Around 90 per cent of city dwellers in the EU are exposed to one of the most damaging air pollutants at levels deemed harmful to health by the World Health Organisation (WHO), according to a new report on air quality in Europe, published by the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Workshop: Cows are not cars
- how to best limit GHGs and air pollution from food production? End-of-pipe solutions also have their limitations in other sectors, but in food production they are even more evident. Join our two-day workshop in Copenhagen 15-16 November.
Slashing greenhouse gas emissions could save millions of lives
Reducing our reliance on fossil fuels will cut air pollution, saving lives and therefore money. So switching to clean energy would pay for itself almost immediately, according to a new analysis ”Co-benefits of mitigating global greenhouse gas emissions for future air quality and human health" ..
Air pollution from barges to be cut
The European Commission has announced actions to cut air pollution from barges as part of a plan to get more freight onto rivers and canals. Around 6% of European cargo is transported on barges. Emission limits for new engines from 2014 and possible further limits for existing engines in 2015 and 2016 will be proposed under the Commission’s Naiades II package “Towards quality inland waterway transport.”
Source: ENDS Europe Daily, 10 September 2013
US: Air pollution causes 210,000 deaths each year
Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) estimate that total combustion emissions in the United States account for about 200,000 premature ..
Hot summer – high ozone pollution
Unusually high temperatures this summer have contributed to poor air quality in many European cities. Thresholds to protect health from ground-level ozone have been exceeded across Europe, according to preliminary data reported to the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Improve shipping efficiency
The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has assessed the long-term prospects for increasing shipping efficiency. The study ..
Need for stronger EU action on air pollution
A new scientific review on air pollution conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that the EU needs to step up efforts to improve air quality.
EU air pollutant emissions data updated
Many air pollutant emissions are below internationally agreed limits, except nitrogen oxides, according to a new European Environment Agency report. The report includes emissions over the period 1990-2011 for the air pollutants sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) ..
Agreement on EU’s 7th EAP
In late June representatives from the outgoing Irish presidency and the European Parliament agreed the final text of the EU’s seventh environment action programme (7EAP) for the period to 2020. The new EAP sets out priority objectives for EU environment policy in a range of areas. It foresees the adoption of new targets for climate and energy as well as a wide range of new measures to make products more efficient, longer lasting and easier to repair and recycle.