Bulgaria’s Air Is Dirtiest in Europe, Study Finds, Followed by Poland – NYTimes.com

Wood burning, slow modernization, and Soviet era mismanagement are to blame:

But Bulgaria is hardly alone in having air quality challenges. While Bulgarian cities lead in the concentration of particulates, Poland is a frequent runner-up, and cities in northern Italy lead in ozone, according to separate data provided by the agency.

Over all, in the 10 years measured by the report — from 2002 to 2011 — air pollutants are generally on the decline in Europe. But particulates and ozone remain a problem. An increase in the percentage of urban populations in Europe being exposed to levels of particulate matter from 2010 to 2011 suggested some backsliding, the report said. The development was attributed to dry spells in the period, which slow the dispersal of particulates. But it also could reveal a growing reliance on wood burning for home heating in some countries during the financial crisis, the agency said.

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3 thoughts on “Bulgaria’s Air Is Dirtiest in Europe, Study Finds, Followed by Poland – NYTimes.com

  1. kttoolson says:

    I really enjoyed this article and found it applicable to what we are currently discussing in tonight’s mock session. Polution is a serious problem around the world that is causing health and environmental side affects. This should be reason enough for major international organizations such as the EU and the UN to make legislation that will do more than suggest to nations to stop what they are doing. Polution is different than climate change, but it should be more of an important issue in debate. Serious changes need to be made in order to protect the world that we are living in.

  2. mncarlson95 says:

    I have never been one to be aware of the environment but I found this article very interesting. I did not realize that it was such a huge issue as people make it out to be. It is disgusting that people live in such conditions. Pollution should be address publicly and be emphasized as a growing issue.

  3. It goes to show that countries not only need to focus on changing their own standards to prevent pollution, but need to focus on helping other countries who can’t do it for themselves. Some of these countries are struggling and cannot keep up with new technology. Their pollution problems aren’t even entirely their fault which means that we need to pay attention to who it being affected most by this problem and monitor their needs closely. It’s easy for countries to forget about pollution if it’s being swept away in the wind.

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