Analysis: Over 100.000 EU citizens could die because of member states’ push for weaker air quality laws

Research by the European Environmental Bureau shows that approximately 130 000 EU citizens could die prematurely in the coming years because of a push by EU member states to  weaken air quality laws.

Denmark, Romania, Poland, Italy, Spain, the UK and Bulgaria have been particularly vociferous in calling for lower emissions reduction targets, despite the clear impact of air pollution on human health and the environment. France and Germany, for example, seem preoccupied with protecting large-scale industrial farming, which produces high ammonia emissions and is responsible for around 30,000 of these deaths, rather than their citizens. [4]

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