As stated at the beginning It is believed that air pollution is the main cause of around 48,000 deaths each year in France, with more than 47 million French people exposed to a level of air pollution particles that WHO considers unsafe. France has been exposed to legal action from Brussels for not addressing air pollution. Paris, which recently implemented a series of measures to improve air quality, such as car-free days, has recently been called by the European Commission to overcome safe levels of air pollution. And as expected, activists have taken to the streets to be heard, putting masks on different statues around France. These protests met with a deadline for France to present a plan to rectify its shortcomings in air quality to the European Commission. France Nature Environment, ANV-COP 21, the Federation of Bicycle Users and Greenpeace, were among the environmental groups, who in a joint declaration called for a clean air transport policy.
And these kinds of things make you think, can these problems be for economic purposes?
Well, not in part, France and especially its capital, Paris, have been the places most affected by the high levels of air pollution in recent years, and the cost of the problem was evident in a report by the Senate, in 2015. This report found that the annual cost of air pollution was € 101,300 million per year, and with a large majority of that amount going to medical care. Problems such as around 42,000 premature deaths per year in France, are attributed to the high levels of air pollution in France, according to the World Health Organization, this if we add the increase in the number of cancer victims and asthmatics and allergic The aforementioned report reports that, an estimate of the annual cost of treatment for people with the aforementioned diseases, together with the losses of an absenteeism, gives an estimated 650,000 work days, is between € 68 billion and € 97 thousand million. The editors of this report reported that diesel cars are one of the main causes of pollution, which suggests that the best way to address the problem is to increase taxes on these vehicles. Diesel cars release high levels of nitrogen oxide and fine particles, which can measure less than 2.5 microns in diameter and can penetrate deep into the lungs and blood system and can cause cancer. This report also pointed out as possible regulation to a five percent increase in the use of pesticides, which between 2009 and 2013 was a major contributor to the dirty air of the country.
Although efforts made in the past to combat pollution are known, resulting in a reduction in France’s smog levels, especially in industrial areas, sources such as land transport and heating systems have made the problem more diffuse and present in higher levels in the indoor air than before. A large catalog of fiscal policies is presented in the report, policies that promote the use of cleaner technologies, and measures to supplement incomplete or inefficient regulations that already exist. Pollution in the air is not a simple disease, with a capital that at one time was classified as the most polluted in the world, has been moved to prohibit certain trucks and buses from the city center if they are considered polluting. moved to prohibit certain trucks and buses from downtown if they are considered polluting. The actions have been good, but more is needed to eradicate this problem, and this starts in humans, we must educate others, we must understand that not only live money, if not land, and if you do not manage to do enough thinking to solve these problems, there will be no safe place to breathe, and live …
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