Wednesday, June 1, 2011

LEBANON - The lack of oxygen in Beirutis

According to a study conducted in Beirut from 2008 to 2010, jointly by the American University of Beirut (AUB), the University Saint-Joseph (USJ) and the National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS) and financed by the Ile de France, "the rate of air pollution in the capital of Lebanon show that some harmful pollutants are present in the atmosphere at concentrations tenfold.

Thus, the concentration of nitrogen oxide, one of the most polluting harmful, was 58 micrograms per cubic meter in 2010, while the maximum rate allowed is 40 micrograms, "says the Beirut daily L'Orient-Le Jour. The rate of microscopic particles, generated by the dust of the streets, using the brakes or the incomplete combustion of fuel oil has exceeded the limits of at least 100%, while 93% of Beirutis are exposed to pollution than normal.

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