The level of air pollution in Europe is gradually decreasing, but still exceeds the standards of the European Union and the world health organization. About it reports Deutsche Welle with reference to the report of the European Agency for environment (EEA), published on 29 October.
The main source of air pollution in Europe — cars, and agricultural activities, energy production, industry, and the activities of individual households. Most harmful to human health particulates in the air, nitrogen dioxide and ozone concentration. However, according to EEA, the percentage of residents who are exposed to the influence of these harmful factors is somewhat reduced.
In particular, the excess levels of particulates caused the premature death of about 422 thousand people in 41 countries of Europe in 2015. The effect of nitrogen dioxide caused about 79 thousand deaths, and the ozone concentration is 17.7 thousand.
Experts note that since 1990 the number of premature deaths from air pollution annually reduced. Contribute to the implementation of the European policy on air quality and promote environmentally friendly vehicles, industry and energy production.
“From the point of view of air pollution emissions of vehicles are often more harmful than those that come from other sources, since they apply on the ground level, usually in cities where a lot of people. That is why it is so important that Europe has redoubled its efforts to reduce emissions caused by transport, energy production and agriculture,” said EEA Executive Director Hans Bruyninckx.
We will remind that in March of this year the Verkhovna Rada adopted the law on strategic environmental assessment, which contributes to the realization of the state policy in the field of energy, housing, water and fisheries.
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