Smog in Paris (Credit: Fernando Mafra, via Flickr)
A newly released European Environment Agency report on European air quality states that countries in the European Union have significantly reduced air pollution, but it still remains a health hazard.
Data collected by many air quality monitoring stations across Europe show a trend of slow but steadily decreasing concentrations of particulate matter, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide.
The report mentions future changes to the European Union’s air policy including tightening regulation on international shipping fuel standards and international air pollution ceilings for common pollutants.
Data were collected between 2000 and 2011.
Image: Smog in Paris (Credit: Fernando Mafra, via Flickr)