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2014-11-25

Air pollution and greenhouse gases from the larger industrial facilities cost the EU between €59 and €189 billion in 2012, according to a new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Half...

2014-11-19

While policies have improved air quality overall, air pollution is still the main environmental health hazard, resulting in high costs for health care systems, unhealthy workers and close to 450,...

2014-06-30

Emissions of nitrogen-containing air pollutants continue to harm sensitive ecosystems, according to a new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA), that assesses the proportion of European...

2014-06-30

Emission trends 1990-2012 for key air pollutants in the EU-28 as a whole and for individual member states, and the contribution from different sectors, are presented in a new report from the...

2014-06-12

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2014-06-04

Detailed data on pollutant emissions from industrial around 31 500 facilities across Europe has been published in the updated European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR).

The...

2014-05-21

The European Commission has published a CO2 strategy for heavy-duty vehicles (trucks, buses and coaches). Between 1990 and 2010, emissions of CO2 from these vehicles grew by...

2014-05-21

Air pollution is costing advanced economies plus China and India an estimated US$3.5 trillion a year in premature deaths and ill health, and these costs will rise unless government action is taken...

2014-05-05

Warmer temperatures and higher atmospheric levels of methane could increase summertime ozone levels in the United States by 70 per cent in 2050, according to a new study. Ground-level ozone can...

2014-03-24

Air pollutants are still being emitted above legal limits in the EU. An early analysis by the European Environment Agency (EEA) shows that 11 member states breached at least one national emission...

2014-03-14

Parts of France, Belgium and Germany are currently experiencing high pollutant levels, leading some areas to take urgent action to lower air pollution - for example, public transport was free in...

2014-03-13

During summer 2013, ground-level ozone exceeded legal limits in every member state, according to the European Environment Agency's annual report on this harmful pollutant. Although the number of...

2014-03-03

Nine out of ten EU citizens consider climate change a serious problem, and four out of five recognise that fighting climate change and using energy more efficiently can boost the economy and...

2014-02-27

The climate in the Arctic is changing faster than in mid-latitudes, as shown by increased temperatures, loss of summer sea ice, earlier snow melt, impacts on ecosystems, and increased...

2014-02-19

A recent decision by the EU Commission to grant Polish power plants more time to reduce emissions of hazardous air pollutants has upset health groups. The Polish government had requested a three-...

2014-02-18

A series of information leaflets aimed at providing individuals, health professionals and heart, lung and asthma patient groups with the latest science-based guidance on how air pollution affects...

2014-02-10

A food system in balance - how do we limit greenhouse gases and air pollution from food production?

Agriculture contributes to emissions of both air pollutants and greenhouse gases. It...

2014-01-22

Cuts of greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent compared to 1990 levels and at least 27 per cent share of renewables in the energy mix by 2030, were the two legally binding targets that the...

2013-12-18

Today the European Commission published a long-awaited new package of laws to improve air quality in the EU. The clean air policy package includes an update of existing legislation on National...

2013-12-03

Europe’s transport sector is still a major contributor to excessive levels of greenhouse gases, air pollution and noise, according to the 2013 edition of...

2013-12-02

British coal power plants cause 1,600 premature deaths, 68,000 additional days of medication, 363,266 working days lost each year and more than a million incidents of lower respiratory symptoms,...

2013-11-28

While new-generation Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) petrol engines make petrol cars more fuel-efficient and emit less CO2, new research findings show that these new petrol engines...

2013-11-22

The largest coal-burning power plant in North America, Nanticoke Generating Station on the north shore of Lake Erie, will stop burning coal this year, as the Canadian province of Ontario announced...

2013-11-22

Without concerted action, emissions of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O) could almost double across the world by 2050, but reduction efforts would more than pay for themselves,...

2013-11-07

Meeting the energy and climate targets for 2030 that are currently under discussion in the European Commission would save up to €35 billion euro per year in health costs as air pollution declines...

2013-10-24

Bicycle sales outpaced new-car sales last year in all EU countries, except Belgium and Luxembourg. The top five countries where bikes outsold cars the most in 2012 were Lithuania, Greece, Romania...

