High pollution levels found in Italian air
A survey of air quality in 13 Italian cities conducted by environmental group Legambiente has revealed high levels of pollutants such as fine particles (PM10), benzene and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). In nine of the 13 cities surveyed over three days, PM10 levels were constantly above a forthcoming EU limit of 40 micrograms per cubic metre. In around half of the cities surveyed, quality limits for benzene and PAHs were also breached. The group also found that noise levels, day and night, were above legal limits in all the cities surveyed. See press release.