Copenhagens’ major roads significantly more polluted than elsewhere in the city

Source: CitiesToday, IQAir

New air quality maps show that Copenhagen’s major access roads have nearly three times more (ultra)fine particles and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and five times higher black carbon levels than quieter residential areas. The maps are made through collaboration between Google and the city of Copenhagen.

Even though Copenhagens’ air quality has improved in recent years, and the air quality level was determined as “good” in 2020, this does not seem to apply to motorways, major access roads, and even in the inner city. In Copenhagen alone, about 550 people die prematurely every year due to air pollution.

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