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Article Air pollution: knowledge is essential for tackling it
"The positive news is that over the last decades, the situation has improved substantially in terms of exposure to several air pollutants. But these pollutants, where we achieved the most significant reductions are not the ones causing most harm to human health and the environment" says Valentin Foltescu, who works on air quality assessment and data reporting at the EEA. We asked Valentin what the EEA does on air quality and what the latest data says.
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Figure Change in PM2.5 emissions for each sector and pollutant 1990-2009 (EEA member countries)
Percentage change in primary PM2.5 particulate matter emissions for each sector and pollutant between 1990 and 2009.
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Figure D source code Percentage change in PM2.5 and PM10 emissions 1990-2008 (EEA member countries)
The reported change in primary PM2.5 and PM10 particulate matter for each country, 1990-2008.
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Daviz Visualization Concentration status for daily limit value of PM10, 2011
Distribution of stations by thresholds of 90.41 percentile of daily PM10 concentrations for the year 2011. The figure is based on the 90.41 percentile of the PM10 daily concentrations, corresponding to the 36th highest PM10 concentration when data availability is 100% over the year.
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Daviz Visualization Concentration status for annual target value of PM2.5, 2011
Distribution of stations by thresholds of PM2.5 annual mean concentrations for the year 2011.
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Highlight Every breath we take – Signals 2013 focuses on air quality in Europe
Poor air quality can have serious impacts on our health and the environment. How is Europe’s air quality? What are the main sources of air pollutants? How do they affect our health and the environment? What does Europe do to improve air quality? The new edition of the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) Signals takes a closer look.
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Figure Sector contributions of emissions of primary particulate matter and secondary precursors (EEA member countries)
The contribution made by different sectors to emissions of primary PM2.5 and PM10, and to emissions of the secondary particulate matter precursors.
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Indicator Assessment Emissions of primary PM2.5 and PM10 particulate matter (CSI 003/APE 009) - Assessment published Dec 2011
Total emissions of primary PM 10 particulate matter have reduced by 27% across the EEA-32 region between 1990 and 2009, driven by a 34% reduction in emissions of the fine particulate matter (PM 2.5 ) fraction; emissions of particulates between 2.5 and 10 µm have risen slightly (10%) over the same period. Of this reduction in PM 10 emissions, 37% has taken place in the 'Energy Production and Distribution' sector due reasons including the fuel-switching from coal to natural gas for electricity generation and improvements in the performance of pollution abatement equipment installed at industrial facilities.
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Publication EEA Signals 2009 - Key environmental issues facing Europe
Signals is published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) at the start of each year and provides snapshot stories on issues of interest both to the environmental policy debate and the wider public for the upcoming year. The eight stories addressed are not exhaustive but have been selected on the basis of their relevance to the current environmental policy debate in Europe. They address priority issues of climate change, nature and biodiversity, the use of natural resources and health.
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Figure Sector contributions of emissions of primary particulate matter in 2010 (EEA member countries)
The contribution made by different sectors to emissions of primary PM2.5 and PM10 in 2010.
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