More than 13,300 people (a town the size of Nafpaktos) died as a result of long-term exposure to air pollution in Greece in 2019, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said in its annual briefing on the health impacts of the problem in Europe last Monday.
See an article by Giorgos Lialios on the Greek newspaper “Kathimerini” here (in English) and here (in Greek).
Greece had an average Particulate Matter PM2,5 pollution of 22,5 μg/m3 in 2019. If it had maintained an average of 5 μg/m3, as set as the recommended maximum level by the WHO, then as many as 7000 deaths (67%) would have been spared – more than half the town of Nafpaktos!
Clearly, reducing air pollution in our cities and villages must be a priority in order to help Greek citizens to live a healthier life.
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