2013-10-17

The air we breathe has now been officially classified by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) cancer agency as carcinogenic to humans.

After thoroughly reviewing the latest available...

2013-10-15

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...

2013-10-14

Cows are not cars – how to best limit greenhouse gases and air pollution from food production?

Agriculture contributes to emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases. It is both...

2013-09-22

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 ”...

2013-09-10

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....

2013-08-29

Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) estimate that total combustion emissions in the United States account for about 200,000 premature deaths per year in the country due to...

2013-08-14

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,...

2013-07-23

The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has assessed the long-term prospects for increasing shipping efficiency. The study “...

2013-07-03

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.

WHO’s “...

2013-06-26

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...

2013-06-21

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....

2013-06-13

A new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) ”Reducing air pollution from electricity-generating...

2013-06-11

A new study for Greenpeace estimates that pollution from coal-fired power plants in the EU resulted in...

2013-06-06

Several air quality standards are still regularly exceeded in Europe, even though some of these limits were established more than a decade ago, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA)....

2013-06-06

Earlier this year Turkey ratified the global shipping emission regulation MARPOL Annex VI and the country is now planning to put an emission control area (ECA) proposal to the International...

2013-04-15

A climate tipping point that many fear is the melting of the Siberian permafrost. This would lead to the decomposition of the extremly carbon-rich soils found there and inevitably run-away climate...

2013-04-15

In the 2013 edition of their Signals report, the European Environment Agency (EEA) takes a closer look at air quality. “Signals 2013 – Every breath we take” consists of short and accessible...

2013-04-15

The 2013 edition of the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) Signals report takes a closer look on air quality. The report “Every breath we take” consists of short and accessible articles covering...

2013-04-14

The EU Commission has opened a public consultation on how to best shape an international climate change regime between 2020 and 2030. The consultation consists of nine open questions, including...

2013-03-14

Emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases from the shipping sector have increased substantially in the last two decades, contributing to both climate change and air pollution problems,...

2013-03-07

The health damage caused by coal-fired power stations’ air pollutant emissions in the EU costs up to €42.8 billion a year, according to a new study by the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)....

2013-03-05

As part of a public consultation launched by the European Commission on the review of all EU air policies, 60 environmental, health and citizens NGOs including AirClim urge the European Commission...

2013-02-07

The alert threshold for ozone (240μg/m3 mean for one hour) was exceeded in the European Union at 25 occasions in the summer of 2012, which is the lowest number ever since records began...

2013-01-18

Emssions from chainsaws, generators, bulldozers, fork lifts and other so called non-road mobile machinery (NRMM) contributes to an increasing proportion of many important air pollutants, despite...

2013-01-09

A recent Dutch study has found that protein from mealworms generates about half as much greenhouse gas emissions compared to protein from milk, pork or chicken, and about a tenth of protein from...

2013-01-08

A majority of Europeans believe that air quality has deteriorated in the last ten years. In Italy, as many as 81 % hold this view, and in Cyprus, France, Greece, Hungary, Romania and Spain, 70-75...

2012-12-21

Due to the increasing interest for shale gas in the EU, the European Commission has launched a citizen’s consultation on unconventional fossils fuels. They want to ensure that developments “are...

2012-12-14

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized an update to its national air quality standards for harmful fine particle pollution (PM2.5), including soot, setting the...

2012-12-13

Out of 20 major automobile manufacturers 18 had already in 2011 reached their individual 2012 CO2 targets, according to a report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). The two...

2012-12-13

Air pollution and the associated threats to the environment and human health continue to be a concern for many EU citizens. On 11 December, the European Commission launched a public consultation...

2012-10-11

Stricter carbon emissions standards for cars will likely result in more jobs, that is the conclusion of a new report by CE Delft, commissioned by Transport and Environment (T&...

2012-09-18

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In conjunction with the opening of this year's European Mobility Week this Monday the European Commission launched a public...

