Do you know that pollution in Paris is worse now compared to Shanghai?

The government has announced a driving ban in Paris last Monday after the news that the pollution level has briefly surpassed the level in Shanghai last week.

According to their announcement, all cars with plates ending in even numbers were not allowed on roads and all public transportation were free. This plan was made because Paris hit 127 points in its air pollution index chart followed by Shanghai in second place on 106 and London for third place on 91. Those who violated the ban were asked to pay €22 ($24.08).

The ban was lifted on Tuesday after having a bit of strong wind.

Contributed by: TEACHER NATSU


Vocabulary Enhancement:

  1. Ban – forbid or prohibit
  2. Briefly – for a short time
  3. Surpass – move past
  4. Even numbers – divisible by two (2, 4, 6, 8, 10….)
  5. Violate – act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts or promises
  6. Lift – put an end to something


Perspective Exchange:

  1.  What do you think about the driving ban in Paris? Was it a good idea? Why or why not?
  2. Do you think your country should worry of air pollution now? Why or why not?
  3. What do you think your government and you should do to lessen the air pollution?