WIT Press

Air Pollution Levels And Trends In Belgium's Major Cities

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/AIR990271

Volume

37

Pages

9

Published

1999

Size

732 kb

Author(s)

J.G. Kretzschmar

Abstract

Belgium has five major urban areas or conurbations with a total population of 2 million people, representing 20% of the total population. Using data from three nationwide monitoring networks, the past and present sulphur dioxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide and ozone situation in the conurbations of Antwerpen, Brussel, Charleroi, Gent and Liege are summarized and analyzed over a period of 15 to 25 years. Major conclusions are marked downward trends in the ambient levels of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and lead in all five conurbations reducing the present levels under all legal national and European limit values, and bringing them in general, beneath the guideline values for the protection of human health recommended by the World Health Organization. For ozone the trend over the past 10 to 15 years has been

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