Agency sounds alert on European air pollution

Agency sounds alert on European air pollution

2021-09-26 04:45:00 PM

Agency sounds alert on European air pollution

Favourable weather patterns and the lockdowns many countries enforced to counter the spread of COVID-19 helped improve air quality, said the report -- but only up to a point.

"Despite improvements, air pollution is still a major health concern for Europeans," said the agency."Where you live has an impact on the risks to which you are exposed."In central and eastern Europe, for example, the burning of solid fuels for domestic heating and their use in industry results in the highest concentrations of particulate matter.

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And people in southern Europe are exposed to the highest concentrations of ozone, as sunlight helps form it.Safe ozone limits were the most frequently violated, said the report, with 24 countries -- including 19 EU states -- breaking them. No country complied with the stricter WHO limits.

Overall, 31 countries fell outside the guidelines set by the WHO. Only Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, and Switzerland remained within the limits.The World Health Organization is due to unveil its new recommendations for safe air levels on Wednesday. headtopics.com

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