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The biggest environmental threat in Riga is pollution caused by vehicles’ exhaust gases

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULooking at the main factors that create the most pollution to Latvia’s environment, 53% of Riga residents mentioned pollution caused by vehicle exhaust gases, according to results of Baltic International Bank’s Latvian barometer data.

The opinion regarding pollution differs in Latvia’s regions, where intense traffic is rare. Residents there say the biggest problem is associated with pollution caused by household chemicals and waste.

Residents also mention other major factors. Residents in Vidzeme, for example, say excessive use of natural resources is very damaging to the environment, Residents in Riga also mention pollution created by industrial facilities. Residents interviewed in Zemgale and Kurzeme are worried about problems in agricultural production processes that involve pesticides and other chemical substances that can potentially impact the environment.

Vidzeme residents sort their waste; Riga residents save resources

To protect the environment, residents most often decide to sort their waste. It turns out that Vidzeme residents are active the most when it comes to sorting waste – more than 52% of residents of this region of Latvia sort their waste. Riga residents are lazier in this regard – 32%. Instead, Riga residents are more active in saving electricity, water and other resources – 42%.

Looking at other popular environmental protection activities, residents in Riga (23%) and Zemgale (30%) also actively participate in public and individual cleanup events. Vidzeme’s residents also often participate in cleanup events (25%). Residents in Latgale (22%) believe it is important to consider reduction of consumption. This is why they try to limit and reduce purchases of products they can do without.

Residents in Vidzeme, Zemgale and Latgale see perspectives in the use of renewable energy resources

According to the study, if residents had money from some fund that they could freely invest in environmental protection, the majority of Latvia’s residents would invest that money into protection of the country’s forests and Baltic Sea. As for other options, this is where residents’ opinions differ. 28% of residents in Riga and 30% of residents in Kurzeme believe that to improve Latvia’s environmental situation, it would be best to invest money in informing residents and providing them with better education. Residents in Vidzeme (44%), Zemgale (34%) and Latgale (38%) see investment perspectives in the development of renewable energy resources.

In regards to environmentally friendly technologies that are worth introducing in Latvia, residents unanimously mentioned better waste processing technologies. 49% of Vidzeme residents and 42% of Kurzeme residents also mentioned quality water-cleaning systems. Interviewed residents in Zemgale (49%) and Latgale (47%) also mentioned the need for renewable energy resources. Riga residents (39%) mentioned combating pollution caused by vehicle exhaust gasses.

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  1. LH says:

    Maybe one day people will learn that it is not so clever, for example, to wait with running engines in front of schools, supermarkets and shopping malls. Still find it shocking to see how irresponsible people act when it comes to environmental matters.

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