16 Mar Particulates, a health risk
According to a study by the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, air pollution shortens the lives of Europeans by about two years. In Europe, around 120 people per 100,000 inhabitants die every year as a result of polluted air. Bad air is therefore one of the most significant health risks, along with high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and smoking. The combustion of fossil fuels is the main cause of fine dust and other air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides. Motor vehicle traffic is responsible for about 49% of the total particulate matter in Austria.
Our results show that the European limit value for particulate matter, which for the annual average is 25 micrograms per cubic meter of air, is much too high.Thomas Münzel, Director of the Center for Cardiology at the University Medical Center Mainz