Christer Ågren

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Plans to tackle key air pollutants insufficient

In its first report on countries’ progress towards EU air pollution goals, the European Commission said that most member states are at risk of missing their binding emission reduction targets for both 2020 and 2030.
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Binding EU air pollution emission limits still breached

In 2018, the national emission ceilings for ammonia were still violated by five member states, although total ammonia emissions seem now to have plateaued after five consecutive years of increase.
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Phase-out ship scrubbers

The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) is calling for all open-loop scrubbers to be converted to closed-loop, and for an eventual ban on the technology.
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Global ship emissions keep on rising

In 2018, worldwide shipping consumed some 330 million tonnes of fuel oil, resulting in emissions of 1056 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. Unless concerted action is taken, these emissions are expected to grow by up to fifty per cent by 2050.
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Air pollution impacts fall as a result of Corona-related measures

The improvement in air quality as a result of the coronavirus lockdown led to 11,000 fewer deaths from pollution in western and central Europe in April.
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Trump weakens US air pollution control

Over a period of only three weeks, the Trump administration has eroded the basis for air pollution control in coal-fired power plants, declined to strengthen air quality standards, and finalised a rollback of vehicle fuel efficiency standards.
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Citizen science for air quality monitoring

Air pollution is the biggest environmental health threat in Europe and more and more people are taking action to claim their right to clean air.
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EU governments agree to do more to improve air quality

Environment ministers acknowledge that action taken at local, national and EU level has not been sufficient to meet the EU air quality standards.
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Short-term benefits of coal phase-out outweigh costs

Shutting down coal power plants is necessary to halt global warming and would have net benefits even in the short term, once health and environmental impacts are factored in.
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Air quality rules fit for purpose

The EU air quality limit values are enforceable and have been instrumental in driving a downward trend in air pollution exceedances and exposure.
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