A university study has revealed that the north-east of Barcelona and the south-east of Madrid have the worst levels of air pollution in Spain (article in Castilian). The causes are traffic, industrial emissions and, in the case of Barcelona, the port. A team of investigators from the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña (UPC) and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) has been studying the combination of these factors in the hottest months of the year, and they concluded that during the summer months these areas experience frequent high levels of chemical contamination in the air. A chemical engineer warned that due to the winds and the topography of the Barcelona area, complex layers of pollution are formed and during the night they can act like a reserve of pollutants on the Mediterranean and have difficulty dispersing.
Los Mossos d'Esquadra have arrested a 63 year old man living in the Raval area for performing plastic surgery procedures without a medical license and under 'deplorable' sanitation levels, he was also found to be using veterinary equipment. The man was arrested after a women of 29 years arrived at the flat to undergo a breast augmentation procedure. When he was arrested the police found that he had no sterilisation facilities and had in fact been using reuseable syringes normally used by vets, thereby increasing the possibility of infection. Police did not find any list of previous patients making it impossible to tell how many people he has previously treated. He is now being held in custody.
Speaking in an interview with the Catalan News Agency (ACN) Oriol Amorós, Secretary for Immigration for the Generalitat de Catalunya called for a more flexible system for renewing the residency permits of working immigrants who have lost their jobs due to the economic crisis (article in Castilian). Amorós claimed that it is easier to give people work who live legally in the country rather than require them to leave. At the moment the law is unclear and some individuals are granted renewal while others aren't. Juan Carlos Rois of AESCO (Amèrica España. Solidaridad y Cooperación) joined the debate when he called the current laws "very unclear and it's necessary to set a standard."