As I mentioned last year, the increase in diesel consumption in Europe (and in particular in Madrid) is having an increasingly severe effect on those who suffer from pollen related allergies. In general, Europeans love diesel because it is more cost efficient and emits less of the greenhouse gases that cause climate change. Nevertheless, diesel makes people like me suffer even worse from allergies.
One of the reasons I enjoy living in Madrid is precisely to escape from my spring time allergies in Washington, DC. Although Madrid is less populated by flowers and tress than my home town, each year in Madrid my pollen refuge is becoming more and more vulnerable. And for the last two days, I have been suffering horrible headaches and exhaustion, and have noticed that the pollen counts are way up. Could allergies be the cause? So if you have any compassion, think twice about diesel and please listen to the following: