We all know that pollution is a big, bad problem that needs to be reduced or eliminated as soon as possible. Let’s follow the lead of many cities that have reduced their carbon-footprint. The top three cities that have reduced their level of pollution recently, as of 2016; Paris, Delhi, and the Netherlands. So how do they manage to make such an impact?
Purity For Paris
Paris, France, makes strides against pollution by banning cars in certain central districts on weekends. They are attempting to pass a law making all public transportation free to further assist in decreasing pollution by 2020. In that same time frame, they plan to ban all petrol and diesel-fueled cars from the center city.
Paris has made other improvements to reduce pollution by imposing an odd-even license plate-based driving restriction. With this type of restriction, only half of the population is able to drive their cars on alternating days based on whether the last digit of your license plate is even or odd. For instance, if your license plate ended in a “7” then you would only be able to drive your vehicle on the first, third, fifth, seventh, ninth, etc. of that month. More recently, they have launched a vignette system that requires every car to have a special colored sticker that is used to express the age and pollution level of the vehicle. It may sound a bit extreme but if you consider how much humans have negatively impacted the environment, and how little time we have left to reverse it, I’m sure you’ll understand that it’s necessary.
Delhi, India, has taken similar actions that help reduce vehicular emissions as well as traffic congestion, including enforcing the odd/even rule. To accommodate for the lifestyle changes in relation to the odd/even rule, the Delhi government added more public buses for alternative modes of transportation. Delhi has also made environmental improvements with their banning of registration for luxury SUV’s and diesel cars. One of the Chief Justices remarked that it was unfair for the rich to pollute Delhi with their luxury vehicles.
In the very near future this great city will reduce their pollution level even further with the building of a ring road that will provide an alternate route for a majority of the traffic that goes through Delhi. After the ring road is built, the next big step towards environmental cleanliness is the demand of electric and ethanol vehicles which will reduce pollution levels to near non-existent.
Toxin Reduction In The Netherlands
Back in June of 2015, a court in the Netherlands set a very large task on the Dutch government’s shoulders. The court ordered the government to reduce its emissions by at least 25% within the next five years. Recently, there has been a study done in the Netherlands to assess brain abnormalities in children who were exposed to residential air pollution during fetal life. This study showed that there were brain developmental affects, in school-age children, at fine particle levels below the current limit set by the EU.
The study, along with many other clinical findings of detrimental affects on the health of the people of Netherlands, is a big reason for the need to improve the environment and reduce their carbon footprint. The Netherlands is working on a ban against the sale of all petrol and diesel cars after 2025. With this ban in affect, people who already own a petrol or diesel car can continue using it, but all new vehicles sold must be either electric or hydrogen powered.
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Cheyann is a reporter at GoldenGOAT Articles that specializes in lifestyle, innovation, environment and the health care industry. After graduating high school with high honors in science and mathematics, she went on to college to specialize in biomedical engineering.