Air pollution

    • Most Member States not on track to reduce air pollution

      Most Member States not on track to reduce air pollution

      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 breathing polluted air, the EU press service reported.

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    • Coronavirus lockdowns give Europe's cities cleaner air

      Coronavirus lockdowns give Europe's cities cleaner air

      Air pollution has decreased in urban areas across Europe during lockdowns to combat the coronavirus, new satellite images showed on Monday, but campaigners warned city-dwellers were still more vulnerable to the epidemic. Air pollution causes around 400,000 premature deaths each year in Europe, EEA data show.

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    • Air pollution increases COVID-19 mortality

      Air pollution increases COVID-19 mortality

      Air pollution from petrol and diesel vehicles is likely to increase mortality from the coronavirus in cities, public health experts told AFP Monday.  The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) warned that dirty air in urban areas that causes hypertension, diabetes and other respiratory illness could lead to a higher overall death toll from the virus currently sweeping the world.

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    • Air pollution in Europe causes hundreds of thousands premature deaths

      Air pollution in Europe causes hundreds of thousands premature deaths

      Poor air across Europe caused up to 412,000 premature deaths in 2016, according to an EU report released last Wednesday. According to the European Environmental Agency, city dwellers across the continent are at risk of life-threatening air pollution, and Member States should take rapid action to tackle the issue. The report cited WHO figures that pointed at heart disease and stroke as the most common reasons for premature death due to air pollution, followed by lung diseases and lung cancer.

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