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  • Greater efforts to reduce ammonia emissions needed to meet air pollution targets

    Levels of particulate matter (PM) in the atmosphere are linked to ammonia emissions. However, reducing ammonia emissions only as far as targets set out by the Gothenburg Protocol will not necessarily ensure compliance with EU PM limits, according to a new study. Greater reductions in ammonia emissions would reduce the number of days when PM limit values are exceeded, the researchers found. In ...

  • Several EU Member States to miss 2010 air pollutant targets

    A number of EU Member States are likely to miss legally-binding 2010 emission targets for four important air pollutants, according to the 'NEC Directive status report 2006' from the EEA. The report is based on the latest data officially reported by Member States under the EU National Emission Ceilings Directive (NEC Directive).  The NEC Directive requires all Member States to report ...

  • China sets pollution reduction targets for 2008

    China will aim this year to reduce its emissions of sulphur dioxide by 6 percent from their 2005 levels as it steps up efforts to fight pollution, its top environmental official said in remarks published yesterday. The official Xinhua news agency cited Zhou Shengxian, head of the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), as saying that the government would close many small coal-fired ...


  • China to target polluters with tougher fines and penalties

    China's Supreme Court and environmental protection agencies have issued a new judicial explanations that will impose harsher punishments on polluters. The new rules, which take effect this week, are intended to streamline the process for investigating environmental pollution cases and in convicting polluters. With more precise criteria for convictions and sentencing, the new rules are expected to ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • World Health Day: Climate and clean air coalition targets indoor and outdoor air pollution

    As one of the world’s fastest-growing environmental initiatives, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) renewed its call today for rapid action to reduce some of the greatest hazards to human health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the health dangers presented by air pollution are far larger than previously thought. “Air ...

  • Defra to tackle air pollution

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has released a report explaining ways in which the UK can prevent air pollution and climate change. Environment minister Jim Fitzpatrick, said that the report was one step involved in 'working together across government to tackle climate change and air pollution'. The results of air pollution are not limited to its detrimental ...


    By Energy Saving Trust

  • Particulates, Smog Targeted in European Clean Air Strategy

    BRUSSELS, Belgium, September 22, 2005 (ENS) - The European Commission Wednesday proposed a formal strategy for achieving improvements in air quality across Europe. The thematic strategy on air pollution aims by 2020 to cut the annual number of premature deaths from diseases related to air pollution by almost 40 percent from the 2000 level and to reduce the area of forests damaged by airborne ...

  • Engine idling targeted in Rossendale air quality plan

    Rossendale council in Lancashire has unveiled plans to tackle air pollution within two ‘hotspots’ in the borough, after pollution levels were found to be close to exceeding recommended limits. Launched last month, the Air Quality Action Plan has been put together following a consultation period in late 2015. Rossen Engine idling is among the areas addressed ...

  • Air pollution causes cancer

    What many commuters choking on smog have long suspected has finally been scientifically validated: air pollution causes lung cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer declared on Thursday that air pollution is a carcinogen, alongside known dangers such as asbestos, tobacco and ultraviolet radiation. The decision came after a ...


    By Associated Press

  • Ontario Sets 2030 Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Target

    As part of its action against climate change, Ontario has become the first province in Canada to set a mid-term greenhouse gas pollution reduction target for 2030. Ontario already has a goal to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80 per cent by 2050. In order to help achieve its long-term targets, the province is committing ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • NASA Flights Target How Pollution, Storms And Climate Mix

    NASA aircraft will take to the skies over the southern United States this summer to investigate how air pollution and natural emissions, which are pushed high into the atmosphere by large storms, affect atmospheric composition and climate. NASA will conduct its most complex airborne science campaign of the year from Houston's Ellington Field, which is operated by the agency's Johnson ...

  • Air pollutant emissions to exceed limits

    In 2010, around half of the European Union's Member States expect to surpass one or more of the legal limits set by the National Emission Ceilings Directive (NEC Directive). The annual status report released today by the European Environment Agency (EEA) confirms that 11 countries anticipate an exceedance of their ceilings for NOx — some by more than 40 %. Of the four pollutants ...

  • Air pollution and climate policies not in conflict

    Air pollution policy does not undermine the long-term goals of climate change policy, a new study concludes. Although reductions in the pollutant sulphur dioxide could have some warming effects on the Earth’s temperature, the impacts are only short term and will never outweigh climate policy’s cooling effects. Some researchers have raised concerns that air pollution policies ...

  • Air pollution and climate policies not in conflict

    Air pollution policy does not undermine the long-term goals of climate change policy, a new study concludes. Although reductions in the pollutant sulphur dioxide could have some warming effects on the Earth’s temperature, the impacts are only short term and will never outweigh climate policy’s cooling effects. Some researchers have raised concerns that ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • The cost of air pollution impacts on health

    Researchers have developed a new model to assess the health-related external costs arising from air pollution from ten major emission sectors. Applying the model at national and Europe-wide levels, they suggested that the major contributors to costs were industrial power production, agriculture, road traffic and domestic combustion. In recent years, policy action to reduce emissions has targeted ...

  • UK emissions of air pollutants - 2007 results

    Defra has published 2007 results from the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (NAEI) for UK emissions of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs) and ammonia. HEADLINE RESULTS * Emissions of each of the four pollutants have fallen between 2006 and 2007, with decreases of 2 per cent for NMVOCs, 3 per cent for ammonia, 7 per cent for nitrogen oxides, ...


  • Air pollution causing stronger cyclones, study finds

    Air pollution from soot and aerosol emissions is making cyclones over the Middle East and South Asia more destructive, according to a study. Natural differences in wind speed and direction over different heights in the atmosphere, known as 'wind shear', normally keep cyclones in check — effectively tearing the storms apart before they reach a certain size. But emissions from sources such ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Booth and Poster Präsentation at Transport and Air Pollution 2010

    IVU Umwelt will be present with a booth and two contributions to the poster programme at the International Symposium 'Transport and Air Pollution' 2010. Poster: A monitoring system to control effects and effectiveness of traffic measures in urban areas Poster: Analysis of the impacts of an environmental traffic management system on vehicle emissions and air quality The ...


    By IVU Umwelt GmbH

  • Electric jeepneys ease Philippines air pollution

    The Philippines has launched the largest electric public transport fleet in South-East Asia with its first commercial franchise of electric jeepneys (e-jeepneys) — an environmentally friendly version of a popular vehicle originally made from US military jeeps left over from World War II. The move, which took place at the beginning of this month (1 March), is being seen as helping to pave ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Many Europeans still exposed to harmful air pollutants

    Almost a third of Europe's city dwellers are exposed to excessive concentrations of airborne particulate matter (PM). Particulate matter is one of the most important pollutants in terms of harm to human health as it penetrates sensitive parts of the respiratory system. The EU has made progress over the past decades to reduce the air pollutants which cause acidification, but a new report published ...

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