Air Pollution

Air pollution: the advice of a specialist

Warnings of pollution peaks to fine particles and ozone are increasingly being launched in Paris and its region, as well as in many cities in France. There is no doubt that air pollution is more than ever a real concern!

Indeed, air pollution (or air pollution) must be taken very seriously because it is responsible for many health problems, and even deaths in the most serious cases.

In the event of a peak in pollution, the health authorities, such as the Regional Health Agencies (ARS), and the bodies responsible for air monitoring, alert public authorities who take a few measures: free public transport, limited speed for vehicles, alternating traffic in Paris and its small crown.

Air pollution: facts and effects

Air pollution, we talk about it everywhere, so that we have the impression to know everything about this important subject that is as much health as environmental. But in truth, one always asks many questions:

  • What are the concrete effects of air pollution on our health?
  • Is it enough to use public transit to improve air quality?
  • How to protect yourself from fine particles? And where do they come from?

As their name implies, "fine" particles are very small toxic particles that are suspended in the air.

In an exclusive interview, Professor Francelyne Marano gives plenty of practical advice in the event of an alert and tells us why and when we talk about "peak pollution". But our expert also explains why the real danger of fine particles does not come from pollution peaks ...!

Useful links :
Plume Air Report: free application for smartphone (iphone and android) that warns in real time pollution level of large French cities.
Air Parif: body responsible for monitoring air quality in Ile-de-France: www.airparif.asso.fr/
PREV'AIR: National Platform for Air Quality Forecasting: //www2.prevair.org/
Atmo France: Federation of Air Quality Monitoring Associations: www.atmo-france.org

Authors: Elide Achille and Dr. Nicolas Evrard.
Expert consultant: Professor Francelyne Marano, President SFSE ( French Society of Health and Environment). Member of the High Council of Public Health.

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