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Minsk MAP AIR QUALITY ANALYSIS AND STATISTICS

Is there much information about air quality on the air pollution map for Minsk?

The air pollution map for Minsk is very easy to access from the main city page. The map icon will be seen at the very top of the main city page and clicking anywhere on it will open a new page filled with information about air quality in and around the city.

When the map is first seen, the overall colour will be the first thing the viewer will notice. This colour is a direct indication of the current air quality. The significance of the various colours is shown in the legend at the foot of the page. Colours range from pale green to dark maroon. The darker the colour, the worse the air quality. The colour is currently green which indicates “Good” quality air. These are standard colours used across the entire IQAir website.

On the main city page is a coloured banner across the top of the main screen. Within this banner is a number which is the United States Air Quality Index number or US AQI for short. To the right of this number is an asterisk which indicates that the data is collected from overhead satellites and not from ground-level air monitoring stations. Not all cities have access to their own monitoring stations so they have to rely on satellite information, however, this figure is calculated in exactly the same way. Six of the most common air pollutants are measured and the US AQI reading is calculated from that data. The common pollutants are Particulate Matter (PM2.5 and PM10), ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide. The whole system is endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

At the start of the fourth quarter of 2022, Minsk was enjoying a period of “Good” quality air with a US AQI reading of just 5. The main pollutant measured was PM2.5 with a figure of 1.1 µg/m³. This reading is well within the target figure of 5 µg/m³ as recommended by the WHO.

Is there any more information about air quality on the air pollution map for Minsk?

There is a lot more information on the air pollution map for Minsk, but in order to see it all, the map needs to be viewed in full-screen mode otherwise some information may remain obscured.

On the left-hand side of the screen will be a list of four options which can all be individually selected and deactivated for a clear idea of what functions they perform.

The first option would show the location of the ground-level monitoring stations, but as already stated, Minsk has no physical stations and relies on satellite modelling to obtain its data.

The second option shows the position of any wildfires which may be burning within the vicinity of the city. Currently, there are no icons on the map which would indicate the presence of any fires. Option four is a useful addition because it shows the wind speed and direction which will help see where the smoke from the fires will blow.

Option three is possibly the most dramatic as it can change the colour of the map to show the current air quality. Some people may find the overall colour to be too intrusive in which case by deactivating it, the colours will revert to a more neutral tone.

There is more information on the air pollution map for Minsk over on the far right of the screen. Here is found a table which lists the world cities in order of their air quality. By default, only seven cities appear in the table but by choosing to see more information, a new page will open showing all of the world’s participating cities.

Does the air quality map for Minsk show where all the air pollution comes from?

The source of the polluted air is not directly shown on the air quality map for Minsk but it is known that the main source of air pollution is from motor vehicles. Going outside from 8 to 9 am and from 5 to 7 pm is dangerous for health. These are the main times of the day for commuting. Another source of pollution comes from industrial enterprises and the time of the year can make a difference, too. In Minsk, the highest concentration of dust (the so-called solid PM10 particles) is observed in late March and early April. The main reason is the lack of precipitation, which does not wash away the dirt from the asphalt.

Exhaust gases contain nitrogen and carbon oxides, sulphur dioxide, aromatic hydrocarbons, and lead compounds. They can cause the development of diseases in the respiratory and nervous systems, and provoke the development of allergic reactions, and skin diseases.

Dust pollution also is blown in from other countries, namely Poland and Ukraine.

PM2.5 is often used as a standard on the air pollution map for Minsk but how dangerous is it?

Recently, with accelerated urban development and modernization, air pollution is worsening and its impact on human health has become a main research topic. Air pollutants include gaseous pollutants and particle matter (PM). The pathogenicity of PM is determined by their size, composition, origin, solubility and their ability to produce reactive oxygen. Studies have shown that smog is generally caused by high concentrations of fine particles (referred to as PM2.5) or aerosols. It has been found that PMs with an aerodynamic diameter smaller than 10 microns have a greater impact on human health. One group of PM identified, PM2.5, have small diameters, but large surface areas and may therefore be capable of carrying various toxic stuff, passing through the filtration of nose hair, reaching the end of the respiratory tract with airflow and accumulating there, damaging other parts of the body through air exchange in the lungs.

PM10 particles with a diameter of 10 micrometres or less are small enough to pass through the throat and nose and enter the lungs. Once inhaled, these particles can affect the heart and lungs and cause serious health effects.

PM2.5 particles with a diameter of 2.5 micrometres or less are so small they can get deep into the lungs and eventually pass into the bloodstream. There is sufficient evidence that exposure to PM2.5 over long periods can cause adverse health effects.


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