Summer ozone levels remain dangerously high over the Mediterranean
Summer ozone levels continue to exceed EU safe levels, threatening health across Europe, according to a report released today by the EEA. Although not as high as in the record year 2003, ozone levels in the summer of 2005 went beyond levels considered safe by the EU Ozone Directive.
The report, 'Air pollution by ozone in Europe in summer 2005' says that Southern Europe was worst hit. Portugal experienced the highest one-hour ozone concentration, and dangerous levels were also recorded in Greece, Italy, France, Romania and Spain. However, the number of times the ozone level went into the red in the summer of 2005 was significantly lower than in the years between 1999 and 2003.
The report also says that parts of northern and central Europe did not escape scot-free either. Unsafe levels of ozone were recorded in Belgium, the Netherlands and western Germany. As in previous years, the lowest ozone levels were recorded in the Baltic States and Scandinavia.
This summer, the EEA will be launching 'Ozoneweb' on its webpage. Ozone web will allow Europeans to get up-to-date news on ozone levels and air quality in their neighbourhood. Levels will be up-dated on an hourly basis, and background information about ozone and its health impact will also be provided.
See report: Air pollution by ozone in Europe in summer 2005