Air-Pollution Pileup: Mediterranean endures emissions from afar

12:06pm, October 23, 2002

Most Mediterranean countries aren't big polluters. A new survey suggests, however, that the area is a crossroads for pollution-carrying air currents from Europe, Asia, and North America.

According to an international team of 31 atmospheric chemists, climatologists, and others, these currents converge over the Mediterranean Sea, creating pollutant concentrations that routinely surpass the European Union's air-quality standards. The team reports its findings in the Oct. 25 Science.

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