Spanish cities hiding air pollution problem

Spain’s environmental prosecutor, Antonio Vercher, has launched an investigation into suspected manipulation of air pollution data in the country’s largest cities. In 2009 the Madrid municipality had quietly moved nearly half its pollution sensors from traffic-clogged streets in the city centre to parks and gardens.

Environmental group Ecologistas en Acción claimed that authorities in 13 Spanish cities “have been surreptitiously moving measuring stations since 2001.” Despite the suspected data manipulation, levels of pollutants remain above legal limits in Madrid and elsewhere in Spain.

Source: ENDS Europe Daily, 7 February 2011.

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