Fewer summer ozone peaks in 2012, but levels still harmful

GHG emissions in Canada

Copenhagen / February 1, 2013 – Ozone pollution still exceeded target levels in Europe during summer 2012, but the number of exceedances of the alert threshold was lower than in any year since monitoring started in 1997. However, almost all EU Member States failed to keep levels of the pollutant within targets set to protect human health. The information comes from a European Environment Agency (EEA) report on ground-level ozone levels in summer 2012. The pollutant can cause respiratory problems and other severe illnesses, also damaging crops and the wider…

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