Recent study shows poor air quality in Santo Domingo


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Feb 20, 2019

A recent study carried out by the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) and international agencies shows the air in the capital city has contamination levels higher than the air quality guideline values recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

While the WHO establishes a annual guideline value for PM 2.5 (Particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 µm) at 10 µg/m3, the levels detected in Santo Domingo amount to 35.44 µg/m3, according to the recent study commissioned with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). As for soot or black carbon, a component of particulate matter, the levels found to be 14.75 (µg/m 3).

“This is even more important at this time of a worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, which is generally affecting the upper respiratory tract, and is a greater cause for concern,” said the Deputy Minister of...
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