Smoke Can Kill

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POSTED: August 22, 2006

According to today’s international edition of Helsingin Sanomat smoke “from forest fires burning in Russia drifted into Southern Finland once again on Monday afternoon. In the Helsinki region the air suddenly turned grey and the smell of the smoke was noticeable indoors as well.”

The small particle content of the air in Helsinki reached record levels – about 20 times the normal figure.

The article explains the background to this – the fires that have burned in Russia all summer, and the growing demand for stronger political action.

Smoke over the water

This photograph was taken for HS by Leif Rosas. Normally the buildings behind the boat would be fully visible and shining in the summer sunlight.