November 11, 1987 |
Emergency measures were enforced by the government in Athens on Tuesday as heavy smog enveloped the city and reached unacceptable levels, Greek state radio reported. Fuel consumption was cut by 30% in industries, central heating was shut down in state buildings and cars coming into the capital were restricted to those with even-numbered plates.
April 11, 1995 |
Authorities Monday imposed a three-month, morning-to-evening ban on all cars from Athens' historic center to reduce deadly air pollution, preserve ancient temples and make living in the Greek capital bearable again. The experimental ban on cars, motorbikes and taxis from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. covers about 0.7 square miles of the city. Athens is plagued by a nauseous mix of gases that threatens its 3.5 million inhabitants and priceless classical treasures.
September 18, 1990 |
If the International Olympic Committee has a sentimental bone in its collective body, the ancient city of Athens should win in a walk Tuesday when the members choose the site of the 1996 Summer Games. But in an era of broadcast contracts worth megabucks, mammoth national teams, and mushrooming security and environmental worries, will sentiment be enough to win the day?