Smog warning in the Netherlands

3rd July 2006, Comments 0 comments

3 July 2006, AMSTERDAM — A health agency forecast smog for most of the Netherlands on Monday and it cautioned the public to avoid heavy exertion in the open air to minimise the effect on health.

3 July 2006

AMSTERDAM — A health agency forecast smog for most of the Netherlands on Monday and it cautioned the public to avoid heavy exertion in the open air to minimise the effect on health.

A spokesperson for the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) said there was moderate smog over the Netherlands on Saturday but the air was cleaner the following day.

Smog air pollution can lead to shortness of breath, irritation of the airways and headaches. It is caused by the combination of emissions from human activity, high temperatures, lots of sun and the absence of wind. This cocktail leads to higher Ozone levels.

Moderate smog means that there are 180 to 240 micro-grams of Ozone per cubic metres. RIVM talks about severe smog when Ozone levels rise about 240 micro-grams per cubic metre.

The institute said it was not sure if there would be smog on Tuesday, as this is dependant on the weather conditions. Belgium has reduced the speed limit on its motorways to combat the smog there.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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