Air quality

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Backlash for US air pollution levels

After a seven-year stretch of improvement, between 2016 and 2018 the amount of particulate matter air pollution rose ...
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EU Commission promotes air pollution benefits of climate policy

The European Commission’s science and knowledge service explains on its website how climate policy improves air quality and saves lives.
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New Delhi declares public health emergency

Authorities in the Indian capital New Delhi declared a public health emergency on 1 November and closed schools and all construction activity for a week ...
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France found guilty of breaching NO2 limits

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that France “systematically and persistently” breached EU limits for nitrogen dioxide ...
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Cities for clean air

On 11 October, 35 mayors pledged to deliver clean air for over 140 million people who live in their cities. By signing the C40 Clean Air Cities Declaration, the mayors recognise ...
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London’s ULEZ cuts NO2

Since the introduction of an Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in April 2019, nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations in London have been cut by a third, according to a City Hall report.
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UK air is cleaner but challenges remain

Policies to improve air quality in the UK over the past 40 years have led to significant reductions in pollution and associated mortality rates, a new study has found.
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Bulgaria & Spain face EU Court over air pollution

On 25 July, the European Commission sent Bulgaria and Spain to court for repeatedly breaching EU air quality standards and failing to guarantee citizens’ right to clean air.
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Thousands of childhood asthma cases preventable by tackling air pollution

If the 18 countries covered by a recent study were to meet the World Health Organization (WHO) guideline for PM2.5, 67,000 new cases of childhood asthma, accounting for 11 per cent of new diagnoses ...
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Court rulings on air pollution

On 26 June, the European Court of Justice ruled that citizens have the right to challenge the air pollution monitoring systems in their cities and that the competent courts ...
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