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Traffic-induced health hazard worst in Stavanger. Western Norway’s oil capital comes bottom of the pollution scale. The Norwegian Climate and Pollution Agency (Klif) reports Stavanger had the highest number of traffic dust days during the winter nationally. According to officials, each municipality is permitted to have 35 days during the year, where the maximum traffic dust concentration is 50 micrograms per cubic metre. Stavanger has had 49 so far, an all-time high, according to regional paper Stavanger Aftenblad.

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Traffic-induced health hazard worst in Stavanger

Published on Thursday, 2nd May, 2013 at 13:39 under the news category, by Maria Passarivaki and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 2nd May 2013 at 13:55.

Western Norway’s oil capital comes bottom of the pollution scale. The Norwegian Climate and Pollution Agency (Klif) reports Stavanger had the highest number of traffic dust days during the winter nationally.

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Stavanger
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According to officials, each municipality is permitted to have 35 days during the year, where the maximum traffic dust concentration is 50 micrograms per cubic metre.

Stavanger has had 49 so far, an all-time high, according to regional paper Stavanger Aftenblad.

Klif advisor Sigmund Guttu explains the winter has seen a record number of traffic dust days, with all of southern Norway experiencing a considerable problem with this.

“However, Stavanger has exceeded the limit the most times due to a very dry spring, little wind, and driving with studded tires on bare asphalt,” he told the paper.

High asphalt dust concentrations can be dangerous for asthmatics and those with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), for example.

It could also worsen existing, or be a contributory factor in developing respiratory diseases, medical expert, the Institute of Public Health’s Marit Low explained.

Another health problem heavy traffic causes is increased nitrogen dioxide emissions.

Levels in Stavanger were approaching those of Bergen’s during the winter of 2010.

Pollution was dangerously-high in 12 Norwegian cities and towns. A blogger living in Bergen also caused concerns French tourists would not visit the western coast city due to its smog the following year’s winter.

According to Klif’s Mr Guttu, “Oslo been worst here [this year], but Stavanger, Bergen, Trondheim and Drammen have been exceeding the limits multiple times.”

Egil Bjørløw, head of health for Stavanger municipality, told Aftenbladet he is “very concerned” about the city’s increase in traffic dust.  He suggests introducing a studded tyre fee, as Oslo and Bergen have done, to try and combat the problem.

"It's not the first time air quality in Stavanger is bad, but this year's figures are a new record. Nearly 30 percent of motorists in Stavanger drive on studded tires. Some feel safer with studded tires, others drive on them out of habit. Figures coming from Bergen and Oslo show the percentage decreases if a fee is introduced,” he said.

Oslo and Fredikstad come after Stavanger, with 27 days, whilst Bergen and Trondheim have had 23 and 16 traffic dust days this year so far, respectively.



Published on Thursday, 2nd May, 2013 at 13:39 under the news category, by Maria Passarivaki and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 2nd May 2013 at 13:55.

This post has the following tags: stavangerpollution, cartrafficstavanger, pollutionnorway.





  
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