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EPA publishes Air Quality in Ireland 2019 report

EPA publishes Air Quality in Ireland 2019 report Two main pollutants were focused on: Particulate matter – PM2.5 and PM10 ‐ very small particles which can be solid or liquid. Particulate matter is usually just called PM with a number after it to show how small the PM is (These are PM10 and PM2.5).  The EPA monitors these two types of PM. PM2.5 is more important than PM10 from a health perspect...
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European Commission publishes second Air Quality Outlook report

Second Clean Air Outlook report: Full implementation of clean air measures could reduce premature deaths due to air pollution by 55% in 2030 The European Commission has published its second Air Quality Outlook report, which presents the prospects for reducing air pollution in the European Union up to 2030 and beyond.  According to the report, the number of premature deaths from air pollution coul...
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European governments failing to protect citizens from air pollution, EEA Report

European governments failing to protect citizens from air pollution, EEA report Governments across Europe are failing to protect their citizens from toxic air pollution, with most Europeans still breathing filthy air in their cities, according to data. Pollutants from farming, domestic heating and vehicles are beyond the levels needed to ensure breathable air within World Health Organization guid...
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Air Pollution in Northern Ireland 2019

Air Pollution in Northern Ireland 2019 Air Pollution in Northern Ireland 2019 has been has been published by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA). This statistical report reflects air quality in Northern Ireland for 2019 and contains summary information on key air quality monitoring results and analysis from data collected by automatic monitoring stations. Th...
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Green Deal – EU Commission adopts new Chemicals Strategy towards a toxic-free environment

EU Commission adopts new chemicals Strategy towards a toxic-free environment. Today, the European Commission adopted the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. The Strategy is the first step towards a zero pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment announced in the European Green Deal. The Strategy will boost innovation for safe and sustainable chemicals, and increase protection of human ...
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Sharp increase in dumping and ‘backyard burning’ during lockdown, says EPA

Sharp increase in dumping and ‘backyard burning’ during lockdown, says EPA A sharp rise in household waste generated during the Covid-19 lockdown led to big increases in illegal dumping and “backyard burning”, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report Ireland in the Pandemic - Environmental Observations.  Enquiries to the EPA website increased four-fold during the lockdown per...
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Emissions of most harmful air pollutants dropped in 2018 – EEA Report

Emissions of the five most harmful air pollutants, including particulate matter (PM), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and ammonia (NH3) reduced across the European Union between 2017 and 2018 according to updated data published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA). The data is from the annual EU emission inventory report sent to the UNECE Air Convention (Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air ...
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New EU report points to worsening Irish agriculture environmental credentials – An Taisce

Ireland is failing to limit escalating levels of dangerous ammonia air pollution due to continuing dairy intensification and excessive use of nitrogen from fertiliser and feeds. Due to government inaction on this issue, An Taisce has lodged a legal infringement complaint to the European Commission on the continued and increasing breach of the National Emissions Ceiling Directive (2016/2284/EU) on ...
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The crucial link between air pollution and biodiversity loss

The visual impact that air pollution is having on the natural environment may not be obvious to the untrained eye, but from the abundance of stinging nettles on the side of the road to the lack of bugs splattered on your car windscreen, biodiversity loss is real and it is getting worse.  In the UK alone, 15% of all species are threatened with extinction and 41% of species have declined in abundanc...
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Most EU Member States not on track to reduce air pollution by 2030

The assessment of Member States' first programmes of measures to control air emissions finds that the implementation of the new European clean air rules needs improvement. Member States need to step up efforts across all sectors to make sure their citizens can breathe clean air, preventing respiratory diseases and premature death caused by polluted air. EU Commissioner for the Environment, F...
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