It seems that Cremonese residents, especially children and the elderly, must avoid outdoor activities in order not to expose themselves to fine dust, especially on high days pollution. Is it possible that the municipal administration has launched such an appeal? Unfortunately, the situation is negative and instead of aiming for a resolution, a containment strategy is implemented.
In 2012, over 365 days, the control units that detect the air in different areas of the Cremona area recorded 104 days over the limit of 50 migrograms per cubic meter of fine dust in the air. It is the European Union that establishes a limit, in fact, by law, only 35 overruns are allowed per year. The situation for Cremona has not improved since the beginning of 2013, so much so that, in the first 14 days of January, the overruns of the levels of fine dust there were 13. Of course, the New Year's Eve did not help the situation!
In other words, only on January 4, 2013, in Cremona, the limit of 50 micrograms per cubic meter was not exceeded. The complaint comes strong from Luci, Urban laboratory of Civic Initiative which expertly reports the data collected on 4 January, when the limit threshold of fine dust: the control units reported the value of 49 micrograms per cubic meter (general average), as two out of four detectors exceeded 50 micrograms per cubic meter, in detail, 50 micrograms in via Fatebenefratelli and 42 in via Gerre Borghi which compensated for the out-of-limit values of the other two control units, 51 micrograms per cubic meter for piazza Cadorna and 52 micrograms per cubic meter to Spinadesco.
To keep the levels of fine powder, in Italy, many cities have created the so-called ZTL (limited traffic areas) and have increased surveillance activities aimed at protecting the environment. The Po Valley is probably the most critical area in Italy (all data at this link): "In some cities, smog has deprived citizens of up to two months of breathable air compared to 2010, as happened in Cremona and Verona, coincidentally two cities in the Po Valley area, which once again confirms itself as the most critical area , an area where only six cities are saved from fine dust. "
ZTL and stricter controls on city industries are not enough, it is also necessary to take care ofStreet furniture: it has been shown that climbing plants are able to significantly lower the levels of fine dust and nitrogen dioxide concentrations (the research is available at this link).
Photo | LIGHTS. Cremona, pro ZTL event.