Paris launches urban air pollution watchdog
In March, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo presented the Global Urban Air Pollution Observatory (GUAPO) to the Paris city council, and Abidjan, London, Mexico and Rotterdam have already committed to joining, while Athens, Montréal, New York City, Peking and Tokyo are in discussions to join.
The new observatory will operate under an estimated €500,000 annual budget and is intended to serve as a clearing house for best practices around air quality in cities, including techniques for accurately measuring air pollutants and public policies to improve air quality. The aim is to help cities across the globe to assess and solve the problem of dangerous air.
The observatory is expected to commence its work following a June public unveiling in Rotterdam.
Source: Citiscope, 20 April 2017.