Despite slow improvements, air pollution continues to exceed European Union and World Health Organization limits and guidelines, according to updated data and information published by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Air pollution still poses a danger to human health and the environment.
Updated estimates in the report indicate that concentrations of PM2.5 were responsible for about 422 000 premature deaths in 41 European countries in 2015, of which around 391 000 were in the 28 EU Member States. A wider assessment included in this year’s report, looking back to 1990, shows that premature deaths due to PM2.5 have been cut by about half a million premature deaths per year.
This is due to the implementation of European air quality policies and the introduction of measures at the national and local level which have led, for example, to cleaner cars, industry and energy production. That is why it is so important that Europe redoubles its efforts to reduce emissions caused by transport, energy, and agriculture and invest in making them cleaner and more sustainable.
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