Air & Climate Newsletter
April 17, 2008

This Week�s Featured News Stories
US greenhouse gas emissions fall by 1.1%
The US Environmental Protection Agency has released the national greenhouse gas inventory, which finds that overall emissions during 2006 decreased by 1.1 percent from the previous year. The report, Inventory of US Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2006, is the latest in an annual set of reports that the United States submits to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which sets an overall framework for intergovernmental efforts to tackle the challenge posed by climate change. �Each year since 1993, EPA�s experts have built a comprehensive inventory ...
EU states approve new air quality directive
EU citizens will soon be better protected from the negative health effects of fine dust particles,  thanks to a new directive on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe. The legal text was adopted at the Council meeting on on Monday in Luxembourg, following an agreement with the European Parliament under the conciliation procedure. It foresees a limit of 25 �g/m3 for the average concentration of dust particles with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5). This figure is fixed as a target value to be attained by member states by 1 January 2010; it will become a binding ...
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