In the European Year of Air, the European Environment Agency (EEA) produces a publication dedicated to air quality
Despite the work done in the last decades to improve air quality and the good results out of it, air pollution in Europe is still a problem with severe impacts. Almost one third of Europe's city dwellers are still exposed to excessive concentrations of airborne particulate matter. Air pollution is also found to reduce the life expectancy of the average city dweller by eight months in Europe, or up to two years in some areas.
Clean air will be the focus of EU environmental policy discussions throughout 2013, the Year of Air. The 2013 edition of the “Signals” publication of the European Environment Agency (EEA) is prepared in this context, when EU policy makers are planning to revisit air quality laws. Some of the questions it tackles include: How is Europe’s air quality? What are the main sources of air pollutants? How do they affect our health and the environment? What does Europe do to improve air quality? Articles address, among others, the state of Europe’s air today, main information sources, links between climate change and air, the way different pollutants can form in the atmosphere, and a short overview of the European legislation affecting air quality. Polis member Dublin was interviewed about its policies for improving air quality in the city.
Summary and full version of the publication can be accessed here. “Signals” will be available in 26 European languages as e-book and PDF in the coming weeks. It will also be available in print in some languages.