Large European cities have a growing problem with smogs produced largely by tens of thousands of cars moving through the streets. Many of them introduce restrictions in their movement, and now they are also joined by Paris, which places such restrictions on the famous Champs-Elysées.
Cars are one of the factors responsible for the deterioration of air quality in big cities. There are not only a lot of them, so they generate enormous amounts of harmful compounds, but additionally, as has recently come to light, some brands produce far more harmful compounds than originally thought.
Paris also has a big problem with smog, so its leaders decided to fight it by limiting the traffic of cars. From May 8th, new regulations will enter into force whereby every Sunday in the month, the traffic on the famous Champs-Elysées will be completely forbidden and only pedestrians will be allowed to stay there.
This is a very important move in the fight against air pollution, which, according to the World Health Organization report, alone in France alone causes 42,000 deaths every year due to various respiratory diseases.