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The European Environment Agency warns about the damage of pollution on health

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

The European Environment Agency warns about the damage of pollution on health

Around 90 % of city dwellers in the European Union (EU) are exposed to one of the most damaging air pollutants at levels deemed harmful to health by the World Health Organization (WHO). This result comes from the latest assessment of air quality in Europe, published by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

The report, 'Air quality in Europe – 2013 report', is an EEA contribution to the European Commission's review of air quality policy and the EU 'Year of Air'.

Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik added: “Air quality is a central concern for many people. Surveys show that a large majority of citizens understand well the impact of air quality on health and are asking public authorities to take action at EU, national and local levels, even in times of austerity and hardship. I am ready to respond to these concerns through the Commission's upcoming Air Policy Review.”

In fact, on October 14 the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) ISEE PotoCnik sent a letter to which he remarked that "we are concerned and attributed 3 million deaths per year worldwide due to fine particles ( PM2.5) air pollution and is now ranked among the main risk factors for chronic disease mortality in 2010. "


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