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Article Air legislation in Europe
Air pollution is not the same everywhere. Different pollutants are released into the atmosphere from a wide range of sources. Once in the atmosphere, they can transform into new pollutants and spread around the world. Designing and implementing policies to address this complexity are not easy tasks. Below is an overview of air legislation in the European Union.
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Figure Times series of observed ocean pH in the waters around the Canary Islands
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Figure Troff document Ocean acidity over the past 25 million years and projected to 2100
The ‘pH’ is a measure of acidity – the lower the number the more acidic the ocean becomes. On a geological timescale, ocean pH has been relatively stable. Recently, oceans have been acidifying fast and this is projected to continue at a rate unprecedented for millions of years.
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SOER Message Air pollution — key message 2
As the amounts of acidifying air pollutants have fallen, the area of acid-sensitive ecosystems (such as freshwaters and forest soils) adversely affected in Europe has considerably reduced. Nonetheless, biological recovery in freshwaters is slow. The area of sensitive terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems affected by an excess input of atmospheric nitrogen in the EEA-32 has only diminished slightly between 1990 and 2010. The EU’s long-term objective of not exceeding the so-called critical atmospheric pollutant loads, which ecosystems can tolerate, has not been met.
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Figure Average total deposition of sulphate, 1995-1998
Notes: At 309 intensive monitoring plots
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Figure Emissions of acidifying substances, ozone precursors and particulate matter (primary and secondary) per capita, 2005
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Figure Total emissions of acidifying substances (sulphur plus nitrogen) and of eutrophying nitrogen in the EEA-32 for 1990 to 2004
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Figure text/texmacs Percentage changes in emissions of acidifying substances (SO2, NOX and NH3) over the period 1990 to 2004, and comparison with NEC Directive targets
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Figure Total acidifying emissions by economic sector for EEA country groupings, 2004, and contributions from each sector and pollutant to total change 1990-2004
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Figure EEA-32 national emission changes from 1990 to 2004 for acidifying pollutants, and remaining reduction targets under the National Emission Ceiling Directive (NECD) for EU Member States
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