This city in Europe has the best air quality
More than 320 cities in Europe have been screened for air quality. Better to breathe in Scandinavian places, 73 performed poorly or very poorly. Berlin is at the bottom of the list in Germany with 219. But where is our best runner?
FTake a deep breath in Finland and Sweden, hold your breath in Poland: at the European Environment Agency (EEA), you can now see how good the long-term air is in hundreds of Europe’s largest cities. front runner Of the more than 320 cities screened for fresh air, Umeå in Sweden, Tampere in Finland and Funchal on the Portuguese island of Madeira and Estonia’s capital Tallinn.
The Backlight On the other hand it is mostly found in Poland and northern Italy. This stems from a new air quality rating published by the Environment Agency in Copenhagen on Thursday.
For an overview, updated annually from now on, the European Economic Agency assessed fine dust pollution in 323 cities in 26 EU countries plus Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. 127 cities are certified as having good air quality. In 123, the pregnancy is considered moderate, in the remaining 73 it is considered bad or very bad.
This rating relates to average fine dust (PM2.5) air pollution in 2019 and 2020. “Good” is given to anyone below the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended value: WHO recommends: Long-term exposure For ten micrograms of fine dust (PM2.5) per cubic meter of air, which is more stringent than the EU value. Anyone who breaks the annual EU limit of 25 micrograms – that applies to five cities in Poland, Croatia and Italy – gets a “very bad” score.
According to the analysis, 61 percent of cities exceed the WHO standard, said the EEA’s head of air pollution, environment and health, Catherine Jansleben. According to this, it is only two percent above the annual EU limit.
Göttingen has the cleanest air in Germany
About the cleanest air ever 52 German cities are included It has Göttingen: Lower Saxony ranks 29th, followed by Freiburg (45), Darmstadt (46), Lübeck (50) and Hanover (56). It and 25 other cities in the Federal Republic of Germany are said to have good air quality, 22 other cities are classified as moderate, and Berlin ranks 219th at the bottom of the list in Germany.
No German city fell into the “bad” or “very poor” rating. However, many large German cities such as Cologne – as well as other cities in other countries – are not ranked. According to the EEA, this may be due to the fact that the measurement stations or certain data are missing.
As already shown by the EEA report at the end of 2020, air quality in Europe has improved significantly over the past decade, due in part to lower emissions from transport and energy supplies. As a result, nearly 60,000 people died prematurely each year from exposure to particulate matter compared to 2009 and 2018.
However, almost all Europeans still suffer from air pollution from fine dust, nitrogen dioxide and ground ozone, especially in cities. According to estimates by the European Economic Agency, more than 400,000 people died prematurely in 2018 in 41 European countries as a result of exposure to these pollutants, including tens of thousands in Germany.
“Air pollution is still stubbornly high in many European cities”
Once again, the European Economic Area indicated that air pollution remains a serious problem and a real health risk in many European cities. Expert Gansleben said fine dust remains the number one air pollutant with the greatest impact on premature mortality and disease.
Executive Director of the European Economic Area, Hans Bruinincks, summed up: “While air quality has improved significantly over the past few years, air pollution remains stubbornly high in many cities in Europe.” The overview now allows citizens to easily compare the location of their city when air pollution has fallen.
According to the new list, things are looking particularly good in Stockholm among the major cities: the Swedish capital comes in at ninth place, and thus is better than any other city with a population of over one million. Helsinki (11) follows closely, while Bucharest (263), Barcelona (264), Warsaw (269) and Milan (303) are on the other side of the table.