Tucked between rows of apartment blocks on an Athens street, a strip of green with a few trees, some plants and a bench offers a breathing space in the surrounding crush of concrete.

The Greek capital has started creating “pocket parks”, transforming small plots once ridden with garbage and weeds, in a bid to tackle its chronic pollution.

The city is closing traffic lanes and transforming them into bike routes, pedestrian walks and small areas of greenery - all in a bid to cut down on vehicles, which account for 70% of greenhouse gas emissions.

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