Air pollution in Cuba is on the rise, said researchers in the government newspaper Granma.
Rosemary López Lee, of Cuba’s Meteorology Institute and main author of an air pollution study, said that several monitoring stations around the island found an increase in levels of sulfates and nitrates, mainly coming from sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide emissions between November 2008 and April 2010.
The study was presented at the end of the Atmospheric Contamination Workshop in Havana in early June. López Lee, said the increase was largely due to an increase in the use of fossil fuels for industry.
One of the biggest indicators was acid rain in the eastern Cuban provinces of Holguin, Santiago and Camaguey.
López Lee, said her unit at the Institute, the Center for Atmospheric Pollution and Chemistry, is researching more to find the limits that would be acceptable for human inhabitants.