Particles Norway's "most costly" air pollutants

Calculations of the "socio-economic costs" of 11 atmospheric pollutants in Norway show particulates (PM10) to be the most harmful, the pollution control authority (SFT) reports. Cost estimates of NKr1600-5500 (€198-680) per kilo mean that if Oslo alone were to cut traffic particle emissions 10%, "society would save NKr50-120m every year in reduced damage to health", it said. Marginal costs associated with long-range pollutants (NOx and SO2) were also highest in the largest cities, while economic damage caused by the six greenhouse gases was "completely unrelated to where the emissions take place". See press release.

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