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Air pollutant emission 2010 limits exceeded in twelve EU Member States; road transport NOx a main factor

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The directive covers four main air pollutants: sulphur dioxide (SO 2 ), nitrogen oxides (NO x ), non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs) and ammonia (NH 3 ). These pollutants can cause respiratory problems, contribute to the acidification of soil and surface water, and damage vegetation. These pollutants contribute to health problems and can also lead to economic losses and environmental damage. The pollutant for which most exceedances were registered was NO x.

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New maps give Europeans close-up picture of air pollution from diffuse sources

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PM 10 emissions from road transport in Paris. New online maps published by the European Commission and the European Environment Agency, in close cooperation with the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) of the Joint Research Centre, allow citizens to pinpoint the main diffuse sources of air pollution, such as transport and aviation. The new set of 32 maps allows Europeans to see on a scale of 5 km by 5 km where pollutants are released.

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