Road traffic pollution costs billions in lost wellbeing in European cities
Five years after the Dieselgate scandal, new research puts some figures on the social costs of vehicle emissions in over 400 European cities. It turns out that the annual damage to each city is worth €385 million on average.
Pollution is still killing too many despite cleaner air
The latest European Environment Agency report shows air is getting cleaner in Europe, but persistent pollution, especially in cities, still damages people’s health and the economy.
Bulgaria and its EU neighbours do not cope well with the repercussions of the Dieselgate
Only half of Volkswagen Group's problematic cars in Bulgaria have received a software update, and now the country risks being flooded with low-quality polluting vehicles from Western Europe.
The Balkans (and Europe) are choking on coal pollution
The 16 coal power plants in the western Balkans cause as much pollution as the 250 plants active within the European Union. The health impact is severe, and not just within the region.
European citizens want a Europe beyond Coal
“People across Europe overwhelmingly want the health, environmental, and employment benefits that come with switching from dirty coal, oil and gas to a universally accessible, affordable and renewably powered energy system and energy efficiency”.
Cold housing and polluted cities? Something is changing in the Balkans
Many citizens of south-east Europe cannot afford to properly heat their own homes. The impact on health and air pollution is serious, but energy poverty has recently begun to decline.
Auditors raise alarm over air pollution in Europe
Seven out of eight audited EU countries "have not effectively implemented" a decade-old directive on air quality rules, according to a report published at the end of January.
Traffic pollution costs €60 billion per year in healthcare
Each year 500 000 Europeans die prematurely as a result of air pollution. Road transport alone causes 18 percent of air pollution.
Air pollution kills more than 500,000 Europeans each year
Despite the efforts of European countries, atmospheric pollution (fine particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide and ozone in particular) continues to kill hundreds of thousands of people every year.