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Paris cuts speed limits amid smog

Paris police have lowered speed limits and ordered a halt to rubbish burning as part of emergency measures triggered by a spike in air pollution - months before the city hosts a major international climate conference.

The police department said the order includes a 20kph (12mph) reduction in speed limits on highways in the metropolitan area.

It comes after state monitoring agency AirParif reported that air pollution rose to "high" under a European classification system.

It said changes in weather and emissions from agricultural activities and road traffic caused the increase.

Paris experienced a similar spike in air pollution last year that ultimately led to temporary reductions on the numbers of vehicles allowed to circulate.

The city will host a two-week UN climate conference starting in November.


From Belfast Telegraph