Recent publications

Black Carbon e-Bulletin (No. 1, July 2009).

Aims to bring together the scientific findings on Black Carbon and climate change, available abatement technologies, and other policy relevant information.

Published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) www.unep.org/dec/Information_Resources/blackcarbon.asp

European Community emission inventory report 1990–2007 under the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) (August 2009).

Emissions reporting show decreasing emissions – between 1990 and 2007, SO2, VOCs and NOx dropped by 72, 47 and 36 per cent respectively. PM10 and PM2.5 emissions fell 12 and 11 per cent respectively since 2000.

EEA Technical report No 8/2009, published by the European Environment Agency: www.eea.europa.eu/publications/lrtap-emission-inventory-report-1990-2007

Annual European Community greenhouse gas inventory 1990–2007 and inventory report 2009 (May and August 2009).

EU greenhouse gas emissions decreased in 2008 for the fourth consecutive year. Compared to 2007, the annual reduction is estimated to be about 1.3 per cent for the EU15 and 1.5 per cent for the EU27. Emissions in 2008 were 6.2 per cent below the Kyoto base-year emissions for the EU15, and 10.7 per cent below the 1990 level for the EU27.

Published by the European Environment Agency: www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/new-estimates-confirm-the-declining-trend-in-eu-greenhouse-gas-emissions

Extended Analysis of the American Cancer Society Study of Particulate Air Pollution and Mortality. (HEI Research Report 140)

Reports strong associations between exposure to particulate matter (PM) and premature death, especially in the case of ischemic heart disease (IHD), one of the leading causes of death in the United States.
The study found that for each increase of 10 µg/m3 in exposure to fine PM air pollution, there was a 13-per-cent increase in the risk of premature death from all forms of cardiopulmonary disease.

Published by the Health Effects Institute:
pubs.healtheffects.org.

 

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