Air pollution exceeds limits in Thessaloniki

The excessive use of cars and ongoing works to build a metro system for Thessaloniki have pushed the concentration of fine pollution particles, known as PM 2.5, to the limits, posing a real risk for the health of Thessaloniki residents, experts say. According to data taken from a pollution monitoring station in the city center, the concentration of the fine particles in the air exceeded the European Union’s recommended maximum level on 285 days last year, way above the EU’s proposed limit of 35 days per year. «If measures are not taken immediately, this toxic smog will become the city’s major pollution problem,» a spokesperson for Thessaloniki’s municipal authority remarked. Experts say city-dwellers must be weaned off emission-spewing cars and embrace public transport.