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400,000 Europeans die due to air pollution annually
Air pollution continues to cause the premature death of more than 400,000 Europeans annually. This is one of the conclusion shown on the new Air quality in Europe 2017 launched by the European Environ ...

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Our recommendations to improve air quality in urban areas
Air quality is one of the priorities included in the European Union’s plan to develop European urban areas. This plan called Urban Agenda and composed by 12 priority themes essential to the developmen ...

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Environmental health community views to improve indoor air quality
EFA had the chance to touch base with the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) membership who gathered in October 20-21 for HEAL’s Annual General Assembly. EFA Isabel Proaño and Roberta Savli repr ...

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Bulgarian patients organise a concert to inform about of air pollution
EFA member, the Association of Bulgarians with Bronchial Asthma, Allergy and COPD (ABBA), organised on 2nd September an acoustic concert in the cave "God's eyes" under the title "Better air for better ...

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Fossil fuel subsidies cost around €330 billion annually on airways diseases
A new report from the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), of which EFA is a member, shows that  every  year, air pollution from mostly fossil fuel combustion cuts short the lives of an e ...

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EFA takes a stand on the Fitness Check of the Ambient Air Quality legislation
EFA has responded to the European Comission procedure to assess the added value of the aimbient air quality directive. This novel process, called REFIT, allows to check the relevance of a given p ...

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Air pollution is the first environmental health priority in Europe
European Member States have adopted a Declaration of the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health that sets priorities and actions for implementation after 2017. EFA brought the patients ...

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Air pollution remains higher than in 2014
Outdoor air pollution is the number one environmental cause of premature death in the European Union and its all inhaled though our lungs, our patients, children, older people are the most concerned.  ...

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Bulgaria participates in the Unmask My City campaign
EFA Bulgarian Member ABBA join the global Unmask My City movement on World Asthma day to measure air pollution levels all over the world through a pocket air quality monitoring device that measures PM ...

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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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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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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
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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