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 levels (concentration of particulate matter) and informing the general public about the scale of the problem. At the same time, the quality of air in our country is the worst in the whole European Union. We pay a high price for that. Are Poles’ lungs stronger than that of the French or Hungarians?
Since the EU law imposes no uniform requirements regarding information and alert thresholds for the concentration of PM101, each Member State can adopt its own thresholds or choose not to adopt them at all. A large number of European countries in order to effectively protect their citizens’ health, have introduced such limit values. Although Poland is among those countries, the limits applicable here are in most cases twice and sometimes even four times higher than in other countries.
More on this issue in our report which can be downloaded from HERE.