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Pollution in Reykjavík Repeatedly Exceeds Health Limit

The level of small particles in the air in Iceland’s capital exceeded the health protection limit of 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air on Thursday, which is the sixth time since January 1.

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From a playschool. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

At many playschools children were not allowed to go out to play because of it, visir.is reports.

Both air pollution monitor stations in Reykjavík measured the quantity of airborne particles being well above the limit; 456 micrograms per cubic meter at Grensásvegur and 623 at Tunguvegur, Fréttabladid reports.

According to an announcement from the Public Health Authority, there are many reasons behind the air pollution in the past few days, including dust from the environment, car exhaust and dust blown up from the roads due to windy conditions.

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