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Smoggiest areas in Małopolska and Silesia mapped

Smoggiest areas in Małopolska and Silesia mapped

We have worked with AGH (Science and Technology University) to map areas of Małopolska and Silesia by smog severity, which may give a more complete picture than the few stationary measurement centers which are usually used to indicate smog...

Zegarek 2016-09-07
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Krakow Smog Alert among the nominees for the 10 edition of the National Geographic Award

Krakow Smog Alert among the nominees for the 10 edition of the National Geographic Award "Travelery 2016"

Krakow Smog Alert was among the nominees for the 10 edition of the National Geographic Award "Travelery 2016" in the category "Social initiative of the Year." The prize  in the category "Social Initiative of...

Zegarek 2016-05-20
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Polish towns the most polluted in EU

Polish towns the most polluted in EU

As many as 33 Polish cities are among the 50 most polluted cities in the EU, with Żywiec topping the list, according to the latest urban air quality database issued by the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO was able to compare a total...

Zegarek 2016-05-16
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"Man of the Year 2015" of Polish Ecology Award

"Man of the Year 2015" of Polish Ecology Award was received exceptionally by three people: Andrzej Gula, Anna Dworakowska and Ewa Lutomska - founders Krakow Smog Alert - an initiative taking the action to improve air quality....

Zegarek 2016-04-21
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"What we know about smog? Informing about air pollution in Poland "- seminar

Poland is the country with the highest air pollution in the European Union. For this reason, each year  about 43 000 inhabitants and residents of our country die prematurely. Breathing heavily polluted air increases the risk of cancer,...

Zegarek 2016-02-29
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Dioxins in food from the area with high air pollution. Standards exceeded four times

Dioxins in food from the area with high air pollution. Standards exceeded four times

Most chemicals in food are beneficial — carbohydrate, fat and protein are all composed of chemical compounds. However, some synthetic chemicals in food can be harmful. Substances that persist in the environment and accumulate up the food...

Zegarek 2016-02-15
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Tough new rules will help tackle Krakow's air pollution crisis

Tough new rules will help tackle Krakow's air pollution crisis

Krakow has implemented a strict ban on using solid fuels. Burning these fuels (especially coal, but also wood and waste) for heating in households generates significant pollution, comparable to the Great Smog in London back in the 1950s....

Zegarek 2016-01-16
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Krakow’s Smog Crisis: 4 Steps to Protect Yourself

Krakow’s Smog Crisis: 4 Steps to Protect Yourself

The WHO has ranked air pollution as one of top 10 preventable causes of death. In fact it has predicted that by 2020 there will be 8 million deaths per year due to air pollutants. Yet the air quality in Krakow has devolved to the point where...

Zegarek 2015-12-21
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Commission refers Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU over poor air quality

Commission refers Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU over poor air quality

Poland referred to Court for breaching the limit of small particulate matter. The European Commission decided today to refer Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU over persistently high levels of dust particles that pose a major risk...

Zegarek 2015-12-10
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Smog alert? Haven't heard of it... Polish iron lungs!

Smog alert? Haven't heard of it... Polish iron lungs!

What level of air pollution must be reached in Poland in order for a smog alert to be announced? Four times higher than in Paris and three times higher than in Hungary. Among all EU states, Poland has the most liberal rules for smog alert...

Zegarek 2015-11-13
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SOS event - you have to be there!

SOS event - you have to be there!

Cracovians! Do you love our city? Have you had enough of Krakow’s suffocating smog? Come on Saturday (November 14th, 2015) to the Main Square (in front of the clock tower) at 12:00! We can’t wait any longer! Together...

Zegarek 2015-11-10
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Polish president signs 'anti-smog' law!

Polish president signs 'anti-smog' law!

President of Poland Andrzej Duda has signed the so-called 'anti-smog' law, marking the culmination of a long-running campaign by Polish Smog Alert. The law is designed to give local authorities complete sovereignty in deciding...

Zegarek 2015-10-06
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Krakow Smog Alert representatives handed President Duda a petition on Thursday when he visited the city

Krakow Smog Alert representatives handed President Duda a petition on Thursday when he visited the city

President of Poland Andrzej Duda took part in a ceremony on Thursday inaugurating the academic year at Kraków's Jagiellonian University. While in Kraków, the president was also presented with a petition from us....

Zegarek 2015-10-01
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INFOAIR – access to information on air pollution

INFOAIR – access to information on air pollution

We've just started the implementation of the new project! Under the project, a comprehensive evaluation of the access of citizens to information on air pollution and its health effects will be performed. The project covers 4 regions...

Zegarek 2015-03-19
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Commission Asks Poland to Act on Air Pollution

Commission Asks Poland to Act on Air Pollution

"The European Commission is asking Poland to comply with EU legislation requiring Member States to limit citizens' exposure to fine dust particles (PM10) by defining specific limit values to be observed. Tiny PM10 particles can cause...

