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Friday, 25 January 2013

Air pollution in the Czech Republic

Level: Advanced / C1

Emissions cuts have failed to reduce pollution in one of the big industrial areas in the Czech Republic. Read this article from The Prague Post and answer the following questions:
1) What is causing the smog?
2) When did pollution problems first begin?
3) What are PM2.5s?
4) How much has Arcelormittel spent on environmental improvements in the last ten years?
5) Lifespan in the region is shorter than the rest of the Czech Republic, but by how much?


Answers below!




ANSWERS!


1) Temperature inversion trapping pollution
2) The 19th century
3) Particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter
4) Four billion crowns (4bn Kč)
5) About five years shorter

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