Golden Winter Night Walk in the Outskirts of Finland
Welcome scene walker
Tonight i will take you through the outskirts of Southern Finland.
It’s early February, so we are accompanied by a lot of snow.
Since most people are now asleep, i don’t think we’ll see anyone this late.
As if there would even be a crowd during the day.
In another scene i briefly talked about air quality in Finland.
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So i thought it would be a nice idea to talk more deeply about that topic.
After some research i managed to find results in global air pollution for the year 2021.
Of the 118 countries listed, Finland is almost in last place at 112.
That’s bad isn’t? Wrong, because the lowest in this ranking are the least polluted.
The air quality in Finland was rated ‘Good’, based on the WHO recommendation.
The cleanest city was Muonio (Lapland) and the most polluted city, Lohja (Southern Finland).
That means that Finland’s capital, Helsinki, is cleaner compared to other more compact cities.
Looking at the numbers, Finland had a figure of 5.63 µg/m³, compared to the most polluted country, Bangladesh, with a figure of 83.3 µg/m³.
What are the main causes of air pollution in Finland?
Emissions such as traffic and wood burning are the largest sources in cities.
Industry, energy production and agriculture also contribute to pollution.
Dust on the streets deteriorates the air quality, so washing the streets is a necessity.
Street dust is caused by wear of the surface, brake discs and the use of studded tires.
It’s not only the streets that cause pollution, the ships at sea also contribute to this.
Emissions from ships are in the same range as households, industry and road transport on the mainland.
The port of Helsinki will invest in the near future, the distribution of shore-side electricity to ships.
This can reduce emissions from ships staying in port by as much as 50-80%.
In a previous scene i talk about district heating in Finland.
I’ll link this scene to the top right corner of your screen and the description below.
Finland has had a tradition of heating homes by wood-burning stoves for many years, but these stoves pollute the air heavily.
Wood burning regulations are tightening, forcing manufacturers to develop cleaner solutions.
Air pollution is harmful to people and the environment.
Some common side effects include irritation symptoms, such as itchy throat and eyes, runny nose and cough.
A higher concentration can cause severe symptoms, especially in cardiac and respiratory patients.
Air pollution in Europe has decreased significantly in recent years. However, pollution levels are still too high and the problems persist.
Reducing and developing cleaner solutions therefore remains important.
I will share a link in the description showing the air quality in Finland.
LIVE AIR QUALITY
If you made it this far, thank you and i hope it was an interesting read.
Together we learn, explore and walk through the scenes.
Have a nice day and stay safe.
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