rockets and fireworks have created in the new year’s eve, especially in large cities, significant amounts of fine dust. Due to the weather conditions there was, especially in southern Germany, high particle load in the air.

measuring points, however, are few and far between, even cities only have a few stations. The Federal environment Agency has now published the highest measured values for the hour after midnight on new year’s eve.

The nation’s highest concentration, there were in Berlin-Friedrichshain: There are 853 micrograms of fine-dust particles were measured in size PM10 per cubic meter. Behind it is a Station in Reutlingen, Germany, followed with 805 micrograms per cubic meter, and one in the city centre of Leipzig with 781 micrograms per cubic meter. The daily average limit is 50 micrograms per cubic meter

With a larger distance of the measuring stations in Ottweiler (488), Karlsruhe (468), Darmstadt (467), Würzburg (452) and Friedrichshafen on lake Constance (450). Also in Cologne, Munich and other major cities were heavily fine dust values increased at one in the morning on 1. January measured.

of fine dust to a at on 1. January (measurements only at the points, the values in the other regions were derived from it.)

places in valleys in the South would have suffered for hours under the increased load of fine dust, reported Ute from the Federal environment Agency (UBA).

In contrast to southern Germany, made in the North of Germany, air movement, the dust clouds dissipated quickly. “In many places, blew a strong Wind and in some places it rained,” says Takes. “The thinned out and washes out.” Three hours after midnight, the values at most stations were in the normal range.

the fine dust values on average over the entire 1. January

Only 18 of the more than 300 measuring stations on 1. January, the allowable days exceeded the average of 50 micro grams per cubic metre, there were five places more than the new year to 2018. Including stops in Berlin-Friedrichshain, Reutlingen, three stations in Stuttgart, one in Darmstadt and one in Frankfurt.

The total amount of fine dust that is caused in Germany by the fireworks on new year’s eve, is considerable. It corresponds to about one-seventh of the amount of car transportation in this country in the year.

In Germany, transport, industry, agriculture and other sectors, a total of around 220,000 tonnes of PM10 release of fine dust per year. The share of the new year in fine dust amounts to around two percent.


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