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Krakow -- the third most polluted EU city, "equivalent to 2500 cigarettes a year"


InWroclaw 89 | 1,915
19 Nov 2013 #1
Krakow has been ranked third behind Bulgaria's Pernik and Plovdiv in a ranking of the most polluted cities in the EU. photo - Wikimedia Commons/Zakysant A report looking at air pollution 383 cities in Europe, by the European Environment Agency, found Bulgaria and Poland have some of the worst black spots for air quality. Other Polish cities in the top 10 most polluted in the EU were Gliwice, Zabrze, Sosnowiec and Katowice, where the main causes of poor air quality come from emissions from power stations, industry and car exhaust. - See more at: thenews.pl/1/9/Artykul/150233,Krakow-third-most-polluted-city-in-EU#sthash.iKdakh4z.dpuf

bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24979270

It's why Krakow is one of the most heavily polluted cities in all of Europe."

The air is so dirty that every man, woman and child breathes in the equivalent of 2,500 cigarettes every year.

Krakovians are angry about the issue. There have been several demonstrations in the streets calling for action.

This is not something they usually mention anywhere.
Monitor 14 | 1,820
19 Nov 2013 #2
I guess that the problem is only during cold days. Solution is to move to Tatry then.
smurf 39 | 1,981
19 Nov 2013 #3
People living in Krakow are so far up their own asses that they are well used to breathing in pollution :D
OP InWroclaw 89 | 1,915
19 Nov 2013 #4
I guess that the problem is only during cold days. Solution is to move to Tatry then.

I saw some footage today on the TV, I thought it was an industrial city in China.

People living in Krakow are so far up their own asses that they are well used to breathing in pollution :D

I've never been there, I am yet to find all this out. I once met a very nice woman from Krakow in Wroc airport, she was nicer than many Wroccers.
Monitor 14 | 1,820
26 Nov 2013 #5
They've just voted for coal and wood burning in Kraków ban implemented after 5 years. Fireplaces are exempted.
local_fela 17 | 172
26 Nov 2013 #6
I dont think anything would be done anytime soon. to keep Krakow a good place to live, I believe that the Govt should have passed on to action! But I dont think that they are going to do much as its not a threat to the whole country! well, its just a shame.
jon357 71 | 20,365
26 Nov 2013 #7
There used to be a pollution monitor in Warsaw about 10 years or so ago that gave a colour-coded reading for various nasty substances. It was removed because most of the indicators were always showing red.
peterweg 37 | 2,319
26 Nov 2013 #8
There is one here for Małopolska 213.17.128.227/iseo/

My wife complained long and hard about the ban, before observing that her Grandmother, a life long non smoker and resident of Krakow, died of lung cancer.
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
26 Nov 2013 #9
This is big news here and will effect the the people who can't afford it so the government will be helping people with their bills.

Fire places are supposed to be only occasionally used, like for Christmas, I don't know if that's another way of saying they don't know what to do?

Apparently it is a geographical problem, krakow is in a bowl so the pollution hangs around.

I don't notice anything but the science is sound.


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