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Air pollution ‘still harming Europeans’ health’

Last Update 06/04/2021

Air pollution is continuing to damage European citizens' health and the environment, latest figures show.


Air pollution is continuing to damage European citizens’ health and the environment, latest figures show.

A new report, published by the European Environment Agency (EEA), suggested that up to 96% of the EU’s urban population was exposed to fine particulate matter concentrations above UN World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. The report listed tiny airborne particles and ozone as posing a “significant threat”.

However, the authors said nations had significantly cut emissions of a number of pollutants, including sulphur dioxide, lead and carbon monoxide.

In a separate study published this week in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine, research identified a link between low birth-weight and exposure to air pollution. The authors concluded that a substantial proportion of the cases of low birth-weight “could be prevented in Europe if urban air pollution was reduced”.

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