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Air pollution in Reykjavík reaches critical level

By Iceland Review

Air pollution in Reykjavík was above the health protection limit yesterday. The Environmental Health and Protection Office advised kindergarten teachers to keep children who suffer from respiratory diseases inside.

“We react by keeping them busy with fun assignments inside on days like these,” Kristín Einarsdóttir, principal of the kindergarten Gardaborg, told Fréttabladid.

“Although the kindergarten is next to a heavy-trafficked street, we are lucky to be situated close to Fossvogur Valley,” she explained.

“We can take children with asthma and other diseases to kindergartens in the neighborhood. We’ll find a solution to this,” Einarsdóttir added.

The weather conditions yesterday, with little wind and snowless streets, in combination with many cars having studded tires, caused the air pollution in the city to reach 68.8 micrograms per cubic meter, which is almost 19 micrograms above the health protection limit.

Reykjavík City Council decided yesterday to have experts at the Environmental Health and Protection Office make propositions on how to reduce air pollution.

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