"Air Quality in Europe 2022" assessment published by the European Environment Agency (EEA)
The EEA has published its full ‘Air quality in Europe 2022’ assessment, presenting the status of air quality in Europe, assessing the impacts of air pollution on health and ecosystems, and identifying sources of emissions to air.
Europe’s air quality keeps improving and the number of people dying early or suffering illness due to air pollution is in decline. However, according to the EEA's analysis, air pollution is still the largest environmental health risk in Europe, and more ambitious measures are needed to meet the health-based guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO).
According to the EEA analysis, air pollution continues to pose significant risks to health in Europe, causing chronic illness and premature deaths. In 2020, 96% of the EU’s urban population was exposed to concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) above the WHO guideline level. Air pollution also harms biodiversity and damages agricultural crops and forests, causing major economic losses.
At least 238,000 early deaths from fine particles in the EU.
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