Current concentrations of particles are "unusually high" in a large region
High levels of air pollution in large parts of Western Europe, particularly in areas of France, Belgium and Germany the authorities concerned according to a report by the European Environment Agency (EEA), which is based in Copenhagen.
Current concentrations of particles are "unusually high" in a wide region, noting that a few weeks ago three quarters of France have exceeded the recommended 50 micrograms per cubic meter and in some areas has doubled the limit. But the agency said that none of the cities measured peaks of pollution recorded in Beijing, China.
The episode is high as the allowable standards, but in the case of France does not exceed that recorded in spring 2007.
The sunny weather of recent days is the main factor of this phenomenon. This prevents certain types of pollution are dispersed in the air.
Between the emitters of pollutants road traffic, wood stoves and agricultural fertilizers are mentioned.
The affected countries were forced to take urgent action, such as ordering free public transport this weekend in Paris or reduce speed limits in various locations.
The pollution can cause or aggravate existing respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and prolonged exposure may contribute to heart attacks and arrhythmias, nerve problems and premature death occur.
traslation: Belén Zapata