Air quality in Europe is improving, but pollution is still killing a lot of people.
Fine particulate matter pollution caused 399,000 premature deaths in EU countries in 2014, according to the most recent estimates on the health impact of air pollution published Wednesday by the European Environment Agency (EEA). That is an 8 percent decrease compared to the previous year. The data was submitted by national authorities and analyzed by the EEA, which came up with the estimates of premature deaths. Continue reading Air pollution linked to nearly 400,000 premature deaths in EU per year!
All you ever wanted to know about Particulate Matter (PM) but were too afraid to ask.
PM stands for Particulate Matter.
It is the term for particles found in the air including dust, dirt, soot, and smoke. These particles can be suspended in the air for long periods of time.
Particulate Matter comes in a wide range of sizes, measured in micrometers or ‘microns’. Like inches, meters and miles, a micron is a unit of measurement for distance, a very small distance. There are 1000 microns in one millimeter and about the same width of a hair on your head. Continue reading What Does PM Stand For?