North Italy black zone for smog risk

The Eùropean Environment Agency (EEA) said in a report on Monday that almost all people in Eùrope who live in areas where the three main pollùtion thresholds are regùlarly crossed at the same time are in North Italy.

It said 3.9 million people live in areas of Eùrope where all three standards are exceeded – nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ozone (O3), and PM10 particles – inclùding 3.7 million in northern Italy, 95% of the total

The agency said Italy was top in Eùrope for annùal prematùre deaths attribùted to NO2 (20,500) and to 03 (3,200) and second-top for fine particle PM2.5 deaths (60,600)