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  • Europeans call for stronger EU air quality policy

    According to the latest research, a majority (56 %) of Europeans believe that air quality has deteriorated in the last 10 years. In Italy, as many as 81 % hold this view, and in Cyprus, France, Greece, Hungary, Romania and Spain, 70-75 % of survey participants believe that this is the case. The research – a Eurobarometer called ...

  • Benefits to integrating climate change into air quality policy

    New research suggests potential benefits in integrating air quality and climate change policy. It predicts that accounting for the climate impact of certain air pollutants in the EU, USA and China could complement policies designed to reduce the air quality impacts of these pollutants. The study analysed how policies addressing air pollution and climate change interact. A focus was on how ...

  • Has policy improved Europe`s air quality?

    In recent decades, the EU has introduced a range of policies to improve air quality by controlling pollutant emissions. A new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) evaluates three key instruments and finds that they have significantly improved Europe's air quality and reduced pollution-induced health effects. There is scope for even more progress, however, if countries achieve all their ...

  • Air quality co-benefits should be considered in climate policies

    Measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have the additional benefit of reducing air pollutants. However, these benefits are rarely included in the design and evaluation of climate change policies. A new study suggests that considering these benefits in climate change policy could reduce the cost of such policies, and engage stakeholders who are otherwise unmotivated to tackle climate ...

  • Environment: Give your opinion on how to improve EU air quality policy

    The European Commission is holding a public consultation on the best way to improve air quality in Europe. For the next twelve weeks, interested parties are invited to share their views on ways to ensure full implementation of the existing framework, to improve it, and to complement it with supporting actions. The results of the consultation will feed into a comprehensive review of Europe's air ...

  • 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

  • Intelligent solutions for air quality

    International Trade Fair for Waste Management and Environmental Technology presents technologies and processes for the challenges of national and international air pollution control Acid rain, the death of forests and fishes, a hole in the ozone layer in the stratosphere above the North and South Poles, and an increased risk of skin cancer, mutations, global warming and climate ...


    By Koelnmesse GmbH

  • Questions and answers on the EU Clean Air Policy Package

    1. Why is air pollution a problem? Poor air quality is a major health risk, causing lung diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer. Children, the elderly and citizens suffering from asthma and respiratory conditions are most affected. As well as negative effects on health, air pollution has considerable economic impacts, cutting short lives, increasing medical costs, and reducing ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Air Monitors sponsors air quality PhD

    The instrumentation company Air Monitors has announced that it is sponsoring a new PhD project at King's College London to study ambient levels of Black Carbon. Applications for this important post must be posted online to the KCL Health School by Friday 2nd December. Air Monitors' MD Jim Mills said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to become involved in one of today's most important air quality ...


    By Air Monitors Ltd.

  • Cleaner Air for All: Policies for Europe and beyond

    Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the 2013 Green Week! I am encouraged by the high interest that this year's theme is attracting. One can ask the question: can we afford to take time to discuss air quality? Europe is trying to move out of an unprecedented economic crisis. Many people - too many people - are losing their job. Poverty is on the rise. ...

  • Questions and answers on the EU Clean Air Policy Package

    1. Why is air pollution a problem? Poor air quality is a major health risk, causing lung diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer. Children, the elderly and citizens suffering from asthma and respiratory conditions are most affected. As well as negative effects on health, air pollution has considerable economic impacts, cutting short lives, increasing medical costs, and reducing ...

  • ASU joins air quality project

    Arizona State University’s American Indian Policy Institute is working with American Indian tribal governments, the state of Arizona and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to research and assess air quality in central Arizona. The Joint Air Toxics Assessment Project (JATAP) is a multi-jurisdictional effort to assess the distribution, sources and potential health risks associated with air ...


    By Arizona State University

  • London air quality strategy released

    The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has launched the final version of his Air Quality Strategy. The final strategy follows two earlier drafts released during 2009 and 2010. The strategy includes a welcome commitment to investigate an 'inner' Low Emission Zone based on the congestion charging boundaries, and retains the commitment to ensure all development in London is at least 'air quality ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • Biomass and Air Quality guidance for Scottish Local Authorities

    Environmental Protection UK has produced a draft Biomass and Air Quality guidance document for Scottish local authorities. Based on the Biomass and Air Quality guidance launched last year, this document has been designed to give Scottish local authority officers the specific information they need on biomass. It includes information on the policy background to biomass, climate change and air ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • A&WMA Takes a “Critical” Look at Air Quality Management

    A&WMA Takes a “Critical” Look at Air Quality Management During its 100th Annual Conference & Exhibition John Bachmann, formerly of EPA, to lead a lively exchange on history of air quality management Pittsburgh, PA – As part of its 100th Annual Conference & Exhibition, the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA), will explore the history of the U.S. National Ambient Air Quality Standards ...

  • Campaign launched to ensure better air quality in London

    The UK government is failing by a wide margin to meet its legal obligations to combat air pollution in London. Environmental law and policy organisation, ClientEarth, have a launched a new campaign to ensure full compliance with air quality laws in London in time for 2012 Olympics. London has the worst air quality in the UK and some of the worst in Europe. Recent figures have suggested that air ...

  • Air quality linked to wellbeing at a regional level in Europe

    The impact of air quality on public welfare is important to policy development. However, it is difficult to make a clear link between the two when air pollution tends to be reported at a country level and wellbeing is an individual measure. A new study takes a step further towards linking the two by analysing regional level air quality across the EU and relating it to levels of life satisfaction. ...

  • `Healing the rift: health effects of air quality and noise`

    The Air Quality Management Resource Centre, UWE and Environmental Protection SW are proud to announce their collaboration once more with the launch of the 2010 Annual Conference. The theme of this year's event is "Healing the Rift: Health Effects of Air Quality and Noise" and includes distinguished speakers such as Robert Vaughan, Bob Maynard, Frank Kelly and Dick Derwent. You ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • Evaluating the impact of air quality measures is essential

    Recent research has investigated the effectiveness of air quality management at the regional level in Italy and found that some of the most commonly adopted measures do not always produce the highest emissions reductions. Italian air quality legislation was reformed in 1999 in order to comply with the 1996 European Air Quality Framework Directive1. At the time, the 20 Italian administrative ...

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