Small particles, big problems

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Pollution caused by fine particles is a major health problem that affects 90 per cent of urban dwellers in Europe.

Infographic showing facts and figures on the main types of fine particles (soot, pollen, mineral dust, sulphates and nitrates) and their risks; and the most polluted cities in the world and Europe.

Journalists: Blandine Guignier, Daniel Saraga
Graphics: Latigre, LargeNetwork

Sources: Urban outdoor air pollution database, WHO (2011); Solid Particulate Matter in the Atmosphere, Reto Gieré and Xavier Querol (2010); European Topic Centre on Air Pollution and Climate Change Mitigation; US Environmental Protection Agency; Centre d’allergie Suisse.

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