This graph shows that four monitoring sites in Scotland's largest four cities breached the PM10 annual mean Air Quality Strategy (AQS) objective of 18μg/m3 in 2015. None of these sites were in Glasgow. Between 1990 and 2014, Scottish emissions of PM10 fell by 46% .
Only measurements from monitoring sites with a data capture rate of greater than 75% are shown in the graphs above.
PM10 is among the most harmful of all air pollutants. When inhaled, these particles evade the respiratory system's natural defences and lodge deep in the lungs.
Health problems begin as the body reacts to these foreign particles. PM10 can increase the number and severity of asthma attacks, cause or aggravate bronchitis and other lung diseases, and reduce the body's ability to fight infections.
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