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Air Pollution Dangerously High on New Year’s Eve

Airborne particle pollution in Reykjavík was much higher than the health protection limit during the first hours of the new year. In one area pollution measured as high as 425 micrograms per cubic meter. The health protection limit is 50.

However, when the entire 24 hours are taken into account, airborne particle pollution was below health protection limit on New Year’s Eve, ruv.is reports.

The high pollution levels were caused by a combination of fireworks set off at midnight to celebrate the new year and slow wind. Wind picked up speed later in the night, which reduced pollution.

Airborne particle pollution has measured above health protection limits in Reykjavík in the early hours of New Year’s Day for the past few years.

According to guideline limits on pollution, airborne particle pollution should not have exceeded health protection limits more than 18 times in 2008, while in reality it occurred on 25 occasions.

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