Air quality

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


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 Europe. Maybe everywhere is just as bad? The air in metropolian Paris or London should be definitely worse than ours . And yet it's not...

In autumn 2013  the European Environmental Agency placed Kraków third in its list of cities in Europe with the worst air quality, just behind Pernik and Plovdiv, both in Bulgaria. Nowy Sącz, Gliwice, Zabrze, Sosnowiec and Katowice also featured in the top ten.

As you can see other localities in south Poland also face a similar problem: poor ventilation of the city , and many people heating their homes by burning solid fuels in domestic stoves .

In the ranking of the World Health Organization (WHO ) Krakow ranks as eighth worst among 575 cities globally that record annual mean concentrations of PM2.5 in their air.

Pollution with PM2.5 even in a congested metropolitan areas such as London is twice lower than in Krakow. This is due to the fact that London already 60 years ago introduced a ban on the use of solid fuels in individual heating systems. The decision was taken after an episode of smog which caused 4,000 deaths known as 'The Great Smog of 1952'.