Italy - Particulate matter concentration

PM10, country level (micrograms per cubic meter)

The value for PM10, country level (micrograms per cubic meter) in Italy was 20.63 as of 2010. As the graph below shows, over the past 20 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 40.87 in 1990 and a minimum value of 20.63 in 2010.

Definition: Particulate matter concentrations refer to fine suspended particulates less than 10 microns in diameter (PM10) that are capable of penetrating deep into the respiratory tract and causing significant health damage. Data for countries and aggregates for regions and income groups are urban-population weighted PM10 levels in residential areas of cities with more than 100,000 residents. The estimates represent the average annual exposure level of the average urban resident to outdoor particulate matter. The state of a country's technology and pollution controls is an important determinant of particulate matter concentrations.

Source: Kiran Dev Pandey, David Wheeler, Bart Ostro, Uwe Deichmann, Kirk Hamilton, and Katherine Bolt. "Ambient Particulate Matter Concentrations in Residential and Pollution Hotspot Areas of World Cities: New Estimates Based on the Global Model of Ambient Particulates (GMAPS)," World Bank, Development Research Group and Environment Department (2006).

See also:

Year Value
1990 40.87
1991 37.96
1992 35.92
1993 37.01
1994 35.53
1995 36.87
1996 34.43
1997 34.18
1998 33.35
1999 32.18
2000 32.90
2001 32.36
2002 32.20
2003 29.90
2004 27.60
2005 26.99
2006 26.07
2007 25.11
2008 23.06
2009 21.35
2010 20.63

Classification

Topic: Environment Indicators

Sub-Topic: Emissions