Air quality

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US standards on NO2 remain

After a review of scientific evidence, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on 14 July proposed to retain the current national ambient air quality standards ..
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Current air quality standards do not protect the public

A nationwide US study of more than 60 million senior citizens linked long-term exposure to two main smog pollutants – ozone (O3) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5)..
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Air pollution cuts life by a decade, costing billions

A new study by Mikael Skou Andersen of Aarhus University in Denmark, shows that, on average, increased levels of the air pollutant PM2.5 cut victims’ life expectancy much more than previously thought.
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Electric vehicle capitals

In March, the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) published a report titled “Electric Vehicle Capitals of the World – Demonstrating the Path to Electric Drive” assessing major cities around the world with high electric vehicle uptake ..
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Massive health gains with more cyclists

If everybody who takes their car to work in Stockholm County and has less than a 30-minute bike ride to work, cycled to work instead, the number of cars in rush hour traffic would be around 111,000 fewer.
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Barcelona to ban most dirty vehicles from 2019

On 6 March 2017 the Catalan government and Barcelona metropolitan, provincial and city administrations agreed to cut pollutant emission levels from traffic, particularly those of NO2, by 10 per cent within five years and by 30 per cent within 15 years.
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Madrid to halve traffic emissions by 2030

In a bid to crackdown on air pollution, Madrid’s city government has announced a plan that includes the creation in 2018 of a “zero emissions zone” in the entire city centre open only to residents’ vehicles, taxis and deliveries.
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Air pollution health impacts shifted by global trade

International trade has moved more than 750,000 air pollution-related deaths from regions that import goods to those that produce them.
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Paris launches urban air pollution watchdog

In March, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo presented the Global Urban Air Pollution Observatory (GUAPO) to the Paris city council, and Abidjan, London, Mexico and Rotterdam have already committed to joining, while Athens, Montréal, New York City, Peking and Tokyo are in discussions to join.
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France adopts national air pollution plan

A plan adopted in early May by the outgoing French environment minister, Ségolène Royal, sets new legal limits on air pollutant emissions up to 2030, in line with the emission reduction commitments under the EU’s National Emission Ceilings (NEC) directive.
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