New map makes it possible to check air quality in your city or town2017-11-24
In the Clean Air Forum held in Paris, the European Environment Agency presented the interactive European Air Quality Index map. On this map, every European, including residents of different Lithuanian cities and towns, can check air quality in his/her location in real time.
The World Health Organisation declares air pollution as one of the carcinogenic factors, and the European Commission disseminates information which discloses that the consequences of air pollution are the main cause of over 400,000 premature deaths in the European Union and this is 10 times riskier than road traffic accidents; therefore, air pollution is a very important environmental risk factor causing damage to human health.
Since 2013 the European Commission has seen the necessity to improve public information on air quality; therefore, it started to work on the prototype of the harmonised air quality index for the whole of Europe. Launched by the European Environment Agency and the European Commission, the European Air Quality Index reflects the existing condition of air quality based on data gathered hourly from more than 2,000 air quality monitoring stations across Europe which are sent directly to the database of the European Environment Agency. Lithuania (the Environment Protection Agency) also sends data to this database from the air quality monitoring stations operating in our country.
On the interactive map, six different colours are used to show a better or worse air quality, evaluated on the basis of ambient air pollutant concentrations caused by five pollutants: smaller solid particles PM2.5 and bigger solid particles PM10, ozone (O3), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and sulphur dioxide (SO2). Air quality monitoring stations are marked on the map with coloured lights, each showing the monitoring results of the pollutant which causes the lowest level of air quality at that time.
The Ministry of Environment invites the citizens to familiarise themselves with the interactive information “Cleaner Air for All” published on the website of the European Commission. Here you will find visual information about air pollutants, their potential impact and sources from which these pollutants are emitted to the atmosphere, the benefit which can be received by reducing air pollution, information about the ambient air pollution in particular states, etc. This information is available at: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/air/cleaner_air/
Public Relations Division
24 November 2017