2012-09-05

Earlier analysis by the European Environment Agency that twelve member states exceed the limits of the NEC Directive is now confirmed by the countries’ own preliminary data for 2010. NOx is the...

2012-09-05

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The European Commission is considering harmonised rules on road charging for cars and has now opened a public consultation on the issue...

2012-09-04

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The United States has adopted new fuel economy standards for cars and light-duty trucks, which will raise average...

2012-09-03

Eleven EU member states have failed to meet one or more of their commitments under the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution. Denmark and Spain exceeded three ceilings (for nitrogen...

2012-09-03

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The Emissions Control Area (ECA) surrounding...

2012-07-11

Methrological installation in northern Canada. Photo: Jerome Lessard / Creative Commons

For the first time monthly mean levels of carbon dioxide...

2012-07-11

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Sea levels could rise significantly over the next few centuries, even if global warming is...

2012-05-23

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Brussels, 22 May 2012.
 
The EU has boosted efforts to remove one of the main sources of air pollution and acid...

2012-05-07

Parties to the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution reached a deal on amending the 1999 Gothenburg Protocol on air pollution at a meeting in Geneva last Friday....

2012-05-04

In northeastern Scandinavia, the temperature can increase by as much as 6°C in the coming century as compared to the reference period 1960-1990, according to experts from the...

2012-03-19

Ground level ozone causes health problems, decreases crop yields and damages the environment. A new report from the European Environmental Agency (EEA) show that the long-term objective (LTO) for...

2012-03-13

Environment Action Programmes (EAP) have guided the development of EU environment policy since the early seventies. With the 6th EAP from 2002 now in its final year, it is high time to replace it...

2012-03-12

National efficiency standards for appliances, lighting and other equipment will save consumers and businesses more than US$1.1 trillion by 2035, according to the report "The Efficiency Boom:...

2012-03-11

The Greenland ice sheet may disappear permanently at a much lower global temperature increase than previously thought, that shows research recently published in Nature and Climate Change....

2012-02-28

Speed controls on shipping could save billions in lower ship fuel bills and at the same time cut emissions of carbon dioxide and other air pollutants, according to a new report commissioned by...

2012-02-28

According to a group of ten leading environmental organisations in the EU, the negotiations for revising the Gothenburg Protocol of the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP...

2012-02-22

Twelve EU members states exceeded one or more of the emission limits set by the EU National Emission Ceilings (NEC) directive that covers four main air pollutants: sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen...

2012-02-16

The European Parliament's Environment Committee has voted in favour of EU ship fuel sulphur legislation to be stricter than the standards agreed at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in...

2012-02-14

Ozone pollution causes millions of tonnes of crop losses each year – not just in the regions where the air pollutants causing increased ozone levels are emitted, but across continents: Pollutants...

2012-02-14

A coalition of 11 states lead by the New York State, have taken legal action after the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to meet an October 2011 deadline for revising the...

2012-02-06

The economic crisis have made it cheaper to go beyond 20 per cent carbon emission reductions to 2020 than previously assumed, that is one of the out comes presented in a study from the European...

2012-01-31

The World Bank and the US State Department wants to finance a massive new coal-fired power plant in Kosovo. But new studies show that Kosovo does not need a new coal plant - they can achieve their...

2012-01-26

Both bird and butterfly communities in Europe have shifted rapidly northward in the past two decades, but compared to the change in average temperatures they are lagging behind. To be in step with...

2012-01-26

The largest single emitters of green house gases in the United States, are two coal-fired power plants in Georgia, followed by another one in Alabama, all with emissions exceeding 20 million...

2012-01-20

Yesterday the European Commission opened a public consultation on shipping and climate change, with the intention to collect opinions and background...

2011-11-03

The TckTckTck campaign is running a call in support of the Kyoto Protocol and to encourage EU leaders to “choose the right magic formula to save the climate and boost the economy”. You can join...

2011-11-03

If the world is going to have likely chance (more than 66 per cent) to limit global warming to less than two degrees carbon emissions need to peak between 2010 and 2020 according to newly...