Smog

2014-01-07

In the past, the ancient city of Krakow was known as the capital of Poland. In 2000, it became known as the official European Capital of Culture. Now, it is known for having some of the most polluted air in Europe...

It is impossible not to notice the thick smog that periodically covers Krakow, or to wonder what it is doing to our body.

Air pollution in Krakow poses a significant danger to human health and life. Krakow's poisoned air includes amongst other things: particulate matter, benzo(a)pyrene and nitrogen dioxide.

The city has been rated amongst the most polluted in the world in a World Health Organiation (WHO) study. In the report, Krakow was ranked  8th among 575 cities for levels of PM 2.5 and 145th among 1100 cities for levels of PM 10. Hazardous air quality is a common problem particularly during the colder months when many residents use solid fuels (mostly coal) for household heating. Burning these fuels in heating appliances releases many pollutants into the air. Furthermore, sometimes users of these stoves burn garbage,  despite the fact that doing so is  forbidden.  Each year, pollution levels begin creeping up in autumn, and readings for PM 10 are regularly surging above 100 µg/m3.

Krakow 'Third Most Polluted City' in the EU

Krakow 'Third Most Polluted City' in the EU

Krakow has been ranked third behind Bulgaria's Pernik and Plovdiv in a ranking of the most polluted cities in the EU.  A...

Zegarek 2013-12-04
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Carcinogenic Benzo[a]pyrene: '1000 Times above the Normal Levels'

Carcinogenic Benzo[a]pyrene: '1000 Times above the Normal Levels'

The concentrations of carcinogenic benzo[a]pyrene in Krakow are among the highest in Poland and even ten times higher than the allowed annual norm. The main source of this substance is the burning of solid fuels...

Zegarek 2014-01-17
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Where Does Benzo(a)pyrene in Krakow's Air Come From?

Where Does Benzo(a)pyrene in Krakow's Air Come From?

Krakow's concentration of carcinogenic benzo(a)pyrene is ten times higher than norms  and are up to 100 times higher than in London! Why? Where does this ammount of benzo[a]pyrene in Krakow's air...

Zegarek 2014-01-30
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Krakow and Other Cities

Krakow and Other Cities

Sometimes, to fully understend the problem we need to see it in a wider cotext and realize that the situation we find ourselves in is not normal. Let's compare Krakow's air to other major cities in...

Zegarek 2013-12-04
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Links

Links

Malopolska region air quality monitoring system:

Zegarek 2014-01-13
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