Ministry voices concern at worrying increase in air pollution

The Ministry of Environmental Protection announced on Tuesday that there was a dramatic increase in the number of days on which Israeli air quality fell below the minimum level recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to a press release published on Tuesday, studies into Israel's Ozone levels during 2008 revealed that Jerusalem experienced a 50% increase in such days compared to 2007, and that Afula underwent a 37% rise. Rehovot and Tel Aviv bucked the trend by recording reductions of 22% and 7% respectively. Records of Gush Etzion's air quality however showed that there were deviations from the WHO recommended level on a massive 70% of days during 2008.