Articles | Volume 21, issue 23
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 17865–17883, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-17865-2021
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 17865–17883, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-17865-2021
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Annual exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in urban environments linked to wintertime wood-burning episodes

Irini Tsiodra et al.

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We analyze observations from year-long measurements at Athens, Greece. Nighttime wintertime PAH levels are 4 times higher than daytime, and wintertime values are 15 times higher than summertime. Biomass burning aerosol during wintertime pollution events is responsible for these significant wintertime enhancements and accounts for 43 % of the population exposure to PAH carcinogenic risk. Biomass burning poses additional health risks beyond those associated with the high PM levels that develop.
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