Éire / Ireland

The Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a new tool that allows people to check the air quality in their area and adjust their outdoor activities accordingly. Ireland has the most asthma cases in Europe with 470,000 people affected, and estimates that there are roughly 1,300 premature deaths annually due to air pollution.

The main pollutants in Ireland include particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, and ozone. While particulate matter levels have decreased by 38% in the country since 2010, several urban areas still exceed WHO guidelines. Nitrogen dioxide levels have increased by 10% since 2010 due to traffic emissions.

The forecasting tool works usig a rating scale of 1-10 and a colour-coded map with air quality predictions for up to three days in advance, as well as recommendations for reducing exposure to poor air quality.

More information can be found here: https://www.euronews.com/green/2023/11/03/ireland-has-the-most-asthma-cases-in-europe-a-new-air-quality-forecast-is-designed-to-help