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

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These pollutants can cause respiratory problems, contribute to the acidification of soil and surface water, and damage vegetation. The road transport sector is one of the main contributory factors behind the large number of NO x exceedances, contributing approximately 40% of total EU-27 NO x emissions. Liechtenstein reports it has missed its NO x and NH 3 emissions ceilings, Norway its NO x emission ceiling, while Switzerland has achieved its four ceilings.

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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. NO x emissions from road transport. Click to enlarge.

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