Consumerism and air pollution in Turin

Elena Cancaro, Lavinia Ciuru, Alex Zanek
Because the affluent society is necessarily also effluent, since it introduces into the Nature (after taking resources) waste – waste and pollution – that contaminate our haunted cities and our intoxicated body. (Zygmunt Bauman).
Atmospheric pollution, which derives from both industrial emissions and the circulation of motor vehicles, is poisoning Turin, our city.
About PM 10 in Turin
Turin is a city that due to the morphological characteristics of its landscape is subject to air pollution, such as to produce continuous limitations on the circulation of diesel vehicles up to Euro 5.
The measures also concern Euro 5 diesel vehicles because this category of vehicles, despite having emissions of micropowders lower than those of the previous categories, is characterized by high NOx emissions, which are the main precursors of the secondary component of the particulate.
The municipality has set 3 levels of attention: the first level is 4 days of overrun of the threshold of 50 micrograms per cubic meter, the second level is set at 10 days of overrun (stop up to euro 5 diesel and petrol 0), the third level at 20 days of overrun (stop for all vehicles)

About PM 2,5 in Turin
Residents in the northern Italian city of Turin have the greatest exposure to deadly air pollution compared to other cities within the European Union, according to a study published by The Lancet recently.
The study, which involved 360,000 residents across 13 EU countries, found that the health dangers from pollution might be even greater than previously thought.
Out of the cities surveyed, Turin residents were found to have the greatest exposure to fine particles of pollution, known as PM2.5, which contribute to heart and lung disease and can lead to lung cancer.
Two surveys conducted for the report for Turin, Italy’s car manufacturing capital, recorded 30.1 and 30.0 microgrammes per cubic metre of the particles – above the EU’s recommended 25 microgrammes per cubic metre and four times more than those recorded in Stockholm, which is the cleanest city.
When combined with the death rates of participants during the study, Turin’s results were alarming, the report found.
“Prolonged exposure to tiny particles of soot or dust found in traffic fumes and industrial emissions may be more deadly below current EU air quality limits than previously thought,” the study said.

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