Report card really not commendable for Italy that comes fromEuropean Environment Agency. In the ranking of the 10 most polluted cities in Europe, ben four are Italian: Cremona, Pavia, Brescia and Vicenza, all in the Po Valley. The report takes into account the concentration of fine particles measured between 2019 and 2020 and ranks cities on the basis of average levels of fine particles (PM2.5).
From the data, collected in 323 cities, it emerges that in 127 cities the levels of fine particles in the reference period were below the limits set by the WHO, which indicated 10 micrograms of PM2.5 per cubic meter of air as an allowable threshold. Air quality is considered very poor when long-term PM2.5 levels are 25 micrograms per cubic meter or more.
But let’s get to the ranking. Cremona occupies the second place, behind only the city of Nowy Sacz, Poland. The second Italian city that appears in the ranking is Vicenza. As for the cleanest European cities, the top three were Umeå (Sweden), Tampere (Finland) and Funchal (Portugal).
We had already talked to you about the problem of pollution in Italy in 2018 with our Nadia. We interviewed Simone Molteni, an engineer who has been dealing with sustainability for years. “We have an enormous environmental impact without realizing it, ”he told us. Many small daily gestures, in fact, can have an impact on the environment that we may not even be aware of.
An example? Eating a cherry out of season, it explains in the report you can see above, pollutes 100 times more than eating an apple in season. To make a comparison, 1 kg of cherries from the other side of the world to satisfy our whim, it pollutes in terms of Co2 like taking your car and doing the Milan-Bologna section. Nadia Toffa, with the help of two specialized engineers, told us many little tips to pollute less without any effort: from the fruit we choose during the year to the excessive heating and cooling of the environments up to food waste and transport. Everyone can do their part.