A high pressure weather system has been parked over Granada for the past three weeks, delivering one sunny day after another. With no wind to blow the dirty air over the hills and no rain to wash it away, we’ve instead watched it accumulate—to dangerous levels and above limits set by the EU, according to a recent news story. It’s a persistent problem.
Diesel cars and boilers (we have one), motorcycle exhaust, and open burning of post-harvest agricultural waste are contributors. I think cigarette smoke should be acknowledged, too, at least for polluting the air on sidewalks and at outdoor cafes.
Granada has a plan to improve air quality, but some of the big programs—a light rail line, a bike rental program, an incentive program for hybrid cars—are stalled or have otherwise not been executed. At least progress has been made in limiting car and bus traffic through the city center—we appreciate how pedestrian-friendly it is.
With mixed feelings we welcome rainy and cold weather today.