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September 30, 2022

EU study: Bucharest, the most polluted European city

Bucharest is the most polluted city in Europe, according to a study, quoted by the b365.realitatea.net website. The study went on for three years and included 25 cities from 12 EU member states, with a total of 39 million inhabitants. The Europeans’ life expectancy could be extended by 22 months, if the air in the big cities were cleaner.

Bucharest was found to be, by researchers from Aphekom who conducted the study, the most polluted city of the 25 analyzed, at 38.2 micrograms of fine polluting particles per sq m of air. The limit allowed by the World Health Organization is 10 micrograms. Bucharest was followed by Budapest, at 33.7 micrograms, and Barcelona, at 27 micrograms/ sq m. The results of the study, which was commissioned by the EC and took nearly three years to complete, were released on Wednesday. Stockholm performed best in the study, falling within the limits set by WHO. Rome, on the other hand, reports a pollution level of 21.4 micrograms/ sq m, Paris – 16.4, and London – 13.1.

An annex to the study reveals that between 15 and 30 pc of the cases of asthma reported at children are caused by living in the vicinity of roads with heavy traffic.

Researchers also show that the reduction of pollution levels in the major European cities would lead to a rise in life expectancy, by an average 22 months, and would reduce healthcare expenses and losses from absenteeism at work by EUR 31.5 bln. In fact, the 22 months are the European average, in other words, as far as Bucharest, the most polluted city in Europe, is concerned, the potential extension of life expectancy would be more significant.

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