Category Archives: Europe

Winter air pollution brings ′choking season′ to Balkans

With the onset of winter, many Balkan cities, such as Belgrade, Sarajevo and Zagreb, become enveloped in a thick cloud of smog. But instead of tackling the problem, politicians are playing it down. In recent days, the Serbian capital, Belgrade, … Continue reading

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Toxic Tube air ‘is a health risk to travellers and staff’

PASSENGERS and staff on the London Underground risk breathing in air pollution 18 times worse than above ground, according to scientists. They absorb toxic particles known as PM2.5 — which have a diameter of less than 2.5 millionths of a … Continue reading

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Pollutionwatch: European air-quality map exposes dangers

From diesel-stricken Paris to coal-reliant Poland, study of pollution hotspots underlines need for reform The European Environment Agency has shed fresh light on the continent’s air quality. Following the prevailing winds from west to east there is a clear gradient, … Continue reading

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Belgrade joins world’s most polluted cities as farmers torch fields

Despite clear skies and sunshine, residents of the Serbian capital have gasped this week in the acrid air, struggling to breathe in a city whose air pollution readings have approached those of Beijing, Delhi, Lahore and Karachi. The Air Visual … Continue reading

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Changing a child’s route to school can halve exposure to air pollution

Children travelling to school via back streets rather than main roads cut their exposure to air pollution by almost half, according to the largest study of its kind. Earlier this year, more than 250 children at five London schools wore … Continue reading

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Scores more heart attacks and strokes on high pollution days, figures show

Data reveals acute impact on people’s health and the strain it puts on emergency services Scores of children and adults are being rushed to hospital for emergency treatment on days of high pollution in cities across England, figures show. Each … Continue reading

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Sources of Air Pollution in Europe

Air pollutants are emitted from a range of both man-made and natural sources including: burning of fossil fuels in electricity generation, transport, industry and households; industrial processes and solvent use, for example in the chemical and mining industries; agriculture; waste … Continue reading

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Little progress made in tackling air pollution in Europe, research says

European Environment Agency found levels of fine particulate matter stalled after decades of reductions Little progress has been made on tackling air quality in Europe, new research shows, despite public outcry in many countries and increasing awareness of the health … Continue reading

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