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Croatian capital struggles with bad air quality

By  The Dubrovnik Times Jan 23, 2020

While Dubrovnik is bathed in sunshine, with blue skies and clear, fresh air, Zagreb struggles with problems connected to the bad air quality again. According to the Croatian Environment and Nature Agency from measuring stations Zagreb 1, 2 and 3, air in the wider Zagreb area is again of poor quality – reports.

The Zagreb 1 measurement station, near the headquarters of the Zagreb Holding, shows that the number of particulate matter (PM10) is 51.43 ug / m3, which classifies the air quality as poor.

The particulate matter index (PM10) determines that the classification is poor when the particle number exceeds 50 µg / m3 and very poor when it exceeds 100.

The Zagreb 2 measuring station at the Dubrava turning point measures 53.48 ug / m3, and is also of poor quality. The highest value of particulate matter is 69.89 ug / m3 in the metering station Zagreb 3 in Dugave – writes.

As they report, Poor or very poor air quality was detected in Dugave last week, as well as several times before, and the main reason for this is the proximity of the Jakusevec junkyard, about which many activist and civic associations complain because of environmental pollution.

The state of air quality is not good in the rest of Croatia, and the worst is in Slavonski Brod, where 85.38 ug / m3 of particulate matter was measured, so the air quality is very poor.

Last week, the Institute of Public Health responded to very poor air quality. Andrij Stampar and the Directorate of Civil Protection of the Ministry of Internal Affairs recommended that citizens avoid prolonged and intense physical activities in the open air. They advised to administer the prescribed medicines to people with acute and chronic symptoms, and to avoid unnecessary additional exposure to respirable particles from other sources, such as smoking, use of chemicals, adhesives, paints, varnishes, etc. In addition, it is advised to use public transportation and avoid the use of private cars and other open transport vehicles. It is also recommended to avoid heating with solid fuels – writes.