Air quality worsens in Greece as recession bites


World pollutionwatch The restriction on diesel cars and trucks in Athens and Thessaloniki has actually been raised and the rate of heating oil has actually tripled. Hard-pressed Greeks have actually relied on burning logs and other things

G reeces monetary economic downturn is leaving its footprint on the environment. This follows twenty years of big enhancements in Greeces air contamination. While a lot of European nations battle with the repercussions of failure to manage exhaust contamination from diesel cars, Greece gained from enduring restrictions on diesel cars and trucks in the 2 most significant cities, Athens and Thessaloniki.

This permitted the nation to enjoy the complete advantages of innovations to manage fuel exhaust, without these being balanced out by the bad efficiency of diesel vehicles. As a repercussion nitrogen dioxide from traffic around cut in half together with Greek roadways in between 1996 and 2006, in contrast to the absence of enhancement in other places in Europe.

Lifting the diesel vehicle restriction in 2012 and lower taxes on diesel fuel acted as a big reward for those dealing with travel expenses. Among brand-new vehicle sales diesels jumped from less than 20% (around absolutely no in Thessaloniki) to over 60%, however, up until now, financial pressures have actually decreased traffic volumes preventing a possible degeneration in air contamination.

However, a tripling in the expense of heating oil caused bigger modifications as hard-pressed Greeks have actually changed to burning wood. Winter particle contamination increased by around 30% in Thessaloniki in 2013 and air toxicity aggravated on nights when fires were lit. Analysis of winter air in Athens reveals that it is not simply logs that are being burnt. In addition to chemicals from wood burning , researchers discovered lead, arsenic and cadmium particles, revealing that individuals are burning painted and dealt with wood, as well as their rubbish, to keep warm.

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