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Increased Pollution Will Follow Windless New Year’s

It’s looking like it will be a windless and dry New Year’s Eve in Iceland this year, RÚV reports. This is good news for merry-makers, but also means that there will be considerably high pollution levels from the traditional New Year’s Eve fireworks extravaganza.

The annual sale of fireworks, which is held to raise money for Iceland’s Search and Rescue teams, begins on Friday. This year, seedlings will also be on sale, so that those who want to skip the fireworks can donate to the teams by funding a seedling to be planted in a grove outside Þorlákshöfn next summer.

Last year, dry and windless conditions facilitated a great deal of air fireworks-related air pollution around New Year’s and those with severe asthma and/or respiratory conditions are advised to stay indoors over the holiday, or at the very least wear a mask when outdoors.

The Environment Agency of Iceland also maintains a website (available in Icelandic and English) on which it is possible to monitor ambient air quality around Iceland, which may also be of use to those who have pollution-related respiratory issues this time of year.

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