By Sarah Keane • 10 December 2020 • 12:02
POLLUTION in Spanish cities falls by 38 per cent during the coronavirus pandemic
Although it’s difficult to see any positives that have come out of the coronavirus pandemic, the environment is reaping some benefit as air pollution has dropped by a huge 38 per cent, due in part to fewer cars being on the road. In fact, the rate of pollution in cities has dropped in the past eight months to an unheard-of number in the past decade.
A report by Ecologistas en Acción based on official measurements of 26 Spanish cities from March to October shows that the levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in this period are 38% below the average of the last 10 years. However, this positive trend is worsening in autumn, and environmentalists warn that if we do not change mobility habits and reduce car use, we will again suffer from the same pollution as before the health crisis.
“Now we are seeing a rebound in mobility and pollution is on the rise again. The return to activity is leading to a deterioration in air quality, because the mobility model has not changed,” explained Antonio Castano, study coordinator.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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