Over 40,000 Poles die from air pollution each year
PR dla Zagranicy
Tens of thousands of people in Poland die from causes directly related to air pollution every year.
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The main source of the illnesses is the burning of coal in domestic fireplaces, the Rzeczpospolita daily wrote on Thursday.
The number of victims who die from pollution in Poland is more than ten times higher than victims of road accidents, who amount to more than 3,000 people.
According to experts from the Warsaw University of Technology, the main sources of air pollution in Poland are heating systems in houses and old buildings.
These are responsible for nearly 90 percent of the PM10 and PM2.5 pollutants in Poland, and nearly 100 percent of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAHs) pollution which has carcinogenic properties.
In early October, President of Poland Andrzej Duda signed the so-called “anti-smog” law, marking the culmination of a long-running campaign by environmentalists. (rg/rk)
Source: PAP, Rzeczpospolita