A report released by the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned that more than 95% of Europe’s urban population is exposed to pollution levels considered unhealthy by the World Health Organization (WHO).
“Air pollution is high in Europe. And that leads to higher costs for our ecosystems, our economy, the productivity of the workforce and, even worse, the overall health of the Europeans”, announced Hans Bruyninckx, executive director of the EEA.
Suspended particles, especially the finest, are the main agent of air pollution and prolonged exposure to them was the cause of most premature deaths from air pollution in 2011, which EEA estimated to be around 400,000. However, most air pollutants have decreased slightly in the past decade.