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The latest EEA "Air Quality in Europe" Report is out

October 22, 2019

Something to be aware and to think about.

European Environment Agency's (EEA) latest "Air Quality in Europe" report shows that almost all Europeans living in cities are still exposed to air pollution levels that exceed the air quality guidelines set by the World Health Organization. This caused about 400,000 premature deaths in the European Union alone in 2016.

There are three main contributors to poor air quality: particulate matter (PM), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and ground-level ozone (O3).

'It is simply unacceptable that any of us should need to worry about whether the simple act of breathing is safe or not,' said Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

This trend is reversable. First step is to find out what are the specific pollutants at each location in a city. Understand what are the biggest contributors to pollution. Then act on this knowledge, while keeping track on the progress towards clean air. We continue to be dedicated to empower cities to achieve that.

You can get a resume of the report on this link.