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Smog in Poland. Air quality on Tuesday 14.02 in the evening. [MAPA SMOGU]

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Smog covers some Polish cities on Tuesday evening. The worst situation is in the west and south of the country. Check the air quality in your area.

According to data from 9 pm, the worst air quality in terms of PM10 dust, described as bad, was in Szczecinek. The local measuring station showed the concentration of harmful particles in the air at the level of 176 micrograms per cubic meter (µg / m3), which is 293 percent of the daily norm.

Unhealthy air quality was recorded in livewhere the PM10 concentration was 122 µg/m3 (203% of the daily standard), in Sucha Beskidzka – 108 µg/m3 (180% of the daily standard), and in Mosina – 103 µg/m3 (172% of the daily standard) .

PM2.5 dust

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In terms of PM2.5, poor quality air was breathed by residents Wloclawek, where the concentration of harmful particles reached 88 µg/m3, which means 244 percent. daily norm.

Air quality assessed as unhealthy occurred in Jelenia Góra – 81 µg/m3 (225% of the daily norm), w Bielsko-Biała – 80 µg/m3 (222% of the daily norm), w Nakło above Notecia – 76 µg/m3 (211% of the daily norm), w Gorzów Greater Poland and Jastrzębie-Zdrój – 69 µg/m3 (192% of the daily norm) and in Lwowek Slaski – 67 µg/m3 (186% of the daily norm).


When the air is of good quality

We talk about good quality air when the concentration of harmful dust does not exceed:

– for PM10 dust – 60 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3);

– in the case of PM2.5 dust – 36 µg/m3;

– for benzene – 10 µg/m3.

Sources of PM10 dust emissionPolish Smog Alert

What is PM10

PM10 is a mixture of particles suspended in the air with a diameter not exceeding 10 micrometers. Its occurrence is associated, among others, with the combustion of solid and liquid fuels.

What is PM2.5

PM2.5 is a mixture of particles suspended in the air with a diameter not exceeding 2.5 micrometers. According to the World Health Organization, it is the most harmful atmospheric pollutant for humans. It reaches not only the respiratory system, but also the circulatory system. It stays in our body much longer.

What is benzene

Benzo(a)pyrene is a carcinogenic and mutagenic chemical compound that is a representative of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Benzo(a)pyrene exhibits low acute toxicity and high chronic toxicity, which is related to its ability to accumulate in the body.

Impact of air pollution on healthMaria Samczuk, Adam Ziemienowicz/PAP

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