Mexico to Plant 18 Million Trees Against Pollution
Agence France-Presse
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July 12, 2016

The greater Mexico City area was hit by the worst air pollution in more than a decade in March 2016. (Eduardo Verdugo/AP)

Authorities will plant 18 million trees in Mexico City and its surrounding suburbs as part of efforts to combat air pollution, the government said.

Environment Minister Rafael Pacchiano dubbed it a "historic reforestation" to reinforce the "green belt in the megalopolis."

The greater Mexico City area was hit by the worst air pollution in more than a decade in March, prompting authorities to restrict traffic for the 5.4 million vehicles that circulate daily.

Pacchiano said that the lack of wind and record high temperatures in March contributed to an increase in ozone levels.

Other new measures announced by Pacchiano include replacing 1,000 taxis that are more than 10 years old with hybrid cars and stepping up a program to renew cargo and passenger transport vehicles.

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Related: Gov't Seeks to Improve Fight Against Pollution in Central Mexico (EFE)

Related: Improving Public Transport Would Reduce Pollution in Valle de Mexico, Says Expert (Xinhua)

Related: Mexico City Chokes on Its Congestion Problem (The Guardian)

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