Category Archives: Europe

BMW’s Hometown Munich Mulls Diesel Ban to Fight Air Pollution

BMW AG’s hometown of Munich is considering outlawing older diesel cars, the latest European city to crack down amid mounting evidence that the technology’s not that clean after all. BMW AG’s hometown of Munich is considering outlawing older diesel cars, … Continue reading

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Side street routes to avoid city pollution can cut exposure by half 

Clean air signposts and online walking maps to sidestep diesel fumes would benefit public health, finds study Taking a side street route when walking through a city cuts a person’s air pollution exposure by half, according to a new study. … Continue reading

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Volcanic ‘plumerang’ could impact human health 

A new study has found a previously undetected potential health risk from the high concentration of small particles found in a boomerang-like return of a volcanic plume. A team of scientists, led by Dr Evgenia Ilyinskaya at the University of … Continue reading

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Marseille to cut port dues for eco-friendly ships

Marseille Fos has joined the World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI) and is set to reduce port dues for ships performing better than required under air pollution regulations. From July 1 this year the incentive will apply to eligible ships among … Continue reading

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Human activity has polluted European air for 2,000 years 

A new study combining European ice core data and historical records of the infamous Black Death pandemic of 1349-1353 shows metal mining and smelting have polluted the environment for thousands of years, challenging the widespread belief that environmental pollution began … Continue reading

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UK government sued for third time over illegal air pollution from diesels 

Environmental lawyers who have defeated ministers twice return to court in a bid to remove ‘major flaws’ from air quality plans Environmental lawyers are taking the government to the high court for a third time in a bid to remove … Continue reading

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Speed limit reduced to 90km/h on Luxembourg motorways

Due to hot weather, drivers on Luxembourg’s motorways must slow down to 90km per hour to help reduce air pollution, effective immediately. The warning was issued by the Automobile Club de Luxembourg (ACL) on Monday afternoon and will be in … Continue reading

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Dirty diesel: why ships are the worst offenders

In all the controversy over toxic air pollution from diesel cars, little is heard of a worse source of pollution – shipping. Large ocean-going ships tend to use bunker fuel, the world’s dirtiest diesel fuel – a toxic, tar-like sludge … Continue reading

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