Poland is one of the most polluted countries in the EU. Around 50 thousand people, mostly the elderly, die prematurely every year from diseases linked to air pollution. This shortens life expectancy of an average Polish citizen by around 9 months.

  • In many Polish towns and cities, the annual limit value for the carcinogenic benzo[a]pyrene is often exceeded by 500%.
  • WHO norms for annual PM2.5 concentrations were not met at any of the measurement stations, while for PM10 they were met at one station out of more than 250.