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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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Ireland’s Air Pollutant Emissions 1990-2030: EPA Report

The EPA has published (June 4) its Ireland's Air Pollutant Emissions 1990 -2030 Report which provides details of emissions of air pollutants in Ireland in the period 1990 to 2018 and projected emissions of these pollutants for 2020 and 2030. The report focuses on the five key pollutants with emission ceilings (limits) for which Ireland has compliance commitments under the National Emissions Cei...
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Air pollution levels have plummeted, but will we take heed of the lessons?

Air pollution levels and warming gases are showing significant drops worldwide as Covid-19 shuts down entire regions.  In particular, at one of the world’s most famous tourist spots, fish were seen for the first time years in cleaner and clearer waters in Venice’s canals as tourism halted. Satellite images have also been circulating showing how the scale of the powerful lockdowns have reduced a...
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Committing to climate-neutrality by 2050: EU Commission proposes European Climate Law & consults on European Climate Pact

The European Commission presented a proposal yesterdaey to enshrine in legislation the EU's political commitment to be climate neutral by 2050, to protect the planet and our people. The European Climate Law sets the 2050 target and the direction of travel for all EU policy, and gives predictability for public authorities, businesses and citizens. At the same time, the Commission is launching a pub...
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Dublin pledges to improve air quality by 2030

Dublin has become the first city in the country to sign up to a global campaign to improve air quality levels by 2030.  The region's four local authorities have backed the BreatheLife campaign in what has been described as a "rare joint pledge".   Dublin's Deputy Lord Mayor, Tom Brabazon told RTÉ News the city has to take action now to protect the health of citizens.  ...
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Dublin most congested city in Western Europe

Dublin has been ranked as the most congested city in Western Europe and as one of the most congested cities globally, according to an international survey of traffic data.  The ninth edition of the annual Traffic Index report form the technology company TomTom provides detailed insights on live and historic road congestion levels in cities around the world. Dublin is listed as the 17th ...
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Google expands air pollution tool to Dublin

Google, in conjunction with Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, has expanded Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE), its digital tool aimed at helping cities to measure air pollution, to five additional cities in Europe including Dublin, plus four in the UK (Manchester, Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Coventry). EIE uses "unique Google data sources and modelling capabilities to produ...
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Nitrogen Dioxide levels in Dublin, due to traffic, pose a public health risk

Studies showing that many areas in Dublin have high levels of the air pollutant Nitrogen Dioxide. Levels are highest at urban traffic locations with some locations at risk of exceeding the statutory EU limit for Nitrogen Dioxide. If further studies confirm that the levels of Nitrogen Dioxide have been exceeded, local authorities in Dublin and its suburbs will be required to prepare air qua...
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Ammonia pollution damaging more than 60% of UK land – report

Ammonia and nitrogen pollution, mostly from farms, is harming more than 60% of the UK’s land area and hitting the most sensitive habitats for plants and wildlife hardest, a government report has found, despite there being no clear plans to monitor or reduce its impact.  More than 85% of England’s total land area receives ammonia concentrations above the critical level set to protect lichens, mosse...
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The key air pollution problems in Ireland – World Environment Day

The latest EPA report on air quality shows that Ireland is consistently above the WHO Air Quality Guideline value for fine particulate matter (PM2.5).  This pollutant has been highlighted as  having  the  greatest  negative  impact on  the  health  of  the Irish  population – responsible for 1,100 of a total 1,150 premature deaths in 2015. The predominant source of this pollution arises from th...
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