Unfortunately, Romania is on the list of countries with a high degree of pollution. However, the number of those who choose to mine by bus, according to Environment Minister Tanczos Barna, has increased. In a recent interview, the official praised the Romanians who chose the bus as a means of transport, categorizing them as responsible.
Romania on the list of countries with a high degree of pollution
In a report published in March by Greenpeace, Romania was ranked 15th among the most polluted countries in Europe in 2020. In the same report, Bucharest ranked 51st in the ranking of world capitals, the most polluted.
According to the World Air Quality Report 2020, the data reported by monitoring stations around the world were analyzed. The data were subsequently aggregated through IQAir’s air quality information platform.
The report concludes that 84% of the countries monitored saw improvements in air quality last year. The improvements were mainly due to the overall measures taken to slow down the spread of COVID-19.
Improvements in air quality in 2020 compared to 2019 have been observed in cities such as Beijing, Chicago, Delhi, London, Paris, and Seoul, Greenpeace Romania announced. Globally, only 24 of the 106 countries monitored met the WHO’s annual recommendations for PM2.5 in 2020.
In Europe, about half of the cities exceed the WHO targets for annual PM2.5, according to the same report. The highest levels of pollution with PM2.5 were recorded in Southeast Europe, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Macedonia and Bulgaria, with Romania ranking 15th among the most polluted countries.
Environment Minister Tanczos Barna praises the Romanians who chose the bus as a means of transport
Although Romania has a high degree of pollution, it seems that Romanians have begun to become aware of this. As a result, a significant number of Romanians chose the bus as a means of transport, especially the ecological ones that refreshed the car parks in the big cities.
In a recent interview, Environment Minister Tanczos Barna praised their responsibility. At the same time, the minister added that those who chose the bus as a means of transport are not necessarily poor, but rather responsible.
“I don’t think there are poor people who stay in bus stations and wait for the bus or the tram or the bus to come. We cannot consider those who live there poor.
the problem is that one can make a wrong impression on these categories of citizens from the big cities who are responsible and who choose alternative options for traveling by car, ”the minister said in a press conference.
Statistical data show that, apart from Bucharest, the most polluted cities are Brasov, Timisoara, Iasi and Cluj-Napoca. However, it seems that in Cluj the data show an improvement in air quality, as noted by Tanczos Barna.
“The element of surprise this year was Cluj, where the effects of the measures taken in recent years were seen. There has been an improvement in air quality.
I understand that the measures taken by the authorities are sometimes unpopular, but there are no alternatives. The trend is one “, Barna added, according to Agerpres.