ONE ONLINE MEETING
WHY IS AIR QUALITY IMPORTANT?
Undoubtedly climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time, which will increasingly affect humanity in the coming years. At the same time, climate change directly affects not only us, humans, but also biodiversity, the planet’s ecosystems, and hence the resources and other “benefits” that humanity has from nature (eg access to water, food, regulation and emergence). of new pests, diseases, and drugs,).
On average, an adult inhales about 10,000 liters of air per day. In this sense, the quality of the air we breathe is of great importance to our health. Today, in the big cities of Bulgaria and Europe, polluted air is a real threat to people.
The term “air pollution” applies to various pollutants – chemical, physical, biological or other, which in some way affect and change the natural characteristics of the atmosphere and affect human health and the environment. Everywhere air pollution affects the quality of life, unfortunately reflecting in the registered cases with lethal outcomes and the increased number of respiratory diseases.
The control of the levels of atmospheric pollutants creates preconditions for management and improvement of the air quality in accordance with the current regulations, as the final effect, which is aimed at reducing the negative impact and improving the air quality.
Our group on the project “Future cities smart and sustainable solutions” realised an online meeting with Municipality Bourgas to collect information about the measures that have been taken by the municipality and make and keep the city air clean. We have understood that it has won a European project which is called “Bulgarian municipalities work together to improve the quality of the atmospheric air”
In the current stage – Pilot phase, the developed approach for replacement of the old stoves will be applied for the first time, and a total of 80 households will be covered.
Within the project, the Municipality of Burgas is provided free replacement of old heating appliances with wood and coal for 1,994 households with environmentally-friendly forms of heating: gas, central heating, and pellets.
Our students and teachers have learned that there are three stations- one mobile and two stationary that measure the quality of the air in town.
At the beginning of the heating season, the Mobile Air Quality Control Station is already located in the Central City Hall, on Oborishte Street, opposite the Criminal Parking Lot. In automatic mode, continuous 24-hour measurements are performed for the concentrations of basic and specific air pollutants – benzene, styrene, hydrogen sulfide, ozone, sulfur, and nitrogen oxides, as well as fine dust particles. Real-time access to the monitoring data is provided, as detailed information on the limit values for each pollutant is available through the website of the municipality at www.burgas.bg, Section “Environment”, Atmospheric air quality in Burgas .create
It was a very interesting meeting and we will use the information in our work on the project to create our smart and sustainable solutions. We were promised to have some other meetings with the hospitable municipality members to understand what is going on with the other natural components in our city.