Pollution exceeds health protection limits in Aveiro

in News · 06-09-2019 17:29:00 · 0 Comments
Pollution exceeds health protection limits in Aveiro

The University of Aveiro has revealed that concentrations of atmospheric particles have far exceeded the daily limit of human health protection in the region due to fires.

“In the early hours of the morning, concentrations above 400 micrograms per cubic meter were measured, the daily limit of protection for human health is 50 micrograms. In addition to airborne particulate matter, which we feel most directly, there are also high concentrations of other compounds, such as colourless and odorless carbon monoxide (CO), usually at low concentrations in ambient air,” says a press release from the university.

According to the same source, these high concentrations generate warnings "aimed primarily at at-risk groups, including children, the elderly and all those with breathing problems."

“Avoiding physical exertion outdoors, staying at home with the windows closed, preferably using proper air circulation or cooling systems” are some of the advice of Alexandra Monteiro, researcher at the Environment and Planning Department and the Center for Environment and Sea Studies, which analysed the measurement results.

According to the researcher, “Today it is likely that all the air in the houses and confined spaces is breathable, so it is ideal to look for spaces with air conditioning systems that have air filtration.

“In this morning's satellite image it is quite evident that the smoke plume has such a confined and well-directed dispersion towards the Aveiro area” it says in a note from the University of Aveiro.


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