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Residential heating tops sources of PM2.5 in Danube region’s urban areas

The European Commission’s science and knowledge service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) has evaluated sources of air pollutants in the Danube macro-region, a necessary step for the design of action plans to improve air quality. The related study showed residential … Continue reading

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Diesel cars are 10 times more toxic than trucks and buses, data shows

Stricter EU emissions testing for large vehicles means modern diesel cars produce 10 times more NOx per litre of fuel Modern diesel cars produce 10 times more toxic air pollution than heavy trucks and buses, new European data has revealed. … Continue reading

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UK has second-highest number of deaths from NO2 pollution in Europe

Only Italy has more annual deaths from nitrogen dioxide, according to a report by the European Environment Agency The UK is second only to Italy in Europe for the highest number of annual deaths from a major air pollutant, a … Continue reading

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Air pollution ’causes 467,000 premature deaths a year in Europe’

Air pollution is causing around 467,000 premature deaths in Europe every year, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned. People in urban areas are especially at risk, with around 85% exposed to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) at levels deemed harmful … Continue reading

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Air pollution limits are not strict enough to tackle public health dangers, scientists warn

Breathing in high levels of soot and other tiny particles from fossil fuels may have a similar effect on blood pressure as being overweight Living in the most polluted parts of a city appears to have a similar effect on your blood … Continue reading

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Petrol cars allowed to exceed pollution limits by 50% under draft EU laws 

Car industry successfully lobbied for loopholes to dilute EU laws limiting toxic particulates emissions for new cars, the Guardian has learned New European cars with petrol engines will be allowed to overshoot a limit on toxic particulates emissions by 50% … Continue reading

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Campaigners criticise UK government’s response to air pollution warning

Campaigners have attacked the government for rejecting calls by MPs for greater action on air pollution, as severe pollution episodes were predicted for parts of the UK this week. MPs warned in April that dangerously high pollution in British cities … Continue reading

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Success! London’s Air Pollution Levels are Dropping, Thanks to Smart Policies 

London’s infamous smoggy roads have been tackled by policy makers hoping to decrease air pollution in the city. Now, 10 years of data show that they’re on the right track. Scientists at King’s College London analyzed a wealth of data … Continue reading

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