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The special bilingual issues that Academia magazine publishes from time to time, such as the one you are holding in your hands, offer a platform by which scholars of the Polish Academy of Sciences present opinions and position statements on pressing topics that attract broad societal interest. Previous special issues have addressed human migrations, vaccinations, polar research, and the Białowieża Primeval Forest. This special issue is devoted to the cumbersome problem of smog.
The phenomenon of smog is here examined from the standpoint of four outstanding experts:
• a professor of medicine, whose research interests revolve around allergic disorders of the respiratory system, the respiratory impact of airborne dust particles, and lung cancer,
• a geophysicist and an engineer, who describe the characteristics of dust particles, their occurrence in the atmosphere, and how Poland’s smog problem compares to that of other European countries,
• an outstanding specialist dealing with eco-energy, distributed power generation and environmental protection technologies.
The authors of the texts herein therefore differ widely in terms of the fields of expertise and their professional backgrounds. Something they all share, however, is a conviction that smog is dangerous and exerts a major impact on our economy and health. One thing is certain: the excessive air pollution problem in many parts of Poland absolutely must be reduced. Efforts in this direction will presumably spark many conflicts and dilemmas. But first the phenomenon of smog needs to be understood thoroughly and properly. It is this objective that this special issue of Academia magazine aims to serve.
Prof. Jerzy Duszyński, President of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Table of Contents:
Assoc. Prof. Jacek Wojciech Kamiński, Asst. Prof. Joanna Strużewska
Prof. Janusz Milanowski
Prof. Jan Kiciński
From Nuisance to Technological Specialty
In the Lens