SMOKESCREEN: 13 Spanish cities accused of cover-up over 'dangerous' air pollution

Barcelona covered in smog Barcelona covered in smog @xavicabopapiol/Twitter

AN ENVIRONMENTAL group in Spain has claimed that 16 cities “regularly surpass” harmful levels of air pollution but only three have told their residents.

Ecologistas en Accion claim that A Coruña, Aviles, Bailen, Barcelona, Granada, Huelva, Lleida, Madrid, Murcia, Puertollano, Santander, Sevilla, Talavera de la Reina, Valencia, Valladolid and Zaragoza all surpass the toxic PM10 emission limits of 50 micrograms per cubic metre.

The group said “only Madrid and Valladolid have warned their citizens” and have implemented traffic restrictions to combat the pollution in a press release yesterday (Monday). Since then Barcelona has also introduced traffic restrictions in its city centre.

A further six cities – Barcelona, Getafe, Guadalajara, Salamanca, Sevilla and Zaragoza – have also reached dangerous levels of CO2 and have “not adopted any measure to protect the health of their citizens” according to Ecologistas en Accion.

They slammed the cities for “lacking both short-term and long-term solutions,” and demand immediate plans to address the situation.

According to the World Health Organisation, harmful air pollutants are responsible for an estimated 30,000 premature deaths every year in Spain.

Comments (0)

There are no comments posted here yet

Leave your comments

Posting comment as a guest. Sign up or login to your account.
0 Characters
Attachments (0 / 3)
Share Your Location

Poll of the Week

Do you send online Christmas cards?

Create Spain Alert

Do you want to be the first to receive our latest news from Spain? Subscribe here.

Latest Tweets

From IFTTT
Royal Wedding date to clash with FA Cup Final https://t.co/r3ONO9b2IH https://t.co/EG9OViZHIF
From IFTTT
Costa Blanca parade accused of racism https://t.co/YTJSVrrFwq https://t.co/wmhcjFmgVR
From IFTTT
European Union dedicates Princess of Asturias Award to Portugal and Spain https://t.co/c0azqLbybY https://t.co/yMaxIxiqX1
Follow Euro Weekly News on Twitter

Post Gallery

LEO THE LION: Treasuring every moment…

EXCLUSIVE: Brit issues warning after being robbed in broad daylight in Costa Blanca

Family of four-year-old cancer boy issue urgent  appeal for help

Axarquia council cat cull questioned

Police smash animal trafficking network in the Balearics

Icelandic airline to launch daily flights between Spain and UK

Spain's government challenges 'bloodless bullfighting' law

Spain celebrates glittering Michelin 2018 stars in restaurant awards

UK MP lashes Spain for having ‘a problem with democracy'