Monday February 17, 2020

Paris to Restrict Car Use as a Measure to Fight Against Surging Air Pollution

The other vehicles, mostly older and diesel cars, will be preventing from circulating in Paris following the unusual heatwave

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Only electric vehicles and those with clean air stickers 1 and 2 are allowed to enter the French capital on June 26 from 5:30 a.m. local time to midnight. Pixabay

Paris will restrict car use on Wednesday as a measure to fight against surging air pollution linked to intense heat wave that strikes most of French regions, the city’s police department announced on Tuesday.

Only electric vehicles and those with clean air stickers 1 and 2 are allowed to enter the French capital on June 26 from 5:30 a.m. local time to midnight, Paris police prefecture said.

Called also Crit’Air vignettes, the stickers have six colours that identify the emissions the vehicle produces according to the European emissions standard, the Xinhua news agency reported.

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With polluted air raising health risks in a large part of Paris, the situation is critical to say the least. Pixabay

The other vehicles, mostly older and diesel cars, will be preventing from circulating in Paris following the unusual heatwave.

Amid expected high level of ozone pollution linked to rising temperatures, speed limits will also be cut by 20 kilometer per hour in Paris and Ile-de-France on Wednesday, while vehicles weighing over 3.5 tonnes will be asked to bypass the city centre and nearby surroundings completely.

Furthermore, Paris police department called on businesses that use polluting machinery to reduce operations, and avoid using solvent-based products, such as acetone, varnishes, glues or paints.

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Called also Crit’Air vignettes, the stickers have six colours that identify the emissions the vehicle produces according to the European emissions standard, the Xinhua news agency reported. Pixabay

Like major Western European countries where unprecedented high temperatures will appear in at least the next six days, France is set to witness unseasonable temperatures which could even exceed 38 degrees Celsius in parts of eastern and southern regions in the coming days.

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For Wednesday, Meteo France predicts 34 degrees Celsius in the French capital. Temperature could reach up to 39 degrees by Friday afternoon.

Meteo France has put 65 departments, including Ile-de-France (Paris and its suburb), under orange alert due to intense heatwave and decided to maintain the alert system in these areas till Wednesday afternoon. (IANS)

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“India Should be Seen as An Important Player To Combat Climate Change”, Says Norway

Both the countries agreed on the importance of delivering concrete, scalable solutions for ocean health and wealth at the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon in June 2020

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On Sunday, both countries stressed the need to strengthen bilateral cooperation on environment and climate change, particularly marine pollution. Pixabay

Norway on Sunday said that it saw India as an important player against climate change and that both countries could play leading role in tackling the global issues of environment and climate change.

Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar and Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment Sveinung Rotevatn met at the Mahatma Mandir here to discuss bilateral and global issues on climate and environment.

A Conference Of Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species will be held at the venue from Monday to Friday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the event via videoconferencing. It is for the first time that the triennial event would be held in the country.

On Sunday, both countries stressed the need to strengthen bilateral cooperation on environment and climate change, particularly marine pollution.

“We, particularly Norway, see India as an important player in action against climate change problems. We are impressed by India’s efforts in curbing plastic waste handling, especially through the drive launched by the Indian Prime Minister, through ‘Say No to Plastic’,” said Rotevatn.

India has banned the use of single-use plastic in the country.

“Year 2020 will be the Super Year for Environment. India is rich in biodiversity and we expect that both countries help each other through technology and research, so that more work can be carried out for environmental conservation,” Javadekar said.

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Norway on Sunday said that it saw India as an important player against climate change and that both countries could play leading role in tackling the global issues of environment and climate change. Pixabay

The Minister said that India had initiated an ocean dialogue with Norway to address marine plastic litter. Both the countries have formed joint working groups on blue economy with sustainable development.

Both Ministers recognised that the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol for phasing out use of hydroflourocarbons (HFCs)could prevent up to 0.4 degrees Celsius of warming by the end of the century. It was agreed to continue the projects supported by Norway on issues related to HFCs.

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Both the countries agreed on the importance of delivering concrete, scalable solutions for ocean health and wealth at the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon in June 2020. (IANS)