We are now approaching the end of 2013, the year declared by environment commissioner Janez Potočnik as the year of air and the year when the European Commission is to present its new clean air strategy.
Sulphur emissions show the biggest reductions, while there is much less improvement for ammonia and particulate matter. Cuts in land-based emissions are countered by rising emissions from international shipping.
Cruise line Carnival has announced an agreement with US and Canadian agencies to invest USD180 million in emission-reduction technology on 32 of its cruise ships to comply with the Emission Control Area (ECA) standards.
Air quality in the period 2010–12 continued to deteriorate in Italy, with levels of particulate matter (PM10), nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide on the rise, especially in the industrial north and centre of the country ..
Bicycle sales outpaced new-car sales last year in all EU countries, except Belgium and Luxembourg. The top five countries where bikes outsold cars the most in 2012 were Lithuania, Greece, Romania, Slovenia and Hungary.
The European Parliament has endorsed an agreement reached with EU member states in May on slightly stricter exhaust emission standards for leisure watercraft such as motorboats, sailing yachts and water scooters.
On 20 September the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the country’s first Clean Air Act standards to cut carbon pollution from new power plants to combat climate change and improve public health.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) plans to adopt in December new, optional ultra-low nitrogen oxides (NOx) emission standards for diesel truck engines. CARB says it wants to use incentives to encourage engine makers ..
The governors of California, New York and six other states have agreed to put 3.3 million so-called zero-emission vehicles on the road within twelve years, which they said will help the environment and boost the economy.