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Vast majority of Europe’s urban population remains exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution

Vast majority of Europe’s urban population remains exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution Despite a noticeable drop in air pollution from road transport in 2020 due to COVID-19 lockdown measures, breaches of European air quality standards remain a common occurrence across the European Union (EU), according to the EEA briefing ‘Europe’s air quality status 2022.'  The EEA briefing presents the l...
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Public consultation on the draft Clean Air Strategy for Ireland launched

Public consultation on the draft Clean Air Strategy for Ireland launched The Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, recently launched a public consultation on the draft Clean Air Strategy for Ireland.  Speaking at the launch, Minister Ryan said “Clean air is central to supporting life in all its forms and the environment on which we all depend. It is also synonym...
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Emissions from road traffic and domestic heating behind breaches of EU air quality standards across Europe

Emissions from road traffic and domestic heating behind breaches of EU air quality standards across Europe Breaches of EU air quality limits for nitrogen dioxide across Europe were predominantly due to road traffic, while domestic heating lay behind the majority of exceedances for particulate matter, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) assessment on air quality plans.  Over the perio...
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Majority of Europeans exposed to levels of air pollutants known to damage health.  

Majority of Europeans exposed to levels of air pollutants known to damage health. The EEA ‘Air quality in Europe 2021’ report updates and expands on an earlier assessment of the status of air quality by comparing pollutant concentrations in ambient air across Europe against the new WHO air quality guidelines published in September 2021. It finds that the majority of Europeans are exposed to level...
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Air pollution from traffic down last year due to Covid restrictions – EPA report

Air pollution from traffic down last year due to Covid restrictions - EPA report The level of air pollution from traffic last year in Ireland was down on previous years due to the impact of Covid-19 restrictions, according to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency.  However, the EPA said that levels of sulphur dioxide and ozone were above the air quality guidelines specified by the...
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Cleaner air could have saved at least 178,000 lives across the EU in 2019

Cleaner air could have saved at least 178,000 lives across the EU in 2019 Air pollution continued to cause a significant burden of premature death and disease in Europe in 2019. A European Environment Agency (EEA) analysis, published today, shows that improving air quality to the levels recently recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) could prevent more than half of the premature death...
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Irish people very concerned about air pollution – CSO

Irish people very concerned about air pollution - CSO Most Irish households have serious concerns about water and air pollution but fewer than a third would support traffic restrictions or congestion charges to fight the problem.  By contrast, nearly three quarters favour stricter controls on industrial and energy-production activities, a new survey from the Central Statistics Office reveals. ...
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Industrial air pollution in Europe costs society up to €433 billion – EEA Briefing

Industrial air pollution in Europe costs society up to €433 billion - EEA Briefing Emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases from large industrial sites in Europe cost society between €277 and €433 billion, in 2017, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) analysis, published today. About half of the annual cost is caused by just 211 facilities, around 2 % of the largest industrial...
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Air pollution still too high in most EU Member States

Air pollution still too high in most EU Member States The EEA briefing ‘Europe’s air quality status 2021’ BRIEFINGEurope’s air quality status 2021 presents the latest official data for 2019, as well as provisional data for 2020, on concentrations of key air pollutants measured at over 4,500 monitoring stations across 40 European countries. The EEA data show that air pollution is still a major ...
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National Emission reduction Commitments Directive reporting status 2021 – EEA

National Emission reduction Commitments Directive reporting status 2021 - EEA The European Union (EU) as a whole respected emission ceilings for four key pollutants in 2019, including nitrogen oxides, non-methane volatile organic compounds, sulphur dioxide and ammonia, according to a new European Environment Agency briefing. Nevertheless, Member States still need to make deeper cuts in emissions ...
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