Air pollution costs France €100 billion per year

The effects of air pollution cost France some €100 billion each year, according to a French Senate committee report.

The study said air pollution is not merely a health threat, but also represents “an economic aberration” that costs the French state and businesses billions annually in treating illness, and financing employee sick leave, lost productivity, reduced agriculture yields and cleaning up sooty buildings and other venues.

It estimated the economic damage of atmospheric pollution to health at between €68 and 97 billion per year. Non-health damage, such as lower crop production and the cleaning of blackened buildings, was estimated at €4.3 billion.

Source: AFP, 15 July 2015
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