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United Action for Allergy and Asthma
A political Call to Action in Europe Allergy and asthma are among the most frequent chronic diseases in the European Union (EU). Over 150 million EU citizens – almost one in three people – suffer fr ...

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PRESS RELEASE: World Asthma Day 2017
Asthma patients ask for real commitment for healthy air indoors and outdoors Brussels, 2nd May 2017, WORLD ASTHMA DAY – Air pollution is unhealthy. While 10 times more people are killed by air pollu ...

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hackAIR, when patients will measure air quality
How can we raise public awareness on air quality while at the same time engaging citizens in air quality monitoring and observations? The hackAIR project is developing a platform that will enable this ...

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Swiss new learning air quality platform for pupils of aged 13 to 16
French and German speaking Swiss pupils, can now explore the air they breathe though an online platform put developed by Swiss federal office of environment. EFA Member the Swiss LungenUnion has colla ...

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How to communicate health risks of air pollution? Our views at WHO meeting
In February we were invited to a close round table organised by the World Health Organisation European division in Bonn on the “Software AirQ+ for the assessment of the health risks of air pollution:  ...

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Third year of scent sensitivity campaign in Finland
EFA Member the Finnish Allergy and Asthma Federation organized its scent sensitivity campaign for the third time last November attracting media attention and visibility to the problem of fragrances.  ...

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New air quality legislation approved in Europe
A deal on the National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive has been reached under the Dutch Presidency of the European Union between the Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of the EU.  ...

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Energy efficient buildings, indoor air quality and people with respiratory diseases
People spend 90% of their time in indoor spaces so everyone is affected by poor air quality and pollution, but this has more negative effects for people with asthma, allergy and COPD as they are the f ...

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Respiration filters help with street dust in Finland
Street dust is a recurring problem in Finland in the springtime. The dust causes irritation to eyes, throat and noses. It is especially harmful for people with respiratory illnesses who in spring need ...

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€ 3 million prize for clean air materials
At this very moment, around 90% of the European population living in cities is exposed to air pollution levels exceeding the World Health Organisation (WHO) air quality guidelines levels. Average li ...

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EU Member States should accept stricter air pollution levels
Last year, with the great support of EFA members, we managed to achieve some significant changes regarding the adoption of stricter air pollution limits under the National Emissions Ceilings Directive ...

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Lack of Action on Air Quality as Council Dilutes NEC Directive
Back in December 2015, the EU Environment Ministers had a discussion on the National Emissions Ceilings Directive. Unfortunately they have taken a considerably weaker position than that of the Europea ...

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Lack of Action on Air Quality as Council Dilutes NEC Directive
Last month the European Parliament voted on the National Emissions Ceilings Directive (NEC), a piece of legislation that sets maximum pollution limits for 5 main pollutants. You can read more on the o ...

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Joint letter to Ministers for Environment with Public Health recommendations for strong NEC Directive
Ahead of the ENVI Council meeting on 16th December, EFA joined a number of charities in sending a joint letter to Health & Environment ministers on 10th December.  The letter urged  ...

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2015 Report on Air Quality in Europe – Considerable Impact of poor air quality on Human Health
A new report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) presents an overview and analysis of air quality in Europe, with a focus on 2013. 2013 is the latest year for which there are available  ...

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Webinar on the Future of Vehicle Testing
On the 5th of November, EFA took part in a webinar organised by Transport and Environment (T&E).  Established in 1990, T&E represents around 50 organisations across Europe, mostly enviro ...

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Asthma Society calls on Ireland to adopt World Health Organisation’s Air Quality Standards
The Asthma Society of Ireland highlighted the significant failings in the monitoring of air quality in Ireland at the launch of their 2015 Clean Air Campaign on 23rd November in the College of Medicin ...

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The Campaign for Clean Air, Update on NEC Vote
Over 400,000 people die prematurely each year because of air pollution, and the European Commission estimates that the health-related costs in the EU range from 390 to 940 billion euros per year.  ...

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Health and Environmental Alliance Annual General Assembly
On the 28th and 29th of October, Senior EU Policy Advisor Roberta Savli and Treasurer of the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) participated in their Annual General Assembly in Brussels. The two-d ...

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Environmental Determinants Working Group October Update
On the 7th of October, EFA Environmental Determinants Working Group held a teleconference to discuss the unmet needs of people with allergy, asthma and COPD. Members identified actions needed and w ...

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