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Successful webinar on smog in Poland

HEAL in Poland organised a webinar for journalists interested in the issue of smog. Experts working on clean air informed them about a range of topics from air quality laws to scientific and health issues. The webinar took place as almost the whole country was experiencing a smog episode.

During October and November this year, Poland suffered from a huge smog episode. For two weeks more than 70 percent of the country was covered by a blanket of air pollutants, and the media reported widely on it.

The webinar ‘What are the things you do not know about the smog?’ was organised to inform journalists about air quality and discuss how to work better on this issue. The journalists reacted positive to the discussions as they realise the seriousness and importance of air quality.

Presentations were given by HEAL in Poland, the Polish Green Network and Client Earth.

HEAL’s Lukasz Adamkiewicz focused on how smog affects the body and the negative processes it triggers in human organisms. He stressed that air pollution causes extremely high external health costs and explained the methodology of counting these costs.

Marek Józefiak from the Polish Green Network explained how to properly interpret air quality norms as there is still confusion in the media about PM10 concentrations.

Małgorzata Smolak from ClientEarth presented information on air quality laws. She focused on the most important laws and pointed out the records that give people the right to clean and healthy air. She also stressed the duties of the authorities in providing citizens with cleaner air.

Originally posted on 17 December 2015

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