Zegarek 2015-02-27
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Polish Smog Alert

Polish Smog Alert

Polish Smog Alert declared! Together with "Dolnośląski Alarm Smogowy" and "Podhalański Alarm Smogowy" we launched new campaign, which calls for action on air quality in Poland – the most polluted country in...

Zegarek 2015-02-10
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Supreme Audit Office Voices Strong Criticism of Polish Government Inaction in Air Quality Improvement

Supreme Audit Office Voices Strong Criticism of Polish Government Inaction in Air Quality Improvement

The Supreme Audit Office (NIK) has just released a report from the control of measures undertaken by regional and central authorities in the area of air quality improvement in Poland. The report contains strong criticism, stating that Polish...

Zegarek 2014-12-30
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Polish Supreme Audit Office Report from 2000

Polish Supreme Audit Office Report from 2000

We came across a record of the meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Forestry from the year 2000 (sic!). The Committee discussed Polish Supreme Audit Office (NIK) report on air quality measures. Already...

Zegarek 2014-11-25
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The Newest EEA Report

The Newest EEA Report

Published on November 19 by the EU agency, the report presents an overview and analysis of air quality in Europe from 2003 to 2012. Air pollution remains the top environmental cause of premature death in urban Europe, according to an...

Zegarek 2014-11-21
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Letter to the Prime Minister of Poland

Letter to the Prime Minister of Poland

Together with Health and Environment Alliance we issued a letter concerning standards for carbon to the prime minister of Poland. In the ongoing debate in today Poland on the introduction of quality standards for carbon much is being...

Zegarek 2014-11-06
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Air Quality Information Important for Krakovians

Air Quality Information Important for Krakovians

This year participatory budgeting was launched in Krakow. Krakow Smog Alert has prepared a project in screening of information on air pollution in public areas (a special LED screen installed in the city centre). The project gained public...

Zegarek 2014-10-10
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Krakow Smog Alert One of the Most Powerful Initiatives of the Past 25 Years in Krakow

Krakow Smog Alert One of the Most Powerful Initiatives of the Past 25 Years in Krakow

The fight for clean air took first place in a poll of important issues for the city in the past 25 years! "The milk was spilled, machine started. Residents, activists and regional authorities ensure that there is no way to stop...

Zegarek 2014-09-17
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Residents are Beaten by the Mining Lobby

Residents are Beaten by the Mining Lobby

When 'legal highs' appeared on the market, the Prime Minister closed all the shops in a week. When Russia announced an embargo on Polish apples, life of the farmers was simplified. But when it comes to the polluted air in Krakow...

Zegarek 2014-08-28
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Court Overturns Smog-Busting Coal Ban in Kraków

Court Overturns Smog-Busting Coal Ban in Kraków

A regional court has overturned a smog-busting ban on burning coal in heating systems in Kraków and surrounding areas, which was introduced to help clean the air in one of Europe’s most polluted cities.

Zegarek 2014-08-23
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Our New Campaign to Help Krakovians Switch to Clean Heating

Our New Campaign to Help Krakovians Switch to Clean Heating

Our new campaign, called ‘Get a Grant, Replace your Furnace’, promotes the health benefits of modern heating systems, and shows householders how they can get financial support for the changeover. Krakow authorities offer grants...

Zegarek 2014-06-02
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WHO: Air Quality Deteriorating in Many of the World’s Cities

WHO: Air Quality Deteriorating in Many of the World’s Cities

According to WHO , air quality in most cities worldwide that monitor outdoor (ambient) air pollution fails to meet the guidelines for safe levels, putting people at additional risk of respiratory disease and other health problems....

Zegarek 2014-05-08
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Conference:

Conference: "New Regulations to Support the Fight for Clean Air"

The conference "New Regulations to Support the Fight for Clean Air" took place on March, 10 in order to present the demands of legal changes developed in cooperation between regions. The key demands are: •...

Zegarek 2014-03-13
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"Air of Revolution: How Activists and Social Media Scrutinise City Pollution"

Krakow Smog Alert is making headlines in international press! The Guardian published an article on our activity: "In Krakow, Poland, lawmakers recently banned the burning of coal to heat homes after activists pressured them with a...

Zegarek 2014-02-03
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"People Power Movements Shake Up Krakow"

"Over the past year, public opinion appears to have mobilised with the aim of making voices heard in the chambers of power, both in the city council and the Małopolska regional government. The most high-profile has been the campaign by...

Zegarek 2013-12-13
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Ban on Solid Fuels Burning for Domestic Heating in Krakow

Ban on Solid Fuels Burning for Domestic Heating in Krakow

Local authorities in Poland's southern city of Krakow banned its citizens from heating their homes with solid fuels. "This resolution is a precedent on a national scale, it will introduce many changes in Poland and the...

Zegarek 2013-11-25
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Air quality

Air Quality Now. One-hour average PM10 concentration
buzka
Aleja Krasińskiego
123 µg/m3 (godzina 21:00)
buzka
Nowa Huta
89 µg/m3 (godzina 24:00)
buzka
Kurdwanów
62 µg/m3 (godzina 23:00)