Europe has significantly cut emissions of the main air pollutants in recent decades, greatly reducing exposure to substances such as sulphur dioxide and lead.
Fine particle pollution (PM2.5) is estimated to account for some 5 million lost years of life in the EEA-32 countries every year.
In the EEA-32 countries, the area of sensitive ecosystems exposed to excess acidification from air pollution fell by about 80 % from 1990–2010.
Exposure to ground-level ozone concentrations above critical health levels is associated with more than 20 000 premature deaths in the EU-25 annually.
Only 14 European countries expect to comply with all four pollutant-specific emission ceilings set under EU and international legislation for 2010.