COMPREHENSIVE SOLUTIONS FOR IMPROVING AIR QUALITY IN THE VALLEY OF MEXICO
Mario Molina Center
Last February, the Mario Molina Center published a position paper entitled “Improving air quality in the Valley of Mexico is urgent and represents an enormous challenge for society”, in which we reflected on the causes, consequences and possible solutions to the serious problems of air pollution and traffic congestion that Mexico City’s Metropolitan Area (MCMA) suffers. This document emphasized the urgency of implementing drastic measures in order to solve both problems simultaneously. Some of these methods are unpopular, so it is necessary to communicate to society that implementing them with effectiveness and determination would be clearly beneficial, since otherwise the situation in the region will continue to worsen.
Our proposal for solving the problem
The Mario Molina Center has insisted on the need of having a comprehensive package of measures to solve the problem of air quality in MCMA, by confronting all relevant sources of pollution, and by focusing both on short as well as medium and long term actions. It is important to avoid the temptation of looking for single or magical solutions because for this issue they clearly don’t exist.
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