Category Archives: Europe

Turkey’s 13 cities had ‘high air pollution’ in 2020

The aptly titled “Dark Report” from the non-profit Right to Clean Air Platform (THHP) based in Turkey paints a gloomy picture of air pollution in Turkey. The report, based on data from pollution measurement stations, says 13 provinces out of … Continue reading

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Swiss air pollution exceeds new WHO guidelines

On 22 September 2021, the World Health Organisation (WHO) adjusted its healthy guidelines for key air pollutants. Switzerland now regularly exceeds maximum guidelines for several pollutants. According to WHO, exposure to air pollution is estimated to cause 7 million premature … Continue reading

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Europe’s industrial air pollution costing hundreds of billions: EEA

Air pollution from industries in Europe causes health and environmental damage estimated at up to €430 billion for a single year, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said Wednesday (29 September). In 2017, industrial air pollution cost society between €277 billion … Continue reading

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Air pollution still too high in most EU Member States

Concentrations of key air pollutants remain too high in most European countries. According to the European Environment Agency’s official data, published today, most European Union (EU) Member States exceed at least one or more of the EU’s legal limits for … Continue reading

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One-third of countries lack air quality standards, says report

A new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has revealed that one-third of countries have no legally mandated outdoor air quality standards. It also noted that where such laws exist, standards vary widely and are often misaligned with World … Continue reading

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Study links childhood exposure to air pollution and self-harm in later life

A study of over 1.4 million Danes has revealed a link between higher levels of exposure to two common pollutants during childhood and an increased risk of self-harm in later life. The collaboration between academics at The University of Manchester … Continue reading

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Balkan countries and Poland rank highest in lung cancer risk for ages 50 to 69, attributable to air pollution

Five European countries rank highest for lung cancer risk among those aged 50 to 69 years attributable to air pollution, according to research presented in today’s Presidential Symposium Plenary Session at the IASLC 2021 World Conference on Lung Cancer. Although … Continue reading

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Covid: Pollution increases risk of Covid hospitalisation, study finds

Living in areas of high air pollution increases the risk of hospitalisation with Covid-19 a new study has found. Imperial College London researchers also found evidence people living in polluted areas may have an increased risk of catching the disease. … Continue reading

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