What are health effects of ozone exposure across Europe, and how are they changing?

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Indicator codes: CLIM 006
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Key messages

(22 Nov 2012)

  • Ozone is both an important air pollutant and a GHG. Excessive exposure to ground-level ozone is estimated to cause about 20000 premature deaths per year in Europe.
  • Attribution of observed ozone exceedances, or changes therein, to individual causes, such as climate change, is difficult.
  • Future climate change is expected to increase ozone concentrations but this effect will most likely be outweighed by reduction in ozone levels due to expected future emission reductions.

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