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Publication Air Implementation Pilot - Lessons learnt from the implementation of air quality legislation at urban level
Almost three quarters of Europeans live in cities. The air quality in our cities is therefore of significant importance to the health of Europeans. Considerable progress has been made in the past twenty years in improving urban air quality, but issues remain. A number of different air pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter, and ozone remain above regulated levels, posing a threat to human health. This report describes a European pilot project to help identify and address the reasons underlying this 'gap' in implementation of air quality policy in 12 European cities, and thereby draw lessons of wider relevance.
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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.
Located in Signals — well-being and the environment Signals 2013 Articles
Air pollution
Air pollution harms human health and the environment. In Europe, emissions of many air pollutants have decreased substantially over the past decades, resulting in improved air quality across the region. However, air pollutant concentrations are still too high, and air quality problems persist. A significant proportion of Europe’s population live in areas, especially cities, where exceedances of air quality standards occur: ozone, nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter (PM) pollution pose serious health risks. Several countries have exceeded one or more of their 2010 emission limits for four important air pollutants. Reducing air pollution therefore remains important.
Located in Environmental topics Air pollution
Briefing Air pollution
Located in SOER 2015 — The European environment — state and outlook 2015 European briefings
Briefing Air pollution — emissions of selected pollutants
A country comparison of emissions of selected pollutants
Located in SOER 2015 — The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Cross-country comparisons
SOER Message (Deprecated) Air pollution — key message 5
As European emissions decrease, there is increasing recognition of the importance of inter-continental transport of air pollutants and its contribution to poor air quality in Europe. This contribution is particularly large for ozone, persistent organic pollutants, and mercury, and for particulate matter during air pollution episodes. Further international cooperation to mitigate inter-continental flows of air pollution will help nations meet their own goals and objectives for protecting public health and environmental quality.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Air pollution — SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
Publication Air pollution at street level in European cities
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Publication Air pollution by ozone across Europe during summer 2008
Overview of exceedances of EC ozone threshold values for April–September 2008
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Publication Air pollution by ozone across Europe during summer 2011
Overview of exceedances of EC ozone threshold values for April–September 2011
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Publication Air pollution by ozone in Europe in summer 2005
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