Exhaust gases in Zurich evening traffic. The air in the city on the Limmat is, of course, better than its reputation: on the European quality hit parade it ranks 54th out of 323. The air in Lugano, on the other hand, is only mediocre. The fine dust pollution there is likely to come partly from northern Italy (symbol picture).
The front runners after Umea and Tamperere are Funchal on the Portuguese island of Madeira, the Estonian capital Tallinn and the Norwegian Bergen with fine dust pollution of 4.2 to 4.6 micrograms per cubic meter. For comparison: 8.59 micrograms per cubic meter were measured in Zurich, 9.39 in Basel and 10.65 micrograms in Lugano. This emerges from the current air quality ranking of the European Environment Agency EEA.
For the overview, the EU authority based in Copenhagen, Denmark, evaluated the pollution with fine dust (PM2.5) in 323 European cities in 26 EU countries as well as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. According to the announcement on Thursday, 127 of the cities are certified as having good air quality. In 123, the load is considered moderate, in the remaining 73 as bad or very bad. The bottom of the ranking are in Poland and Northern Italy.
Of the European megacities, things look particularly good in Stockholm: The Swedish capital comes in ninth place and thus does better than any other city with more than a million inhabitants. Helsinki (11) follows closely behind, while Bucharest (263), Barcelona (264), Warsaw (269) and Milan (303) are on the other side of the table.
As already emerged from an EEA report at the end of 2020, air quality in Europe has improved noticeably over the past decade due to, among other things, reductions in emissions from transport and energy supply. As a result, compared to 2009 to 2018, almost 60,000 fewer people per year sat prematurely due to exposure to particulate matter
Published: 06/17/2021, 7:00 a.m.
Last updated: June 17, 2021, 59 minutes ago