What is in the air we breathe?
What could our cities do differently?
Breathing polluted air increases the likelihood of heart attacks, strokes, and lung cancer. It makes conditions such as asthma or bronchitis worse. 1
Air pollution costs the residents of Europe an immense 1.4 trillion euros through the sickness and fatalities it causes. 8
21 of the 28 EU Member States failed the standards for one type of air pollution - concentrations of particulate matter (PM10). 9
67% of people in Europe think that climate change is a "very serious problem". 10
The cause of climate change and air pollution is burning fossil fuels. However, some of the gases and processes involved are different. That's why diesel engines can be better for climate change (lower carbon dioxide emissions) but worse for air pollution (higher nitrogen oxide and particulates). 11