed on French capital's roads on any given day.

France to limit vehicle use in Paris amid soaring pollution

System in which vehicle use is restricted to alternate days depending on licence plate numbers comes into effect in Paris area on Monday morning.

Paris offers free weekend transport due to high pollution

Official says public transport will be free until Sunday evening due to 'significant risks to the health of residents' as pollution continues.

'Grey income takes the blue from the sky': how ordinary Chinese cope with the everyday reality of corruption

Le conservatoire central de musique de Pékin. Près de 500 € l'heure de cours supplémentaire. © Jordan Pouille Le conservatoire central de musique de Pékin. Près de 500 € l'heure de cours supplémentaire. © Jordan Pouille

The pollution that dominates the skies above the Chinese capital Beijing has been blamed on many things – too many cars, too many building sites, not enough wind. But for some locals the real cause is corruption. Payments by polluting firms ensure that the inspectors simply do not inspect them. Indeed, the issue of so-called 'grey' or undeclared income has become a huge one across the country. Anyone who is able to get involved does so; secretaries ordering takeaway meals for their bosses, minor civil servants who rent out their homes a slum landlords, even teachers at music schools. As Jordan Pouille reports from Beijing, there are now growing calls for the public to have a say in stamping out corruption.